Well he”ll be 1 month old on Monday so it’s time I finally got around to posting baby Anthony’s birth story!
It’s really such a strange feeling knowing for sure that this is our last baby. I sort of wanted to hold onto every moment of EVERYTHING. With the exception of course of hardly being able to walk the last 12 days without the worst vajay-jay pressure ever. I could’ve done without that.
Baby Anthony’s Birth Story
I actually went to the hospital Monday August 13 thinking I was FOR SURE in labor. They hooked me up, gave me an exam (holy f’ng painful) and watched me for a few hours. Nothing. Until that is, my blood pressure dropped, I was sweating profusely (yet freezing) and then…barfed everywhere 🙂 All for them to eventually tell me… NOPE – You’re not in labor and we’re sending you home. FML.
So – I went on with the horrible vajay pressure. At my next appt. 4 days later (which was my 40 week appt.) my Dr. scheduled me to be induced that Monday, August 20. I thought for sure I wouldn’t make it that far but low and behold… he was happy in there 🙂 I guess he just wanted to add some excitement to our birth story.
We were scheduled to be at the hospital at 5am that morning. I asked Mike to wake me up when his alarm went off. We made sure everything was packed and we went to bed.
Wouldn’t you know I woke up to Mike frantically telling me “Laur, you gotta get up, it’s 4:50 and I must have hit snooze on my alarm”.
I can’t even explain how I felt that morning! Were they going to send me home again because we were going to be so late? NO! I need this baby OUT! I ‘ve had this date planned in my head for days! UGH! I refused to pick up the phone and instead made him call because after all… HE was the one that f’d up.
Luckily we were all good and they said just get here as soon as you can. And luckily, we live 5 minutes from the hospital. I could let Mike live – but will never let him live it down 🙂 I keep telling him he only had TWO jobs this whole time. One was to get my pregnant and the other was to get me to the damn hospital. Men!
We got to the hospital around 5:30am and I was brought to my room. I wasn’t nervous at all. Maybe because I’ve already had 2 kids or maybe because I was just so anxious to meet him. Plus, I knew I was getting an epidural and I’ve 2 great labor and delivery experiences with one before.
The nurses got me all hooked up and started the pitocin around 6:00-6:30am. My contractions were never really terrible but to be safe I got my epidural around 6 centimeters so that I didn’t run the risk of not being able to get one. If there was anything I was a bit nervous about, it was getting the epidural. I’m happy to say it was less scary then the first two times. Or maybe I just had a better anesthesiologist?
I’m happy to say that my labor was so enjoyable. I just relaxed, ate some Italian ice and shopped on my phone LOL. The nurses checked me every few hours and slowly but surely I made progress each time. By 2:05 pm I was ready to push.
This might sound really strange but I REALLY enjoy delivering. My eyes were closed for about 90% of it and I was just enjoying the moment thinking about how we were going to meet our newest family member any second. The only thing I did tell the nurses and Drs. in between pushes was that I could totally push harder and get him out faster but… I didn’t want to poop. True story.
And for those of you wondering…No, I didn’t lol.
We were 100% expecting another cute little 6 or 7 pounder but couldn’t have been more wrong! He started coming out and the nurses were like “He is a big baby… we think he’s going to be over 9 pounds” I didn’t believe them one bit, especially since I didn’t gain much weight during the pregnancy. I couldn’t wait for him to come out so we could see. I pushed 5 times and by 2:12pm he was here… all 9 pounds and 6 ounces of him. Holy cow. And no.. I somehow didn’t tear. I will chalk that up to this baby our third baby!
I’m thankful to say that my experience was yet again another amazing one. I feel blessed to have 3 beautiful, healthy children and can’t imagine our life now without baby Anthony! He definitely completes our family.
I can’t wrap up this post without giving a few very important thank you. My parents and Mike’s parents both helped with our older 2 and really took some stress away from us by doing so. Thank you so much for your support and for making this journey such a great one.
Another big thank you to my friend Laura for capturing this special time. She created the above video and I can’t thank her enough for doing it. It’s something we feel so lucky to have and are so thankful we have it to look back on for years to come. I still can’t watch it without crying! Happy tears of course.
If you’ve ever considered capturing your baby’s birth story I highly recommend it. I promise, you wont regret it. I can’t put into words how happy we are to have this amazing footage. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about it.
Thanks for stopping by to read baby Anthony’s birth story!
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