My Birth Story
It’s almost 10 PM, I have been here at the hospital since just after 5 AM this morning, & I figured I should jot down what happened today before I forget anything!
So, yesterday I actually went in for my weekly doctor visit & everything looked pretty much the same as it had the last two weeks; 3 cm dilated + baby’s head was VERY low. Doctor repeated to me what he told me the previous week, “her head is really low, so make sure you don’t wait too long to come in once you start having regular / strong contractions!”
I had been having contractions for the past couple weeks but nothing strong or consistent.
That night (last night) when I sat down to work around 8 PM I started to feel some strong contractions. I texted Logan & told him, but I told him I was going to take a shower & lie down & they’d probably go away.
I ended up falling asleep after my shower. I woke up at 4 AM to some super painful contractions. I called him & told him “it’s time”, & thankfully he was heading out of work & on his way home.
Once he got home we waited for his mom to get there (to watch the kiddos) & we headed out.
The hospital is about a 15-20 min drive for us so I didn’t feel *too* rushed. Logan was speeding & I’d yell “slow down it’s fine!” Then I’d get a painful contraction & be like “let’s get there!!!” 🤣
We got to the hospital around 5:00/5:15 AM.
Everyone at the hospital check-in apparently thought I was far from delivering because no one was rushing. The nurse (who said “we’re all guessing you’re a 5 or 6”) checked me and said “wow you’re an 8! Did you want the natural birthing room?” To which I responded, “no, I want an epidural.” And she just kind of looked at me like “uhh not happening”, but said ooookay…and started wheeling me to the room.
A couple nurses came in my room along with the midwife, Yvonne. When I told them I wanted an epidural they all looked at me like, “are you serious?”
Yvonne basically told me it was almost time to push! She said I *could* get an epidural but it would literally be pointless.
Not gonna lie, I wanted to cry. The contractions hurt, but I could bare them. The thought of feeling a child bust out of my vagina is what scared the hell out of me! I was not prepared for this! Plus- **TMI** I felt like I had to poop…Yvonne assured me that it was the baby that I felt- NOT poop. I did not believe her.
I am all about mind over matter. The fact that I went into this thinking I’d be able to get an epidural really threw me off. I would have done the natural birthing room and labored in the tub if I had known that I was for sure unable to get the epidural.
Yvonne said she was going to break my water and then I could start to push. I was freaking out!
She broke my water, told me to get on all fours, and…well, I had no choice & started pushing.
Dear God it was the worst pain of my life. Like I said, I truly believe a lot of this had to do with mind over matter, and the fact that I wasn’t able to prepare my mind to do this without meds made it worse than it had to be.
I was screaming out the f-word while praying to Jesus to help me. (I’m sorry, Jesus. I’m sure you understand.)
I still felt like I had to poop so I kept pushing Logan down because I didn’t want him to see haha. He would try to look and I’d scream “don’t look!!!” He said I was pushing him into the ground as hard as I could. (I didn’t poop by the way…in case you were wondering. Ha!!) I’m actually laughing out loud right now thinking back on it.
Finally, Logan & Yvonne let me know the head is out. I felt a slight moment of relief until I thought about how I still have to push the shoulders out.
I could feel every little thing. Her shoulders, followed by her body, her legs, & then the chord.
The feeling of pushing the rest of her out was such a relief.
They immediately laid baby Capri on my chest, and she was so cheesy (covered with vernix) and so perfect.
She was born at 6:10 AM. Hardly an hour after we arrived at the hospital!
We did it, baby girl!
Capri Grace. My little wild card.
We were discharged just over 24 hours after delivery, and we are back home and Capri is perfect and healthy and I feel great. (Minus being extremely tired from lack of sleep.)
I am so thankful that everything went so quickly and there were no complications. Yvonne from Premier Care For Women was amazing! I am so happy that she was the one to deliver Capri.
Now it’s time to get back to work and cuddle on this little precious princess of mine.
I’ve started to see a lot of these meal delivery services start to pop up, and they all look really great, I’m interested in trying them…but I worry that my kids won’t like anything that’s included.
I was just introduced to a local company called Mini Fresh, which is similar to those meal delivery services that I mentioned, BUT they actually cater to babies, kids, and moms! My favorite thing about the company is the fact that they offer 100% organic food, and it’s all FRESH. They guarantee delivery twice a week, and everything is delivered within 5 hours of being cooked and packaged.
They are located in Phoenix and deliver locally at the moment, but they plan on expanding, so hopefully they can make it to your area soon if you aren’t in the Phoenix area!
Read more about their mission HERE.
I tried a bite of everything that was delivered, and it was all really tasty. (And I swear I’m not just saying that!!!) Those energy bites are full of so many great ingredients, but when I read them before tasting it I thought to myself “that cannot taste good…”, but it actually did. It tasted GREAT! And my kids thought they were cookies. Ha!
I gave the kids these trays for an early morning breakfast picnic. I heated up the veggie quiche (which was delicious) on a separate plate and then put it back in the tray.
That little oat bit (top right corner) was my personal favorite (lol), I took a bite and wanted the whole thing.
Give them a try if you’re an AZ local! Click HERE to browse their website.