Monday, May 21, 2012
New Arrival... Baby M Story
Born on April 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM baby Mason made his appearance into the world. What a ride that was! He was beautiful and tiny. 6 lbs 11 oz and 20 in long. Lots of dark hair and he had much to say coming in with a really loud cry.
The weeks leading up to his birth were intense. School winding down and end of the year activities were going on and I was dying. The thought of waiting for the due date of May 14 pretty much brought me to tears! This baby was coming early and I knew it. I was barely walking and my kids were my personal picker-upers. They would walk around with me to clean what I would tell them. (It was kinda great!)
The Friday before I had Mason, I walked down to see my friend Tiff at the neighbors'. I was really slow and really tired. She asked if I was in labor and thinking back I probably was. By 2 AM I started having contractions. Livvy and Cohen were at Grandma's having a sleepover and McCoy was having a sleepover in our room. His dad bought him a bag of Hersey's Kisses candy and for some reason he woke up and began to eat them. It was super funny. I sat there and listened to him trying to take the tin foil wrapper off and muttering to himself. He is such a candy boy. I told J that maybe because he was already awake we should take him to Grandma's. So a little while later we were on our way.
I checked into the hospital about 4 am. I HATE feeling contractions and I was ULTRA paranoid that we wouldn't make it in time to get an epidural. We got in and I was dilated to a 3. Hours went by and my contractions got further apart, but were just as intense. At 9 am the Dr. decided to send me home because I wasn't progressing. I was so sad and bummed I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I cried all the way home. I was super exhausted and we both went right to bed. J fell right to sleep but every 9 minutes I would wake up in contraction pain. I slipped quietly out of the room and called my friend Lawni. If anyone knew about contraction pain, she did! I cried to her for a while and she helped me get all calm and gave some pointers on how to handle the pain. J woke and not knowing what else to do decided to go mow the lawn.
I sat and tired to "focus" on a show. I tried not to move or tense while each contraction came. Then having tried that for awhile I decided to try to scream to see if it made the pain less tense. So I did! I SCREAMED!! J came running in because he thought I was having the baby! HA HA! He wasn't impressed with my little experiment! I decided then that we should go back in. I was scared to go because they had already sent me home once! By the time we got to the hospital I couldn't walk and I was crying. They checked me and I was a 5. The nurses asked if I wanted and epidural and "YES, hurry because I go fast" is all I could say. Well...let's just say the epidural wasn't fast enough. The Anesthesiologist didn't make it there fast enough. All I can remember is being sooo soo angry! I was screaming with every contraction soooo loud!!! I felt like I was in a different world. I just kept saying I don't want to do this!! But I did. He was born within 25 minutes of getting there. Thank goodness it was fast! I DO NOT know how people have long labors. It was very sudden and unexpected and terrifying for me. Poor J! I kept glaring at him saying, "I TOLD YOU they wouldn't make it in time!!" But all that being said and done - Wow, I got a beautiful baby boy to love!