Dawson’s Birth Story

On Wednesday 8/26 at 5:30 am I called L&D (at their instruction) to see if they wanted me to go in to be induced. They told me we were good to go, go ahead and shower and eat a light breakfast then come in. I was so nervous I almost said forget about it, I can wait. But then I remembered I was so incredibly miserable. Ryan was already up and had been getting ready to go to PT just in case L&D was too busy for me to go in so we spent a few minutes deciding what he was going to do, go in to PT and then go to the hospital or just go to the hospital. Thankfully we decided to just go to the hospital. So I took a shower and ate a bowl of cereal and made sure our hospital bags were ready and everything at the house was pretty much taken care of. Then we took Harley to our friend’s house and made our way to the hospital. We got there about 7:30 because apparently it takes 2 hours for Ryan and I to get ready.

We got there about 8, they started pitocin about 9. This is when I found out the reason they were inducing me when I was 40 weeks and 1 day instead of waiting is because I had gestational hypertension and no one had told me until this point. My normal, non pregnant blood pressure is usually about 112/60-ish and for the last half of my pregnancy my blood pressure was just under 140/80, yikes! ย I had already been dilating-I was 3 cm at 39 weeks and 4 at my 40 week appointment on Monday and still a 4 when I was admitted. Things were quite boring for a while. Ryan and I watched Supernatural and Bones and I made him go down to the cafeteria to get food to sneak me because I was starving.

About 1:00 pm I started getting painful contractions and I tried breathing through them and different positions but they started coming more frequently and painfully. At about 1:30 I asked for Nubane since I didn’t want the epidural. I didn’t get it till 2 because they needed to check me again before they gave it to me but I couldn’t sit or lay down because of the pain. I was at a 5 so they gave me the Nubane. I immediately felt really lightheaded, drowsy and nauseous in between contractions but it didn’t dull the contractions at all and they kept getting faster and harder. Ryan and I talked about getting the epidural and when the nurse asked me at 3 if I wanted it I said yes. I hadn’t planned or wanted to get one but there was no way I could have prepared for the amount of pain I was in from the contractions. At about 3:30/3:45 they finished the epidural and that was such a LLLOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGG half an hour. While they were putting in the epidural the anesthesiologist was asking me questions, trying to make conversation and distract me but I was in so much pain it was such a surreal experience, I could hear everything going on and participate but I was out of it. It did take a few minutes to really kick in which worried me it wasn’t going to help but once it did kick in all I felt was pressure when a contraction hit and it was amazing!

At around 4:00 pm the midwife broke my water and she told me she could feel his hair! ๐Ÿ™‚ Once I started feeling a lot more pressure for longer periods of time they checked me and his head was right there and it was time to push. This was probably around 5/5:30, we had to wait for the room to be set up and the midwife to come in and then it was go time! I pushed maybe 10 times total with practice pushes and he born at 6:02 pm. They put him right on me and all I could do was cry. I knew I had been pregnant and we had a baby coming but it was still amazing to me that there was a baby and I brought him into this world. ย I did end up with a second degree tear but he came out so fast. Thanks to the epidural I didn’t feel any pain from that or the stitching. I did however feel when I had to push and I could also feel his little head moving before he came out. The first pee and shower (I showered that night) were pretty painful because I was so sore from tearing.

The day after in the hospital was kind of interesting. Ryan had to leave because we had to be completely out of our house in preparation for the cleaners and carpet cleaners to come so we would be good to go on the move out inspection. Unfortunately because it took so long he ended up staying in our hotel room that night. The nurses at the hospital I delivered at are very hands off and really only came in for checking vitals on both of us. Well that night a storm came in and knocked the power out. We’re in a hospital, not a problem, right? Wrong, when the back up generators finally kicked on the only light that came on in my room was the bathroom light and that door was mostly closed. It took a while for the nurse to finally come in and check on us (my call button also was out) and when she did she told me that a woman a couple doors down from me had delivered with her husband holding a flashlight so the doctor and nurses could see, can you imagine?

We had such an amazing and positive labor and delivery experience, I definitely feel so incredibly blessed. Both Ryan and I fell completely in love with Dawson right away and our lives are so much better with him in it. Being a mother/parent and having your baby here is a million times greater than being pregnant ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course, pictures!


first time Daddy held him ๐Ÿ™‚


the day we brought him home :)

the day we brought him home ๐Ÿ™‚


No more MIA

What a whirlwind it’s been since I last posted! So many things have happened, so many changes our little family has/is going through! Lots of tears both happy and sad. Expect lots of new posts coming up. Might as well start somewhere though so here’s part 1:

The End of Pregnancy

In one overwhelming weekend we had our maternity pictures done and our baby shower. Our maternity pictures turned out better than I could have hoped for and in getting them done I also found a friend, our photographer. Our husbands kind of work together-same MOS but currently doing different jobs and also in different companies. She’s a veteran herself, who also had the same MOS as our husbands. Here’s a couple of pictures from our shoot by Mindy King Photography.




