|39 Weeks Exactly October 14th 2013|
2am on October 16th I was awoken by a extremely painful contraction. I however did not want to believe that it was a contraction because of all of the false alarms I had been having over the last week. So I blew it off as gas and just went to the bathroom...I think I sat in there for about 45 minutes just telling myself it was gas...while I was in there I had another contraction about 30 minutes after the first but I still said the same thing gas pains...shortly after that second one I went back into my room and layed down in my bed planning to go back to sleep. I had to be up in 2.5 hours to get ready for PT. But sleep never happened. Instead I spent the next 2.5 hours in pain every 20-30 minutes. But I still planned to go about my day normally...this wasnt the first time I had contractions 20 or 30 minutes apart they eventually would always just go away. As I was getting myself dressed and Kason dressed they started to feel different. I went ahead and dropped Kason off at daycare and told him I loved him. He gave me an extra big hug that morning and when I asked him what that was for he told me "mommy koby coming soon". I smiled and gave him a kiss and walked out still not fully believing I might be in Early labor.
|The last picture of Kason and I before Koby was born Oct 16th.|
Well 11:40 came and my contractions where at about 15 minutes apart exactly by then. I told Dr. Long what had been going on all morning and I asked him if he could sweep my membranes to pick things up some. He went ahead and checked me; I was 4cm, my cervix was really really soft and he told that he couldnt sweep my membranes cause they were already detached. Thats when I knew I was going to be holding a baby really really soon. Even Dr. Long told me that he would be shocked if he didnt see me coming back up to Labor and Delivery by that night or early morning the next day.
I sent Amanda a text just before 12 and told her what the Dr said and said that I was going to talk to my NCO to see if I could go home (as Dr. Long wouldnt give me a note) and asked her to come to my house as soon as I did get off. After Dr. Long had checked me my contractions where suddenly 12 minutes apart and about 30-45 seconds long some even a minute. I had to wait about an hour and a half for my NCO to come back from lunch and that was hard. I sat in my car most of the time and played Candy Crush and Pet saga trying to keep my mind off of the contractions. When she did return she asked me to do one last thing before leaving. Took me about 20 minutes to do but as soon as I got it done I was out! I sent Amanda another text telling her I was on my way home around 1:50. By that point my contractions had grown even closer...anywhere between 5-8 minutes. Before I went home I stopped at Viviennes house and I gave her Kason's car seat so she could get him from daycare. I knew I wasnt going to make it.
Know this is where I stopped keeping track of everything so my timeline on things might be a little off.
Amanda got to my house around 245 I think. I was already upstairs in my room using my labor ball. I continued to use it for about another 20 minutes or so and then Amanda suggested getting in the bath tub. Which I loved that idea. I got in my nice garden tub and stayed in there pretty much until I ran out of hott water. The water made managing contractions so much easier. I didnt want to get out but I also didnt want to sit in cold water. So I told Amanda I wanted to go to the hospital. I wanted to sit in their tub. I want to say it was somewhere between 4 and 430 that we got there and I prayed for the room with the tub to opened the whole drive down there. As soon as we got there I was able to get checked in and into the exam room pretty quickly. I spent about 45 minutes in there. The midwife came in and checked me. I was at 5cm, 80% effaced, and -1 station. My contractions where about every 5 minutes. I was definetly in labor.
|Right before they Checked me.|
|Right after it was confirmed that I was in Labor;|
waiting on my room.
After they finally got all of that started and done I got to sit on the labor ball while I waited for them to get the tub ready for me. I was beyond ready to just get in. I really have no sense of time at all at this point. But as soon as I got in the tub I was able to spend about 2 hours in it before they wanted me out so they could check me and Koby again.
As soon as KayLee got in she was able to catch some AMAZING pictures of me and Amanda breathing through contractions together;
After his birth we spent tons of time just snuggling and trying to nurse. We struggled some with latching but realized later the my milk just didnt come in until after we left the hospital. After sometime I decided I just had to take a shower. I felt way to gross to be laying down So Koby hung out with Amanda and KayLee.
After my shower we got setteled in our new room down the hall and tried to rest. Although Koby slept pretty well mommy was pumped up on way to much adrenline to sleep. I couldnt believe I had just brought this boy into the world only hours ago. I couldnt believe that I worked during half my labor. The entire day was just unbelievable and beautiful! A day that I will never ever forget nor do I want to.
And that ladies and gentleman is the story of Koby Lukas' birth.
|My Sweet Boys|
Now before I end this blog I want to tell you all something. Having a Doula or should I say Doula's with me throughout my labor was invaluable. I dont think I could have made it through an all natural delivery without them. I feel beyond blessed to have had Amanda and KayLee there with me and they will BOTH hold a special place in my heart forever! So if you are a reader and you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. I highly reccomened having a Doula with you, and if your in Kansas I HIGHLY reccomend either Amanda or KayLee...or BOTH! You can find Amanda's facebook page Everyone Deserves A Doula here or KayLee's here Treasured Moments Birth Doula, KayLee also has a website that you can check out Treasured Moments Birth Services and that will actually lead you to a blog she wrote about Koby's birth too. Now if you you really want to remember your birth I also highly suggest having a birth photographer...and if your in Kansas Tammy from Little Leapling is the person you should talk to.
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” - Barbara Katz Rothman