Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hampton's Birth Story

- I merely share this because I did one for Mary Tilman and stalked a lot of others in preparation for the big day. If births scare you, I could pass right over this one. - 

Hampton Lee 
Friday, June 9, 2017
11:53 pm
7 lbs, 15 oz 

Tuesday I went into the doctor for my 39 week appointment with no really progress. She also did a membrane sweep which supposedly speeds things up. I instantly starting having contractions and thought they were the real deal. Well, they were false contractions that happened for another three days. Yep, the sweeps work on most people... I must not be the most. The contractions would come and go with no real pain and always subside by morning.

Fast forward to Friday, and we had dinner out followed by a movie to help pass the time. Around 10:45 pm I thought my water broke, only I wasn't 100 percent sure. Graphic but I heard a pop and still was completely clueless. So I called the doctor and she suggested I come in to be safe. We called our family and told them to head this way. Almost instantly, back labor started and it was as horrible as they describe. I could barely stand during the pain and it took all I had to get my bags packed and dressed out of my pajamas. Unfortunately we had to wake Mary Tilman but she was so excited to meet her brother.

We left the house around 11:30 pm for the hospital. We were in a rental car (oh yeah I got in a car accident at 37 weeks pregnant, forgot to mention that one) but the entire ride to the hospital was a blur. It seemed we stopped at every traffic light but I politely suggested for Aaron to rev it halfway through with the emergency flashers. (I say politely because afterwards I was informed a few foul words slipped out but I will blame it on the pain).

We pulled up at the ER valet, and the moment I got out of the car I knew I needed to get upstairs stat. My stomach had dropped and I thanked my lucky stars I wore leggings (funny in hindsight). Luckily a lady came to my rescue, after I was abruptly parked in the ER lobby by a very frightened valet attendant. I guess my huffing and sweating was scary. I was then wheeled to Labor and Delivery with dad and sister in tow. We scooted in on two wheels and were directed to my room. My amazing doctor was on call and immediately asked me if I wanted my epidural. After huffing out a yes, I was shocked when she said it was too late and called for her entire team to come in quickly. I was once again speechless and didn't know if I could do this thing naturally. Shock instantly set in because I was quickly surrounded by ten nurses and told to try to stay calm all without the hubs by my side.

After two pushes, my sweet baby boy arrived at 11:53 pm. Luckily, the nurses kept Mary Tilman busy with a popsicle so Aaron could come into the room. Our parents were shocked to hear how fast things happened, but boy were we all smitten after a hectic few hours!

Lesson learned is that no two births are the same :)

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