Wow, I am so bad at keeping up on this!! But I am pleased as punch to announce that on Wed, May 7 at 5:17pm, Mister Easton made his entrance into this crazy world!
It was a crazy day. Started out with a doctors appt early in the morning. IM and I had been getting more and more nervous about labor since it would take 2 hours to get me to the hospital if I did go into labor on my own, and my daughter was born in 1/4 the time! So we set out to discuss our options with the dr that morning. He checked my cervix, stripped the membranes(WITHOUT TELLING ME FIRST!) and because I was already dilated to 4cm, he called over to the on call doc at the hospital. Sadly, my doc was out, and won’t be back for another few weeks. The on call doc told him to have me come right over! So we stopped at McDonald’s on our way, picked up a Happy Meal for my little one, called her Daddy to have him leave work and pick her up at the hospital so I could go in for some monitoring. The hospital was PACKED when we got there. Like, women laboring in the hallway packed. I did NOT want to labor in the hall, but I also didn’t want to risk going home after having my membranes stripped! I was monitored for 20 min, no contractions. The on call doc came, checked me, STRIPPED THE MEMBRANES AGAIN, and sent me walking. Of course, as soon as I’m upright and moving, I start having very mild, but fairly regular contractions. Back to the bed for monitoring! They placed an 18g IV in my arm so we figured I’d be staying for overnight monitoring. Well, another 20 min with no contractions laying down! At this point, I finally get moved from the bed in the hallway, to an actual labor/delivery room. This time, the nurse said it was fine if I stand while hooked up to the monitors. It turns out, Braxton Hicks contractions show up more while laying down and true labor shows up more while upright and moving! As soon as she got the monitor plugged in to the machine, I had a fairly good contraction, and the on call doc came in right after. This man was a CRACK UP! He had me get on the bed so he could check me again……
AND HE BROKE MY WATER!!!
Well, we were definitely staying after that!! So IM started making all the phone calls to family letting them know that it was happening! This was 4:00pm. Within 20min, I was having contractions every 2-3min, peaking around 70-80 on the monitor(I have no idea how strong that is in the scheme of things but the way they wrapped around my back was HELL!) At this point, I asked for some meds. I was going to try and do it med free but the back pain was something I had never had to deal with before and I was not prepared for it. 10min later, in comes the nurse with Fentanyl. Oh Fentanyl…. How I love thee! Less than 2 min after the drugs enter my IV, I turn to IM… “Yep, I’m high.” At least it made all of us laugh right??? By now it had been about 45 min since the doc broke my water. I was progressing VERY fast so the nurse called the doc in and they brought everything out to prep for delivery. Right around 5(only an hour of labor) it was time to start pushing!! I do have to say, the doc covering for the on call doc’s dinner break wasn’t my favorite person. She wouldn’t let me push in the position I wanted to. I pushed for 3 of the next 6 contractions and the final one was “PUSHPUSHPUSHPUSHbreathPUSHPUSHPUSHPUSHPUSHPUSHbreathPUSHPUSHPUSHrelief!!!!”
Mister Easton was earthside. Weighing in at a healthy 8lbs, 8oz and 20″ long. His APGAR was 9/9! Perfect color, perfect chubby cheeks, perfect newborn cry that sounded like a little monkey! They cleaned him up and IM had her skin to skin time while the doc stitched up the tearing on me. IM, IF, IA(auntie) and IGA(great-auntie) were all there to witness his birth and support me in this final step of carrying him. Our journey was long and hard, with many bumps in the road, but we did it. And we did it well. Never have I seen so much love and joy in one room before. People have been asking me how I’m doing emotionally and if it’s been hard to give him up after gestating him, but I can tell you, 100%, I haven’t had to give him up. He’s with his Mommy and Daddy, where he belongs, but I will always be his special Auntie and I am so blessed to be able to watch him grow, after giving his Mommy and Daddy the greatest gift I ever could.