Jackson’s Birth Story
On Friday May 30th, I went into my Obgyn’s office for my 39th week check up. The appointment was at 10am and I was feeling slightly “off” that morning, crampy and really wanted to clean ( cliché I know but it was how I felt). My doctor checked my cervix and I was only dilated to a 1.5 so we started talking induction for June 11th, assuming this little guy was going to be late just like big brother. Jim and I left the office thinking we had two more weeks or so left. As we drove away I swore I felt like I was having mild contractions but didn’t think much of it. We got home where Jameson was with grandma and grandpa and told them it could be a few more weeks. As we got lunch ready I began having contractions, could this be it, I wondered? It was so surreal as I had never gone into spontaneous labor before. Both Jim and I got excited and we decided to go for a walk instead of eat lunch. If this was real labor, walking would help keep the contractions coming. By 2:00 pm we had timed them for over an hour at 2-3 minutes apart, lasting 45 seconds so I called my OB’s office and they wanted me to come in ASAP.
After frantically packing and getting Jameson all squared away with grandma, we went back to my OB’s office. If I was making progress dilating they would admit me to Labor & Delivery. I was 4 cm so they admitted me. Off to the hospital we went. Jim and I were ecstatic! This is exactly how we both had hoped labor would start this time. Soon we would meet our second son!
We got checked into our room at about 4:00 pm. Contractions started getting more painful and I was informed that I could not receive an epidural until 8:30 that night. This was because they wanted the Heparin blood thinners I was taking out of my system. A little bit of unfortunate news for me but I had no choice, instead we walked the halls of the hospital and labored au naturale for 4 1/2 more hours. At 8:30 pm I received an epidural. As I shifted around on the bed to have it placed, my water broke. After the epidural I felt so much better and a lot more calm. A few hours later the nurse check my cervix and said I wasn’t making much progress so Pitocin was started to intensify my contractions and speed things up since my water had already been broken. They told me to get some rest because it could still be a while, but I was unable to sleep. The baby’s heart rate was doing crazy decelerations with each contraction which worried me. I labored for 8 more hours (total in all was 12).
Towards the end, baby’s heart rate decelerated pretty low and would not come back up. I was terrified, it was barely beating anymore. My OB came in in a hurry, checked me, fully dilated (thank The Lord) and then said “we have to get this baby out NOW” I pushed through three contractions and out he came with a little cry letting us know he was okay. I have never been so relieved in my life and I couldn’t believe that I got him out so fast (pushed for two hours with Jameson). It turned out he had a nuchal cord or non medical language-the cord was wrapped around his neck. He is doing great now and we think he looks a lot like his brother! You can’t tell in these pictures, but he has the biggest, cutest dimples in each of his cheeks. We are so in love and feel so blessed to finally have this little peanut out safely and in our arms.
Jameson is a little young to fully understand what’s going on, but so far he loves baby brother and even helps mama by bring Jackson diapers and toys. He is also very gentle with the baby and says to me “mama he is fragile”!