Sawyer James was born on Sunday, December 4th (8 days before his due date). I thought since he was my second baby, my labor would be shorter then the first but nope. With Sebastian I labored about 34 hours and with Sawyer, it was 36 hours. It was crazy how similar both my labors were. They both started on a Friday afternoon/evening and both ended on a Sunday morning.
I started having contractions around 6:30pm on Friday evening. I’ve had contractions on and off for a couple hours each the past couple months so it wasn’t unusual to have them. Something must have tipped me off pretty early because at 7:15 I texted my mom telling her I had 7 to 8 consistent contractions that were more intense then the ones I had pre-labor. Matt and I started walking around the house finishing things up just in case. He packed his hospital bag, I repacked Sawyers bag, took a long bath and honestly can’t remember what else. We went to bed and I laid there awake contracting all night. I texted my mom and sister at 7am to let them know I was still having contractions but they hadn’t changed in intensity. My mom finished packing up and started her 9 hour drive. Matt and I hung out at the house all day Saturday and I either laid in bed or laid on the couch the entire day. I really didn’t feel like going for a walk or doing anything. Around 5:00 that evening Matt and Sebastian went out to a dinner we were invited to and I stayed and waited for my mom to get here about 6. At that point I knew we still had a while because the contractions still hadn’t gotten more intense. When Matt and Sebastian got home, I laid on the couch opening ornaments while they decorated our tree (something we still hadn’t gotten around to). After Sebastian went to bed I started bouncing on an exercise ball to try to get things to go a little faster and at that point things were finally starting to pick up a little. We talked to my sister and she decided to start her 3 hour drive to get here to watch Sebastian so my mom could come to the hospital with us. Around 1:00 am we decided that the contractions were strong enough that it was time to go to the hospital.
Once we got to the hospital they took me up to triage where I was monitored for about an hour an a half. When I first got there I was 3-4cm and fully effaced. They kept me (I was not happy) in triage for about an hour and a half before they would admit me. Matt and I watched the contractions get more and more intense on the monitor and I wasn’t handling the contractions very well. I knew exactly how bad it was going to get (and had already started getting bad) and I wanted nothing more to be admitted and get my epidural. I did not want to go through all the pain I went with Sebastian again.
They finally admitted me around 3:00am and slowly (at least it felt super slow) got my iv started (after blowing out one vein), got my blood drawn then started my epidural. I was so relieved to finally have it and finally started to relax. We all sat around, listened to Sawyers heart beat and waited. Matt fell asleep on the couch and my mom and I started dozing off until Sawyer’s heart rate dipped on the monitor during a contraction. The nurse said something about a cord and came to move my position. My mom and I perked up and started watching the monitor a lot closer. It happened again with another contraction and the nurse told me that the cord was probably wrapped around Sawyers neck and every time it happened, we’d move my position in bed and his heart rate would go back to normal. It scared me a little, but since my mom and the nurse were so calm about it, I stayed calm.
This is after I was admitted (which is why I look happy) but before I got hooked up to everything.
Around 6am the doctor (who delivered Sebastian) came back in, checked me and said I was dilated to 9cm and it would be time to finally push in about 30 minutes! I was so ready to meet Sawyer. About 30 minutes later, we woke Matt up, they started bringing in the baby warmer and scales and setting everything up. They got the bed ready and me in position and waited for the next contraction. I hit my epidural button just in case and began pushing as hard as I could. Oh man, even with the epidural, it hurt! The doctor told me I could either wait until the next contraction to continue pushing or push him completely out with this one and with the amount of pressure I was feeling, and how long we had waited, I wanted him out right then. I pushed and pushed through that contraction and he wiggled out. A 9 pound 7 ounce baby in one contraction worth of pushing. They delayed cutting the cord at my request so he could get extra iron and then put him on my chest and let me feed him and cuddle him for about an hour an a half before they took him to weigh him. We knew he was going to weigh a lot (from the ultrasounds) and also from his cubby little body and cheeks.
My legs took a while for the epidural to wear off and my first trip to the bathroom didn’t go so well. Apparently my left leg still wasn’t fully functioning and it gave out on me. I caught myself and only ended up hitting (and bruising my back a little) but I scared the poor (new) nurse to death. Matt slept through all of that as well as pretty much everything. My sister came in for an hour and he had no idea. The nurses came in and out. Alarms for my iv bag went off, the phone rang. Matt slept through it all.
After Sebastian’s nap that afternoon, my mom and sister brought him in to meet his little brother for the first time. He was so sweet and definitely excited. It’s crazy how much he loves this little guy too.
Things have been going great since we’ve been home. Sawyer is such an easy and sweet baby just like Sebastian was. Sebastian just adores him and has been adjusting so well. We finally feel like our family is complete. We love our little Sawyer James so much!