The birth plan that wasn't.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I can’t even believe the day has come, let alone three days past, but Isaac Levi was brought into this world on April 26th, 2009. One week early of his due date. I thought for sure we would have a May baby and never in my life thought I would have the birth experience that I did!

I didn’t have any Braxton Hicks or false contractions, so I wasn’t positive that I was experiencing contractions Friday night, the 24th while shopping at Menard’s lol to finish up the nursery. The contractions lasted throughout the night, painful enough to make sleep impossible, but never regulating out. They were consistently between 5-8 minutes apart, but never closer and never consistent. I was finally able to sleep Saturday morning between 6-8 am, waking up again at 8 to strong contractions. I tried to doze from 8-12 and finally got up to go shopping with my Mom. We toured around a mall to pick out a going home outfit and a few things for the unpacked hospital bag, all the while I was having strong contractions.

At about 7 pm or so Saturday the 25th, I started timing them again and was surprised to realize after a bit that they were regulating out at 6 mins apart. By 9:30 pm I’d had about enough so I called Woodwinds to let them know that we were coming in. From where we live it’s a bit of drive and I didn’t want my first L&D trip to be a bust, so we didn’t leave the house until 10:00 pm. We never got far as my contractions completely fell apart and were then 12-15 minutes apart. I made the call to turn home. Yeah, I know. We turned around and went home. What crazy people do that?

As soon as we arrived home though my contractions again stayed consistent at 6 minutes apart for 5 contractions with a scary one coming 3 minutes after. We left the house again within minutes of the 3 min apart contraction. My contractions never started out as tolerable, they were always painful . . . but the contractions I was experiencing now were intense to say the least. The car ride to Woodwinds was absolutely terrible as my best approach to getting through them was standing at rocking . .. not an option in a truck! On the way to the hospital I told Tony in no uncertain terms that I would be receiving an epidural if we were admitted. After 26 hours of contractions I did not think I could handle much more!

We were brought up to Maternity Care and promptly examined. Our nurse did a fabulous job of treading the line between giving us information if we were staying and info for if we were leaving. As I lay on the bed to be examined it felt like an eternity, which Tony confirmed that it actually was several minutes. Our nurse honestly rooted around for a good 3-5 minutes saying she couldn’t feel the position of the cervix or something along those lines and that she wanted to wait until my next contraction! {not pleasant!} Finally as the contraction began she notified us that we were at a 5 and completely thinned out! We were staying. My contractions had amped up as well . . . seemingly only 2-3 minutes apart as the nurse asked me admission’s questions. Rocking was not helping me through the contractions anymore and even though the nurse offered all of her assistance in trying to achieve a natural birth I signed up for the epidural. After almost 30 hours of contractions I couldn’t bear the thought of potentially going 5 more. I was given an IV to get through a bag of fluids and that’s about as far as that got . . .

At 1:00 am I was roughly half way through that bag of fluids, necessary before the epidural when I felt the pressure build to start pushing. Sure enough as I was standing at the side of the bed trying to rock through a contraction my water broke. After getting me back on the bed, the pressure was confirmed. I was fully dilated and a plus 2 . . . the doctor hadn’t even been called yet.

17 minutes of pushing with my contractions later and Isaac Levi was born by the wonderful nurses at Woodwinds. It was the most amazing experience of my life.

I’m not going to lie to you, it was the most agonizing pain of my life . . . but still comparable to soccer practice. Running 120’s out of condition. J The relief of pushing and hearing his precious cry immediately removed any pain my body felt. The endorphins and what have you’s that I don’t even know about that our body’s produce are amazing and I was riding a natural high for a long time . .. complete with total body shakes from the adrenaline lol.

I couldn’t have done it without Tony. He was absolutely amazing. A complete rock for me. Don’t ask for any more specifics than that because I wouldn’t be able to tell you lol. Every step, every word that he said was what I needed and he was the picture of control, at a time when I couldn’t tell you what the word meant.

Our God is amazing: from the birth plan that was never written yet He was fully aware and in control of, the support we received, the incredible functions that He gave our body’s, to finally the masterpiece that is our son. We are so thankful.

{You guys are so sweet to comment on how I looked after the delivery lol, but honestly that's what 17 minutes of pushing will get you I guess!}

33 comments:

Brittany Schell said...

Leah that is absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad things worked out so well and that the baby was born so quickly. God is truly awesome!

Meredith said...

INCREDIBLE. What an amazing story and what wonderful parents you are and will continue to be for this little guy! And to answer your question, my email is berrysweet2032@yahoo.com

Leslie G said...

I totally forgot about the body shakes. After Cam was born I said I didn't want to hold him just yet because I was shaking SO bad! I feared I'd drop him.
Congrats again! And yep, God is pretty amazing.

Dunc said...

Oh yay, I'm so glad to be able to read the birth story! And lol at you for comparing it to soccer, of course :-) Now you have your massive soccer ball at the end of it all.

