Hutchy's Birth Day

November 18, 2018 | life

Welcome to the world, sweet boy.

Hutchy's Birth Day

November 18, 2018 | life

If I learned anything since becoming a mom, its that the details get fuzzy fast. (And the coffee gets cold fast, too.) So, I'm documenting Hutchy's birth story here so its not lost in the recesses of my brain and so that he has it someday! Also because I'm a sucker for a birth story... I'll say it!

Our due date was November 1st. True to form, my babies like to snuggle in tight and extend their stay. We were scheduled for an induction in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, November 7th. I was induced with Piper too, and my body responded very well to it so I felt great about this decision. Also maybe this is just God's way of blessing my planning personality? Who knows. 

Tuesday night we took big sis to Chick-fil-a for dinner. Neither Matt or I ate much and we were both super edgy! #nerves Then we dropped her off at my mom's for her sleepover and stopped at Bed Bath & Beyond for a heater for his room. SUPER exciting, we are. We made a coffee run too, obvi. Since we couldn't call in to the hospital til 11pm, we contemplated hitting up a movie! But, decided to go home and get all set and maybe grab an hour of sleep. (Matt slept, I didn't.)

11pm. Called the hospital. The room was available so we could head in right at midnight. EEK! It felt very familiar, and we took a selfie in the elevator together just like we did before P was born. Family of four, coming right up.
(Pre-Piper on the left, Pre-Hutch on the right)



Midnight. Got settled in our room. Cried some happy tears when our nurse walked in... she was the same nurse that had labored with me through Piper's delivery! I wrote about that here, such a sign to me of God's care and I felt so much calmer after that. 

1:30 am. My petocin was all hooked up and we got the show on the road. I felt it working quickly as contractions began to hit. It only took about 3 increases for the contractions to become very regular. Matt got a little rest while things started moving. I remember I read a chapter of my book to distract myself but that didn't work very well. I texted back and forth with my sister who was working at the hospital that night. She came to visit at some point. I think I slept on and off for about 10 minutes here and there, but nothing great! 


4:30 am. One more level up of petocin and BAM. There they were. Painful, need to breathe and rock and groan, get that baby moving contractions. I was a little more prepared for them this time around. Keeping my shoulders loose, sniffing my bottle of Valor, and picturing each contraction getting me closer to this babe helped a lot. My water broke on its own sometime around then too. At 5:00 am I was ready to think about an epidural. I had made it to 5 cm dilated and that was my goal. I thought about trying to go further but Matt, ever my voice of reason, told me to get it. I'm so glad too, because it was about to get REALLY painful.

5:30 am. It takes a while to prep you for an epidural so I got mine around 5:30 or 6am, I can't even remember now! The contractions were super painful at this point - forever grateful for my nurse who let me squeeze her hand off to stay still when they hit as they were putting in my epidural. I got a slight bit of relief after receiving it but I knew right away it wasn't as good as the one I had with Piper. The left side dulled some but it didn't take on my right side, so that was fun. 

6:30 am. Epidural was in. They rolled me to my right side to see if that would help the epidural spread to that area a little better. My nurse checked me and I was dilated to a 7. She called my doctor to let her know it would be soon, and Matt headed down to get some breakfast before it was GO TIME! My nurse stepped out for a minute, and it was just me. (Still not sure why they left me, lol!) Everything still felt super painful, and I started to get scared. "What if I feel everything! I can't do this. I'm so scared." I grabbed my phone and turned my playlist on shuffle. The first two songs that played were my two favorites: 

Seasons by Hillsong and

I Get to Love You by Ruelle

Another little God wink. Back to focusing. "Breathe, imagine me holding him, you got this."

And then, right around that time, my body started involuntarily pushing. It totally freaked me out because I hadn't been able to feel ANY of that with Piper's delivery. #goodepidural I pushed my call button and told my nurse "UM, I THINK YOU BETTER COME IN HERE." And then I texted Matt. "Get back up here. Hurry. This hurts." (Apparently he had just gotten his food and had to throw it all away. Ha!) When my nurse checked me, I was a 10. I heard her tell someone to grab a doctor because mine wasn't going to make it, and she told me to text my husband. Already done!

From there, it got REAAAALLL. I was so scared. I could feel everything. I kept saying "I'm so scared" over and over. Matt was a rockstar as usual and grabbed my hand and just calmly kept telling me I could do it. My nurse was a saint. She talked me off the ledge and totally got me to believe in myself. Everyone kept cheering me on and telling me I was almost done! It was 6:45 and my doctor wasn't there. They asked me to try to wait but my body was not about to do that. Have you ever tried to NOT push? Its the worst feeling and nearly impossible. I made it to 7 am. My doctor was rushing but still not there. I finally told them to get some other doctor because I just wanted to do this thing. 

7:10 am. Nurse on one side, Matt on the other. 5 pushes. Yep, felt everything. Surprisingly, it was way easier than I thought since I could feel him coming and could tell exactly what I needed to do. 

7:15 am. HELLO HUTCH! He was here! He came out in a superman pose with both shoulders at the same time (ouch) and everyone called him Superman! He was huge and solid and they popped him right on my chest. Best feeling ever.

7:20 am. My doctor showed up. :) It was great to see her and have the person I was expecting finish up all the things that happen after the baby appears. They were able to do everything they needed while Hutch just laid on me, and that meant so much to me. We all guessed his weight and he surpassed us all at 8'7!


And that was that! I think I was in shock for several hours that I'd had a baby that fast. Piper's labor had lasted much longer and I pushed for an hour or so. I guess its true, second babies are much faster! He was a shift change baby too, and it meant the world to me that my nurse stayed those extra minutes to see me through. 

A HUGE thank you to all our amazing nurses at OSF and the great care we received. 

Thankful, thankful, thankful for a healthy baby and smooth delivery. We can't believe God gave us you, Hutch!

Welcome to the world, sweet boy.


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