1 year ago today we became a family of 3. As I sit here staring at our son, I can’t help but wonder where the year went. We are so lucky, Jargo. You are simply amazing and our love for you is indescribable. Today, I want to share our birth story on his birthday. Happy 1st Birthday little dude.
Our birth story is pretty funny. My husband and I have been debating since we got pregnant if we wanted to raise our child in the city of cincinnati or move back to one of our hometowns. During the last couple of months of the pregnancy we decided we wanted to move. So, we put our house on the market to sell during the last month of our pregnancy, not knowing when it would sell or even if it would sell. Well, 4 days later, it sold! And, we had to be out of our house by May 24th (my expected due date being June 6th.) You can imagine the craziness. We ended up being really excited about this, we’d have everything out of the house before our baby was born, instead of having to do everything after. So, our plan was to borrow an RV and camp at a campsite from May 24th until he/she arrived! What fun, right. Well, we started looking into campsites and the only one that had 2 weeks available was an hour from our doctor and hospital. We took it, set up camp, and just waited. On May 30th, we met with our Doula (after finally getting service on our phone in the campsite). I was getting nervous after meeting with her because she was going to be on vacation June 9th-16th and I didn’t want to worry about meeting with someone else. Well, I went to the restroom after our meeting and something didn’t seem right. But at the time, I just thought I peed a little because I had been holding it the whole time! So, we get back to the campsite and get ready for bed. We ran out of propane, so we didn’t have hot water, a working stove, or refrigerator. That night, I held my stomach, not knowing if we were gonna have a boy or a girl and said, PLEASE COME OUT, I’m ready!! I did everything I could to start labor, took a walk (to the bathhouse), did some yoga, listened to my hypnobirthing cd. Finally went to bed, woke up to pee every hour, didn’t feel right, my back started hurting!! At around 8 that morning it was getting really uncomfortable to sleep. I had to prop up pillows and just try and find which position was most comfortable. Which was nothing. I had been leaking fluid too… I ended up calling my doula at about 9am and told her what was going on. She recommended I call my doctor to see what he says. Well, he wanted me to come in and get checked. At about noon he checked me, and asked if we wanted to know how far along we were and I couldn’t help it, I needed to know! We were 3 cm and 100% effaced! He said, “you’ll be having a baby tonight!” My husband and I looked at each other with the biggest smiles on our faces! The doctor recommended I take a hot shower because I was in back labor. He also recommended staying close to the area. Well, this was a bit of a problem, we had our hospital bag, but we left everything out at the campground! (1 hour away). We decided to go back to the RV, collect our thoughts, get stuff together, and drive back in and get a hotel room right by the hospital so I could sit in hot water! Well, let me just say, being in labor and being in a car for most of it is extremely uncomfortable! (and nerve wrecking!) Our doula recommended I download an app on my phone to start timing the surges and to look up different positions I needed to be in to turn the baby (since i was in back labor they said most likely he/she was sunny side up). On our way into the city, my surges were timed at every 5 minutes. (I now know why they call it the “oh shit” handlebar in the car!) We check into the hotel at about 2:30, I immediately take a hot shower and yell to my husband every time the surges start so he can time them. Well, it’s about 4 0’clock and the surges are getting powerful and about every 4 minutes. I started spotting (which the doctor said i may do because of getting checked) but it seemed like it wasn’t stopping, and it was making me nervous. Our doctor recommended we go in to triage and get checked. After finally getting to where we needed to be and getting checked in, the surges are VERY powerful. Let me add, at this time I missed a call from my dad and his voicemail was, “well, you’re probably in labor now, haha”. Well, yes dad we were! It was about 5:30 when we got to the hospital and 6 o’clock when we got back to a room to get checked. We’re 6 cm. and 100% effaced. Well, at this time, knowing how far along we were, my husband started making the phone calls to the family!! I immediately went to the shower and stayed under HOT water while the doula put pressure on my back. The surges are coming all the time and extremely powerful. I start talking myself through the surges using my hypnobirthing techniques! The nurse asked me to let her know when I thought it was getting close so she could call the doctor. Well, at about 8:30 I started to feel like I had to go to the bathroom. The nurse checked me and sure enough my water broke and I was 100% ready to go! and I couldn’t help but push!! She immediately called Dr. Froehlich and said he needed to get here asap. After she hung up the phone she called a backup doctor saying. “we have a natural patient, I don’t know how long she’ll last until her doctor gets here” This is when I knew it was real. I thought for sure I wouldn’t have the baby until the middle of the night. Luckily, our son held out for Dr. Froehlich to deliver him and he was born at 9:04 pm weighing 7lbs 8oz and 20.5 inches long. Born on May 31st (he came 6 days early). I have chills just thinking about it all again. It is something we’ll never forget. A big thanks to my husband for running around getting everything ready, calling our family and friends, holding up legs, timing surges, supporting me and helping me achieve my goal of a natural delivery!
I have this obsession with keeping Jargo’s shirt on his head when I’m changing him. He loves it, I love it, we laugh the whole time! My sisters and I used to do this as kids. “long hair sisters club!” Happy Friday y’all!! (12/52)
Here’s a couple shots from the Kentucky Green Living Fair yesterday. There were so many inspiring young farmers, old farmers, wood workers, wine makers, coffee/tea makers, breastfeeding workers, basket weavers, and local food. I had to put the camera down and take it all in. Oh, and live music. It was great to see everyone out on a beautiful day…even though it was inside!
Happy Friday!! See you all at the Kentucky Green Living Fair tomorrow! (10/52)
Pig catchin’ and maple syrup makin’ at Flying Nectar Farm!
Excited we got to pick out our piglets from our good friends at Flying Nectar Farm!