Amy said...

woW! that is an amazing story! You did it! I can't believe you only pushed for 17 minutes....i hope that i can do that!

Jeannie said...

That is an amazing birth story! I'm so glad to hear that things went well. 17 mins!?!? That is so crazy! Thanks so much for sharing and you have one beautiful little boy! Congratulations again!

M and G said...

that is amazing!!! I'm so excited/terrified but I cant wait!!!

Karen said...

Congratulations, I am so happy for you and Tonday. Your son is a precious gift from God.

d.a.r. said...

What a blessing!!!

Kristal said...

So so amazing. What a great birth story!

Julia said...

Geez, what a journey. I'm glad it worked out so well and really? 17 minutes of pushing? Amazing!! :)

AmberDenae said...

Wow! How amazing. Thank you for sharing. Such an amazing thing, birth is. I can imagine how elated you felt once you heard and saw that beautiful baby boy. I'm so happy for you. 17 mins?! That is AMAZING! Dang girl, you got some power!

julie said...

What a great story! That really helps settle my fears of not having everything ready-because God's timing is perfect!

Chelsie said...

Such a wonderful story and amazing how everything worked out. Our God is good!

kari said...

Oh Leah, what an amazing story. I'm so happy for you.

Stephanie said...

Wonderful story! God does do amazing work, doesn't He? Congrats again!

Erin said...

Great story. :) And how crazy and awesome that you didn't even have time to get the epidural! And only 17 minutes of pushing, wow!!

Very happy for you. Congrats again. :)

Heidi said...

Oh! I'm so happy for you! I've been following your blog (I found it on my cousin Sarah's site) since I found out I was pregnant, about 11 weeks ago. Your son is SO cute, I especially love the fifth picture down of him. Sooo cute! And you do look really amazing for just having given birth! I looked HIT after both of my last two babes!

Also, I cannot tell you how happy I am for you that you were able to have a natural birth. I made the mistake of being induced and taking meds with my son (my first) and decided with my second that we'd do it naturally. Though that labor ended in an emergency c-sec, the 11 days that I went past my due date and the 10 hours of natural labor that I did get to have remain to be some of my greatest memories ever. We're pulling for a natural VBAC birth this time because it was just so great last time.

Anyway! So glad your adorable boy is finally here! Looking forward to reading your updates! Best wishes!

Heidi

ezza said...

wow! sounds like a perfect L&D! i am so happy to hear that you were able to do it natural. i am thinking my soccer years were not as good as i once thought if i should be comparing it to birthing :)

Kaitlyn said...

Oh, I could just read this over and over again. What a wonderful birth story, thank you for sharing!

C said...

What a wonderful & beautiful story! I'm so happy for you. and I love that you compared it to soccor! ;)

Megan said...

Absolutely amazing... I envy you pushing for 17 minutes, but I can understand the 30ish hours of contractions... miserable, isn't it?? Congratulations to you and Tony... he is absolutely beautiful.

Heidi said...

Thank you! You're the first person who has ever put labor into terms I can comprehend- running 120s, got it!

Congratulations to all of you. I'm sure little Isaac will love hearing his birth story when he's older.

Leah said...

How wonderful! I know you are so glad that's over and you have your beautiful baby in your arms!

hopeful #1 said...

I'm so glad to know that things went the way that they did. I understand that they weren't planned to go this way but would you want it any other way? You actually got to feel your baby being born! That's something that a lot of women don't experience because they are too wrapped up with the amount of pain that they don't want to experience.

I love that you labored at home for a while too and that you turned around from going to the hospital to head home because you thought you just weren't ready. That's some strength sister!

I'm so glad that it was a pretty smooth labor and that Issac came out perfectly healthy! What a blessing!

Now, sit back and enjoy him!

Ashley said...

I loved reading this! Even though I had a very different kind of birth (epidural and C-section), it's amazing and meaningful any way you look at it or experience it. I'm glad you got to have the natural birth you desired! I'm proud of you and can't wait to read more about Isaac. What a gift from God!

Sarah said...

I can't believe Isaac is here! It seems that just yesterday you were posting that you were pregnant, and now you have a sweet little baby in your arms. Where did the time go (although it probably felt like you were pregnant forever!). Congratulations again!!

. said...

Wow amazing! Congrats to you both, he is beautiful

jennifer said...

That's a great birth story! It's so worth it now that you get to hold your baby in your arms!

Mrs. Cup said...

This is such an amazing story!! I am so happy for you and Tony! :)

Carrie and David said...

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby! I enjoyed reading your birth story. My contractions totally slowed down on the way to the hospital too. We didn't turn around, but I was pretty sure I was going to get sent home. It was weird. Anyway, again, he's beautiful and I wish you the best.

Danielle said...

Amazing story - Thanks for sharing! :) And CONGRATS again!

Nicole-Lynn said...

What a great birth story! Amazing that the nurses delivered him!!! I am so happy for you. He's so precious!

 

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