Our beautiful baby girl finally came to us on Tuesday May 30th at 9:48am, and since then life as been a blur of getting to know our little one, lots of poops, snuggles and breastfeeding! But let's rewind to Saturday May 27th on our last day before contractions and a complete whirlwind began!
Saturday May 27th
The vibe at lunch was excitement and anticipation...but we were also (honestly) terrified of the unknown...How will it happen? Will my water break? Will it go quickly? Will there be complications? We also talked about our girl...what will she look like? How much will she weigh? So many questions running through our heads! We went home to relax and to finish packing our hospital bags. That night I experienced rapidly intensifying contractions. I started to time their frequency, and when they became consistent I called my midwife. We were positive that this was "it"...but she was not. She suggested that I get into a warm bath to sooth my pain, and to take some Gravol. I thought...Gravol? That will make me sleep! "Not if this is labour!! If you are going into labour, no amount of Gravol will prevent this baby from coming..you will Not sleep through it", she reassured me. Looking back now, I feel a bit ridiculous thinking that I could sleep through the pain that I was about to experience! So I took my Gravol, hopped in the bath, and once I started to feel sleepy...I got into bed and woke up the next day!
Sunday May 28th
Sunday morning came quick...I barely remembered falling asleep the night before (I was out like a light!). I woke up feeling confused and disappointed! I really thought that the contractions I was feeling the night before meant that it was time. I just wanted to get the show on the road, and most of all, I just wanted to meet my baby girl! So we continued our day as usual and decided to try a gentle walk and to take it easy. I felt an unusual calm...no contractions, very light and slow movements from the babe...nothing at all that told me that labour was coming! So I prepared myself to possibly go straight to my due date (or beyond), and I promised my husband that I would stop worrying, and that I would just let things happen. So it was a chill, relaxing day. That night we were lying in bed watching "Naked and Afraid" (so addicting), and Andrew fell asleep. I stayed up to watch another episode and then eventually fell asleep around 11pm. I wasn't asleep for long when I woke up suddenly from a dream in which my water had broken. I checked to see if it had, and I quickly realized that it was only a dream! I couldn't fall back asleep because I kept thinking about how real it had felt, and then Suddenly I heard/felt the sensation of a bubble popping in my pelvic area and boom...there it was, my water had broken! I stood up and was able to get to the toilet and sat there thinking, holy shit! This is Actually it! I called for Andrew and told him that I was in the bathroom and that my water had broken, and when I opened the door the lights were on, the bed was made...Andrew was fully dressed, hat on, bags ready. I laughed so hard because I was thinking I would open the door and he would just be waking up! I told him that I still have to page our midwife, and that it might not happen right away, especially since I had no contractions!
Suddenly I heard/felt the sensation of a bubble popping...my water had broken!...holy shit!
My midwife told me to Again...to take some Gravol (eye roll...like, let's gooo!), and to try to get some sleep because I would have a crazy day or two ahead. So hats off, bags away..Gravol taken...off we went to bed (eager to see what the next step would be).
Monday May 29th
After a couple of hours of dozing in and out of sleep I started to feel some pretty heavy contractions coming on. I was told that it wasn't time to call the midwife until my contractions were 4 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute for 1 hour (the 411 rule). So I breathed through the contractions and went in and out of sleep until the morning. Eventually my contractions started to get really painful, and they went from 4 minutes apart to 2, back to 4...and then 5...2...etc. They were not consistent enough but they were so painful. So I paged our midwife to see what I should do, and we made a plan to meet at her office to check me out! I was shocked to discover that I wasn't dilated at all and so was our midwife! For how close my contractions were, I should have been a little dilated..but nope! So she sent us home with instructions to get in the bath when the pain was unbearable and to try to wait it out until the contractions are more consistently spaced.
Eventually my contractions started to get really painful...So I paged our midwife to see what I should do
After a full day of breathing through contractions and multiple baths ...my tolerance for pain wore out. I called my midwife at 10:00pm to tell her that I am just unable to cope with the contractions anymore, and at this point they were switching between 2 and 4 minutes apart. So off we went! When we arrived I was in so much pain that I was stopping along the way to labour and delivery to lean against walls to breathe through contractions. Once in our room, and hooked up to monitors, we discovered that my contractions were very strong and very close together...however when my midwife checked my dilation I was still at zero! Looking quite concerned, we made a plan to start with an epidural to see if the relaxation will help to open things up. We would check again in an hours time. After checking again and again, I was told that I may not be able to dilate on my own (considering the frequency and strength of the contractions...and how long it had been since my water broke). So we discussed the option of being induced...and also put the possibility of a C section on the table. We decided to opt for the Oxytocin which would induce me further into labour...bringing on even more intense contractions. I also underwent multiple intense internal stretches to try to dilate me. I received the Oxytocin at 2am...and thankfully by 3:30am I was finally 2cm! After 2cm, things started to move quickly! By 6:00am I was 6cm and we started to prepare for delivery and told our parents to come to the hospital. By 7:15am I was 10cm and baby was slowly moving down. At 7:30am, it was time to push! Andrew held my head for me, and also helped one of the midwives hold my legs (at this point I had two midwives, and the occasional OB who would pop in to help). With lots of encouragement and coaching, I pushed with all my might. After a couple of hours, I started to use meditation and visualization to help her to come out. I was in my own head focusing when I heard the midwife say that I would be able to reach down to pull my baby up onto my belly after the next push. I used every single ounce of energy left in my body to push, and suddenly I saw her...I felt like I had lost touch with reality (but at the same time...life had never felt so real). Our daughter was laying on my belly and all I could do was cry and hug Andrew and touch her little face and cry some more. I tried to pull her closer but they told me that I had to wait for the cord to be cut because it was too short for her to reach my chest. Once Andrew had cut the cord, and I held her on my chest, I was just overflowing with joy and emotion...gasping between cries, and saying to Andrew that this is our baby girl...our daughter is here! She looked up at me, and I was filled with a love that consumed me from head to toe. I delivered Piper June at 9:48am and she weighed 7lbs 11oz!
I feel super proud of myself, and I am just blown away by the entire experience of pregnancy and birth and have a whole new appreciation for my body. Finally, the love I feel for my husband after this experience has become an entirely new relationship. My labour coach, my encourager...the father of our beautiful girl. I am so thankful that he gave me this precious angel, and I can`t wait to see her grow, and to experience our own growth as parents.
Hi! My name is Amber, I am a wife and mother to Piper June. Welcome to my blog. You will find my path towards natural health and wellness as well as my honest discoveries as a new mother. In all aspects of life, I strive to cultivate Balance through a mindful existence. I share my experiences as a mother, helpful product reviews and companies that I am passionate about for our family. I am so grateful for your visit xo