My third birth experience started unlike the first two as I stumbled out of bed to call triage and get my time for induction. We were escorted into a very nice room, I was hooked up to pitocin and got the process started still at 3 cm. Contractions were being picked up even before the pitocin and once that continued to be increased the pains were every 1-2 minutes.
Family started rolling in to claim their spots, the paparazzi show began and the resident doctor tried to gage my pain which was masked with a smile. I knew an epidural would be in the future but I wanted to get to 6cm first. Although he tried to tell me the number shouldn't matter it was about pain level I didn't want to slow things down and wanted to get to six. He decided to break my water and quickly my upbeat smile faded.
I am a quiet laborer and have a pretty high tolerance for pain but I knew it was not going to be good. The anesthesiologist got their quickly, I was at 6cm and feeling like things were going as planned. Once again God gave me another "I am in control" and "this is not what you were planning". As I clung to my mom and Jeff's hand and the epidural was administered I knew things were moving rapidly.
Epidural was in and I was told it would kick in within 15 minutes. Well little baby boy was not going to wait that long. My amazing nurse checked me immediately and I was at 8cm, another minute or so later she checked again and I frantically felt the need to push. I was complete and the baby was coming out as doctors flooded the room. It was so painful and so fast I went into a bit of shock feeling like I was on fire and ready to fall off the bed. A push or so later and baby boy was out being rushed to the NICU docs as we knew he would have meconium in his lungs.
I knew he wasn't crying and could see the panic on every one's face but honestly couldn't move or speak. My breathing was sporadic, my head was spinning and I was stunned at many things. Jeff didn't know who to tend to, his silent newborn or his motionless wife.
Once baby started breathing the attention turned to me as the doctors discovered my placenta was still completely attached. The doctors patiently waited but after 30 minutes their calm faces turned once again serious. It was time to make a decision, the placenta needed to be removed and I could either go to the OR or endure the pain and have it done in the room. Not even knowing this was a possibility or what the right choice was the resident doctor who had been with me the entire time made the decision saying I could handle it, the epidural was finally kicking in and the procedure needed to be done in room. So that's what happened, they eventually got it out and I was then able to see my baby.
Family continued to snap pictures, tears were shed and the room slowly returned to normal again. Oh I can't forget among all the excitement the poor window washer got way more than he bargained for coming to clean right outside our windows at the very minute the baby was being born. Poor poor man will never be the same.
As with Trexen and Paceler there was a name debate going on all morning but in the end Jeff and I were both happy to announce Brenner Andrew entered the world at 1:51pm weighing 7lbs 11oz and 20.5 inches long. The doctor had guessed 7lbs 10oz and I am so thankful his prediction was correct.
Brenner is a name I've been thinking about for a few months, I like the nickname "Bren" and felt like it was unique but not crazy. Andrew is for the boys very best Uncle Andy, we kept this surprise for the special day and were so honored and thrilled to use the name.
My sister Jenna got to be in the room which was extremely special but I couldn't help but feel a little sad for who was missing...my other sister and the boys Auntie Kelsey. Although we skyped her in later and kept her posted it wasn't the same.
Thankfully God has blessed me with amazing friends who stepped in and were amazing photographers, supports and Bachelorette watching buddies.
There is so much more to say, more visitors to share and more thoughts flying through my head but now we are getting ready to head home to our new family of five.