Charlie’s Birth Story
It was the night before my scheduled induction, and our alarm was set for 4:30 am. We had just gotten back from dinner at Nobu with my in-laws, and we were getting settled for bed while watching Below Deck Mediterranean (we both LOVE that show!) #BravoAddicts
The funny part was that our apartment neighbor decided to have one heck of a party that night… like, a RAGER! The music was insanely loud- the bass was vibrating our walls kind-of-loud. Noise doesn’t really bother me when I sleep so I was okay with it. It was just funny timing considering that the most important day of our lives was starting VERY early the next morning. Believe it or not, the party was still going on when I woke up on my own at 3:30 am. I couldn’t fall back asleep due to all of the excitement so I got up at 3:30 am to prep for the most exciting day ever!
We arrived at the hospital around 6:40 am.
Despite having a scheduled induction, I was already having contractions on my own before starting Pitocin! I was given Pitocin at around 8:30 am to speed things along.
My OBGYN came in and broke my water shortly after. It didn’t hurt a bit but, boy oh boy- there was LOTSA fluid! As Tom watched on, I kept asking him if he was grossed out. He reassured me that he was not, ha! My fluid levels had appeared normal at every ultrasound during my pregnancy, so they were surprised that I had so much fluid after breaking my water. Perhaps all of that fluid was why my belly had gotten SO BIG, because baby boy didn’t end up as big as we had thought.
Without the fluid inside, my stomach size decreased dramatically and became lumpy from baby being inside without the amniotic fluid. It looked BIZARRO.
As for pain meds- I’ve always wanted to have an epidural. I went without the epidural for about an hour and 15 minutes as the contractions were bearable. But then, holy moly, the contractions became much stronger VERY FAST, and I found myself wishing that I would have accepted the epidural the first time that the nurse had offered it.
To be honest, inserting the epidural was NOT FUN. It felt very uncomfortable, and the contractions I was having while the epidural was being inserted made it hard to sit still and get the epidural aligned. I was so thankful when it was inserted and done.
Once the epidural kicked in, the contractions were smooth sailing. I couldn’t even feel them- it was incredible! I did feel a little loopy and like my speech was slowed for about 30-45 minutes. However, I felt back to normal after about an hour. No pain and no loopy feeling. At that point we were just waiting for the hours to pass as the nurse continued to check on how I was progressing.
To pass the time we watched The Office- our all time fave show! (We watch it nearly every night before bed- it never gets old!!) We also played lots of hang man on the white board in the delivery room. Tom ate- I wasn’t hungry AT ALL despite having not eaten since 10 pm the night before.
As a paranoid first time mom I was constantly checking the monitors that were monitoring Charlie’s heart rate. I would panic when his heart rate would drop, but it would almost always be back to normal within a few seconds. A few times his heart rate dropped for an extended period, and the nurse came in promptly as they were monitoring his heart rate at all times. It scared me so much. They decided to give me oxygen, and I began to cry- terrified for my sweet baby. I was also shaking A LOT. The nurse said perhaps it was all of the hormones, but I think it was due to fear/anxiety.
When I was 10 centimeters dilated the nurse called in my OB, and it was time to push. I was scared! I didn’t know how to do it. I had never done this before! But, according to my doctor, I was actually quite the champ at pushing! During my last push, I pushed a little too hard and ended up with a second degree tear. Yikes. This has made recovery a little painful, but now at 6 weeks postpartum I’m feeling GREAT!
All in all, I labored for 9 hours and pushed for about 25 minutes. Charles Thomas Beauchamp arrived at 5:32 pm on 8/19/18, weighing 7 lbs 14 oz., and our lives were forever changed for the better! 🙂
Charlie received an Apgar Score of 9 out of 10, which is excellent! I was SO happy to hear this! I then had an hour of skin to skin time with baby boy to bond and to initiate breastfeeding. Our families came in and met Charlie an hour later. I was then wheeled into our hospital suite and we ordered Mi Cocina for dinner-ha! If you followed my pregnancy journey over on Instagram, you know that Mi Cocina’s Rico Salad was my #1 pregnancy craving! So it was fitting that a Rico Salad was the first thing I wanted after giving birth.
We spent the next 2 blissful nights at the hospital. It was such a sweet time being there- soaking up all of Charlie’s newborn snuggles, knowing that nurses were only steps away. It was a very special 2 days that I will treasure forever.
Charlie is now 6.5 weeks old, and we are so incredibly in love with our sweet boy! I am so thankful to God for Charlie. He is our sweetest blessing, and seeing him grow every day is my greatest joy!
hugs to you,