The week prior to Momma's due date we, well I guess it was more myself than her, went through a nesting spell. I cleaned every bit of his clothing from 0-5T got it sorted and got his little area in our room all ready for him. I started 4 days prior to her due date taking count down photos:
Then we came to our due date. We waited anxiously all day long. We of course know that the fact that a doctor gave you this due date means nothing in regards to when your baby is going to make his appearance! None the less, we were still hopeful! Momma had, had enough of this pregnancy thing and was ready for him to be here!
She saw her doctor on the third day past her due date. We were hoping for better news than what we got. She was a centimeter dilated. We definitely wanted more! So she was scheduled for induction on Thursday the 16th. The rest of the week went by very slow as waited until it was time to head to the hospital!
Thursday arrived and we got to the hospital at 10 p.m. we were already tired at this point but were in for a very long night! Her labor was slow going all night. She was still only a 1 and the measures that the doc was taking to help her along weren't helping out to much. The pain meds prior to the epidural made her so sick! My poor love threw up more times than I would like to remember! The doctor realized that her body was doing a lot of work but she wasn't progressing so despite still only being 1 they gave her the epidural. After that she slept the rest of the morning and into the afternoon.
They finally decided to give her the meds needed to further her labor but each time they upped the dosage the babies heart rate would drop dramatically to the point that the nurse would run in and shut the drip down and put an oxygen mask on her. At this point I was going on over 24 hours without sleep. Talk about exhausting! We were told that they would give the drug one more chance to do what it needed to but if the baby's heart rate were to drop again, she would be having a C-section. Something that she definitely did not want! After only another half an hour she sat and said that she had the urge to push and was feeling pressure. Her mom rushed to get the nurse and come to find out she had gone from 4-5 cm all the way to 9 cm in less than an hour. Her body was definitely doing what was needed to prevent the C-section.
While all of this was going on, we had no one at the hospital yet to sit with our oldest so he was sitting out view range of what was happening. Each time the nurse told Momma to push and would count it out, he would count right along with her! He is so cute! Luckily he was only in the room for about 5 minutes before our friend arrived to take care of him for us. In the process of me trying to leave him with her though he got upset and started crying. I literally almost missed the baby being born! Talk about a rush of emotion!
Once things had settled down and Momma was all better as was our Little Monster, I went back to the waiting room to get Big Brother so he could meet his Little Brother for the first time. At first Big Brother was very excited. Until Little Brother started making noise and crying then he just wanted to go play with Grandma instead! Eventually though, he opened up to him and is even starting to want to hold him.
In all that went on before, during and after labor and delivery, I was constantly terrified that Big Brother would now take back burner to Little Brother. The fear generated from the fact that I had birthed Big Brother and Momma had birthed Little Brother. I was so afraid that for whatever reason she would love Big Brother differently than she does Little Brother. Luckily that whole fear was squashed when, the day after Little Brother was born Big Brother was with his dad and grandma for the day and Momma looked at me and said, Little Brother is perfect and wonderful but she really wished Big Brother was there to share this time with us as a slightly larger family. She even started to cry because she missed Big Brother so much. My heart was literally so happy to hear that I almost cried!
Little Brother was born on 5/17/2013 at 3:13 p.m. after almost 16 hours of labor.
He was 7 lbs. 9 oz.
20 and a quarter inches long.
He is beautiful and amazing! Big Brother is warming up to him daily and today even gave him a kiss unprovoked. These little things make Momma and I so happy. They actually make Momma tear up! (Pregnancy hormones you know.)