If you have been following my pregnancy posts over the passed 9 months you know I was due to give birth any day. This has been an amazing journey! Thank you to everyone on here and on social media for all the love.
Week 38 of my pregnancy-
I had been having full blown contractions every 5 minutes, for hours- on-end, for over a week . I was experiencing prodromal labor. Something I wish no one would have to go through ! We had been to the hospital on New Years eve and were sent home because my contractions weren't progressing. I was so disappointed. I was having strong contractions every 5 minutes, ready to meet my son, and didn't get to go home with my baby. Instead, we had to wait it out at home.
Week 39 of my pregnancy-
Finally, after having more contractions all night, at 3am on January 3rd, my contractions started getting even stronger, longer, and closer together. My husband put his foot down and begged me to let him take me to the hospital. I didn't want to go back to the hospital only to be sent home again, so I was putting up with the pain as long as I could. Finally I gave in and my husband put our bags in the car and we headed to the hospital (40 minutes away).
We were lucky because we made it in right before all of the nasty morning, Pittsburgh traffic and just as we got there it started to poor freezing rain. A lot of the nurses (and our doctor) made it in late because of the weather, so we waited in a small room for about an hour.
Finally, a doctor came in and checked me out and my cervix progressed passed 5.5 centimeters and I was in active labor. My husband and I were so excited we were staying. Finally, the day had arrived and I get to hold my baby in my arms.
They finally got us into our delivery room at around 6am. After going on and on with contractions , and going so long without sleep, it was a no-brainer when they asked if I wanted an epidural. At around 7 am I got my epidural. I was surprised that I didn't feel a thing! I was a little nervous about it after hearing other moms talk about how uncomfortable the process of getting an epidural was, but it didn't hurt a bit. After the epidural and after the nurses had hooked me up to everything, my husband was able to get some sleep.
The doctors kept checking my cervix, and after hours of being in labor, I hadn't progressed past 7 centimeters and was taken to another room for an emergency C-section.
It turns out that my frame / pelvis was to small for my tiny baby to pass down through. For over a week he had been trying to arrive! After having contractions for so long, my cervix was swollen, and so was my baby's head.
I went into this pregnancy knowing that anything could happen during labor, and I was fine with whatever had to happen- as long as my baby was ok. Was I a little disappointed it ended in a c-section? Yes! Honestly though, once you hear your baby cry...all of that goes away, and there are no words to describe that moment. You always hear people say "You will never experience anything like hearing your baby cry for the first time", and it is so true! Next to marrying my husband, hearing my son cry for the first time will forever be my favorite moment and memory. I cried and cried and after looking over and seeing my tough Marine husband crying...it made me cry even more.
My love, Phillip Joseph L. was born on January 3rd at 11:52 pm. He weighed 6 lbs and 7 oz.
Born just 1 day before his due date (January 4th) He is named after his daddy and it fits so well being that he looks exactly like daddy.
We stayed in the hospital for 2 days. Those 2 days seemed to drag on and on, but I got a lot of time to cuddle him and kiss him. I couldn't believe how tiny he was....and all that hair!
Daddy changed the first diapers and did such an amazing job helping out while we were in the hospital. On the last day we were SO ready to bring our little guy home.
On January 6th we were released. It just happened to be on our biggest snow day of the winter so far in Pittsburgh. Even though everything we had brought (or purchased) for him to wear was all to big for him, we bundled him up and headed home.
Phillip is a little over a week now and doing wonderful! He dropped down in weight to 5 lbs 14oz in the hospital, but gained weight since he has been home. He had his first checkup and weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz. I am so in love with this little guy. He is worth all of the pain and sleepless nights. I am so happy he is home and healthy. My birthday is January 14th, so this was the best birthday gift I have ever received!