Right now Keira is tossing and turning in bed and all I can think about is how much things have changed these past 18 months. It’s so sweet to watch her grow and so fun to remember what it was like when I first looked at her sweet little face and held her.
At the hospital, right after she was born:
I think that moment was the best moment of my life: meeting Keira and holding her. You can’t prepare yourself for that feeling. Loving someone so much. You really don’t know much about her yet, all you know is she’s yours.
We love her, always.
My labor story
So I can’t tell you how your experience will be, however, I can tell you my labor story. Going into labor for me was terrifying. The last few weeks of my pregnancy I woke up every day thinking that today’s the day. Today I am going to experience the worst pain in my life. It’s going to be worth it, yes. But man, I was scared.
So if that’s you, know that you’re not alone.
The best advice I received
When the contractions started, I was more nervous/ scared than I was actually in pain. I was kind of treating it like a competition (I’m very competitive) and focusing hard on filling my mind up with other things. My parents both work in the medical field and they said something that stuck: your brain can only take so much at a time so do your best to fill it up with things other than the pain. So that’s exactly what I did. I found a focal point and worked hard to distract myself and breathe through the contractions.
I had planned for an epidural and we decided to order it early in case they were backed up. After I got my epidural we put on a Shane and Shane worship music playlist and I tried to rest for an hour or so before baby was ready. During that time I rotated side to side every 30 minutes or so to help baby move down gradually.
A few hours later it was time to meet our baby girl.
Here’s the advice:
- Find a focal point and fill your mind up with something other than the pain.
- Rotate slowly side to side to help baby go down naturally.
- Don’t push before baby is ready otherwise you may cause unnecessary swelling.
- When baby is ready, your nurses will tell you when, then you will begin to push.
- Use the air in your lungs to push. Breathe in and hold your breath as your pushing. You will use the air held in your lungs to push out baby.
- Push where the pressure is. Even with an epidural you will feel A LOT of pressure. Don’t confuse this with pain. Feeling the pressure is a good thing, it will help you know where to focus on pushing.
What to bring to the hospital
- Cute outfit
- Swaddle for pictures
- Face Wipes
- Dry Shampoo
- Tooth brush
- Tooth paste
- Cell phone charger
- Heating Pad