Let's start with her birthday.
In late June just before my birthday, I went to the doctor and she checked me to see if I was dilating since I had Lilli early. I was 50% effaced and 3/4 cm dilated. I wasn't surprised because she felt like she was low. She sat that way for 2 1/2 WEEKS! I was convinced she was never going to come.
There was a lot of animosity in my mind about giving birth again. Lilli's birth was horrific and completely traumatizing to me. So I contacted a birth blog (whom I work for now) and asked them if I could write my story out to get it off my chest. They agreed and I got to writing.
As soon as I submitted my story to them, I finally felt at peace with giving birth!
The next day, I had my sister over to hang out with Lilli and to have dinner with us. We just sat around, watched some TV, colored with Lilli and then we had spaghetti for dinner. Nothing felt out of the ordinary, I was convinced Payton was just going to stay put and Derek had given up hope that he would get time off of work. Little did we know that things would be TOTALLY different within 24 hours!
At 2:30 in the morning on the 16th, I woke up to a contraction that had my stomach totally distorted. I thought it was just a strong Braxton Hicks contraction because I hadn't kept up on my water as much as I should have and I had been having stronger ones in the last month of so of pregnancy so it didn't bother me. As soon as I rolled back over to go back to sleep, I felt my water break. I rushed to the bathroom in case I was wrong (knowing I wasn't) and sure as shootin', baby Payton was ready!
Initially, nothing happened. I didn't have any contractions, I didn't feel anything.... it was totally different than Lilli. So I called my mom and my doula and had them on stand-by while I showered. As soon as I got out of the shower.... boom.... labor! Everything happened fast, so I'll just share what I remember.
We dropped Lilli off to my dad and my mom followed us to the hospital. My contractions went from zero to sixty like they did the first time and by the time we got to the hospital, they were taking serious focus to get through them. When we got us to triage, they checked me and I was 6cm, but progressing fast.
Once I got into the room, everything was a blur. I remember the contractions getting to the point of unbearable pretty much as soon as we got in there. I felt very uncomfortable and very much like I needed to get her out. I didn't labor long.
At close to 4:30, I remembered telling Derek (or rather grabbing him and pleading with him) that I couldn't do this labor anymore. I was begging for drugs because I seriously felt like my body was going to rip in half if I didn't! Pretty much immediately after I said that, I felt her head hit my pelvis and she was coming. I pushed maybe four or five times and she came into this world at 4:54 that morning.
After so much wonderful and much needed bonding, I got my beautiful baby to latch for the first time. She ate like a champ! I let her go to the nurse to be weighed about an hour and a half after she was born (amazing considering Lilli was snatched from me almost immediately) and she weighed 7lbs 5oz and she was 20in long. She cooked 5 days longer than her sister and weighed 5oz more than her. It amazed me how much alike they already were! She was perfectly healthy and such a sweet baby! I loved her from the moment I laid eyes on her.
The pictures uploaded backwards.... ugh. The pro pics my
friend took are at the bottom!
My sweet little baby! Just perfect!
7lbs 5oz (the .1 accounted for the blanket)
Daddy and Payton
Ganna and daddy
Grandma and daddy
My mom & Payton
Derek's mom & Payton
Derek was tired and in a happy daddy haze!
Dealing with a hard, fast labor
The desperation hug!
Admiring our work
Snuggling my sweet baby