I absolutely LOVE reading birth stories, so I am going to share mine : ) You think you know what joy, happiness and love is until you meet your children for the first time. It is completely unreal, scary, AND messy, but perfect all at the same time.
I was SO ready, and I mean SO READY to have Payton. I was 40 weeks and nothing was happening. I went to the doctor (who is amazing!) and she predicted that our “little” girl was at least 9, maybe 10 lbs. We decided to go ahead with an induction because I really wanted to avoid a c-section, and we were just ready. As you can tell in the above pictures, I was HUGE and looked ready to pop. My doctor called the hospital and put my name on the waiting list for induction. We waited ALL day (the longest wait ever!) and we were finally called at about 9 p.m! Of course I was ready to go right away, but they wanted me to wait a bit and come in at 11.
When we got to the hospital I was wide awake and so pumped to get things rolling. We had already toured the hospital and preregistered, but we still had to answer some random questions before they really did anything. They gave me an IV first and then started my pitocin around midnight. I fell asleep the first few hours and wasn’t feeling much. They checked to see if I was dialating and I was, but barely. The contractions had really started to hit and I was silently breathing through them. Billy was by my side the ENTIRE time. He rubbed my back and was just there, which is all i needed. I won’t lie that I snapped at him a few times to stop touching me lol. I loved his comforting touch and then I would suddenly want nothing to do with it. Thankfully he knows my moods and just did what I said. The nurses continued to check me and I was slowly dilating more. They broke my water (which hurt the most) to help speed things along. This did two things. One, it TOTALLY increased my contractions beyond belief. Two, they saw meconium (baby poop) in my water! They explained this meant there would be another special nurse on hand at labor to take Payton and check her lungs. Of course I freaked out (silently, I am not a loud laborer) and cried because I didn’t want anything to be wrong with our lil munkee.
As I said, breaking my water definitely made my contractions worse. I made a split decision to get an epidural and the anesthesiologist was there right away. The actual needle in back didn’t hurt at all and I was super excited to start feeling better. However, nothing changed. I did not feel better. AT ALL! They called back in the doctor and I’m not 100% what went on, but it consisted of upping dosage and redoing the needle. Again I still felt everything. Eventually I was just over it and did away with it. I will say that my left side felt less pain, so maybe it worked a tiny bit over there?
ANYWAY after all that my pain continued to get worse and I was silent. Seriously silent. I was in so much pain I didn’t want to talk at all. My hips felt like they were being pulled apart and I was sure they were going to split off my body. My doctor came in and checked on me a few times with not much change. I was sitting at 6 cm dilated and it was 5pm! Needless to say I was EXHAUSTED and throughly ready to have Payton. I finally told my doctor that she could just give me a c-section because this was too much. She just laughed, reminded me how much I did not want a c-section and said she wanted to try one more thing. She brought in a peanut shaped medicine ball and had me lay on one side with it between my legs. HOLY MOTHER!! It hurt sooooooooo insanely bad. I kept flipping from one side to the other and tried to breathe. Poor Billy wanted to help, but nothing could be done.
My doctor came in about 6:30 and checked to see how things were progressing. THANK THE SWEET LORD!! I was dilated to a 10 and ready to push!!
The next hour was a blur, but basically I pushed for 45 minutes and somehow developed Superman strength. It is HARD work pushing out a baby. Especially a HUGE baby. My mom and Billy each held a leg and with each contraction I pushed like there was no tomorrow. I won’t lie I was getting pretty pissed they kept telling me I was doing such a great job. If there is not a baby yet, then obviously I wasn’t doing that great! FINALLY (after Payton seriously came a little out, then went back in like 20 times) Payton was BORN!! She was so perfect. Seriously. Although she was covered in white gunk and blood (ugh) she was beautiful. Thankfully nothing was in her lungs and they immediately put her on my chest. It was completely surreal. This little baby girl I had been carrying for 40 weeks was here. A real baby! The love I felt was a million times the love you can even imagine.
I have a million pictures of the actual labor, but I’ll just let you imagine how spectacular those are : ) Right after they put her on my chest, they had to take her to weigh her/clean her etc. Billy got to go with her while I was getting stitched down below. I had torn while pushing, but it was pretty small and took just a few minutes to get fixed up. I am still so thankful to my doctor for helping me deliver our munkee. She knew I could deliver her vaginally and encouraged me the whole time. She truly made it a beautiful experience.
Once Payton was measured, 9 lbs 10 oz and 22 inches long, it was my turn to hold her. I was so in awe of her perfect face and head of hair. I could not stop looking at her and kissing her.
Thankfully I was able to breastfeed right away. Payton immediately took to it and I was excited to learn whatever I could. I had amazing nurses and the first night was beautiful. Payton was up eating most the night, but sleep was the last thing on my mind. The next day Billy and I couldn’t stop staring at her and loving on her. She was completely perfect and more than we had ever expected.
We decided to get the insanely expensive hospital pictures, but I am so glad we did. She looks completely different in these compared to her newborn pictures 5 days later.
Payton’s birth was the most amazing day of my life and each day after has been even more beautiful.
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