Just when you think you have the labor and delivery experience figured out the 3rd one throws you through a loop!
In the weeks leading up to Kolter's birth there were several days I thought I may go into labor based on the number of contractions and the aches and pains I was experiencing. However, when week 38 rolled around much of the discomfort and contractions literally ceased overnight.
As week 38 progressed I continued to check those last minute items off my list. The very last item was pack my hospital bag, but I kept procrastinating because it required me to do a load of laundry :) However on Wednesday (March 26) I figured I better get it started...
That evening the kids and I put together our new vacuum and gave it a test run then I talked to my dad and assured him labor was not imminent. Kyle had a guys night out and once he got home we put the kids down and went to bed ourselves. At 1 am I suddenly awoke to water gushing down my leg. I quickly ran to the bathroom as it continued to pour. Kyle awoke during the commotion and came rushing in. My water had never broken naturally so we just stared in disbelief as we debated whether this was my water breaking. As the water continued to drip I of course Googled water breakage and confirmed our suspicions :)
I knew once my water broke that meant I needed to go the hospital. However, I also knew from my previous labors that I had some time because the contractions were not yet regular or intense. So I made the executive decision to shower and get ready. Plus I still needed to finish packing and pack a bag for the kids. Also the house was a disaster... Anyway as I got ready Kyle did some of the household chores. As he said that night, in this situation I could literally get him to do anything :) Since I had been meaning to cut his hair all week I took advantage of his declaration and insisted that he cut his hair before going to the hospital. He willingly obliged.
By the time we finished getting ready it was 3 am and Uncle Cliff arrived to stay with the kids. As we were giving him instructions my water continued to rupture. And as we drove the 5 minutes to the hospital still more water was expelled. I had no idea the amount of water! But I can assure you by the time they got me back to triage everything from my shirt to my socks was drenched. The nurse in triage was going to check and make sure my water broke before sending me to labor and delivery, but when she walked in the room and saw the puddle she declared my water had obviously broken and started getting me registered for delivery. During that time I learned something new. Once your water breaks they literally won't let you do anything. I had to beg to use the restroom. They insisted I couldn't walk and had to be wheeled in my bed. For fear the baby would fall out! I was pretty confident the baby was not going to fall out, but up until this point I had not been checked for dilation at all during the entire pregnancy.
|one last pregnancy photo, in the middle of the night, ready for a nap...that didn't happen|
|Mommies first look|
While the epidural was certainly cutting the pain I could still feel everything so I knew when it was time to push and after about 5 pushing sessions he emerged into the world. He was tiny and perfect!
Our precious little blessing, Kolter Howard! After about .5 seconds Kyle and I declared he looked just like Sawyer when he was born. And this proved to be very true! Sawyer and Kolter both arrived 10 days early. Sawyer weighed 6 lbs. 7.5 oz while Kolter weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. Sawyer was 18.5 inches long and Kolter was 18 inches long. Only time will tell if this trend continues and whether they have similar personalities. But at this point their features and birth measurements are nearly identical.
All in all it was a very good birth experience! I experienced many new scenarios and I am super thankful for an attentive nurse who knew what was going on and took charge when I was unsure of myself. And the best part was the safe and healthy arrival of Kolter!