2.09.2015

Camden's Birth Story

 

On January 8th, the morning of my due date, I woke up pretty bummed that the day we had been waiting and looking forward to for 9 long months was here, but our baby boy wasn't! For most of my pregnancy Billy was convinced Camden would be born late, but I never thought that and was pretty sure that he would be early! So, that morning I was determined to at least try to get things moving along myself...

I went to the mall and walked for 45 minutes.
I ate a big carton of fresh pineapple.
I made an eggplant parm recipe for dinner that is known to induce labor (rumor has it?)
I spent some quality time bouncing on an exercise ball....

and nada. Not a single contraction!

After dinner Billy confidently said, "don't worry, it's going to happen in the morning!", which has been the day he has guessed I would go into labor all along. I looked at him and just gave him a sassy smirk that I seem to do pretty well, doubting it.

The morning of January 9th rolls around and we were in the kitchen making breakfast when I felt a small gush of fluid. Since you can have increased discharge towards the end of your pregnancy and it was such a small amount, I honestly believed it was nothing and told Billy to go ahead and go to work. I sat down to eat breakfast and relax a bit, but then 20 minutes later when I stood up there was another gush...

I got excited deep down, but then tried talking myself out of it because I felt great and had zero contractions. I figured if it was the real deal I would be feeling contractions, and would feel a lot worse! I decided to call my doctors office anyways, and the nurse told me to head to L&D right away because she thought my water broke. My reaction? There's no way! It was almost like I didn't want to be THAT girl who went to the hospital thinking her water broke just to be told it wasn't, and to be sent home. However, after talking to Billy I decided I would go anyways but I was definitely still in the mindset that I would be sent home and would have to continue waiting.

Around 11am I drove myself to the hospital (after taking a long shower and hanging out with Rocky for a bit-acting like I wasn't in a rush at all), walked right in fully expecting to just come right back out and head home, but instead when the nurses checked my fluid two they came running into the room where I was hooked up and said, "you're having a baby today!"

Instantly I got so emotional, excited, and was shocked. Was I really going into labor on the exact morning that Billy predicted all along?! What are the chances of this? I called Billy and had happy tears in my eyes when he picked up the other line. I told him it was in fact my water and that we would get to meet Camden very soon! I cried for the whole two minute conversation because I just couldn't believe it was time to meet our son. Billy was escastic, but surprisingly really calm (you know, since he predicted this all along ;)) and he left work, rushed to our house to get our bags, and then headed over to the hospital to meet me.

Around 1230pm, they transferred me to our room that I would labor in and Billy arrived shortly after. Something that was really coincidental that we noticed right away was that our room number was 19...the date was 1-9...and Billy's hockey/lucky number was 19...it was like everything just fit together so perfectly and this was exactly how everything was meant to happen.

 

It wasn't until around 3pm that I was in active labor and started having contractions, but I was still only 2 cm dilated. My contractions were coming 2-4 minutes apart, but they weren't getting stronger so unfortunately our nurse recommended pitocin (the one thing I didn't want!). It was hard to believe my water broke, but yet I still needed the drugs to get things going. Ultimately, meeting my baby was far more important so I quickly came to terms with the pitocin.

 

For most of the time, I chose to labor and take the contractions standing up walking or bouncing on an exercise ball. I hated sitting in the bed and felt like I could handle the contractions better standing up or sitting on the ball. Around 6pm, I was 6 cm dilated and requested the magic epidural. I was told by our nurse that they would need to check my platelets again (they were checked when I originally checked in the hospital in the morning, and my levels were definitely high enough to get the epidural, but since it had been so long they needed to re-check them), which made me really nervous but we honestly figured my levels would be just fine since they were hours earlier...

Except they weren't. The results from the lab came up on the monitor on the computer screen in our room where the nurse was standing and (from what Billy says) the nurse looked at them and ran out of the room. Billy stood up and went over to look then a look came across his face like he had seen a ghost. Immediately I begged him to tell me what was going on, and that's when he told me my platelet count dropped to below the epidural level.

