Keaton’s Birth Story

Keaton’s Birth Story

Mama: Kathy S.

Stats: 8lbs. 8oz., 21 inches

Type of Birth: Vaginal

Birth Location: Hospital

Primary Care: Obstetrician

As of Wednesday October 22nd 2014 I was 40 weeks and 5 days pregnant - overdue with my second child and absolutely miserable. My almost three-year-old daughter was born one day early, so I had set these expectations that our little guy would make an early appearance too… dead wrong!

The day before, my midwife performed a second stretch and sweep on me in hopes of getting things moving along. I was really eager to see if it would help as there had been a discussion of induction and that was a plan I wanted to avoid.

By 1 p.m. on the 22nd, I could start to feel contractions although they were pretty spaced out and timing them was silly. I went about my business by putting laundry away and packing a few last minute items into our hospital bag. At 4:30 p.m. I phoned my husband to let him know that he should probably make his way home soon as the contractions were coming more frequently. I also called to let my mama know so she could come to pick up our daughter for the night – I was beyond emotional saying goodbye to her since I knew this was the last time she would be my only child.

We had a bite to eat and continued to time my contractions and although they were getting stronger, they weren’t frequent enough to leave for the hospital. At 9 p.m. I called my midwife and she gave me the okay to leave and would meet us in triage.

I was immediately checked once we arrived and was 4 cm dilated and in active labor which meant we could be put into a room right away. At this point my contractions were still manageable but becoming more painful and I knew that just like the first labor and delivery, I would request an epidural again.

We got into our room and discussed the epidural. It was a busy night at the hospital, so I had to wait. Little did I know just how long it would be, so I hopped into the tub to work through my contractions then was back out a short time later since the most comfortable place was in bed and on my back. One of the last contractions I had before the epidural was by far the most intense and felt like it lasted at least five minutes long (not the case but it felt that way!). I screamed and cried and gripped my husband’s hand as hard as I could then found out that I was 8cm… 4cm more than I was the first time I had an epidural. No wonder it hurt so much!

It took over two hours before the anesthesiologist was able to finally grant me some relief and shortly after 1 a.m. I was comfortable and pain free! The lights were turned down so we could try to rest, but sleep was the last thing on my mind. An hour later I was able to feel some pressure and knew that our baby was ready to make his entrance very soon. The nurse checked me – 10 cm dilated! The baby was almost in position to start pushing which meant prepping could begin. I was so excited and nervous all at the same time. I couldn’t wait to meet this new little person who was coming to completely turn our world around in the most amazing way.

It was time to push. The nurse had me do some ‘practice’ pushes and then realized that she needed everyone in the room as soon as possible – he was coming! I focused and pushed for a grand total of 13 minutes, then was told to reach down for my baby. Here he was with a full head of dark hair, bigger than his sister was, and the cutest little nose that was so familiar to me.

Our sweet little Keaton was born on October 23rd at 3:34 a.m. weighing 8 lbs 8 oz and almost 21 inches long. He was and still is so perfect! I was always so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to love a new baby just as much as I love our daughter but all of that fear went away the moment I saw him.

Image by Cuddlebugz Photography

He completes our family of four and we couldn’t be more in love with our little prince.

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