The reason I started blogging was to share my birth story with other moms. I felt compelled to talk about Ryley’s birth after a 32 hour labor. Two years later, I havent told Avery’s birth story. [Poor second child.] Its completely different from his sisters, just like their personalities now.
I found out I was pregnant with Avery when I was 4 months along. Crazy, right? I knew I was pregnant two months into my pregnancy but was in denial. Ryley was only 9 months! There was no way I could be pregnant again. Plus I was breastfeeding, you cant get pregnant while you breastfeed! [Side note – before I got pregnant with Ryley I said if it wasn’t twins then we should have Irish twins. I was just joking. God thought I was serious.]
I went in for my first ob appointment and she went to an ultrasound and asked if I wanted to know the sex of our baby. Yup. First appointment and we were finding out the sex. I was NOT prepared for this at all. I had a really easy pregnancy but it went fast!
When I was 36 weeks I started spotting bright red blood, so we rushed to the ER. I was examined and everything was fine. I was slightly dilated but nothing to worry about. They also guessed that the baby was about 6 pounds from an ultrasound. I was put on bed rest for a week and told to take it easy.
My estimated due date was May 5th, but I kept telling my doctor I was ready at my 38 week appointment. I asked her to put me on bedrest so I didnt have to work. I was tired and I was fat and I was miserable. Taking care of a toddler, working full time and moving into a new house was a lot. She couldnt put me on bedrest just because I was tired, but we scheduled my induction day for April 25th. I was so happy! I called work and told them I was going out. That was probably my second favorite phone call to make.
Ryon and I went to the hospital that evening and Ryley stayed with grandma. They started pitocin at 7PM that evening and my doctor told me I would have the baby before noon the next day. I thought, ‘Yea right! I was in labor for over 32 hours with Ryley. Ill be here awhile.’ I was able to sleep most of the night, which was a blessing.
When I woke up the next day my contractions were getting really painful. They were completley different from what I had experienced with Ryley. I wasnt even sure they were contractions but we looked at the monitors and they said they were. It was like a really bad period cramp. That lasted for minutes at a time.
I was scared to get an epidural because my first one was so miserable. At one of my ob appointments I had my doctor give me a pep talk about getting one. She told me just talk to the anesthesiologist before and let them know my experience. I still wasnt sold but when I couldnt talk through my contractions and I was only 5 cm dilated I decided I needed an epidural.
My anesthesiologist was amazing. He threaded the line on the first try and even made me laugh. [Side note – getting an epidural is NOT fun. I shuddered just thinking about having one put it. Know going in that they suck and talk to your anesthesiologist beforehand to ease your mind.] I was able to fall back asleep after the epidural kicked in.
I woke up at 11AM because I had a ton of pressure down below. I waited til my nurse came in and told her ‘Either I have to poop or I need to push.’ She checked me and said I was almost fully dilated but I wasnt there yet. She upped my pitocin and within 30 minutes I was ready to push. I had so much pressure I knew this baby was ready to come out. [SO different from Ryley! I had nothing but back labor with her. This was a whole new experience with Avery.]
They called my doctor to come in around 1130 AM. She scrubbed in and I started to push. I had my mom on one side and Ryon on the other for support. I pushed for 15 minutes and Avery James Grant was born. He was born at 1147 AM and weighed 9 pounds 1 ounce.
He was a few pounds bigger then we had expected. Still so very beautiful and healthy!
Meeting Grandma for the first time.
Ryley meeting her little brother for the first time. Oh my goodness I love these two so much!
Heading home from the hospital. He was born with a full head of jet black hair.
Today he is a blonde hair blue eyed little terror. He has his own opinion and make sure you know it. He is also the sweetest little boy ever and I love when he says ‘mommee’.
Happy 2nd birthday Avery James! We love you so very much!
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Aww, I love birth stories! Happy Birthday precious boy!!!
And, yeah…9 lbs is a tad bigger than they expected, huh? LOL
Just a little bit! 🙂
Also, LOLd at the poop thing.
Isnt that just silly? When I was pushing with Ryley the nurse told ‘Push like you’re pooping!’ Poop is a reoccurring them in childbirth.
Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom says
Beautiful birth story and beautiful kiddos! We’ll be celebrating my Wesley’s 2nd birthday this summer. Happy birthday, Avery!
Thanks! Happy early birthday to your little man! 🙂
I loved reading this! The picture of Riley meeting her little brother with you in the hospital is darling!and it’s amazing to me you were able to push out such a big baby in 17 minutes!!
Thanks Karen! It was a pretty fast process at the end, thank goodness! Im still shocked at how big he was though. 🙂
9 pounds! You’re sweet little man has this emergency c-section, tinny baby having momma shaking in her boots! Thanks so much for sharing this. I miss the Labor of Love series. Not that I have another one to contribute, but I say bring it back! 😉
LOL! I should bring it back, huh? Thanks Michaela!
He’s such a little nugget!
Little? No. Nugget? Yes. 😉
Love your story and I will never forget that day!
ME EITHER! One of the best days of my life. I think? 🙂
What an amazing story and a beautiful family! My friend just experienced the “you can’t get pregnant while breast feeding” bit as well. She was just short of 6 months when she argued with the dr that there was definitely a baby kicking.
Holy moly!! 6 months?! Thats crazy.. but awesome! 🙂