a birth story

12 Aug

The woman clutches her womb, sending a knowing glance toward her husband. The look tells him, “this is it” and he quickly and efficiently heads to the nursery to grab her Vera Bradley hospital bag, lovingly packed with several onesies that she cannot choose which the babe will wear first. Together, they drive to the hospital and in between contractions, they smile at each other and talk about how excited they are that their lives are about to change forever.

That’s the way I saw Baby K’s birthday going down. Totally did.not.happen.

I started off the day with a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday morning. This was after an eventful Monday spent at the hospital with ridiculously high blood pressure. They eventually sent me home with plans to return the next day to see my regular doctor. After taking my blood pressure a few more times, they collectively decided that inducing would be best. I can’t say that I wasn’t relieved. I was.

They scheduled my induction for the next morning and I drove home with plans of doing homework and spending my last night before motherhood in bed. Captain J decided to go see a doctor about his shoulder since we were already at the hospital. He planned on coming home and taking care of me afterward. As I was spreading the good news to family and friends about our impending miracle, the hospital called. They said, “We think you should come back now.”

EEk! Now? Like as in, turn my car around, walk into the hospital, and have a baby? Oh my gravy.

I said I would be back soon and went home to grab a few things and more importantly, eat! Meanwhile, J is stuck in the hospital with no cell service and I’m frantically redialing his phone over and over to tell him we’re about to be parents.

You know that lovely scenario I mentioned? Well, imagine this one:

Woman grabs belly and looks to her left and her right. No one is at home to take her to the hospital. She must drive herself.

That was more like it. At this point, I had been contracting for over a week with little results. As I drove myself back, I realized my contractions were about 2 min apart. I got in the birthing room after getting a hold of J who rushed up, still in his ACUs. This was it! I settled in for a long day laboring. Periodically, my nurses would come in the room, asking if I was okay and if I needed painkillers. I repeatedly told them I was fine and that now that the baby had turned anterior, I wasn’t feeling the contractions that much. They couldn’t believe it, as the contractions were measuring off the charts. I began to think, maybe I won’t get an epidural.

HA!

An hour later, I was quite whiney and an hour after that, I was desperate. Unfortunately, I had waited too long to tell anyone about my pain and the doc was in surgery with someone else. After a few more hours, he finally came in and I have never been happier to see a middle aged, short, bald man with a syringe in his hand ever before in my life. The epidural was welcoming. I didn’t mind that minor poke in my spine after what I had just gone through. Anyway, the epidural was amazing. It truly allowed me to enjoy the birth of Baby K.

For the rest of the day, I laid around playing words with friends on my phone and cracking jokes with my loving husband. When “YaYa” and “Aunt Paige” arrived at the hospital around midnight, there was still no baby. I broke the news to them that I wasn’t even dilated a solid 4cm yet. To say I was discouraged after 12 hours, is an understatement. We visited with them awhile then the nurse wanted to check me again. They left the room thinking I was at 4 and they re-entered hearing the nurse yell, “We need to break down the bed!”

I was fully dilated to 10 cm and fully effaced. She asked me to push a little and quickly told me to stop. They called the doctor and all of the sudden, I’m supposed to know how to push a human being out of me. Craziness. Obviously, I figured it out 😉 Delivery  didn’t go as I expected either. It was all so fast.

Monitoring the baby’s heartbeat told them that it was dropping quickly. I didn’t understand what was going on at first until I started listening to the sound waves and only heard my own, slower heartbeat broadcasting. Doc said we had to get the baby out now so I pushed as hard as I could and out came our precious little K. The cord had been wrapped around his neck so when I finally heard him cry seconds later (which felt like minutes later), I was overjoyed! Thinking back now, it makes me cry. I can’t look at him without thinking how he holds my entire life in his tiny little hands.

Baby K weighed in at 6lbs, 8oz and 20.5 inches long- a cute bundle of perfection, if you ask me.

Daddy and Baby K
Reppin’ Ft. Polk!
Look at that face!

When he makes this face, he is allll daddy. 🙂 And how cute is that hat? Special thanks to the reader who sent it- I love it!

No matter how this sweet baby made his way into the world, I’m so so happy he did.
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15 Responses to “a birth story”

  1. Jessica August 12, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS! He’s gorgeous!!!

  2. Kendra August 12, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    Congrats! I am so happy for you guys! He is beautiful and the hat is super cute!

  3. Candice August 12, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Just beautiful.

  4. k August 12, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Wow, what a great story 🙂 Congratulations, he is adorable

  5. Katy August 12, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Congratulations to you and Captain J!! He’s such a handsome little boy and will definitely be a heart breaker! Good job momma!

  6. Maria August 12, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Just wanted to say you have a BEAUTIFUL family and you are going to be great parents:)

  7. Alyson H. August 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    I am so happy for you Kacy!! Sounds like your labor wasn’t too terribly bad. I was so exicted to hear all the details! Enjoy motherhood and I can’t wait to read updates!

  8. Jenna Lou August 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    20.5inches long! I think he takes after his daddy! So cute Mama K 😉 Enjoy every minute and take lots of pics cause he will never be this small again.

  9. Sarah Nicole August 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Such a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations. so happy and excited for you!

  10. Karen T August 13, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Congratulations on your new arrival!! He’s a cutie!

  11. Becca@ The Finish Line August 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    OH HONEY!!! He is adorable. What a great story 🙂
    You are so blessed to have such a sweet little boy and a good man to raise him with.
    You will love every second with your baby, and just remember – You will sleep again, and it DOES get easier 🙂 Promise…
    xoxo

  12. Mowenackie August 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Oh honey, congrats! So happy for you.

  13. Dusti September 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    He is so preaches! The story was beautiful 🙂 hope you are all settling in nicely..

    • Mrs. K September 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

      Thank you! We are settling in here. We’ll see how long we get to stay 🙂 I have a feeling with the Army involved, this baby is going to be all over the country!

      • Dusti September 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

        It’s true, but home is where the heart is so I’m sure you know how to make the best of it 🙂 p.s. if you do, let me know hehe

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