Our baby shower was a lot of work on our end since we didn’t have family there who would traditionally do pretty much all work for a baby shower, however I’m so glad we did it! Everyone had a good time, we played lots of games including my favorite to watch: blindfolded diaper changing race, and we got lots of things we needed for our little one. We are so lucky to have such great friends!

Shortly after our baby shower I started getting miserable. My body ached. I didn’t want to even drive any more. And of course we were moving out of our house. I think what you go through at the end of pregnancy is something that you can’t possibly understand till you’re there or have gone through it: you’re ready for it to be over, you may have a touch of depression, excitement when the midwife tells you that you are make progress, hope that the most ridiculous things will send you into labor (i.e-a full moon, baby crying, etc.), disappointment when you don’t experience even false labor or labor doesn’t happen as fast as you think it will and almost despair when your due date comes and goes and you’re still pregnant.

I wish I had posted about this during the time since now it seems like such a small thing. To sum it up, I felt like I was going to cry if I was pregnant for another day. But we made it through and everything was so worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

And because it ย was so amazing my labor story is next on its own post!


One of the projects I’ve been wanting to do once nesting hit was organizing the house. The past couple of weeks I’ve been trying slowly do this and I feel like we’re finally making progress (thank you 3 day weekend!). Saturday Ryan and I went through everything that had accumulated on the bookcase. I so wish I had taken a before picture because I’m very happy with the end result! We also went through all the extras that had collected in the downstairs and while there’s still some things that need put away, the downstairs is looking much better.

Something that’s helped with the home organization is myย Hang-Up Home Organizer from Thirty-One. I just finally got around to using it and I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to this before. It’s so handy as a command center, especially set up in the kitchen.

The dry erase board that I added has: To Do (errands, phone calls, etc.), We Need (things we need to buy) and Appointments (so Ryan knows when my doctor appointments are when to leave the Mazda for me). To the right of the dry erase board is my cleaning list which has morning/evenings and daily cleaning. Since the list is behind plastic I use the dry erase marker to mark off the things I’ve done. Since I’m just trying to get into this cleaning routine I don’t always get the daily items done in the same order, and sometimes I do more than the list says to do for that day so it makes it easy to keep track. Directly below the cleaning list is a list of the bigger things that need done according to the room. These are additional to the daily cleaning that I’m still trying to figure out if I should do them all weekly or just do one room per week. Again, this sheet is in plastic so I can use the dry erase marker to cross off the items I’ve done. The sticky note in the area is our possible menu, I did wonderful meal planning for this week so this list is just the meals I’ve came up with so I don’t assign a day to each meal. To the left of that is 2 little pockets, one just holds the sticky notes and the other holds coupons I don’t need to carry with me. On the bottom I’ve only needed 2 of the bigger pockets. One is for bills that need to be paid and the other is for outgoing mail that needs dropped off at the mailbox or post office. Eventually I may make some adjustments to our command center and cleaning lists but for now, I’m thankful to have both to help keep me on track.

Speaking of cleaning, this past week or so I’ve only used vinegar for cleaning and I love it. I really feel like it does as good of a job as any other cleaner but I’m not nearly as worried about smelling it. I also got my tea tree oil essential oil in the mail and am just waiting for the grapefruit to make a different cleaning solution to try out and I can’t wait! When we cleaned off the book shelf Ryan was ready to go get the Pledge and I had read that olive oil also worked but Ryan wasn’t convinced so we ended up just using a damp paper towel to dust. We’ll get there ๐Ÿ™‚

To try to be more frugal I’ve been looking for to buy some things used and also been looking out for coupons. This is easier said than done. For example, a sewing machine. I’m not looking for a an antique and it seems like that’s 85% of the choices I’m seeing. Also, I can buy a brand new one that has lots of extras (such as a quilting table) and 30 or more different stitches already programmed for $130-$160. Some of the prices I’m seeing for used ones are $300+, why wouldn’t I just buy new? As for other things I’m looking for, people just aren’t selling right now but luckily they’re baby items and I have time.

Speaking of baby, things are definitely happening there! We ordered and received the pack n play and that is a relief as it’s one big thing to check off my list of things we need. Also, baby boy is moving like crazy! I can’t believe how much his movements are changing too, even within the last couple of weeks. Ryan will frequently tell me that he felt little one moving/kicking in the middle of the night when I’m asleep and in my mind I imagine it’s this sweet moment between the two of them but I’m sure that it’s not really like that but still thankful Ryan gets to feel him too! We’re also only a week away from the third trimester, I can’t believe it!

So that’s my little catch up after being MIA this weekend and I’m happy that it was for progress ๐Ÿ™‚