Wood Family News

February 9, 2010

Charlotte’s Birth Story

Filed under: family — Crystal @ 8:04 pm

I’ve finally gotten around to typing it out!  Here it is!

So November 4th, 2009, I met my in-laws at home at 5pm to go to McDonalds before heading out to Celeste’s art show at school.  After we ate we headed over to Borders before going to the school to meet Alan because we had some spare time.  Bryan got a bit cranky in the store so I took him out to change him and calm him down while Grandma and Grandpa Wood finished up shopping with Celeste.  As I was holding Bryan and unlocking the doors to the car my water broke!  There was a ton of fluid.  I only thought that style of water breaking happened in the movies.  So, in my excited haze, I changed Bryan’s diaper, put him in the car and waited for Grandpa and Grandma to come out.  They were estatic that they got to be here for the start of the whole thing.  So, we called Alan to tell him we were in route to the preschool for the art show, but didn’t tell him that we were in labor, although he did know something was up, because Grandpa joined me for the ride over to the school just in case I started to have contractions.  Once we got there I told Alan and he got excited as well.   We spent about an hour at her art show, much to her teacher’s fear that the baby would be born there. lol  Then we headed home and called the midwife to tell her that I was in labor and that I was right all along with my predicted due date of Nov 4th, not the Nov 17th they kept telling me.  She had us pack up and head over to the hospital.

Once there they checked to make sure my water had broken, it had, and start me on some cervidil to thin out my cervix.  After 12 long hours later I started the pitocin and asked for a epidural once I was about 4 cm, because labor was starting to hurt my back and I didn’t want to go through what I had to do with Celeste.  Later in the early afternoon  Grandpa Wood came over and Alan and him went out for lunch eating at the hospital cafeteria, because the nurse had checked me and I was only about 7-8 cm.  While gone the midwife checked me and said I was now 8and if I felt any pressure to let her know.  As she crossed the room and went to the door, I felt the pressure!  It happened SO quick.  So she called Kathy my midwife back in to check and I was really ready to push.  However Alan wasn’t there yetn !!  So, I went to get the cell phone he had left me to call him to get him back in the room, but he forgot it.  So the midwife let me use her cell to call him.  It rang just outside of the door just as I hit send.  He was literately walking back into the room.  That was of course 15 min after I was ready to push and doing everything I could NOT to push so Alan could be there for the birth.  Luckily this time around I remembered to ask for a mirror so I got to watch her being born.   She was a 3 push baby.  Not as quick as my 2 push Celeste, but not bad either!  She entered the world at 1:51 pm and weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 19″ long and was complication free.

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