Cue Katie meltdown. I started sobbing, figuring that I was about to have an natural birth and that I wouldn't be able to handle it. The nurse came back in the room a few minutes later and kindly told me that it was the anesthesiologists call to give me the epidural or not, and we had to wait for his decision. It was the longest 30 minutes of my life, but when the nurse came in and told me "you can get it!" I let out the deepest sigh of relief and I'm pretty sure no words have EVER sounded better.

Shortly after I got the epidural, things started progressing pretty quickly. Billy was such a good partner the whole time and sat next to me massaging my back and neck, which felt wonderful and took my mind off the contractions.
 

At midnight I started pushing 3 sets of 10. I expected the contractions to be the worst part of labor, but looking back I think for me that pushing was far more exhausting. I didn't realize how much upper body strength it would take and quickly I felt so tired. I decided to use the mirror to give me an extra boost of motivation because the doctor said we could see his head at that point and we were getting close! With every push, I just reminded myself that I could do this (Billy also coaching me on the side!) and the harder I pushed the sooner my son would be in my arms. After an hour and twenty minutes of pushing, our little miracle Camden was born.

He came out without a single cry, but the doctor and nurses assured me he was perfectly healthy and immediately placed him on my chest for skin-to-skin. Those were, by far, the best minutes of my entire life. He glanced up at me with his perfect little eyes and I was overcome with happiness, joy, and LOVE.

I remember counting all of his fingers and toes, kissing his little perfect button nose, gazing at him up and down, and feeling like my world was complete.


But it just got better from there. Seeing Billy hold our son for the first time was more than I ever imagined it to be! It's like something changed in him right when Camden was born, and his role as a Dad just took right over. I could've watched him hold our son forever that night.

 

My labor was pretty much the exact opposite of how I figured it would go (driving myself to the hospital in no pain...yeah, would've never guessed that one!) and taking a long time to progress, but it's our story and one that I would never change. It's the way I became a Mom, and I will forever be grateful for every minute of it.

Happy Birthday Camden James! Thank you for changing our world for the better. We love you so much! 

34 comments :

  1. Aw I'm so glad to hear you were able to get the epidural! Love these photos. Camden is SO perfect, I'm so happy for y'all!! I'm due in 2 days and I'm feeling like you did, this kid may never come!

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  2. Sitting here with tears running down my face... what a beautiful story and so perfect for you and your precious family. Sending the biggest snuggles to baby Camden x

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  3. What a sweet story. My heart definitely dropped during the platelet part...oh man. I can't even imagine how stressful that wait must have been. But now he's here...and he's perfect! :)

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  4. Congrats! Without fail I tear up at every birth story! Camden has the same birthday as my baby brother :)

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  5. Such a sweet story! Mine was similar, my water broke and I didn't have any contractions for a few hours, and ended up later that day with the dreaded petocin. But, it was worth it because 12 short hours after my water broke, I was holding my baby girl. I still say it was one of the very best days of my life. Congrats!

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  6. 1 1/2 hours of pushing?!?!? You are my new hero. :)

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  7. He is such a BEAUTIFUL baby! I love how alert he is in that first photo on your chest! Congratulations!

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  8. So sweet! Thank you so much for sharing it with us Katie. He’s absolutely precious and I know y’all will be the best parents. :)

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  9. Such a sweet story! I absolutely love that you drove yourself to the hospital!! Enjoy your time at home with Camden!!!

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  10. Beautiful story! Congrats again on your little man, the pictures you have are a wonderful way to keep that special time close :)

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  11. Love it...and funny how similar our stories started. Such a beautiful story and makes me so happy that you are a mama now. Camden is just precious!

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  12. This is so similar to my baby boy's birth story! Things progressed so quickly after the epidural. And the arm strength for pushing is no joke. So so so exhausting!

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  13. Love this! Birth stories get me every time and I think it's because although they are all different they end with becoming a mom. So happy you were able to get the epidural, I got that as soon as freaking possible and don't regret that decision for one single second!

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  14. Congrats I always love reading birth stories you did great! :)

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  15. Loved reading Camden's birth story. :)

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  16. Katie I teared up reading this. Camden is so so so cute. Congrats to you both! So precious.

