A few years ago I would have thought it completely strange to be writing a "birth story". I don't think I'd ever heard one, and I certainly wouldn't have been interested if the option presented itself! However, as we found ourselves pregnant with our honeymoon baby - thinking about birth became something I did a bit more often! That said, I am now practically a birth-story junkie! And so I'm posting this for others like me now...and for those like me then. Maybe this will be the first birth story you've ever read - and I pray it will be an encouragement to you that birth can be an amazing, positive experience!
|Walking the hospital halls trying to keep things moving along!|
|Finding out he's a boy!|
The amazing thing is that during the breaks between contractions I felt FINE. (I tried to relax during the breaks and not think about the next contraction). Sometimes I would feel like eating cookies, calling my mom, joking around, etc - and then a contraction would come - I'd focus on getting through it - knowing it will end - and the cycle continued.
|One of my favourite pictures of Andrew ever - admiring his firstborn son.|
Eventually around 3pm the midwife broke my water to try and get things moving along and I had to stay in bed after that hooked up to the fetal monitors (basically just bands around your belly that measure the baby's heart rate and your contractions). The doctor had spoken with the midwife and said I should have them on. This was the worst part, but I was able to take them off to go for long, leisurely bathroom breaks. Also I was getting tired physically and so didn't mind lying down for the most part.
As contractions got harder I used nitrious oxide, which is essentially self-administered laughing gas which you can use during a contraction and it forces you to breathe deeply and slowly. Some women say it makes them feel dizzy or high - I didn't experience this. I started pushing probably around 6:20pm and honestly - people say this and I didn't believe them - but pushing is satisfying! It doesn't really hurt it is just such hard work! It was like I was being asked to do something that was too difficult - but it wasn't! I did it! Such a great feeling.
|Celebrating God's goodness to us!|
Even though I knew I was in quite a bit of pain at the time, honestly, moments after it was over I was thinking "that wasn't so bad". All of a sudden it was over, I felt no more pain, had to exert no more energy, and I was holding my BABY! I don't know that it gets any better.
|Our first family photo!|
I was on the phone with my mom less than 6 minutes after Jake was out and had to hang up to birth the placenta! (that was sorta funny!). We had a whole bunch of relatives there within two hours and I felt GREAT.
Anyway - I hope this encourages someone that they can do it too and it can be AMAZING! Also Andrew and I have been talking about how since having Jake we've been having the best days of our lives. We are so happy we didn't decide to wait to have children, because there is nothing like it. So hopefully this can encourage you in that way too - if it is something you are thinking about.
|Welcome to the world! We loved you before we met you.|
You can check out our previous post from this week to read how we had decided we wanted to try for a natural birth at home (which we obviously didn't get) - and also resources we would recommend to help prepare for one.