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Logan’s Birth Story – Part 2

Part 1 is here.ย 

I left off with the jacuzzi tub. The nurse came in and gave me some fentanyl, which was nice and took the edge off the contractions but didn’t take away the pain. It made them still painful but I didn’t feel like I was dying! I lounged in the tub and let the drugs just kind of make me sleepy. It was hard to keep my eyes open and really only became “awake” when the contractions would come.

Finally it was starting to get to be too much. The contractions were getting worse and I was also starting to feel sick to my stomach. I don’t really do well with medications like that and even though they gave me anti-nausea medication with the fentanyl, it wasn’t helping anymore. It was time to get out of the tub and have the epidural. Michael let the nurse know and she told the anesthesiologist. We were told it could take up to 45 minutes to get going. That kind of made me panic a little bit!

Michael and the nurse helped me out of the tub, which was really hard. Not only was I slow and loopy from the medication, but the contractions were coming so fast that I’d have to stop whatever I was doing when they came. I finally got out and leaned against the hospital bed that was in the highest position it could be. I leaned over and tried to breathe through the contractions, tried not to throw up, while Michael held me and the nurse dried me off.

The walk back to our room wasn’t very far but when you’re having contractions it feels very very far away. Finally we made it back. They put the epidural in (it was around 10:30) and within a few minutes I was feeling a million times better!

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I had a little statue of a goddess giving birth that I was using as a focal point and I’d bought two LED candles, which turned out to be the best idea ever. They really helped (and we are still using them now that we’re home). I got in bed and knew that this was pretty much where I’d be for the rest of the journey. The epidural kicked in and I could still feel my body and wiggle my toes but the contractions were so manageable that I was able to sleep!

For the next two hours Michael and I slept in the dark room. At midnight the midwife came in and did the last check. I was fully effaced, at station 0 and 7cm dilated. She said that we should rest for awhile and that she figured we’d probably start the labor process around 3. Sleeping sounded fantastic!

Michael slept and I dozed off and on. I woke up a few times from the contractions and could use a button to kick in the epidural a little more. It was limited in how much and I had no idea how much or how often the button worked. I tried not to press it too often because even though the pain had been so bad I thought I couldn’t take it, now I wanted to kind of experience some of the process without being completely numb to it all.

I woke up one time and realized that I couldn’t feel my left leg at all. I could still feel the right and wiggle my toes, but the left felt completely dead. That disturbed me and I called the nurse. They came in and checked and determined everything was fine, this was just something that happened with epidurals. I still found it really disturbing and I backed off on the button even more and tried to rest without using it.

Around 3am I started to feel pressure. Instead of contractions it felt like…I guess like maybe the baby was trying to crawl out? It’s really hard to describe the feeling. The nurse came in and checked on me and said it was going to be a little bit longer before the midwife came in because she was delivering a baby next door as we spoke. That was fine with me. I just went back to dozing and listening to the baby heart beat monitor.

At 4am the midwife and nurse came in, as did the baby nurse who would be there for the birth. They prepped everything as I just laid there and then things were suddenly moving very quickly. After spending a day just waiting for things to happen it was happening!

At 4:30 we started pushing. Michael was at my side. The candles were still going and we had our music playing. I don’t remember the exact song that was playing when Logan was born but I remember the three songs that were playing as we pushed. CSNY “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” (which is funny because it’s kind of an inside joke between Michael and me), “Take It Easy” by the Eagles and “Easy” by Faith No More.

Because my left leg felt completely dead, I couldn’t hold it up to push so they put that one in a stirrup and I held the right leg. The nurse and midwife coached me on how to push, we did a practice round and then got started. They had me take a deep breathe, lean forward and push while holding my breathe (which I didn’t get at first and kept letting the air out), then inhale again, hold it and push. So three pushes each contraction and then I’d rest.

I couldn’t really feel the contractions so they told me when it was time to push, but I could feel the pressure start building and that told me that it was almost time to push, too.

