This post is a little late coming but our Little Man is finally here!!!
Tuesday, February, 7th started out as a normal day…at 41 weeks 5 days pregnant I went to work thinking that I might have been having slight contractions. I didn’t have the always-talked-about Braxton Hicks contractions, no false alarm trips to the hospital, nothing like that. I was almost 42 weeks pregnant, scheduled to be induced in 3 days and just ready to have my baby boy in my arms.
I left work a bit early to go to another post-term appointment still thinking I might be having occasional contractions. After an ultrasound, which showed that baby and the amount of amniotic fluid were great, Hubby and I sat down for another nonstress test which confirmed my suspicions. I was indeed having contractions and they were slowly getting stronger. My appointment with my midwife ended with words I had been waiting to hear: “From my experience and looking at you, I expect you to have this baby tonight or tomorrow.” We left the hospital at 3:30 and by 5:00 I was having 30 second contractions 2 minutes apart. So we grabbed our hospital bags and were hospital bound…It was BABY TIME!
We were shown to our birthing room and admitted to the hospital and then the real work began. I had decided early on in pregnancy that I was going to avoid any pain medications if at all possible and did my best to exercise and prepare my body for a natural vaginal delivery. Labor was tough, it was painful and unlike anything I had ever experienced before, but knowing the end result would be holding my baby boy in my arms made it a bit easier to endure.
After 7 hours of active labor and 45 minutes of pushing, Baby David was born Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:42am, weighing 8 pounds 12.2 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.
David came out “talking”, wide-eyed, and so very alert. One of the most commonly heard comments in his first few days and weeks has been “he doesn’t seem like a newborn.”
It was love at first sight for me and for Hubby.
After his routine newborn care and first bath, he was all bundled up and we were moved to our post delivery hospital room for the remainder of our stay…which was longer than we expected, but more about that later.
I never could have fully readied myself or planned for labor and delivery but all of my research and reading definitely helped. Truly impossible though would have been preparing myself for seeing my little man for the first time and knowing how much I would love him!
Life has changed so much for Hubby and I but I can say without a doubt…
The Fun Has Arrived!!!