Today is the day that I am FINALLY sharing my birth story. It's been five months since my son has entered the world and made my husband and I feel like our lives were complete. Everything happened so quick, but looking back I'm grateful for all of the doctors, nurses and family I had supporting me that day!
Oct 31st (Halloween Day)- I was 39 weeks and so over it. That morning I woke up to go on my fist of many bathroom breaks for the day and realized I had lost my mucus plug. I knew I would be going into labor soon since I had been researching weeks prior on "labor signs" and that was definitely one of them. My husband had work later that day but I told him he should still go because I wasn't feeling anything. I went back to sleep unaware I would be holding my son the very next day. We got up later that morning to head out to run a few errands. I remember feeling nauseous in the car but by this point in my pregnancy EVERYTHING made me sick. We got Chick-Fil-A, went over to Verizon and then the grocery store and during that time my queasiness turned into contractions! I started to time them but nothing became consistent. I told myself I was in early labor and returned home quickly where I felt more comfortable. Throughout the afternoon I was sure to time my contractions but a rhythm never happened. Sometimes they were as long as a half hour and then the next one was as close as five minutes after I finished the last one. Strange enough I get a call from Shawn letting me know he's coming home because he felt sick from the breakfast we had at Chick- Fil- A! He got back to our place around five and I was still having mild contractions, still not prompted enough to go to the hospital.
I remember sitting on the floor around eight in the evening, listening to music, laboring through contractions when I felt a gush of fluid. I was POSITIVE my water broke so I ran to the bathroom. To my surprise it wasn't fluid but blood. At that point I didn't care how many contractions I had, we picked up our packed bags and went straight to the hospital. I got admitted and the doctors did all of the usual routine work. At this point I should mention I was already 1cm dilated. The nurse checked me and I WAS STILL AT A 1- felt like crying because I had been in pain the entire day! They had me wait while being hooked up to the monitor for an hour and by then the bleeding had stopped. I didn't think they would keep me admitted at all, even telling Shawn to not call anyone because we should be leaving soon. The joke was on me because not only did nurses come in but my OB as well. She informed me that they had been watching the monitor and noticed that Isaiah's heart rate dropped drastically every time I had a contraction- he was in a lot of stress and they needed to help speed up the process of him coming out. They were not going to let me go home, but admit me to induce me in the morning. I was terrified. I had done so much research, even took a birthing class with not even considering the possibility of induction. So there I was on Halloween night, in the hospital, having a baby. I labored through the entire night- with no medication and it was rough! I ate my last meal and haven't had any food since. I couldn't shower either! So I felt as gross as I looked. My OB came in bright and early with a change of plans. Isaiah was showing even more signs of distress and low levels of fluid. It was a toss up if he could make it through being pushed out so they needed to go in and get him. That was around six in the morning and I was scheduled for surgery at 11am. So on November 1st 2017 at 11:17am my son was born screaming at 5lbs 11oz. He was such a cutie and I was just grateful to finally have him earth side. All of the newborn clothes we had were so big on him but he was healthy!
My family was there and was able to see and hold my little baby while they did their best to help me feel comfortable post surgery.
Inspirational C- Section Mama: Aiesha From "These 4 Walls"
Aiesha and I are such good insta friends and when I found out she had a c-section as well I just had to share her story! Head over to her blog to read how her daughter Trinity was born! Thank you Aiesha for sharing your story with us- Be sure to also check out her intagram and give her a follow! What was your birth experience was like? Let me know in the comments below!