I can’t believe I’m finally writing this post and that our baby has made his grand entrance! I can remember when my friends wrote birth stories and I couldn’t read them when I wasn’t thinking about kids yet, and here I am writing mine. so if you don’t want to read the birth story part, I totally get it – you can just check out the pictures 🙂
it all started at 3am on a tuesday, four days past my due date. I’d been feeling labor symptoms for several weeks so I thought it was just another day. I just knew he would come early and after my due date passed, I was so frustrated since I was wrong. by mid morning, I started having terrible cramps that lasted so long. the pattern was nothing like what the hospital tells you, so I still wasn’t sure if this was it. I texted my doula to give her head’s up since I thought maybe it was coming soon but wasn’t sure. things escalated quickly when I experienced definite indications of labor, but my contractions were still 15-20 minutes apart and SO painful. I finally told stephen that it was absurdly painful and we were going to the hospital. we grabbed our bags and hopped in the car…. only to be rear-ended just a few miles from the hospital.
of course, our car seat was in the trunk. thankfully stephen’s mom ran to buy us a new one because I have always heard that’s what you should do if you get in a car accident. the police and ambulances came and told me to get on the stretcher to be taken to the hospital. in my head, I was thinking there’s not a chance in hell I’m going to the hospital that way LOL. they were all very nice and I declined the ride. we got out of there quickly and made it to the hospital around 2:30pm. I was so worried I wouldn’t be dilated enough and they’d send me away but it turned out that I was already 4 cm and my water had broken. they told us we were having a baby that day WOO!
I immediately asked for an epidural because the cramps were so bad and I’m glad I did because it took about 2.5 hours to get one since I had to finish a bag of IV fluids first. it was 5pm by this point and I was progressing well naturally. hours went by and I was stuck at 8cm so we finally decided to put on an internal monitor. immediately, my midwife said the contractions were not strong enough to bring out a baby so we did some pitocin to crank things up. it still took quite some time to get to the pushing phase. I definitely didn’t know what to expect when it was finally that time. I ended up pushing for two hours and robert (robby) jay was finally born at 8:24am the next day! if you’re counting, that’s almost 30 hours later.
all our family was waiting to meet him in the waiting room, and it seemed like hours before we finished golden hour and moved to postpartum. my mom spent the night at the hospital and was his first visitor, we all just cried… even the nurses. it was such a sweet moment. robby met all his family within a few hours of his birth, which was really special.
seeing our son for the first time was an unbelievable and surreal moment, one that I will never forget and of course, I’m crying as I write this even though it’s already been two weeks. he is the most perfect boy and was born with a full head of hair.
since my water was broken for so long, there was a risk of infection and it turned out that we had to stay in an extended stay room for five additional days so he could get antibiotics. the NICU nurses were just incredible and we are forever grateful for them. a week after his birth, we were finally discharged and sent home.
my mom surprised us with this sweet stork sign in our yard to announce our new addition. we didn’t get home from the hospital until 8pm, so we waited until the next day to take some photos of our “coming home.” we are loving this time with our boy and have so much joy and love for this little guy.