Monday, May 31, 2010

Brayden Andrew Maas - Birth Story

Brayden made his arrival into the world on Friday, May 21, 2010 (about a week and a half early). Here is the story of how it happened...

I was having contractions all day on Thursday, but nothing too consistently close together. By the time we were sitting down for dinner, my contractions had gotten to be about 8 - 10 minutes apart, but not hurting. We went on a long walk after dinner:) When we got home, my contractions stopped for about an hour. When they picked back up, they were about 5-7 minutes apart. From there, they consistently got closer together.

At 1:45 in the morning (I had not slept yet), I woke Jason up and told him we better call the doctor because my contractions had been about 2-4 minutes apart for the last hour. I was so hesitant to go to the hospital because I didn't want them to send me home, and it was the middle of the night and I had to wake my sister up to come over to stay with Ashlyn. But I had a good feeling that I was in labor:)

When we got to the hospital (4 am), they checked me and I was 3 cm and 50% effaced and having regular contractions (that still didn't hurt). They had me walk around for 30 minutes to see if I would have any changes, and if I did, then they would admit me, if not, they would send me home. I was PRAYING something would change so that I would not have to go home! After 30 min. of walking (still no sleep), I was still 3 cm and 50% effaced, but my contractions had gotten stronger (hurt a little) and were consistently 2 min. apart, so they admitted me! Yay!

I got to my room at 6:00 am (still no sleep). I ended up in the same room that I delivered Ashlyn...what are the chances! From there I progressed pretty slowly. I got my epidural and they broke my water around 8:30 am. They gave me some pitocin to help speed things up. By noon, I was only 4 cm and about 90% effaced...and very frustrated that I wasn't dilating faster!

About 1 1/2 hours later, I started feeling pressure. They checked me and I was 9 1/2 cm!!! By the next contraction, I was fully dilated and ready to push! I couldn't believe it! 3 contractions later, Brayden Andrew Maas entered into this world at 2:00 pm! He looked just like his big sister (except with really blonde hair).

God has blessed us so much with this healthy little boy! He has such a calm, mellow personality (well, so far at least:)). He's a great eater and sleeper...which mommy loves! I just love him so much! Big sister, Ashlyn, loves to hold him and sing him songs and draw him pictures! She is such a good helper! Jason and I are just so overjoyed to have our Family of 4 together now!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

All out there:)

This is totally out of my comfort zone to put a bare belly picture on my blog, but this is my Mother's Day gift:) We had a little photo shoot today. I think it turned out really great! I have been looking at maternity pictures online to see what we could try and re-enact, and we didn't do such a bad job. The belly pic is hanging in Brayden's room now (at least for awhile until he gets embarrassed...or I do for that matter:)). These are my favorite pictures!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Can I be done yet!?!

As you can tell from the title of this blog...I am done being pregnant! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now, yet it still seems so far away! My back hurts, my belly hurts, reflux is getting worse, I can't sleep...I'm sure I can keep going, but I won't. I know that this is all worth it when I have my little boy in my arms! I just tell myself that several times a day.

About a week ago, I started a list of things I want to get done before Brayden arrives (sewing, cleaning, shopping, packing, etc.). I am happy to say that everything is crossed off the list, except for packing my bag. I have started but I still have a few things I need to get in there. I am so happy that I am finished with the list, because all I feel like doing is sitting on the couch now:)

I didn't get to go to the doctor this week (she is on vacation in least it's not a few weeks from now!), but last week my body had already started making some progress...I've dilated a little and his head is in my pelvis. I'm praying that I continue to progress on my own so that Brayden will arrive when he wants to and I won't have to be induced. I was induced with Ashlyn and I really want to experience the excitement of going into labor on my own:) You water breaking...throwing the bags in the car and rushing to the hospital....getting there just in time to deliver the baby:) Ok, maybe that's a little dramatic, but you know what I mean:) I can't wait for Brayden to get here!!!

I will keep you updated.....