Monday, September 28, 2009

The birth - part 1

It seems like every time I sit down to write about Logan's birth, I fall asleep. Imagine that! I really want to get it down before I forget though, so here goes.

Thursday morning I woke up around 7 with contractions that felt a little bit different from those I had encountered so far. Difference was - these ones hurt.
But not that bad.

So I assumed it was nothing and went on to blog as normal. I did mention my contractions to my mom since she is here and we decided to continue on with our original plans for the day because I was convinced nothing was going to happen anyway.

I maybe started to suspect something was up when my contractions were coming about 3-4 minutes apart as we walked the mall, but since I could still walk and (almost) talk through them I wasn't convinced it was real labor.

Then we came home and they spread back out to around 7 minutes apart so I talked myself out of even hoping it was labor.

My mom suggested I try to take a nap (since she was sure I was in labor) and would most likely need the rest. I tried to sleep but the contractions were startling me out of a doze because they hurt so bad. I decided that sitting around waiting for contractions was not that fun, so I grabbed mom and we went for another walk.

And once again the contractions sped up to about 3-4 minutes apart. It was getting close to 5 pm so I texted Tyson to make sure he was coming home on time. I was ready for his support but certainly not ready to do anything drastic like go to the hospital. Too bad he had other plans for me. After timing my contractions, watching me breathe through them, and a phone call from his dr. brother saying we needed to go to the hospital, I pretty much had no choice. We were on our way.

The reason I was so hesitant to go was because everyone says you'll know when you're in labor. Well, guess what folks, I didn't know. The contractions just didn't hurt that bad! And I was still in a way good mood which I hear doesn't happen that often. See, here I was having a contraction, walking, laughing and telling my mom not to take a picture. Way to coherent for real labor!

So you can imagine my surprise when after some monitoring and checking in triage, I was definitely in labor and dilated to a 6.

A 6!

My goal was to get to at least a 5 on my own before requesting an epidural and now I was at a 6 and not even checked into the hospital yet. I guess it's a good thing I didn't stay home another hour or two before going to the hospital like I wanted to.

Well, this isn't a great place to pause my story, but the baby must be fed!

To be continued, and things do get a little more exciting...


  1. Congrats on a beautiful baby boy!!! I like your story and it makes me wonder if I will know if I am labor this time. I was induced with Alivia, so I don't know what it is like to go through the real thing. Sounds like your labor started out great.....I hope the rest went well.

  2. I'm anxiously awaiting the second half! Awesome you made it to a six at home w/o any realy trouble!

    P.S. Is that a tube of Lansinoh that Tyson is holding in his hand in picture #1?

  3. I was just telling my MIL that I was nervous about knowing when I was in labor for sure. She said I would know...but now you've got me wondering again. A 6?! That's awesome!

  4. I am so impressed! A 6! You go! I can't wait to hear the rest!

  5. omg, congratulations, mari! i can't wait to hear about the rest! what a precious little baby boy!

  6. Cory was totally laughing as he read this. :) Great job just taking those hard contractions like a woman! can't wait to hear the rest of the story. And congrats to you and Tyson, btw!

  7. You did a great job with very little initial pain. That's a miracle and it produced a little miracle. The rest will go away in a short time.

  8. Wow, Superwoman! I love how calm you are. I would be flipping out!

  9. Mari, that's great that you weren't in too much pain! (so far) And having your picture taken! WOW!! Continue to be happy and well.

  10. ugh - that was a horrible place to stop. I want all the details. So far it sounds like things went really well.

  11. Way to leave us hanging! I guess feeding the baby is important... He is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations, so happy for you!

  12. I never actually had people tell me that 'you'll know when you're in labor' but I've watched enough movies on TV to make it seem like you sure should know. I was the same way as you, just kept denying it. Congrats again!!

  13. i'm dying for part 2. what are you busy or something?

  14. Congratulations! Little Logan is such a handsome little guy. Nice work getting to a six all on your own - you rock! I can't wait to hear the rest - speaking of rest, you better get some.