Little Sweet Pea’s Birth Story

Expecting November 2012

I have kept putting this post off because every time I went to write it, I kept reliving the birth of our Little Sweet Pea in my head. I was so traumatized that I couldn’t get past it enough to share with everyone. It has taken me a full three months to be able to think about the birth without feeling overwhelmed, although my heart flutters and I want to cry when I think about certain memories.


Expecting November 2012

On Tuesday, November 27th around 3:30 in the afternoon, without warning my water broke. I was only two days from my due date, but it came as such a shock to me and it wasn’t anything like I was expecting. We’ve all seen the movies where the women’s water breaks and it floods the floor. Well not so much with me, in fact I wasn’t even sure if that is what happened! I texted Andrew at work saying “I’m 50% certain my water just broke!” He immediately left work to come and get me. Luckily I had already had our hospital bag packed for weeks so all I had to do once Andrew got home was jump in the car.

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When we got to the hospital, I wasn’t having any contractions so we parked in the parking garage and walked up to labor and delivery. They admitted me right away and confirmed that in fact my water did break and I was going to have a baby soon! It was quite surreal knowing we weren’t going to be leaving the hospital. If only I had known what I was in for! I foolishly let myself believe that delivery wasn’t going to be so bad since he had been so low (+1 station) for three weeks.

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Andrew and I walked the halls for about an hour before they finally started me on pitocin around 7pm. It wasn’t until then that I finally felt my first contractions. They were somewhat painful, but I was managing. We watched movies on my laptop until the contractions got too painful to even breathe. Andrew would rub my back and comfort me during the contractions, but they were coming too fast and too strong that something needed to be done!

expecting November 2012

I didn’t go to the hospital with a set birth plan, but I knew I wanted an epidural at some point. That point arrived around 1:00am after being on Poticin for 6 hours. After I got the epidural I couldn’t believe I had waited that long! I felt absolutely nothing…it was such a relief! The nurses told me to rest while I could but it was nearly impossible! Between the baby heart monitor, the blood pressure cuff going off every half hour and my husband snoring peacefully in the chair next to me, there was no sleeping.

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Around 3:30am about five nurses rushed in and put an oxygen mask on me saying that the baby’s heart rate had dropped. I was somewhat asleep with they came in so it scared me half to death! Luckily they were able stabilize the baby’s heart rate quickly, but after that I couldn’t focus on anything else but the baby heart monitor for the rest of the night.

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The pitocin was doing its job, and by 9:00am the next morning I had dilated to an 8. The doctor came in an hour later to check me and said that the baby was in the posterior position. He said that he needed to get the baby to turn and face down before delivery. That’s when he said that he was going to turn off the epidural drip and get me up out of the bed and moving to help the baby turn. I immediately started crying, I remembered how painful those contractions were before I had the epidural. Now being in the most intense part of labor- he wanted to turn off my epidural!

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My doctor kept coming in to check to see if he had turned, after about the third time checking and seeing no change they started prepping for surgery. However, somehow after 4 hours of acrobatics in the room, he finally turned head down right before the doctor was going to move us to the surgical suite. I really can’t put into words how much I appreciated having our amazing nurse Carolyn and nursing student Jenna. Since the baby wasn’t stressed and was handling the delivery just fine, they were determined to deliver my baby naturally!  So much that they even got into a argument with my doctor! Without them, I have no doubt that I would have ended up in the operating room for a C-section.

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As soon as I heard that he had turned I begged them to turn back on my epidural drip. They did, but with all of the movements I was doing trying to get him to turn, the epidural must have moved and it only worked on my left leg. So here I was feeling EVEYTHING except my dead to the world left leg. Now I don’t consider myself a big baby, but the last three hours before he was born was the most grueling experience of my life and it seemed like it would never end.

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I felt the breathtaking contractions and the urge to push almost a full 30 seconds before it showed up on the monitor. I was so exhausted! After three full hours of pushing, he was stuck behind my pelvic bone and not progressing any further. The doctor called in the NICU staff since my water had been broken for over 26 hours. He tried with forceps first with no success, followed by another failed attempt with the vacuum before finally delivering him with his second attempt using forceps. Finally at 4:59 pm, after 26 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing, I heard the most beautiful baby cry. My husband was so excited but I was so out of it, I had trouble comprehending that it was finally over.

