I thought I was going to get to Sunday and have to write another journal entry before this baby would come but . . . he's here!!!! My mother-in-law left on Wednesday and my mother arrived on Thursday and there was still no baby!! I was trying to be optimistic but when his due date came and went on Thursday I was having a hard time. I could just see him being six days late, like my other two boys, and then grandma would be going home right after he was born. I have a hard recovery time so I need that help.
I woke up Saturday morning around 6a.m. and could not go back to sleep. I was wide awake. So since no one was up, I got up, picked up the kitchen a little, made myself a cup of red raspberry tea, and sat down to read a book. I was cuddled on the couch reading when all of a sudden I had this horrible pain in my stomach. I could barely breathe through it. I thought it was odd but that couldn't be labor! I asked my son, who was up, what time it was. He said it was 7:43a.m. I got up and went to take a shower. My husband was getting ready for a basketball game down at our church and I told him about the pain. He asked if he should stay home. I told him it was only one pain about 10 minutes ago and one pain does not make labor. He kissed me and left (without the cell phone!)
Within 10 minutes of him leaving I was having these hard contractions about every 3 minutes and knew I couldn't wait for him to get home from basketball. I called a neighbor who sent her husband to the church (luckily it is just around the corner) to get Monte. Our neighbor ran into the gym right at tip off and yelled, "Hey Monte, your wife's in labor!" Both teams cheered, the ref gave his team 2 points, and Monte ran for home. He got there and we got the kids off to their friends' houses and were on our way to the hospital. I have always had time to calmly get my kids ready and take them to the houses. This time I called everyone to come get them and I could barely stand, let alone act as if everything was wonderful!!! But they all did really good and were just excited to be having the baby finally.
We got to the hospital at around 9 a.m.; the nurse took one look at me and came to my aid. They checked me and called my midwife. I was dilated to a five and completely effaced. They got me settled in a room. I was in labor hard the entire time. There never seemed to be a good break. My midwife got there within the hour and I was dilated to an 8 by then. She broke my water (which I had never had done before) and said that I should start wanting to push. As I was pushing it hurt like nothing I had ever been through before. I would push with all I had and I swore he wouldn't come. Then all of a sudden his blood pressure went from 160 to 60. The midwife said I had to get him out of me now. I pushed with all my might; it hurt horribly and yet he still wasn't coming out. My mom was there and said she could see the top of his head yet it still took a couple of minutes to get him to come out. When he was finally here we discovered the cord was wrapped around his shoulders and was really short and every time I tried to push him out it would squeeze him. Also he was posterior; his face was up instead of down. That is why pushing was so hard and unproductive. But he was here.
Connor was 7lbs. 15oz. 20 inches long and was born on Saturday, February 17 at 10:41a.m.
First contraction to birth was right at 3 hours. He is absolutely beautiful!! He has strawberry blond hair and we are all in love with him. My last daughter, Sydney, was unable to suck and therefore couldn't nurse and lost so much weight so I was very nervous about what would happen with Connor. But he is doing great!! We are having so much fun with him. My mom left this morning and I miss her terribly but she was here for over a week with him and Monte is still on paternity leave for another week. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share this last little baby with all of you.