At 1am my mom pulled in with my 2 sisters as I got out of the shower. Of course while I was in the shower I felt NOTHING...I started to feel bad that they drove all the way here...then they started again. I knew we were about to have a L O N G day ahead of us so I decided to go get some sleep, but before I did that I grabbed a poem that was given to me while pregnant for Zain I would love to share it with each of you
These Last Few Hours….
It is important to me
that I spend a part
of the next few hours here
alone with you in the darkness.
You and I
will never be this close again.
you will be a tiny person
all your own.
No longer the kicking demanding
bulge in my body
that I have grown to love so well.
I pray God will safely guide you
on your journey tonight
and I ask him for the strength
to help you all I can.
Again you signal
your impatience to be free.
Time to wake your Daddy!
I LOVE this poem!!!! I always give it to my friends who are expecting! :o)
So sleeping worked on and off till about 4am. I woke Chris up and he started timing them again....he didn't say one word, just got up got dressed and said call the clinic we are going to leave soon. We had a bagel (between contractions) let the dogs out, called JoAnn and told my mom and sisters we would call if this was really it. We finally left the house around 5:30...I was in a little bit of pain now....
When we got there they hooked me up to the monitors and then a wonderful midwife, Jessica, examined me. almost 5cm! WAHOO 5 to go. She told me to walk around the building do some stairs, and maybe a few squats for about an hour then report back by 7.
Squats and stairs I don't think so...I was really in pain at this point...I said labor is the stupidest thing ever! :o) I called my mom and told her this was it and please HURRY to the hospital...needed a WOMAN'S support. LOL Chris was WONDERFUL!!!! I just needed someone who knew what I was feeling! What am I talking about I just needed MY MOTHER!!!!!!!!!!
Chris suggested we walk outside for a little while but I had to keep stopping because the contractions were getting harder and harder. I was getting a little bit verbal with each one ;o) not mean...just thinking that this was so very stupid....My mom met us outside before we headed back to the labor and delivery room. When we got back they told us to order breakfast (ya ok I am not in the mood!) I kept running into the bathroom with each contraction, ugh, I hate it when people see me in pain. My WONDERFUL doula arrived moments after we got back into the room.
What is a doula you ask? http://www.dona.org/mothers/index.php explains it perfectly!
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
My doula, who I can now call a friend, was wonderful during my labor. She arrived about 45 minutes before Zayden made his quick entrance into the world. She did things for me that I didn't even know I wanted....I will forever be grateful!
I asked to labor in the tub so at about 7:30 they let me get it...I was 7 cm at this point. I had a few contractions in the tub and then all of a sudden at 7:44ish I felt the need PUSH and there was no stopping it...I have never seen so many people run into a room. They all got me out of the tub and I started pushing....Chris was ready to deliver this baby! I pushed 2 times...next thing I know......
ZAYDEN CHANDLER LENT
6lbs 3 oz
18 1/2 inches
7:48am August 13, 2010
We are so in LOVE all over again!
He just plopped out! Chris keeps telling me how amazing it was. He couldn't believe how quickly I did it (neither could I)
My labor was amazing! I had an easy time with Zain but this was even better! I couldn't believe it! I was mentally prepared to be in labor for hours and hours...pushing and pushing. How grateful am I that DIDN'T happen! I have to thank my MOM for this!!!! She had all her babies very quickly...thank you for passing this gene on to me :o)
Being with Zayden minutes after he was born will forever be remembered. My favorite memory is seeing Chris look down at us with tears in his eyes....I love this man so much! Thank you for giving me a wonderful family!
The boyZZ then pushed Zayden back to our room. I knew they would be wonderful big brothers....I just didn't know it was going to happen so quickly!
3 weeks has past since Zayden was born and I have so many pictures and stories to share with you. Having Z3 with us makes our new family of FIVE complete!
I have so much LOVE for my BoyZZZ!!!!!