Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jameson's Birth Story

It was early Thursday morning, August 22nd, 2013, when I woke at 3:30 and thought I peed my pants.  I rushed to the bathroom, sat down, and a fairly large gush of water/pee came and at that point I thought it was very odd I wasn’t able to hold my bladder.  I thought maybe the little guy just stepped perfect on my bladder and I didn’t have a choice.  But I also thought what if it was my water breaking.  I was 8 days early but didn’t have any contractions.  Of course I googled what it felt like when your water breaks and I fit the symptoms.  The biggest clue was that water kept leaking out even after I would use the restroom.  So we called the hospital and they told me to come in right away…yeah right.  I also texted our doula and good friend, and she said to wait if I felt comfortable and to try and get some rest.  I layed down but of course I didn’t sleep. 

Come morning, contractions were still not happening.  I eventually went for a walk around 8 am and then gave myself an acupuncture treatment around 10 am.  During my treatment I started to get some contractions going!  We had called everyone at this point and Sherry/Grandma was on her way to watch big brother Parker.  Around 12:30 pm my contractions were becoming very frequent, about every 3-4 minutes apart and we figured we better get on our way to the hospital.  We ended up dropping Parker off at daycare since Grandma was still about 30 minutes away.  When we got to the hospital contractions had slowed down to about every 10 minutes.  Patrick and I walked the hospital ground for over an hour to try and get them started again. Around 1:30 we eventually decided to check in to the hospital and they were floored when I told them my water broke early in the morning. 

I don’t think we finally got into our room until around 4-ish and by then contractions were definitely getting more intense.  Nana and Pops showed up around that time as well in anticipation to meet our little boy.  Once all the papers were finally signed and IV’s were in place, I decided to walk the halls a bit to get things going. After a few rounds, I decided to go back to the room and resort to the shower.  I got in the shower and stayed in there for the next almost 2 hours.  Contractions were super intense at this point, almost unbearable.  Our doula suggested that as long as I was comfortable, to stay in there until I started getting the urge to push.  She was afraid they would make me get in bed if I came out. 

Finally the urge to push started.  I got out, got on the bed, and they checked my dilation.  At that point I think they said I was 9 centimeters but so close.  I made it through a few more contractions and the urge to push was getting so strong.  Of course the doctor wasn’t there so they had me lay on my side and for the next few contractions they held my legs together and encouraged me not to push and to breathe.  I said bullsh**.  I really didn’t listen but I did try and relax as much as possible to avoid any tears.  Our little boys head was about half out when the doctor finally showed up.  All I remember was Patrick saying he had a head full of hair just like Parker.  I waited for the next contractions and after about two good pushes he was out.  What a sense of relief!  Daddy was crying, I was crying, and Jameson came out crying and ready to eat!  He was so beautiful!  Daddy cut the cord and the nurses quickly laid him on my chest. 

After everything was cleaned up, Nana, Pops, Aunt Kimmy, Grandma, and Big Brother Parker came in to meet Jameson!  Parker was a little taken back by the whole situation and didn’t want to touch him quite yet but he eventually warmed up the next day.  Patrick and I finally picked his name on Friday…we love you Jameson Joseph Hebert.

Jameson's First Month

One Month Old

Trying to get back on the band wagon so both of my boys have a fair remembrance of their first year.  I have definitely slacked since finding out we were expecting another little boy.

You are just the cutest.  We have had so much help this past month from your Grandma and Nana...what a blessing!  Parker is taking a little while adjusting to your arrival...he now has to share his Momma with you.  But all is getting easier by the day.  As far as having a newborn again, I think that whole concept has been less stressful...I know what to expect this time around.  I'm not afraid I'm going to break your arm off when I change your clothes.  I don't go crazy when you want to eat every hour sometimes.  And when you get a little rash, I know it will go away in just a few hours.

As far as you looks go, besides being a cutie.  You have less hair than Parker had and you kind of have this receding hair line look right now.  You are obviously bigger than Parker was and are gaining weight really well.  You occasionally have a little smirk on your face but it is not really a smile yet.  You and I have had some difficulties with like to pinch Mommy.  I have definitely suffered a bit but I'm sticking it out for you little guy.  We actually had to visit with a lactation consultant and went to see a pediatric dentist to make sure all was good with your mouth.  All was perfectly normal and we will continue to work on that good latch!  All else is going eat, sleep, and poop...the norm.  However you are definitely becoming more active.  You are still nursing every 2-3 hours and occasionally at night I may get 4 hours from you.  Just like Parker, your favorite place to sleep is on Mommy :)  I don't mind it though...good snuggle time. 

Until next month!
Love, Mommy