I’m sitting here about to write out my son’s birth story, yet I still can’t believe that he is here and a part of our family! The past month has been a complete whirlwind! I’m surprised my eyes are staying open long enough to write this post. A beautiful baby boy joined our family, and we have been feeling all of the emotions. We are adjusting to life as a family of four and we couldn’t be happier or more blessed. Some of you may wonder why I would share such an intimate day with the world, but having this written out will allow me to remember the details of this amazing day over and over again. Plus, I love reading other momma’s birth stories, because they are all amazing and prove what a miracle child birth really is. So here is the story of how it all went down. I guarantee I’m going to tear up…
So I was scheduled to be induced on November 14th, the day after Zuri’s birthday. We went to the hospital for 7 AM sharp to get things rolling. When my doctor came in for the initial assessment we discovered that my body had started labour on it’s own! I was surprised because I hadn’t been feeling any signs of labour, but was so excited to hear the news as that was what I had hoped for all along. I was 2.5 cm dilated. The doctor suggested that we wait and see what my body does and to reassess at 12 noon. So we actually went home – definitely not something I was planning on – and relaxed for the rest of the morning. It was at this time that I started having regular contractions! It was amazing.
We returned to the hospital around lunch time to see what my progress was. At 12:00 I was checked again and was 4cm dilated! My body was doing all the work itself without any of the induction procedures. At this point I remained at the hospital, was hooked up and they monitored me for the rest of the day. Around 3:00 I received my epidural as the contractions were beginning to be very painful. I won’t go into details about the epidural, but I will say it was 100 times more painful than when I received it during Zuri’s birth…. NOT FUN. But, so very worth it because soon the contractions became less and less painful. At 4:00 the nurse checked me again and I was 9cm!! So I progressed very quickly.
During the next 45 minutes or so I knew that we were getting really close to meeting our son. I could tell that it was close to pushing time, and honestly I was trying to hold off as my doctor had not arrived to the hospital yet. His intern (that I have met before during regular checkups) was with us, and finally around 4:45 she looked at me and said, you don’t have to wait, I think you are ready to push, and I agreed it was definitely time. I started pushing and 9 minutes later he was here – fast and furious lol. West Woods was born at 4:54 PM and immediately after he entered the world he was placed on my chest for skin to skin. This was my only request of the entire delivery so I was filled with tears of joy when I finally got to hold him. The best moment and I will never forget seeing him for the first time.
We had assumed during the pregnancy that he would come out looking like our daughter, but much to our surprise he was the polar opposite. Dark features, a tiny little face and lots of hair. We spent the next little while nursing for the first time, getting him checked out and cleaned up a little. Our family met him soon after, and Zuri was finally introduced to her little brother. She was in utter shock and completely speechless for the first 10 minutes, it was the sweetest thing. She is such a gentle little girl, and seeing her interact with West has been so amazing.
The last month has been crazy and beautiful all at the same time. I can’t believe how fast time is going and that he is already 4 weeks old. He is the sweetest little babe, and definitely a momma’s boy. Loves to cuddle and loves to eat! Our hearts are so full and we are so thankful for this amazing blessing. Mr. West Woods – you have stolen our hearts. Welcome to the family.