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He weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and 20.25 inches long and perfectly healthy. We are loving our new lives as parents and enjoy spending every second with our Little Sweet Pea. We are so blessed to have such a healthy baby boy.

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77 Responses to “Little Sweet Pea’s Birth Story”

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    Renee — March 11, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Loving your post – Congrats on your Blessing:)

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    Anthonette — March 11, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Congratulations on your healthy little sweet pea!

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    Tina — March 11, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Teresa — March 11, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    I have pitocin war stories, too. I am so sorry you had to go through so much pain to bring your sweet baby boy into the world. But thanks for sharing your story. It will be such an encouragement to so many others. Love your blog.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — March 11, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    So happy you shared this story and more pics! It’s so fun to see pic of your and your family. This has made me a *bit* scared for having kids of my own in the near future… But obviously it’s worth it :) Sorry you had to go through that though!

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    Dotti — March 11, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    What a beautiful story…….and a beautiful ending! Your son is perfect and will bring you many happy memories! Enjoy, because they grow up so fast!

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    Ann Marie — March 11, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    When I saw the first pictures of you and Hubby with just the baby shoes I was so afraid something had happened to Little Sweet Pea. Sounds like he really put you through your paces but so glad it was a happy ending! He is adorable. Congratulations!

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    Tracy | Screaming Sardine — March 11, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    Oh my gosh, how this brings back memories. I can totally empathize with you on how memories of the birth will “haunt” you for awhile. I think mine haunted me for years. Long story short, I went into labor, but my water hadn’t broken. They put me on pitocin, but it didn’t help much – only to make things worse, in my opinion. I was determined to have a natural birth, but oh boy, after over 24 hours of labor, I wanted an epidural! My husband at the time was/is very abusive and a sadist, so he fought with the staff to not give me an epidural. Security finally had to escort him out.

    My water finally broke; they had tried to break it for me, but my son was too far up to reach the sack he was in. The pain was so intense – all back labor. They did take me off pitocin once when the baby’s heart rate was being affected.

    After 43 hours of labor, my sweetie finally arrived. He’s now 21, and I can think about the experience without wanting to cry. I felt for years so cheated out of a good birth experience, and especially being out of it from sheer exhaustion. But it’s okay. And you know what, it’s okay for you, too. It’s okay to have had a less than ideal birth. You have a beautiful son to cherish forever. Enjoy those moments…oh my, they grow up much too quickly.

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    Marva Ramsey — March 11, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Wonderful news on your sweet arrival. Pitocin is no picnic for sure. In the late 70″s I had my second daughter and the way the doctor explained it he was doing me a favor. I also took a long time to get anywhere and did not deliver forever. But my thing was they did not give you the epidural then until you went into the deliverary room. Most of the hard work is done by then.

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    Misha — March 11, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. You will be happy that you wrote this to look back on from time to time. The days go by quickly once you’ve had a child! Your family is beautiful. All the very best to you.

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    Nancy — March 11, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    What a beautiful story–and what a beautiful baby boy! I had a difficult delivery, too, almost 30 years ago. But, it’s worth all the pain. Enjoy your new role as a mommy!

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    Bev — March 11, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    Congratulations! What a beautiful family. That baby is adorable.

    Bev

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    Noreen — March 11, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I love and admire your honesty. You are in for a wonderful ride. Wish you the best.

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    CantStopBaking — March 11, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Congratulations!!!! What a gorgeous gorgeous baby!! I totally feel your pain- I had a baby boy just about a week before you, and man, its torture! Thanks for the post, and enjoy your yummy baby!

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    Kristin — March 11, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    Congratulations! He is such a little doll baby! We have a little man that was born on Oct 29. Also did the pitocin and his heart rate dropped so we had to do the oxygen thing too. So scary! Unfortunately, the pitocin was not good for little man’s heart rate after that first episode so we ended up with a C-section. So glad you were able to deliver naturally after all of that! And I can’t imagine what you went through with the epidural off at that point. Congrats again!

    Kristin

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    T.Dashfield — March 11, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    Congrats on your little sweet pea! Having that first baby is nerve wracking enough without any “issues”. Thinking back on things is much more warm and fuzzy than when going through them :)

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    mimi — March 11, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! Congratulations! (My first-born is now 29!)

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    Carla — March 11, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    Gefeliciteerd!!! congratulations, he is cute.!

