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!


The Echols said...

He is perfect. Congrats Maas family. xoxo

Morgan said...

Awww, yea!! I'm coming in on Thurs., so let me know when is a good time for you, and I'm there!!

Courtney M. Parrott said...

So sweet! I can't believe you guys were in the same room! How cool is that? Lots of love. May be we will come for a visit before the summer is over.

jason maas said...

I think the traumatic season finale of Grey's Anatomy jump started labor!

jen said...

Congratulations, Sarah & Jason! What a beautiful baby boy! :) So happy for you!