My midwife Ramona is awesome and was going to come in to be at our birth even if she wasn’t on call, but we all lucked out and she was already on call and working that night! I was so so very happy about that. She was the one I’d wanted at Maizy’s birth, but she didn’t make it (No one made it actually). I love Ramona, she’s such a great midwife.
The nurse said she’d be back in about 30 minutes to check baby’s heart. Being in the tub helped with the shivering which helped me to stay relaxed. I thought these pressure waves are STRONG! I was able to use my hypnosis to stay relaxed, even through the strong pressure waves. I would just close my eyes and relax and let my body do what it was made to do. I wondering if the pressure waves were doing anything. So I reached down to check and I could feel Pierce’s head right there. I could only feel just a little lip of cervix. I thought, hummm I bet he’s going to come soon. I had been laying in the tub but felt like squatting at the edge would be good.
As soon as I did that I felt a LOT of pressure and maybe little urge to push, but nothing like I have to push now! I felt my body tensing up and I closed my eyes told myself peace and felt my body relax. It was amazing I could feel everything relax except my uterus. This was at about 2:23. With Maizy it took a few pushes to get her out. I thought I had some time. I asked the nurse to go get Ramona. She asked, Do you feel like you have to push? I said I don’t know. Do you feel like you’re going to have the baby? No, I don’t think so. At that point I didn’t really. I thought I had time for Ramona to come and check and see where I was. The nurse left to get Ramona and then the urge to push took over. At about 2:24 I told Brent, “GO GET RAMONA!” because it felt like a long time since the nurse had left to go get her! At some point I had gone from squatting to laying back in the tub.
At this point Pierce was crowing. Just like with Maizy, this part hurt, and I kept say oww, oww, oww. Thankfully Ramona got there. She first thing said let’s get you out of the tub…but I couldn’t. There was no way I could move. So I went from saying oww, oww, oww to I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, to pushing through another pressure wave. I think I had my eyes closed at this whole point. I don’t remember seeing anything. At this point Brent used one of the Hypnobabies tools to help me relax, he put his hand on my forehead and gently told me peace, this helped me to relax.
After that pressure wave passed Ramona tried again to get me to get out of the tub, but I couldn’t, another pressure wave came and she told me to pull my legs up into more of a squatting position, I couldn’t really even do that, she pulled my leg up for me, and took my hand. I remember feeling the strength of her hand, then her calm voice “ok Terina breathe, take a deep breath”. As I took a deep breath I was able to relax again. Another pressure wave came, big push and his head was out, another push and we brought him up to my chest.
|Look at Brent's face!|
Pierce was born at 2:27. We had to work a bit to get him to cry because he was so calm and relaxed. When he finally did cry it sounded like a little laugh, it was the sweetest thing. He was just the sweetest thing.
Oh how I love him!
At three in the morning I commented that it was 3AM and I wasn’t even tired. At 3:48 Pierce started nursing.
At 4:23 the nurse came back and took Pierce for measurements. He weighed in a 7lbs 6oz, 19 ¼ inches long his APGAR was 8/8.
As the nurse was taking his measurements he grabbed onto her finger and wouldn’t let go. I loved sitting there watching Brent just admire our boy.
One of the worst things about gestational diabetes is that they have to check the baby's blood sugar. so sad! I was so thankful Pierce's blood sugar was good every time they checked it!
At 5:00 we were moved to the postpartum room and I was tired! We tried to sleep but there are so many people coming and going it was impossible. At 8:30 Croix, Maizy, and Grandma came for a quick visit before school.
Finally around 9:30 I was able to get a little nap. It was a long day of trying to nap but nursing, people checking on us, my uterus contracting, did not make for much sleep. Brent and the kids came back around 5 and brought Kneaders, a sampling of desserts. I could only eat a bite of some of them….so much sweetness! It was great to see the kids and they just loved their brother. It made me sad as they were leaving Maizy didn’t want to leave us. She wanted Mommy and her baby to come home with them. After they left I literally couldn’t see straight I was so tired, my vision was blurry. Having a baby in the middle of the night is a rough way to start! So much sleep deprivation! Babies shouldn’t be allowed to come in the night, just during the day after Mom’s get a good night’s rest the night before.