Today is the day to look back on the day Isaac came into the world because today is his birthday. My little trouble, monkey man is now two. He has looked two and acted two for a while now but it’s official… he has arrived to the terrible two’s.
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We originally started going to an OB in Maryland but we decided we didn’t like him so much even though he was given good reviews. We wanted some one that was willing to be flexible and work with us. We switched to The Maternity Center in Bethesda, MD. It’s a birthing center with a bunch of midwifes. Because I was a VBAC I was considered high risk. I couldn’t birth at the center but I felt at least I would have someone who was patient and flexible with delivering by baby. I also took Hypnobirthing classes with Jer. My big sista had used this method in bringing her 2 youngest babes into the world and loved it. Hello, pain free! I wanted to use it for achieving my highly desired all- natural-birth. I thought this would be the best way to avoid another C-section.
Time rolled on by. My due date was March 27th and I was getting closer and closer to that date. When I was 28 weeks along, the midwife measured my tummy and though I was measuring a week behind. She knew how much I wanted a natural birth (this means no inductions) so she bumped my due date back a week to April 2nd. This would hopefully give me an extra week to get this little boy here on my own.
I started walking and walking and walking… April 2nd came and went along with April 9th, 10th, 12th and 13th. Nothing much was going on down there. We tried to strip my membranes and still nothing happened. Time was running out and so we schedualed an induction date for Monday, April 17th. More walking and walking and walking.
Friday evening, the 14th, things started to happen. Mild, far apart contractions. Yea, at least it was something. I didn’t sleep to much Friday night. Saturday things didn’t pick up until the afternoon. I was suppose to call when contractions were 2 minutes apart or something like that. When I did call they had me head to the hospital. I think I arrived around 4 ish and when they check I was only at a 3. If I wasn’t high risk I would have turned around and finished laboring at home but they wanted to hook me up to all of the uncomfortable IV’s, monitors and such. Yuck, so un-natural. My contractions were still very bearable. Time ticked on.
Around 10 pm, I was a 7. I was on the slow boat and by now it had been over 24 hours since my contractions had started. My water finally broke and thing were now more intense. My midwife was so lovely. She sat by my bed and talked me through the whole thing. She made us (meaning my husband) feel better when she told us that the weird throaty, grunting noises were normal.
I still had 4 hours ahead of me but time ticked faster. I tired really hard not to grip the bed so tightly. There were times when I wondered how much longer I could handle things. I think so much of the fear is not knowing what is going to happen and how long it will take.
If I recall correctly, it took 2 hours of pushing. I wouldn’t say that it was painful… it was just super intense. I wasn’t so much in the groove like some of the women on the hypno birthing videos are but I did it. Two sleepless nights and 34 hours in labor, Isaac arrived at 1:08 am on April 16th, 3 weeks later then my original due date. I was sooo happy that I was patient and he came on his own. He was very healthy and weighed in at 9 lbs 7 oz.
Happy Birthday, Isaac. Love you.