GIRL! “I’m a MOTHA!” June 21st 2022 my life changed forever! It’s been exactly 3 weeks since I gave birth to my beautiful, healthy baby boy and I am still in complete shock. The past 21 days have been a major adjustment for me & my husband… from bringing the baby home from the hospital, feeding him every 3 hours, me pumping every 3 hours, waking up in the middle of the night or should I say staying awake in the middle of the night lol… its all just been brand new to us, and even though I’m extremely tired and adjusting to this new life of mine… I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I’m so in love with this little human that my husband & I created and I’m really looking forward to this new chapter in my life.
Honestly, I really can’t believe that I have a baby lol, and only someone who knows me personally will understand me when I say that. I never thought I wanted to have kids, because kids have never really been my thing… I always thought that it would just be me and my husband, but GOD knew what I really needed in my life! I’ve shared my birth story with some close family & friends… but I decided in honor of our son being 3 weeks old, I’ll share the details on how he got here.
First of all, let me start by saying my pregnancy was the most incredible experience. I had no complaints the entire time I was pregnant… I mean besides the fact that I was the heaviest I’ve ever been & that extra weight was pretty uncomfortable at times. But besides that, everything was beautiful, I was very lucky enough to not experience any nausea or morning sickness… all of the tests I took had good results & and with extreme help from my husband, I felt great mentally! And all together, that made my pregnancy journey one that I will forever be grateful for….. Okay but now lets talk about how I started dilating at week 37 but my son didn’t make his appearance until I was officially 41 weeks.
From the moment I find out I was pregnant, I prayed that I would have a full term pregnancy, I just really wanted to go the full 40 weeks (& I know that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with giving birth before the 40 week mark) but that’s just what I wanted & that’s what I asked God for. But I had no idea that I would make it to 40 weeks… and then go right passed it lol. So at 40 weeks and 6 days, I was scheduled to go to my “last” prenatal appointment, and I’m sure if I had made it to the appointment we probably were going to discuss next steps like induction. When I woke up that morning, I was getting dressed and went to look in the mirror and all of sudden I felt something dripping down my leg! I immediately thought “OMG! MY WATER BROKE!” And guess what I did next…. I hopped in the shower! lol I wasn’t sure about what was going to happen next, so I wanted to make sure I took a shower in case that was my last one for a couple days. After I showered, my husband & I left out to head to my doctors appointment… I wasn’t 100% sure that my water broke because you know, my water had never broken before lol. I called my OB to let her know the situation & that I was still on way, but she told me to go straight to the hospital because she was going to do the same thing that the doctors/nurses were going to do at the hospital and there would be no reason have everything done twice if my water had actually broken.
So now instead of heading to my prenatal appointment, we’re on our way to hospital because this thing might be happening….. well we were almost on our way, we decided to make a quick stop at Chick-fil-a because you know, we needed to eat in case that was our last meal for a while. Fast forward, and we make it to the hospital… I’m checked by a nurse & a midwife, and guess who’s water didn’t break?!?!? It actually was a false alarm but since I was already passed my due date, the nurse & midwife ran a couple more tests and decided that I should be admitted to the hospital and get things going.
We started the induction process, and after about 8 1/2 hours of being in crazy pain, I asked for an epidural (which I 20/10 recommend… having that epidural was EVERYTHING okay lol), once I received the epidural, I started to push! When I started pushing, all I could think about was “OH MY GOODNESS, I’M ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY”… from the moment I found out I was pregnant all the way up until I started pushing, I still couldn’t believe I was going to be someone’s mom. We’re 3 weeks in and I still can’t believe it lol…but anyway, after pushing for hours with very little progress being made, my doctor explained to us that a c-section was going to have to happen. I can’t lie, I was terrified to have a c-section, but knowing that having a c-section was going to be the most successful way for me to be able to hold & kiss my son, I was all for it. Fast forward, the c-section was successful, my son was born healthy and beautiful and I wouldn’t have had the entire process happen any other way.
I’m getting emotional thinking about the way everything happened and I’m just so grateful and thankful to God, for my doctor & for all the nurses that took care of me while I was in the hospital…. so GRATEFUL!
And there you have it, everything started June 20th and on June 21st, 2022 my life changed forever!