We’re thrilled to announce that Stephen David was born yesterday (10/20) at 12:02 AM! He is named after my father (Stephen) and Jeff’s father (David). He will share a birthday with my father (who passed away when I was 8 years old) – but they just barely share a birthday considering his time of birth (just 2 minutes after midnight!)
- Birth Date: 10/20/2013
- Birth Time: 12:02 AM
- Length: 21 inches
- Weight: 7 lbs, 1 ounce
- Head: 13.25 inches
- Chest: 13 inches
Just like with Phinehas, I had Jeff keep a Labor Log for me, so that I could “remember” the details! For me, it seems like some of the details get forgotten super quickly! The story starts on Saturday, October 19th.
7:35 PM – I had been having STRONG contractions all day, but they were 15 minutes apart. Then 4 hours apart. So I assumed that they were Braxton Hicks even though they had really started to hurt. But that evening, I had no sooner stepped into the shower when there was a big gush. My water had broken!
Jeff was 2 stories lower in the house, so I called him on his cell phone (must’ve been feeling pretty lazy!). I called my OB to have her paged and got dressed, waiting for instructions. She called me back and instructed me to head to the hospital.
We finished packing, woke up Phinehas, called my sister and dropped him off at her house. Glad she lives just up the street! And off we went to the hospital. As soon as my water broke, my contractions got much more regular – pretty much every 3 minutes. Really hard, but not very long.
8:35 PM – Was situated in our Labor & Delivery room. Met our nurse. Told her our story. Re-affirmed that yes, I’m a big fan of epidurals, please! She did a quick exam and determined that I was dilated to a ‘4’, giving us plenty of time to have an anesthesiologist called for the epidural.
9:30 PM – By this time, they had put in the IV, gotten me 1 bag full of IV ‘stuff’ (saline?) so they were ready for me to have the epidural. It took 4 tries to get the epidural in! I’d like to blame it on the doctor, but I suspect it’s me because they had similar problems giving me an epidural with Phinehas as well. He had to put it in ‘lower’ than he expected (whatever that means). That process really hurt despite the fact that each new attempt they had to do a new local numbing shot (‘this will just sting like a bee sting!’) And, of course, they had to time attempts around my contractions to help me be able to stay still. Either way, epidural got put in!
9:40 PM – Another quick check once the epidural was in and I was at a ‘6’. Contractions when on pain meds are much different than contractions without pain meds. I have nothing but major, major respect for women that go without pain meds. Major props!
10:10 PM – Now at a ‘7’.
10:35 PM – Now at a ‘8’.
11:25 PM – A 10!
11:35 PM – The OB gets called as she’s just 10 minutes away.
11:45 PM – The nurse had me do a quick test push to see how much control/ability I had to push since I had the epidural. Baby was definitely in position and really, was sliding out on his own. With only 1 (really poor) push, we could see him.
11:58 PM – The OB was there and asked if I wanted to wait to push until after midnight (so that Stephen’s birthday would be the same as my dad’s). Since we were only talking about holding off for 2 minutes, we said yes. In reality, we were saying ‘yes’ to not pushing since Stephen was sliding out on his own.
12:00 AM – It’s a new day! I did 3 pushes and he was out! Baby born two minutes after midnight!
Phinehas’s birth story is so different than Stephen’s. Part of it is the difference between a first baby and a second baby, but really, the major difference (I think) is the difference between an induction and going into labor on your own. For any future pregnancies, I’m certainly open to an induction if medically necessary, but man, oh man, going into labor on your own makes things much easier! At least in my limited experience!