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  17. I have been SO looking forward to this post, sweet momma! :) I loved it!! And you're right, it's YOUR story and that's what makes it perfect & beautiful.

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  18. Awesome story! Makes me look forward to meeting my baby and seeing my husband with him/her in August!!
    Did you have someone in the room with you taking pictures or did a nurse do it?

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  19. This was so perfect! Overall, sounds like a very manageable, not-horrible birth! Gives me hope!!! Can't wait to meet our little man in about 35 days!!!!!!!

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  20. Awesome story! It's crazy how what you have in your mind on how things will play out doesn't match reality. I am anxiously waiting the arrival of my little man. 5 weeks left! I'm curious as to what you packed In Your hospital bag? What were your must haves?

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  21. I've been waiting for this. So sweet, all of it! And so glad you were able to get your epidural, God is SO good! Y'all are THE cutest!!

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  22. aww I just loved reading this!! So sweet!

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  23. Absolutely love it, Katie. Tears, of course, over here. I'm so happy for you!

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  24. Absolute perfection my sweet friend.

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  25. Yay! I've been waiting for this post! Hello tears! What an amazing story and photos you captured for memories. I look forward to watching him grow and you guys figuring out this parenting thing. I'll definitely be taking notes! Would love a post on the things/items you can and cannot live without :) Right now I'm going through the "do I really need this?" phase haha

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  26. love this! thank you for sharing! contractions are no joke, and Pitocin induced contractions are horrible! my doctor also put me on Pitocin after my water broke and I didn't make any progress

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  27. Eeeeep! Birth stories are my favorite thing ever and I LOVED reading Camdens! It's funny how no matter what it just does not go how you plan or imagine, but the end result is so worth whatever the journey! Congrats again mama!

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  28. شركة العاصمة للتنظيف بالمدينة المنورة من افضل شركات التنظيف التى تعمل باشراف من الفنيين المتخصصين فى امور تنظيف المنازل وتنظيف الشقق حيث ان لشركة العاصمة خبرات عالية جعلتها افضل شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة ولذلك تستخدم شركة العاصمة على احدث مكائن التنظيف بكل انواعها من تنظيف ارضيات وتنظيف الشقق والمنازل وانواع اخري من مكائن تنظيف الكنب والسجاد والباطرمة وتستخدم شركة العاصمة للتنظيف اجود انواع مواد تنظيف الارضيات والسيراميك .كثيرا ما نحتاج الى شركة تنظيف منازل بالمدينة المنورة عندما تجد البقع على السيراميك والارضيات او على الكنب والمفروشات .تقوم شركة العاصمة للتنظيف بالمدينة المنورة على تلبية كل طلبات العملاء وتقوم بتنظيف الشقق والمنازل وقسم خاص لتنظيف السجاد والموكيت والكنب مع التجفيف بنفس الموقع .لدي شركة العاصمة مكائن مخصصة لتنظيف الكنب والسجاد وغسيل كل انواع الكنب فهى شركة تنظيف كنب بالمدينة المنورة .غسيل الكنب باحدث المكائن .شركة تنظيف شقق بالمدينة المنورة قسم خاص لتنظيف الشقق المفروشة حيث انها تحتاج الى خبرات عالية فى التنظيف حتي نحافظ على اثاث المنزل .شركة العاصمة متخصصة فى تنظيف الشقق بالمدينة المنورة .عميلنا العزيز اذا كنت تحتاج الى شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة لا تتردد فى الاتصال على شركة العاصمة للتنظيف 0553327589

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  29. تختلف انواع الحشرات وعليه تختلف طرق مكافحتها لذلك وفرنا كل السبل لمكافحة الحشرات والقضاء عليها فوفرنا بمدينة الرياض شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض شركة مكافحة الفئران بالرياض
    وايضا في مجال رش الدفان شركة رش دفان بالرياض
    وفي مجال القضاء علي الحشرات بمختلف انواعها بالرياض وفرنا شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض
    اما ما يخص مدينتي الخرج وجدة شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخرج
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة

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