March 19, 2015

I don’t want to spend a lot of time writing out a long birth story, truth is – it wasn’t that exciting. But there are things about the birth that I don’t want to forget.

I was in labor for only 12 hours, which is actually a really short time I guess for a first baby. I went into labor naturally, and I had an epidural for SURE. Wouldn’t do it without it. I went into labor around 9:30pm, and had him at 9:30am. I slept for about 45 minutes while my parents snoozed on the loveseat in my room and my husband slept on the floor. No padding, just the floor.

I was examined several times through the night, and when the on call night doctor came in he told me that I was fully dilated, but my baby was still at a negative 2. Most pregnant women push at a positive 2. (I think that’s how it works.) Either way he was still hanging out above my hip bone. So, the on call evening doctor thought I was going to have to undergo a c-section. Shift change happened and a new doctor came on, I’d seen her once and she knew how miserable I was being pregnant. So, she said I was going to push. I started pushing, pushed through every contraction I had for 2 hours straight.

The nurses I had were amazing and actually had to tell me to stop pushing. He was crowning and the doctor wasn’t in the room. They had to get everything ready really fast, she asked if I wanted to look down at him and ploop…there he was. She said, well nevermind. And handed him off. There was meconium present when they broke my water, so they had to take him and make sure he hadn’t ingested any. He was perfect. They handed him to me and that was that.

Emery Gray was born March 19th, 2015 at 9:30am, he was 8 pounds 21 inches long. He’s almost 3 months old now and it’s crazytown. I love him so much, and I’m going to use this blog to try and document his big life and all of his milestones. So. KEEP UP.