- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Ronan Christopher, born August 25 at 7:56pm. 7 pounds 15 oz, 20 inches long.
I don’t have much of a birth story. I did manage to stick with it and do it all natural as I had planned!
I started having contractions about 10 minutes apart around midnight on Saturday (the midnight between Friday and Saturday). This continued all night, but they seemed to stall out when I got up in the morning and were lighter and more sporatic.
I made DH take me to Chipotle for lunch. By around 2pm-ish, they were getting to be about 5 minutes apart and lasting about a minute each. DH still wasn’t convinced I was really in labor yet at this point! But I insisted we should at least go get checked out at labor and delivery just in case.
We got to the hospital and into our room around 3:30pm. I was 6cm dilated at that point. It still didn’t seem like labor would be to bad at that point, I was still walking around and not really in any pain.
The turning point for pain was the contraction where my water broke. I had prevously been standing/walking and leaning against the bed or cabinet when a contraction came. This one brought me to my knees, literally, then my water broke, so I was sitting on the floor in a mess.
They got me into bed, I was still laboring on my hands and knees for a while in the bed. Contractions really hurt at that point. This this point up until birth, it’s kind of a blur, I just remember go back and forth between “OMG I’M GOING TO DIE” during the contractions, and “Ok, I got through that, I can do this…” in between.
When it came time to push, I pushed for about 45 minutes. Looking back, I probably could have made it short on myself, but it hurt, so I wasn’t pushing as hard and as many times per contraction as I could have. Once I got to the point where it sunk in that for the pain to stop, the baby needed to come out, I pushed better.
Ronan was born at 7:56pm!
Here’s a link to the photos the hospital photographer took: http://www.our365.com/NewbornPortraits/BabyDetail.aspx?birthId=9ea45412-5cbe-4c18-8428-aed2aa482405&babyId=366294c1-d1f6-4979-95f0-664fdd88a32d (Password: BabyRonan, Letters of mother’s last name: Jako)