This is part 2 of Baby V’s Birth Story. You can read Part 1 of his birth story by clicking here.
Around 9am I was moved from the antepartum wing of Winnie Palmer Hospital to a Labor & Delivery room. It was time to start the induction and get my little babe safely out into the world! I was super eager to get labor moving along. I had been out of my home for 24 hours at this point, bouncing between the doctor’s office and the hospital. I was starting to get kind of anxious to meet my baby!
The nurses got me settled into my L&D room, hooked up IV’s, and slowly started pitocin to get labor going.
Baby V’s Birth Story – Part 2
I labored throughout the entire day. I’m a huge fan of not getting an epidural until I absolutely need one so that I can stay mobile. I love walking through the labor and delivery hallways to help labor progress, so we did that for a while.
I also used a birthing ball this time around, which was the first time I’ve use one during any of my labors.
This labor was definitely one of my longer ones. My other boys were born at 36 and 38 weeks, when I naturally went into labor with each of them. Those labors went quicker than this labor. Our stillborn son was born at 30 weeks, and that was an induced labor as well. That was pretty much a blur to me, but seems like it took a lifetime to get the baby out.
Baby V’s labor was from about 9:30am until he was born at 10:27pm. Honestly, this wasn’t a hard labor. I was in good spirits for most of the day. I requested an epidural around 6pm when things started getting super painful. The epidural didn’t actually work on both my right and left sides. My right side felt everything. It was a weird sensation to have my left side numb, and my right side in pain. I’m glad I only had to feel half of the labor though! Mamas that go without an epidural, you are my hero’s!
Our doctor surprised us when she asked if my husband would like to help deliver the baby! He accepted her offer and suited up in his doctor-like attire. This is likely our last baby, and I was so excited for my husband to be able to be the first person to welcome our little boy into the world!
Welcome to this life my sweet baby boy! We love you so much.
I cannot describe what it feels like to be blessed with three living, healthy, beautiful boys after we lost Max in 2011. At that time it felt like the bottom of the world had been ripped out from under us, and we had truly hit rock bottom. This feels like a totally different life, being able to be a mom of three boys. It’s something I never imagined would be possible, and I am truly thankful for this wonderful life as a mother to my babies.
I am also thankful for proactive doctors who didn’t take a chance waiting to find out of something bad would happen to my baby. They acted quickly and appropriately to make sure our son was born alive. There are no words for how I feel about them and what amazing doctors they are.
I am very blessed, my friends.
All photos on this post are the work of Strictly Bella Photography. This was the first time I’ve hired a birth photographer and I am SO glad that I had someone there to document our baby’s entrance into the world. I adore these photos and will cherish them for a lifetime. If you’re in the Orlando area and looking for a birth photographer, check out Heather of Strictly Bella Photography!
PS- this is part 2 of the birth story. Read Part 1 of Baby V’s Birth Story by clicking here.