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    Nathan Young — March 11, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    Congrats! What a beautiful baby boy!

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    Marie in Va — March 11, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your healthy baby boy! I agree with T. Dashfield- the first is always a little scarier because you just don’t know what to truly expect. The labor memories don’t seem quite so bad down the road :) But you never forget. :)
    Blessings to you and your sweet pea!

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    Kindall — March 11, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    I also had an epidural that moved & only worked on one side. Absolute torture is the only way to describe it! I’ve had another since then where it worked & the delivery was very easy & smooth. Your story & pictures are beautiful though! For those of you who don’t have kids, delivery can be a bear but it is so worth it!

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    Ashley — March 11, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    He is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on your new little family.

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    TiceB — March 11, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    I’m not surprised you’re still traumatized by that–it sounds horrific. But what a beautiful family! Congrats :)

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    Karen — March 11, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Your baby is beautiful! My first daughter is 37 and I had 21 hrs of labor so I well remember those hours. My second daughter however, was only 4 hrs. So worth it every time. Enjoy that little “sweet pea” every precious minute!

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    Jackie — March 11, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy! May God bless you and your family.

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    Sandie — March 11, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your touching story. You and your husband have been blessed and I wish you much happiness with your new baby.

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    Jenn — March 11, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    Your little sweet pea is beautiful!

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    Cindy — March 11, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    The photography is outstanding and your baby is so so beautiful. What a delightful family you are.

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    DebB — March 11, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Congratulations! I am so glad your story had a happy ending!

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    ChgoJohn — March 11, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    Thanks, Christina, for sharing not just the story but so many beautiful photos of your family, before and after. This was a touching post.

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    Emilie — March 11, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I know how scary and painful labor can be. I’m glad that things turned out good. You have a beautiful family!

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    Stu Borken — March 11, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    You are crying? I’m crying. What an emotional roller coaster ride that birthing was. Thank God for such a beautiful child. The best of everything to you, your husband and child.

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    Greg — March 11, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    That’s great news. Congrats to both of you. Sounds like one heck of a labor, but you know you can use this story during the teenage years to your advantage.

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    Karen Peterson — March 11, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    love the story; it warms my heart hearing the story of another little sweet baby entering the world to a loving family!

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    Kris — March 11, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    Congrats! Beautiful family :)

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    Jean — March 11, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is absolutely gorgeous :-)

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    Kim — March 11, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    I also had a very difficult labor and delivery with my firstborn. So much so that I begged my OB for a C-section for my second. It was sooooo much easier. It was done in 30 minutes and because I wasn’t howling in pain I could actually enjoy my son’s birth. My recovery was shorter as well. Hooray for modern medicine!

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    Bonnie — March 11, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story and the pricesless picture.

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    Sarah — March 11, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Congratulations! He is beautiful!

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    Donna — March 11, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    awww you are so blessed beautiful baby, sweet pea is what my husband calls me, thats why I was drawn to your web site!!!

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    Marcia Snapp — March 11, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    Your sweet baby boy is beautiful! The birth story has brought back some very similar memories. Thanks for sharing and I love your blog!

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    Debbie Ciak — March 11, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    Chrissy – I cannot remember what my labor was like – I know at one point I looked at Mike and said ” this will be our only one!” Well that didn’t happen. I believe there is a plan – if we could recall how bad we felt, we wouldn’t have any more. In time the pain will be a distant memory. But you will have that sweet little guy to remind you of how it was all worth it.

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    Sharyn Dimmick — March 11, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    That is one beautiful baby, a reward for all of that labor and agony. He looks serene and alert.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — March 11, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing your touching and personal story and the photos of your absolutely beautiful family.

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    mary — March 12, 2013 @ 3:37 am

    Bless your heart!!! You deserve a party for all of your hard work.

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    Avis — March 12, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    Congratulations, a beautiful boy xxx

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    Mandy Dunne — March 12, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Your sweet pea is just gorgeous. He is lucky to have such lovely parents to help him through the perils of life. Thank you so much for sharing your birth story. It was so lovely to share that with you.

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    Dana — March 12, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I’m emotional reading this. He is beautiful. God bless.

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    Joann@The Italian Next Door — March 12, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    He’s a beautiful little baby! Congratulations to you both!!

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    Jed Gray (sportsglutton) — March 12, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Congratulations Christina and beautiful images of the newest addition to your family.

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