On January 7th I had a doctors appointment. I was 38 weeks and 6 days. Two days further then when I delivered with Alister. Luckily, the doctor decided that my body was ready enough to be induced in the morning. I had to be induced, due to the fact that I was on blood thinners. I had to stop the medication for 24 hours before delivery. Well! You can imagine that we were so happy to be having our baby boy the next day. (:
We got up at 5:30am so we could be at the hospital by 7am. It felt strange driving to the hospital to deliver a baby when I wasn't in labor yet. I mean, I was having some contractions, but nothing really consistent. Plus, I was nervous. I didn't really know anything about being induced. So, I didn't know what to expect.
Once we got to the hospital and into our room, the nurse took a bunch of information. It took probably close to an hour. She then had me get dressed in my fashionable hospital gown and hooked me up to the monitors. They checked my cervix and decided to give me medication that thins out the rest of the cervix. Which was confusing to me because I thought the doctor had said I was thinned out enough. But, I let them do what they thought best. I'm glad I did too! Because, it was enough to really kick start my contractions within a couple of minutes. Then maybe and hour later my doctor came in and decided to break my water. One of my least favorite parts. I laying in bed feeling like I just wet the bed. A lot. That water just keeps coming out, man! So uncomfortable. Anyway. Within another minute or two, my contractions intensified like crazy. Later on, I got an epidural. Which was nice. (: unlike the first time, I could still lift my legs. With Alister, I couldn't feel anything from the waist down. This time however, I was able to feel when I needed to start pushing. Which was very helpful actually. So, when that point came, I was able to push when I needed to. Unlike with Alister, where I had to be coached the whole time.
So, I have to say, that even though pushing was extremely painful for me and I screamed a lot, the pain was absolutely beautiful. I've never been in that amount of pain before. Thankfully, Corbin was worth every minute of it. 😊
When he finally arrived, we knew his name should be Corbin. We had struggled with deciding on a name the whole time. But, it was no question when we saw him. He was Corbin Joseph Briggs.
Labor and delivery is, of course, hard. Any of us who have had children know, that all that pain, is well worth it. And, with out hesitation, we would do it all over again if we had to. Because when you meet your little prince (or princess) you know you would do anything for them. ❤️
Morning of delivery