He's here and more precious than I could have ever expected. I am just in awe at how tiny, perfect, and beautiful he is.
Monday night around 9:00 pm I was down at my parents house for the day going swimming hoping to get things moving along. Right as I was leaving their house I had my first real contraction, but it wasn't too bad so I was able to make the hour drive home by myself. I continued to have them periodically for the rest of the evening. I remember telling Mason when he got home from class at 10:00, "I'd be surprised if I wasn't in labor." But the contractions weren't too strong or frequent enough for me to really know.
We went to bed at 11:00 (well I unsuccessfully tried) and then around midnight I decided to get up and start tracking my contractions. They were about 7-15 minutes apart so I wasn't sure if that was the real deal or not. I was hesitant to wake Mason up because I didn't want to tell him I was in labor and then him have to get his substitute lesson plans set up and then have it be a false alarm. So I waited until about 2:30 am when I still wasn't sure, but they were consistently 7-10 minutes apart.
He got his substitute aligned and everything set up and then we just hung out at the house. I still didn't feel like the contractions were close enough to go to the hospital for. Plus, we didn't want to go to the hospital and get sent home, or go to the hospital and be there for many hours when I could go through the first part of labor at home. That's when I posted the previous blog. I should have mentioned I thought I was in labor at that point, but like I said, I was worried it was a false alarm too.
Around 1:00pm it was getting to be 4-5 minutes between each contraction and I was pretty uncomfortable so we decided to pack up and head to the hospital. When we arrived I was dilated to a 5 and officially in labor. They set us up in our room. At this point I thought I had wanted to do a natural birth. We were hoping to have him delivered by 7:00pm before our the doctor we liked got off and the next doctor from our group came in... oh well.
Well things got so intense and I was so uncomfortable and tired from no sleep that I decided to get the ephidural. That was around 4:00pm and I was at a 6. Shortly after that the doctor came in and broke my water so get things moving along.
Very long story short... they gave me petocin to try and help me progress, but for some reason (I think the epidural) things slowed WAY down. But it was nice because I couldn't feel anything and I could rest a little bit. Around 1:30 am the doctor (who I am NOT a fan of) came in and said that if I didn't progress within the hour we were going to have to do a C-section because the baby would be without water too long. So my nurse had me push and then she said that she thought if we got it further down the birth canal the doctor wouldn't need to do a C-section. So Mason gave me a blessing because that was something we didn't really want to do and we started pushing. Sometime within that amount of time is when my epidural came out.
But I think that it was a blessing that it came out. Although it was the MOST painful thing I have ever experienced in. my. life... it was also the most spiritual experience with my husband supporting me and me relying mentally on God through each push that I have ever had. Being the epidural came out i was able to have control over the pushing and I was able to progress enough. After 4 hours of pushing and wondering if this was the best choice... our sweet baby Boone was born.
The doctor was very kind and he let Mason deliver his body after he had delivered the head. I will never forget the look on his face as he delivered our baby. Then he placed him on my chest and cut the cord. As I said, it was such a beautiful thing. Every single time I think about it or talk about our experience I am overwhelmed with love, thankfulness and the spirit.
Here is our sweet little bundle of joy feeling quite pleased about his stats.
Here is the tired and wonderful daddy showing his new baby to his parents over skype. Some how I managed to marry this man.
We were in the hospital for a day and a half. Then we packed up and went home. I love how gigantic the carseat looks compared to our little guy. Oh he's just so sweet.
He's beautiful. We love him. I love how when he wakes up in the morning and i walk over to the bassinet thinking I haven't heard him peep for a while and he's just laying there bright eyed and bushy tailed looking around. I can't believe he's ours and that we get to keep him.
Heavenly Father has blessed our family so much. I am so thankful and left without words.
Thanks for reading this novel.