It’s been 7 months since I’ve given birth to my 3rd child, our second son. Holy cow, 7 months! It has seriously flown by for me. I’m stepping back to soak in this tiny baby that isn’t so tiny anymore, and share the photos and story of his birth, because what mom doesn’t love a birth story?!
**Photos courtesy of K-Westbrook Photography
My in laws were flying in to stay with us and watch our older two while I was at the hospital. They arrived a few days before my due date, and could only stay about a week and a half. The pressure was on! Living away from family, I desperately wanted to have this baby while my in laws were in town so that we didn’t have to worry about additional care with our other kids. I began all of the old wives tale techniques that I knew to get labor started. My due date came and went and I started to panic. I’m kind of a hippy when it comes to having kids. I want them to come on their own, when they’re ready, when my body says they’re ready. So I did the only thing I could do. I sat and waited, and prayed real hard haha.
Around 1:00 am, on February 25th, I woke up from contractions. I wasn’t surprised, or excited, as this had been happening for several days now. I got up, walked around, did some lunges and bounced on an exercising ball. I checked the clock and realized that they contractions were getting closer and closer. That’s when the excitement hit! I walked, and bounced, and kept willing this baby out! Come 4:30-ish am, I woke Mac up with the “It’s time” speech, so we both packed out bags and go prepared to head to the hospital! Let me add that I also did my hair and makeup, as I typically do when I’m in labor because there’s no sense in looking nasty while I’m working hard for hours, sweating, pushing a watermelon out of my body haha.
So I get to the hospital, with contractions 3 minutes apart. I’m thinking, “3rd kid, this baby’s going to fly out!” Unfortunately, that was not the case. At 7 am, my contractions stopped, all together. I ended up falling asleep in the hospital bed (hello, I’d been up since 1am!) and woke up at 9 am. My midwife came in and we discussed our options. She said, “Well, you’re in pre-labor. So you can go home and wait until labor starts up again, probably tonight or tomorrow. Or I can break your water and we can keep things moving along.” I looked at my husband and we pretty much said the same thing, “we’re already here”, so I told my midwife to break my water. And ohhhh, the contractions! They started back up immediately. I’ve given birth to all 3 of my children naturally, without any pain medication. I’ll be the first to say holy hell it hurts!! Like a lot.
My dear friend Katie with K-Westbrook Photography was going to take my birth photos if time would allow her. I gave her a text, let her know I was at the hospital and if she could get off work I wanted her to come take photos. She responded that she could get off at 2pm. I remember thinking, again, “This is my 3rd kid. I’ll have this baby way before 2pm!” I should have knocked on wood because 2 pm rolled around and I was still pregnant! Katie text me, “I’m off work and on my way! Be there in 20 minutes!”
About the time that Katie arrived, I was at that point in my labor where I could not talk. After every contraction I had to take a breath of air.
I tell my midwife I’m ready to have this baby, and she tells me to get in whatever position is comfortable. I was sitting on the edge of my bed and told her “comfortable” wasn’t possible, and that I didn’t think I could move. She said, “That’s alright, we’ll have this baby right here.”
Katie arrived 10 minutes before I started pushing! We joke that he was waiting for her.
At 2:58 pm on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, we welcomed our second son and third child, Logan Cael, into our family.
We didn’t know Logan was a boy until he was here (although, Mac and I both felt he was a boy). He was a surprise pregnancy so it was only fitting that his gender was a surprise too! He is truly the happiest little baby around. I can’t image my life without this kid. Thank you, Katie, for these photos! We are so blessed to have had you there to document this moment for us!