Six weeks and 4 days ago on February 22nd, my husband and myself, along with our daughter and the rest of our family and friends awaited the arrival of our second child, our son. Little did we know, he had other plans.
The day came and went and there were absolutely ZERO signs of labor. Talk about discouraging.
I might add that I did everything in my power to help kick-start labor. I spent weeks dancing around the house like a crazy woman and if you have ever seen me dance, you would know that no one should be subjected to that. I ate spicy food, cleaned the house high and low constantly. I even started picking my 7 year old daughter up and carrying her around the house just praying it would throw me into labor. I recruited my husband to do his part in the bedroom even though he didn’t need persuading ..
This kid was stubborn.
So, when did he decide to grace us with his presence you ask? Well, go ahead and keep reading.
Day 1 Past Due – No baby.
Day 2 Past Due – You guessed it, still no baby.
Day 3 Past Due – Yup, still no baby but things did start to get interesting.
This mama was very much over pregnancy and all the aches and pains that come along with it. I was over my sons stubbornness before he even arrived in this world even though he did get it honest.. (From his father.. Yeah, we’ll go with that).
I had a doctors appointment scheduled for Friday but I couldn’t wait any longer. I was uncomfortable, impatient, and
kind of extremely bitchy. I decided to call the doctors office and have my appointment moved up one day.
Once we arrived at the doctors office, they took us back right away. Let me just say, going to the doctor with my husband is rather interesting. He can definitely make me laugh even when I am 3 days past my due date.
The midwife came in after a few minutes and offered to strip my membranes in hopes to help speed up labor. I should mention that I had been 1 cm dilated for over a month and the baby had been head down and pushing down for over a month as well. Hence why I thought he would arrive early and why I thought all the things I was doing to bring labor on naturally, would work.
The midwife went ahead to see if I had dilated anymore, and I had. I was officially 3 cm but still no other signs. She went ahead and stripped my membranes. I should also mention that I was unaware of how they stripped the membranes. I assumed they used some sort of doctors instruments. Nope. Let’s just say, I was a bit shocked and it was a painful process.
Once, we returned home we began waiting all over again. I went ahead and cleaned the house yet again. I showered and did my hair and make up in hopes that we would be welcoming our little man within 24 hours.
Contractions started around 8 p.m. that night but they were very inconsistent. Even though I had already been through this once 7 years prior, I honestly wasn’t sure if they were contractions until they became more intense.
Day 4 Past Due
We decided to go to the hospital just after midnight only to be sent home. I was still only at 3 cm.
So what do you do at 2 a.m. when you’re in labor? You watch the newly released season of Fuller House on Netflix with your husband and 7 year old daughter while stuffing your face with Wawa mac and cheese because you don’t know when you will get to eat again.
After a few episodes, we decided to try to get some sleep. It turns out that it’s very difficult to get any sleep when your uterus is contracting every 3-10 minutes. Not only is it difficult for the mother, it’s difficult for the father too. Just ask my husband!
Before you know it, my contractions were ranging from 3-7 minutes apart. I thought about going to the doctor to avoid being sent home from the hospital again. However, I decided to just go back to the hospital to avoid being sent to the hospital from the doctors office and to avoid potentially giving birth in the front seat of my husbands jeep.
I made up my mind it was time and I was not leaving that hospital without a baby!
The on-call doctor said that I was finally at 5 cm and that it was time to admit me. Those words were like music to my ears.
My husband and I contacted our family and closest friends to let them know that it was officially baby time.
Once I was admitted, I received my epidural and soon after, I was pain free. When I say pain free, I mean I didn’t feel a single thing! With our daughter I still felt pressure even with the epidural.
Several hours passed and before you know it, I was fully dilated and it was time to push. The nurse told me that she would tell me when I was contracting so I would know when to push since I was completely numb. She also said that if I couldn’t push him out she would have to turn back my epidural so I could feel the pressure and contractions.
Well, I pushed him out in 7 minutes.
At 4:22 p.m. on February 26th, 2016 our family of three became a party of four.
Kilian Thomas weighed in at 8lbs. 8 oz. and 21 inches long. He was absolutely beautiful and had a head full of hair.
For months I was nervous about having a second child. I was nervous that I could not love another as much as I love my daughter.
When they placed Kilian in my arms, all of those nervous feelings went away. I fell in love all over again. I had all that love for my daughter times two now.
Seeing them together for the first time brought tears to my eyes. Seeing them together daily tugs at my heartstrings. She is such a great big sister and you can see such an amazing bond there already.
Kilian reminds me so much of Kylie. They look so much a like. I mean obviously, they are related but it’s like I traveled back in time to when Kylie was a baby.
The past six weeks have been quite the adjustment for our family.
We have endured sleepless nights, hectic mornings, exhausting days, and bouts of jealousy. I have been pee’d on, pooped on, and puked on more times than I can count.
Kilian has been to the pediatrician several times already. He was born with a cephlahemotoma that needs to be monitored. He has been diagnosed with reflux and has to take Zantac three times a day. Just last week he was diagnosed with thrush and has to take medicine for that three times a day.
Through all the stress of having a new baby, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Kilian adds something to our family. He came to us at the perfect time. I wouldn’t say our family was incomplete without him but now that he is here I can’t picture our lives without him.