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Preston Owen’s Birth Story
It was Saturday January 22, 2011 around 2:45 in the afternoon. Isabella, Austin and Daddy were napping and I was resting on the couch…when contractions started. At first I just thought they were more of the same contractions I’d been getting for the past couple weeks, but some little voice in my head told me these were different. They were intense, and only 6 minutes apart for the first half hour or so...then they quickly became 3 minutes apart..for the next half hour or so. By this time the kids and Brad were up and playing in the basement, I was sitting on the yoga ball breathing through contractions. Around 4 pm I told Brad that we needed to get the kids to the neighbors and head on into the hospital. At this point contractions were anywhere from 3-1 minute(s) apart and STRONG!!!! I had already been to the bathroom several times, and could feel the pressure mounting.
Brad got some dinner packed for the kids grabbed their over night bag and headed next door to our lovely neighbors house We got to the hospital around 5pm and I was dilated at a 3-4 and 70%effaced. They got me all hooked up and monitored my contractions for an hour. I continued to contract at least every 3 minutes, I was doing good breathing through them. At 6:30pm I was at a 4-5 and my doctor said he would come on in. When my doc got there he gave me an epidural and broke my water, this was around 7:45pm. For the next 30 minutes or so my doctor stayed in the room with us and monitored my contractions, they were starting to stall out and not be as effective. We decided at that time to start the pitocin at 8:20pm, and since I already had an awesome epidural going, the pitocin wasn’t bad at all. My doc said baby would be here by 10 The next hour and half kind of flew by, and before I knew it, it was 10pm and time to push! My doc looked at me right before I started to push and said, “You look like you’re in pain.” I said, “Well yes I am about to push a baby out.” He said, “Oh no, I don’t want you in a lot of pain.” He then put some other drug I can’t remember into my epi line. He said it wouldn’t really help with the birth process but that my post partum recovery would be great. I pushed through 3 or 4 contractions and Preston Owen was born at 10:07pm! He came out with a hand on his perfectly round little head. Brad and I were thrilled he was finally here! He scored a 9 both times on his APGAR test and was nursing within 13 minutes of birth. He nursed for almost 40 minutes!!! Then Brad went with him to the nursery to get measured and have a bath. His blood sugar was low so Brad gave him a bottle of formula. The drug my doc gave me was great! I was numb and pain free until about 5 AM the following morning! All in all this was the easiest birth for me, no tearing or stitching required. In fact the most pain I had after delivery was/is from my stupid broken foot LOL! Preston struggled a little in the next couple days with jaundice and blood sugar, but after my milk came in and one day on the bili lights he was all set to go home! He is truly the perfect addition to our family, and we couldn't be more happy to have him. God is great!
Last edited by mshel; February 6th, 2011 at 06:45 PM.
I was so thrilled to see you had him on the 22! I remember reading your FB status that morning, and seeing how miserable and discouraged you were. Then to read the next morning that you went in that evening and had him, was so awesome! He is beautiful and I am so happy that your labor and deliver was perfect and he is healthy! Congrats again!