I was 2cm dilated and 70% effaced the week of his due date. I had felt some mild contractions up until my due date. You can read about my last doctor’s appointment before delivery here.
My doctor was amazing and the whole experience was just incredible. I can see how women do this more times than once now because they are right when they say you quickly forget about the pain you endured once you meet this little miracle.
As soon as Brody was born, the doc had Matt cut the umbilical cord which Matt swore he was not going to be able to do and then they gave little Brody to me for skin to skin and to feed.
(Sorry, I wasn’t going to post this picture due to the blood and me showing a little leg; but its so real and part of the experience that I decided I couldn’t leave it out.)
After a little while, I gave little man to the nurses to weigh him and do their thing. He weighed in at 7 lbs 9 oz and just under 21 inches long.
My Dad and brother Brandon and my MIL were all out in the waiting room during delivery. After he was born, we brought them in to meet little Brody and hold him for the first time. It was such a surreal experience. I couldn’t believe I had really just given birth to this beautiful baby boy.
My Dad with Brody
After everyone got all their snuggles in, the baby nurse came and got Brody to give him his bath and do their tests in the nursery. All of our guests left and Matt and I were happy to get a nice nap in. We were exhausted. It had truly been the most amazing day of our lives.
Brody all cleaned up
Matt’s little bed
The nurse getting me situated before I took my nap.
It was hard for us to completely understand what was happening. It was the scariest day ever. My Mom came back up to the hospital for support and we were all trying to get a better understanding. They said later that it was like the perfect storm of symptoms at one time. He was having trouble breathing while sucking which was causing the low oxygen levels and they also had heard a heart murmur. Turns out that heart murmurs are very common in newborns (about 30% get them) and they close up on their own within 24 hours, but because Brody was also having the oxygen issue; they needed to run tests and keep him monitored.
Our experience in the ICU was very positive. We were so lucky to have a full-term, big baby and we were quickly reminded of that the first time we walked into the intensive care unit. Brody did great and the nurses were so helpful the entire time. They taught you how to change diapers, take their temperature, give them a sponge bath, care for the umbilical cord, nurture little mans circumcision, and so much more. They would answer any questions you had and I kept encouraging Matt to ask as much as possible.
They were so helpful and supportive of nursing women and taught you how to work at getting your milk supply in and how to pump and all that comes along with breastfeeding.
You were allowed to have two people at a time back in the ICU, so the grandparents were able to come get their snuggles too.
Leaving the hospital
We made it home!!
Overall, we still had an incredible experience. We can now say that the little man is just a bit of a drama king and decided to make a dramatic entrance into this world and just needed a little extra attention. We are so thankful and blessed that he is healthy and safe and have loved every minute of having him home. He changes daily and is the most amazing thing we have ever done! You can read more about his progress in his One Week update and also at 3 Weeks.