the fogue abode: Weston's Birth Story

Friday, December 29, 2017

Weston's Birth Story

Finally getting around to writing out Wes’ birth story after 2 months.  I didn’t realize how busy caring for two would be.  I’m usually really good at managing time and finding ways to take care of things (like the mounds of dishes or laundry,) but now, it just seems like an impossible task.  Thankfully, middle of the night feedings provides a good opportunity for this update to slowly evolve.


The story starts several weeks before Wes was born.  Much like Aspen’s birth, I dilated early.  I was at 3 inches on Friday afternoon and had been having longer and longer episodes of Braxton Hicks contractions.  We decided to take Aspen to the pumpkin patch to pick out her pumpkin for Halloween jack-o-lanterns.  We checked out the animals, rode the hayride and played on the swing set before heading home.  On the ride home I began having contractions that were just over 10 minutes apart.  We got home and after several hours and a nap, they eased up.  Sunday I was exhausted from the previous day and took it easy, I felt fine contraction-wise.  

Tuesday was my next appointment day.  I drove in to work that morning and during our morning meeting had contractions start up again.  This time they were around 3-5 minutes apart with an occasional 7-10 minute length.  I left work thinking this was just another fun episode of Braxton Hicks and drove Aspen home.  By the time I got to my doctor's office I had been on the road for a good 2 hours.  Contractions were still the same and I really couldn’t feel them getting stronger.  I jokingly commented to my nurse that I thought today was the day.  When my doctor checked me, I was still just a 3-1/2, but she observed that I was easily a 4 during contractions.

Since I was 2 days from my due date, she suggested I go over to be observed to see if this was labor, and if not, I was ok to try some induction techniques.  

I had told my doctor from the beginning that I really wanted to experience going into labor naturally and avoid induction if possible.  At this point, I was exhausted from the days of contracting and being so large.  I was sad that I was willing to resign to being induced.  But the good news, I was actually in labor even though my contractions weren’t consistent.



I was checked in around 3 pm.  Since I was alone I spent the next hour and a half calling everyone to warn them I was in labor.  Chris finally made it after stopping to grab my bag and pack his stuff (men!) This got us to about 5 pm and I was already at 5 cm.  Easy breezy first half of labor.  I wanted to wait for the epidural as long as possible seeing as I still felt fine at this point.  Things kind of stalled for the next 2 hours.  So I began using Clary Sage on my inner ankles to help influence more consistent contractions and I let them break my water.  These two things really got the ball rolling.  I received my epidural and spent the next hour visiting family that had shown up.  Aspen came in one last time to see mommy and daddy.  She was so tired but so excited.

At this point I was getting super uncomfortable, I was trying hard to hide it until Aspen left back to the waiting room. But by the time they took her, I was wiggling around in pain even through my epidural.  I requested a top off of pain medicine to help, which it didn't!  The next hour stretched on forever as I was struggling with each contraction.  When the nurse checked next, much to her surprise, I was nearly a 10 and the baby was crowning.  They rushed around like crazy prepping the room and the doctor made it in just in time for about 4 pushes and... Baby Wes was here!  




We spent the next hour nursing and getting our vitals.  He was a shrimpy little thing at 6lb 12oz and 19 inches long.  Big Sis made it in to visit as did all the grandparents before we got settled for the rest of the night.


Now that he’s been with us for 2 whole months, I really couldn’t imagine life without this little booger.  

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