We decided that we should probably get our things ready, call Ms. B to see if we could bring Amelia over to sleep at her house and head to the hospital. Jason was literally home for 20 minutes before we were heading back to the place that he just left. He did manage to get in a shower before we went back to the hospital so that counts for something, right?!
Here is our last picture as a family of 3....
We signed in to Labor and Delivery at 8:20pm and we were taken to an exam room. The doctor wanted to make sure that my water did break before getting us comfortable in a room.
At 8:45pm, they confirmed that the "leak" was real and that we were on our way to having a baby. They took us to Labor and Delivery room 4, got an IV started and we started the waiting game. At this point, we called/texted everyone to let them know that Barrett would be arriving soon. Jason's Aunt Diane wanted to be in the delivery room so we called her to let her know that she should start her 4 hour drive to Hershey.
It felt like Christmas morning when you run to your parent's room telling them that Santa had come while everyone was sleeping and they tell you to go back to your room and rest for a couple more hours. Those couple of hours are brutal...no sleeping happens and all you can think about is opening your presents. This was me...I couldn't sleep when I knew good and well that I should be sleeping. The excitement was just too much for me so I watched the clock, played Candy Crush and took pictures of everyone else around me sleeping. HA
At 9:00pm, they checked me and said that I was 3cm dilated and my cervix was 70% effaced. The contractions weren't horribly painful (even though there were a few rough ones thrown into the mix) but I knew that I wanted an epidural and I didn't want to miss out if they got an emergency page or something that would take precedence over my epidural. At 11:30pm, I was dilated to 4cm and I decided that it was time for the epidural. The doctors were great but things didn't go as smoothly as they did with Amelia. I guess because her delivery was the only thing that I had to base things off of, I expected the same thing. The epidural wasn't horrible and it definitely did it's job but I had a few more stings and uncomfortable moments as they were placing the catheter in my back.
At 2:30am on September 18, 2013 they said I was 5cm and 100% effaced and they seemed pleased with my progress. I was moving in the right direction without any drugs to speed up the process so all-in-all, it was good.
At 4:37am, they checked me again and what they found was exciting. I was 10cm, 100% effaced and baby was working his way down the birth canal. The doctor said I could try to push but I decided to hold off until he made his way down on his own.
At 5:25am, I felt a good bit of pressure in my bottom (like I had to go to the bathroom) and I knew that he had finally made his way down and we were ready to push. The nurse and resident came in, asked for me to give a trial push and immediately had me stop because the baby was on his way out. The resident put on all of her protective gear, I got into position and two pushes later, Barrett Albert Conway made his entrance into this world. Our little guy was born at 5:34am on September 18, 2013.
We had a healthy (APGAR score was 9), 8 pound 5 ounce baby boy that was 20 inches long. The doctor thought that he would be closer to 9 pounds when she first examined me so during delivery, they had a side step brought in just in case his shoulders got stuck. Thank goodness that little man wasn't that big...he was pretty close to his sister's size.
Once Barrett was cleaned up, everyone wanted a turn holding him! The waiting game was finally over and we had our little man in our arms.
Happy Birthday, sweet Barrett. Welcome to our crazy, chaotic and loving family...we LOVE you!!