Nolan was born on Monday, October 1 at 5:22 pm. His delivery was a planned induction. Everything went very well and although I was initially very nervous about the whole process... I now realize that everything worked out exactly how God planned it and I would not have wanted anything different.
I went into the hospital at 5:30 AM that morning, got checked in and then began the process of getting hooked up to all of the monitors and fluids. Honestly, for me, this was the worst part - I was so nervous (and I am a wimp when it comes to needles, etc) that the IV was probably the worst part. (Weird, I know!)
|Before being hooked up to start the labor process|
|Our last picture as a family of two!|
Around 9:00 AM I got the epidural. At first my contractions were not too bad and I even had the crazy thought that maybe I should wait/not get one at all. What if they are never really that bad? The nurse encouraged me to go ahead and request it if I wanted it at all. By the time the anesthesiologist was able to administer it - I was definitely ready!! I was so ready... that I was not even nervous about the needle in my back.
Throughout the day, my doctor came and checked on me and I progressed slowly but surely. They had to up the dose of pitocin a couple of times. Around 4:30 PM when the nurse checked me for the last time... she said that I was finally ready to start pushing.
Pushing was a process that went very differently than I thought it would. I am used to the movies/TV shows where the doctor and a ton of nurses run in and it is very dramatic and the baby is out in 10 minutes. Maybe this is how it is for some people? Once I started pushing, it was just me, Josh and my nurse in the room. She waited about 20 minutes and then called my doctor in. Overall it took a lot longer than I thought - but was not bad.
By 5:22 PM, Nolan was born! It was truly an amazing experience. There were so many emotions that Josh and I felt - but mostly, we were so relieved and excited that our son was finally here - safe and sound.
|When we first met Nolan|
|Josh cutting the umbilical cord|
|Our first family photo|
|8lb 5oz, 20.5" - Our big boy!|
|Truly a miracle|