Charles James Birth Story
The short version:
Charles (Charlie) James ? he?s named after his Grandpa and his Daddy. We kept the name a surprise and told his Grandpa when he came to visit in the hospital. There were lots of tears and it was a beautiful moment
My water broke at 39 weeks 6 days December 11th, 2011 at 11:10am. We made it to the hospital at 12:20pm. Charlie was born at 1:38pm! He was in a hurry to arrive apparently! No time for meds so delivery was pain med free.
He was 6lbs 12oz and 20 inches long with gorgeous blue eyes and blonde peach fuzz.
We came home on the 13th and things are going pretty well. It?s a big adjustment.
The long version:
Jamie and I went to church at 9am on December 11th. I had been having irregular contractions for days, but after 2 membrane sweeps at 38 and 39 weeks, nothing was happening.
We had been home for about 45 minutes and Jamie stepped outside to work on some things in the garage. I was about to have a snack, when all of a sudden I felt a gush. At first I thought I just wet myself, but then the pain kicked in. Just like that I was doubled over with the pain of the contractions. They were about 4 minutes apart at that point so we headed into labor and delivery.
Never in a million years would I have imagined that things would go so quickly after my water broke.
If we had chosen to deliver at the other hospital in town, we never would have made it there - he would have been born in the car!
However, we did make it to the hospital and I was admitted at 4cm and 100% effaced. My contractions were right on top of each other with little to no break. The baby?s heart rate was dropping with each contraction, so the nurse decided to check me again, in 10 minutes time I jumped to 6cm.
At this point I was asking for an epidural, the nurse put in the call but warned me that I was progressing so quickly that I likely wouldn?t get one in time. She checked me again then and I was at 8cm. I opted for Nubain at that time, but it didn?t do anything at all. She checked me again and I was ready to push!
The anesthesiologist actually did show up, but by that time, Charlie was already half way out. He poked his head in and said "oh, guess you guys don't need me here huh?".
I needed oxygen to help both baby and I out. After 28 minutes and about 6 rounds of pushing, Charlie was born at 6lbs 12oz 20 inches long.
There was a bit of meconium in the fluid and the cord was wrapped around his neck once, so NICU was called in. He had a bit of respiratory distress due to his fast delivery, but after a few hours he was doing just great.
I didn?t get to hold him right off the bat because of his breathing issue, but after about 30 minutes I held him for the first time and I was amazed at how beautiful he is.
I had a 1st degree tear that needed one stitch, but that was it. I had some bleeding issues because the delivery went so fast and my body didn?t have time to adjust. That resolved itself after about 24 hours.
We came home after 2 days in the hospital and things have been great. Charlie is doing really well and my husband has been really great and super supportive. Breastfeeding has been going well, after a difficult start. My supply is great, and things are getting slowly better after meeting with a wonderful lactation consultant.
Charlie is a bit jaundiced and we have been getting his levels checked regularly. It seems to be taking care of itself so no need for lights of anything.
My emotional state has been a huge hot mess. I can?t stop the tears and cry a lot. Jamie has been wonderful and so SO supportive, I don?t know what I would do without him. I?m very overwhelmed and having a hard time adjusting to motherhood. I love my son, but being his soul provider of milk has been very stressful on me. He likes to feed for 1+ hours at times and then he?s up an hour after he?s done to do it all over again. It?s certainly a lot harder than I thought it would be.
My labor experience was nothing like I expected, but I wouldn?t change anything for the world. I have a beautiful son and I have never loved him or my husband more. This has been such a life altering experience for me.