We got to the hospital just before 7am and I
My doctor came in at 6:30pm right when he arrived at the hospital and I was so happy to see him. He said that he would come back in an hour or so to give me time to "labor down". DJ and I called family and friends to let them know that it would be soon. By the time we finished making calls it was about 7pm and I looked at DJ and said, "I have to push." He gave me a look that indicated he did not believe me and said, "Laura, the doctor said he would be back in an hour." I told him there was no way I was going to last that long and that I NEEDED to push right then. I called the nurses station and told them I needed to push. The doctor and a new nurse (Pam) came in (Pam had red hair so I knew I would like her). They immediately set everything up and Pam started giving DJ and I instructions. DJ needed to hold my leg and count down from 10 each time I pushed. I needed to hold the back of my legs, take a deep breath and push for a count of ten, three times for every contraction. I started pushing at 7:09pm. I got through the first contraction and the second. I was dry heaving again and started to cry that I couldn't do it. DJ gave me the biggest kiss and told me I was doing so good and to keep going. Nurse Pam put cold wash cloths on my chest and head and before I knew it I made it through the third contraction. Nurse Pam asked if I wanted to feel his head. His head? He was already crowning?? I was so happy! I felt the next contraction coming on and I took the deepest breath possible. I pushed for the first count of ten and that's when my doctor started instructing me to breath, push, breath, push...At 7:21pm Henry Davis was officially born. Daddy DJ cut the umbilical cord and they placed Henry on my chest. He was making the sweetest newborn cry. I could not believe this precious little boy was mine. He was here and I loved him so.
|umbilical cord cutting / the best doctor ever|
|oh that poor little cone headed babe|
|I love this picture. I don't even care that I have a double chin.|
posterior position. According to the doctor and everything I have read this is not common and typically makes it much harder to deliver without assistance or a c-section. The doctor and nurse Pam both joked that the next time I give birth I better get to the hospital quick because if it only took me twelve minutes to deliver Hank in that position that my next baby would likely come very quickly. The other part of this story is that although DJ was sure he wouldn't want to see anything, he watched the whole thing. (Just like everyone said he would) He was so glad he did too. He tells everyone how at first he could see the head and it was so small (cone head, remember) and he was so worried something was wrong with Hank. Then when he could see the rest of his head he was expecting to see the back of his head because they had told us he was in the correct position earlier that day, so he was so confused and thought it looked so wrinkly. The next thing he saw was Hank open his eyes and mouth at once and DJ says it was like he morphed into a baby right in front of his eyes. He was seeing his son be born and it was amazing.
October 9th has been the most influential day of my life. Both of the greatest life changing moments for me have happened on this day.
Oh and if you were wondering I totally beat that other lady in labor. ;)