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So I guess it is finally time to do a post about MY FIRST BIRTH STORY. I know a lot of people enjoy reading all the details of how a special little baby came into the world… So here goes:
So I had just turned 29 years old and started thinking about how the next birthday coming around for me was going to be my 30th. This made me think that if I was going to have a baby I had better start to seriously think about it. I had been laid off from my job (which I didn’t love anyway) the Christmas prior to my 29th birthday and that spring started to discuss seriously about getting pregnant with my husband. We hd been together for 9 years and married for 2 so it wasn’t an outrageous thing to talk about. My husband was on board and we started trying in March of 2013 and to my surprise we got pregnant pretty well right away. We can’t be sure but we think he was conceived while we were on a March Break trip to Myrtle Beach SC. My original due date was January 10 2014. So began my first experience with being pregnant.
So this magical journey of being pregnant started out PRETTY rough. I had extreme morning sickness (I liked to call it ALL DAY sickness) from morning until night, bedtime started being 5:30pm some nights, for the first 15 weeks. I would say the first trimester was my least favourite time in my entire life. The second trimester I started to feel less sick and had a pretty easy time. The third trimester was very uncomfortable. I had a very long baby inside me that had a knee or a foot in my ribcage at all times. I can say honestly I didn’t LOVE being pregnant but I enjoyed the experience of learning what it was all about.
Some of the books I read included:
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a GREAT book that walks you through pregnancy. My mistake was putting it on my Kobo and syncing it to my Facebook for all to see. I got a message from one of my husbands cousins asking if I was pregnant and I was horrified LOL I immediately took down all my Kobo settings ha ha ha. This book I highly recommend! It is a great gift to a friend who is pregnant for the first time.
Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy by Rosie Pope was another book I read and LOVED during my first time pregnancy. She is very knowledgeable and I had watched her show Pregnant In Heels and enjoyed her British ways. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who is pregnant.
One THING I highly recommend if you are pregnant or planning to be:
The Jolly Jumper Mama Sleep EZ Body Pillow was a life saver and ABSOLUTELY worth the money. I used this sucker for both my pregnancies and I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I didn’t. I was so grumpy as I was getting less and less sleep and this was a life saver!
I was originally due January 10th but when I had my ultrasound the tech changed the date to December 27th 2013. I really wanted a January baby. December babies are the youngest in their classes and a baby born at the end of the month has to share his/her birthday with Christmas. My doctor was planning on being on holidays during the Christmas season so he agreed to leave me unchecked while he was away to hope to stretch out the date until January.
I worked up until the last day of work before the Christmas season. Everyone made the holiday plans local so I didn’t have to travel. My mother in law came for a few days and left Christmas day. I was so tired I decided to leave the dishes until Boxing day, ate a turkey sandwich and went to bed early as I was exhausted. Above is the last picture of me before the big event lol a little blurry but real lol. I woke up about midnight on Boxing Day with my first contraction. I wasn’t sure I was actually in labour, I thought for sure they had to be WAY more intense and if I went to the hospital they would send me home. I went into the spare bedroom and laid down to try and go back to sleep. I also used my phone to start timing the contractions… it didn’t take long for me to realize they were about 5 minutes apart. I called the hospital and the nurse in the maternity ward told me to have a hot shower and then head in. I took this advice. Then I went and woke up my husband. It was about 3am at this point and I thought for sure we would still be sent home or have HOURS and hours of labour to deal with so I wasn’t anxious or in any sort of rush. My husband sprung up and we jumped in the car. It was a brutal snow storm so it took us a slow go to get to the hospital which is normally a 25 minute drive. We got to the hospital safe and sound about 4am.
My first question was “When can I get drugs?” the nurse checked me and said “Oh you are already 8.5 cm dilated so you are too far along.” I couldn’t believe it. This meant I would be doing it naturally. I laid on my right side for an hour and progressed quickly. My doctor was on holiday so I had the doctor on call deliver my baby. I was pushing by 6amI also did get an episiotomy to help with the delivery. My beautiful baby boy was born at 7:05am. He was an amazing 7lbs 1oz and 21inches long. AND I WAS IN LOVE. We had to call my mother in law to drive back the two hours and all my family was up north at the cottage. They all came back to meet the bundle of joy we had on Boxing Day 2013.
I learned that it IS possible to give birth without drugs. If I did it anyone can. Not everyone is as lucky as I am with a 7 hour start to finish labour and delivery but women are strong. You are stronger than you think but that doesn’t mean you CAN’T have the epidural. I went in wanting to have it but wasn’t able to get it. Choose a birth plan that suits you and if you have to change your plan during the event don’t worry Mama once you have that baby in your arms you won’t have time to regret the things you did or didn’t do… all that matters is your baby is healthy and you are happy. I know I was.
Writing this post brought up ideas for other posts… the days and weeks after having a brand new baby for the first time was a whole other learning experience. Let me know if you have questions or ideas you want me to write about.