After just a few rounds of pushing the midwife said he was coming! One last push and all of a sudden there were cries.

His little bird cries were precious. He wasn’t wailing, but just making it known that he was here. ๐Ÿ™‚ They immediately put this little creature on my bare belly and he opened his eyes and stopped crying and just looked up at me and then looked all around the room. My mom said that I did the same thing when I was born.

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His little cries turned into squeaks and he settled down and just chilled while he laid on me and they did some checks–listened to his heart, lungs and took his temperature–all while snuggling with me.

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I just could not get over how alert he was and how he kept looking up at me. There were lots of happy tears and I just felt in awe of what just happened.

The rest of the stuff–I have no idea. I was kind of in my own little world with Logan and Michael. I guess the midwife delivered my placenta, didn’t feel it or remember it, and I guess we got a photo of it but I don’t remember that happening either. Then everyone left for about an hour while we just snuggled our new baby.

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Having that quiet time with just the three of us was amazing.

So after just under 30 minutes of pushing, Logan was here–8.4 pounds and 20.5 inches long!

After and hour they came back and took Logan away to do the other stuff. He was still in the room with us but over on the little baby warmer. Michael went with him while they weighed and measured him, took his foot prints and did some more testings.ย His Apgar score was 8 and then 9. Then they gave him back to me while they did the rest of the stuff they needed to do to check me.

Another hour of cuddles and Michael called everyone to give them the news. Then it was time to be moved to our recovery room. And I ate that piece of apple pie for breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last Hurray

Think they’re ready?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday was such a nice day in Portland! 65 and sunny! It was so nice out and I was feeling a bit stir crazy and sick of laying on the couch watching Netflix…Michael suggested we go check out the new food cart pod in Happy Valley so we went there for lunch. There were a bunch of different carts and several looked appealing. I definitely want to go back and try some others. I ended up going to the Hot Box BBQ cart and it was SO GOOD!

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I got the pulled pork sliders–2 of them. The Classic was pulled pork with pineapple, BBQ sauce and coleslaw on it. So delicious. The other slider I got was the Volcano–my FAVORITE! It came with homemade jalapeno pepper jelly, crispy onions, and sriracha mayo sauce that was to die for. It was just the right amount of spice and I absolutely loved it. So yummy.

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Just the right size, too. Loved the buns and they were slightly crispy. I can’t wait to go back and get another one of those Volcano sandwiches! Michael went to a different cart and got a rice, black bean, chicken and avocado bowl that came with homemade tortilla chips (they were great). We sat outside with Bella and ate our delicious lunches.

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After lunch we went out to Powell Butte for a nice long walk in the sunshine. It was my idea. Michael kept asking if I was up to it. But I was ok, just slow.ย The weather was perfect and even though I’m not in “hiking” condition right now I knew it would be an easy enough one to do because it’s not too steep, part of it is paved and it’s close to home. Bella was SO EXCITED!

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I feel bad — the weather has been so terrible all winter long and then towards the end of the pregnancy I was just not feeling myself physically and was really limited in what I could do so hiking was one of the first things we stopped doing. Which sucks because Bella loves it so much. I’m really looking forward to doing more of it this spring/summer.

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We did a very slow stroll around Powell Butte park and took a few breaks. Bella got to run around and sniff everything and there were tons of dogs and people out enjoying the nice sunny day. It just felt really good to be outside getting some Vitamin D.

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We ended up doing 2.5 miles in one hour. I burned a little over 200 calories. That was my workout for the day!

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The rest of the day was kind of uneventful. Laundry, House of Cards on Netflix and then a spontaneous invite from friends to go out for Thai food. I didn’t really feel like hanging around the house so I agreed to the dinner date, even though I probably should be taking it “easy” and staying close to home!

We went to Siri Thai and it was a really nice place. The food was good, the service was good and there wasn’t a huge wait for a Saturday night.

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It was really nice to go out with our friends and their kids, eat good food and get out of the house! ๐Ÿ™‚