My oh my it’s been a while since I have blogged!
I thought it was only fair that I share Henley’s birth story here along with Kaden’s.
Let me start by saying how crazy it is how different pregnancies can be! For example: with my son – I was so sick, slept great, and had no heartburn. With my daughter – everything was completely opposite! I never got sick, slept awful, had serious heartburn, and was just plain uncomfortable! Regardless of my symptoms during pregnancy, both babies were perfect.
Now onto the good stuff!
A little background: I delivered my son 2 days after my due date. I thought for sure I was going to go early with my daughter because I had Braxton hicks for months, she was sitting so low in my pelvis, and I was dilated to a 2 and effaced for weeks! Low and behold, I went a week overdue! I was losing my mind, but knew baby girl would come when she was ready.
On May 23rd 2017 at 4am I woke up with contractions. Unsure if they were real or not I tried going back to sleep and taking a bath to see if they would go away. Within an hour and a half they were already 2-3 minutes apart. We arrived at the hospital at 6am, and I was so nervous they weren’t going to admit me because I had only been in labor for 2 hours and didn’t think I was dilated enough. To my surprise I was already at a 5 and was admitted.
Everything flew by after that! I received my epidural at 7:45am, my water broke at 8:30am and I was dilated to a 7. At 9:45am I was fully dilated. My original OB was sick, so I had to wait for another OB to come and started pushing at 10:50am. Only 4 minutes later Henley popped out! Weighing 8lbs2oz, 20in long, with a 14″ head and chest.
My body however was not delivering the after birth, so my OB had to manually go in and pull my placenta out. It turns out that the umbilical cord is usually attached to the middle of the placenta, and mine was attached to the side – so they were slowly detaching away from each other.
TMI ahead —> despite the after birth situation, and my daughter being larger in size than my son, I only had a very superficial tear. To say the least, recovery has been so much easier!
I’m so thankful for such a smooth labor and delivery, and beyond blessed for my two beautiful, healthy babies!