Due with our third baby! We have 2 amazing kids… 4 and 2 years old. We’d
been praying for God’s perfect timing with this one as it was so close to
the holidays and for mamma, close to a very stressful end of year sales
quarter working for Dell EMC and Dad having a new class at his personal
training school. There is never a good time right? We just prayed for the
best timing for everything.
Christmas Day… 39 weeks… not feeling too hot. We did the whole kids and
Santa presents and then that night, I had no energy, some painful
contractions, but more than that, just felt like junk. What’s for dinner???
IHOP. No joke. Only place open so we fine dined there Christmas night! 😉
The day after Christmas, it was my husband’s side of the family Christmas
here locally for our sake. The whole evening, I was having painful
contractions but didn’t want to scare the family or kids so I would go to
the back room or just suck it up during them. The women in the family were
smart and knew what was going on ☺. We left the family Christmas and got
home around 8:45 pm. Put the exhausted and overstimulated kids down to bed
by 9 pm. I got in the bath immediately after to slow things down so I could
sleep that night.
Both labors with our first two were very long. One was 20 hours and one was 16 hours. I say this because I thought we were gearing up for a long day….
Contractions were 7 mins apart and just about 30 secs long. Nothing to get
excited about as I’d had false alarms before, but being the holidays and getting
late at night, Chad recommended we call our doula and the birthing center.
We called and Midwife Carol was on call that night. She talked with us for a
bit, listened to me, and said that it would be a good idea for us to meet
around 11 pm at the birthing center to assess the situation. I can’t praise
that decision more! She heard me and had a feeling and it was correct.
After that call, contractions went from every 7 mins to every 2 mins within
a 20 min period. I had gotten out of the tub and on the birthing ball and
baby shifted and all of a sudden she was coming! I was still in denial
because of my longer labors with my other kids so I got back in the tub. My
husband called Mom over to watch the kids. I literally felt like I couldn’t
move. I finally got out of the tub and slowly moved to the car.
We showed up at the birthing center and I told Chad that the baby was
coming. Of course we made it early because Chad was speeding so no one was
there yet. I was on the front porch leaning over the cute rocking chair and
I remember thinking, it’s so cold and I’m going to push her out on this
porch… I will need a blanket. It’s funny what your brain thinks of when
your adrenaline is high.
Carol let us in and after the long trek upstairs (as I was thinking about that
really pretty rug on the top floor and how I was going to deliver on it) and
making me hold her hands and look into her eyes and blow blow blow… I made
it to the bed. Fully dilated and effaced! I flipped over to hands and knees
as it was the only comfortable place to be during contractions, pushed 1 time and baby’s
head was out. Carol told me to chill with the pushing and sweet baby
Teagan’s body was earth side!!! We couldn’t believe it… the labor and
delivery was so fast and so different from what we were used to.
We were admitted at 11:07 pm and Teagan was born at 11:09 pm!
Chad said that Carol literally looked like she had 8 arms because of how
quick she reacted to everything. She was amazing and comforting and
professional. After the shock of how fast everything happened wore off, we
all enjoyed baby T, joked around, and had the whole birth center to ourselves the day after Christmas…. it was a sweet little present.
We are forever grateful for the pre and postpartum care we have been given.
We’ve had the blessing of Amy Giles delivering our son a couple years ago,
midwives Kristen, Amy, Carol and Monica watching over this pregnancy and of
course, Carol delivering. Nurse Janice is amazing as well!
The Allen Birthing Center feels like home to us and makes me want to have
more babies. Ok, that’s not true at all… it’s got to be the hormones that
made me say that! 😜
We love y’all! Shelley and Chad