Well, lots has changed since my last post as Samuel was born one week ago today :) This week has gone so fast despite it being long – and tiring lol. It’s hard to believe that he has been with us for a full week and how much he has already changed.
Our labor and delivery was incredible. We really could not have been more blessed as the entire process lasted less than 6 hours. Can you believe that?! Our first pregnancy and labor was less than 6 hours! We went out last Wednesday night to Buffalo Wild Wings with some friends so that we could eat some spicy food and see if labor would come on. Michael and I shared mango habanero and caribbean jerk wings; neither of which seemed awfully spicy, but we’re thinking they helped! After BWW, we went and got ice cream from Brewster’s and then came home. Lauren sent me a text to get down on all fours and shake my booty as she has this list of 29 things to do to naturally induce labor. Michael had gone to sleep and after I finished putting his lunch together for the next day, I decided to try it just for kicks. I sent her a text saying I did so and she asked me if it worked and then told me to do it again. I wasn’t sure how long to do it and kind of felt like a fool as Charly thought I was trying to play with him lol. But I did it again and literally within 30 minutes (beginning at 10 PM) I was having contractions that lasted from 60-120 seconds long and coming every two minutes.
After two hours, I actually called the hospital as I thought I might be in labor but since it was my first experience I wasn’t 100% sure and I did not want to wake Michael up for a false alarm. The nurse told me to give it another hour and if everything continued, come in. So I took a shower and just kept breathing through the contractions, but after another 30 minutes I knew we needed to get to the hospital. So I woke Michael up and he threw on some clothes, grabbed our bags and we were on our way. Sitting in the car was difficult as I just felt extremely uncomfortable sitting during contractions. Thank God the hospital was seriously only five minutes from our house and so once we got there, they checked me in and made me change. They checked my blood pressure and Samuel’s heartbeat, as well as how far dialated I was. I got nervous that they’d tell me I was still only one centimeter, but instead we had finally made progress, I was 3-4!! So I stayed attached to the monitor but was able to stand and walk around since my water still hadn’t broken.
At 6 centimeters, they moved us to the labor and delivery room and by 3 AM, we were fully dilated and I was feeling like I needed to push. They had me wait for the doctor and she ended up needing to break my water on her own. But once I was able to begin pushing, Samuel was out within 30 minutes!! It was just so incredible! We couldn’t believe how fast and smooth everything went and seeing our baby boy for the first time was something I cannot really express in words. It just amazed me and even looking at him today, I still cannot fully believe he came out of me and that he is our son. What a miracle.
The hardest part of our delivery was definitely the pushing. And really I think it was more because I was just embarrassed. I mean it is a lot of pressure all these people standing around you, telling you what to do and when lol but breathing through the contractions was pretty easy for me. The nurse was even so surprised how calm I stayed – as I did not get an epidural. She said she had only seen someone do that once before and she asked me what I was concentrating on to stay so calm. I told her I was just praying to God and focusing on the outcome which was Samuel. I wanted to give him as smooth a birth as I could so I tried to do everything in my power to stay calm and relaxed. Plus having Michael with me helped tremendously as he always keeps me calm no matter the situation and helped me to breathe through contractions and remember that they would end.
Overall, pregnancy, labor and delivery was in incredible. I seriously could not have wished for a better experience and at the end of it all, a more precious and beautiful baby. Samuel is healthy and strong. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces at birth and was 19 and 3/4 inches long. He lost some weight while we were in the hospital which brought him to 7 pounds 1 ounce but when we went for his checkup on Monday, he weighed 7 pounds, 6 and 1/2 ounces which meant he had gained back all his weight, plus half an ounce and he had grown an inch! The pediatrician was so impressed as we are breastfeeding and so he thought it was so wonderful that Samuel had already gained back his weight. I just feel so blessed and thankful to God for everything. After experiencing this, I really don’t know how someone can’t believe in God. Having a baby truly is a miracle and I just love being a mama.
Samuel has already changed so much in this week. He’s been holding his neck up and turning his head and becoming more and more stubborn everyday lol. I’m just trying to embrace it all and take in every minute of holding him I can because I know he will not be like this for long. Sleeping has been scare as at night he tends to wake up more often but I know one day we’ll get on a schedule and he will sleep more. Until then, I’m just going to stay focused on being thankful that he is healthy and eating and continue to remember that the sleepless nights will pass and eventually, I’ll miss them and his constant want to be held.
Samuel, mama and daddy love you soo much!! And we are just so happy and thankful you are here with us. You are growing so fast already and we are so proud of you! Happy one week baby boy <3