Dr. C came in and told me that I could have the epidural back on, but if my blood pressure dropped again it would have to be turned off for good. I agreed and prayed as hard as I could that my blood pressure would stay stabilized so I could make it through the pushing.
A different anesthesiologist came in and told me that he turned it back on but it would take up to an hour for it to kick in beings my body had already had the drug. Apparently the body gets kind of immune to it after it was turned off so it takes longer to kick back in.
At 10 am I began pushing which actually gave me some relief. The nurse assured me that I was a great pusher and would be making progress in no time.
After an hour of pushing Dr. C was called and it was determined that the baby was stuck on my pubic bone. She came in and explained that she could help me but she would need to use the forceps otherwise we were looking at a C-section. I told her to use the forceps, I just wanted him out!
Thankfully the epidural had kicked back in and was offering me some relief. The pressure I was feeling was still unbearable. There were so many moments when I just didn’t think I could go another minute. After Dr. C explained to me if we didn’t get him out within the next couple of pushes we would have to do a C-section, I gathered strength from somewhere and KNEW I had to get him out.
After two hours of pushing and assistance from the forceps, Hayden Robert was born at 12:03 pm! Once he was out we realized he was also “sunny side up.” That caused him to become stuck on my pubic bone and was the reason I was feeling such intense pressure.
His dad cut the cord and he was placed right on my chest. The intense love I felt for him is something I can’t describe.
Grandma Vicky was so in love!
Absolutely exhausted but so in love with my sweet boy!
He was so awake and alert right away it was unreal. He latched on right away and nursed like a champ!
I couldn’t believe when they told me he was over 8 lbs! So crazy!
Daddy changing his diaper! He’s a natural.
These two guys have my heart.
Couldn’t be happier!
Ready to go home!
Our family of THREE!!!
His birth story was definitely nothing like I had ever imagined. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and there were points during the process that I truly thought I couldn’t do it. I prayed so hard and kept focused on the thought of seeing my son and thankfully he was born naturally and healthy.
He had quite the cone head when he came out and unfortunately I had a 3rd degree episiotomy. We both had quite the time, but are doing better every day.
Robbie and my mom were the best supporters I could have asked for. Robbie was stronger than I could have ever imagined and never left my side. I fell in love with him all over again after that day.
As difficult as it was, I honestly can say I would do it all over again to have Hayden here in my arms. God gives women an amazing ability to “forget” about the bad stuff. As soon as that sweet baby is placed on your chest, it all goes away.