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A Birth Story: Theo James Brady

40 WEEKS PREGNANT

May 10th was my official due date but when the day came I was only dilated to a 2. With how things were looking it seemed like baby Brady wouldn’t come for a little bit longer. My doctor stripped my membrane to hopefully get things going. To avoid going past 41 weeks I scheduled an induction on May 17th. When we left that appointment we kept our fingers crossed that baby Brady would come before the 17th. By May 11th Casey and I had tried everything to try to induce labor. A few days earlier I even made some cupcakes that were supposed to induce labor, but unfortunately they did nothing for me. We were pretty desperate to meet our sweet son before May 17th. Not ready to give up Casey and I decided to get me moving to hopefully induce labor. Since it was rainy and cold that day we walked around Costco, ate some pizza, and went to Sportsman Warehouse to walk around some more. After our little adventure we went home. I was tired (walking around while 40.2 weeks pregnant isn’t easy) so I went upstairs and started getting ready for bed. At 8pm while I was getting ready for bed my water broke. Unsure if my water had actually broken Casey and I went to labor and delivery just to be sure. After they ran a few tests they were positive that my water had broken and I was admitted to the hospital. Unfortunately I was still only dilated to a 2 which meant it wasn’t going to be a short labor. To help hurry things along they put me on pitocin. The nurse told me that it was going to be a long labor and not to expect the baby until the next evening.

THE EPIDURAL

Since I was in it for the long haul I wanted to wait to get an epidural. I didn’t want to spend the whole time numb and unable to move. After 12 long hours of painful contractions I decided it was time to get an epidural that afternoon on the 12th. To be honest I was absolutely terrified of getting an epidural because of my fear of needles. Being a sweet husband, Casey let me squeeze his hand like crazy while the anesthesiologist put the epidural in. It wasn’t as bad as I had expected. The IV hurt more than the epidural. Since I am pretty sensitive to medications I became nauseated and threw up right after they put the epidural in. A few hours later my sister, mom, mother in law, and father in law came to the hospital. It was wonderful having everyone there to celebrate such a wonderful moment as a family. I was pretty out of it because I hardly slept the night before and I was pretty nauseated so I spent most of the day attempting to sleep.

LABOR

After laboring for 23 hours (literally felt like forever) I was finally dilated to a 10 and it was time to welcome Theo into the world. I’m not going to lie I was super worn out when push time came. I didn’t know if I would have the energy to do it. The nurse also brought in a mirror so that I could watch. With the help from my husband, mom, sister, nurse, doctor and a few sips of sprite (I had the best nurse) I was able to find the energy. I had the best support group there to cheer me on. Because of the epidural Casey and the nurse held my legs. Casey was so sweet and supportive the whole entire time. He had so much energy and showed so much love while I was in such a vulnerable time. I honestly could not have done it without him. Pushing was hard but so empowering at the same time.

WELCOME THEO

At 7:21pm on May 12th 2018 after 2 hours of pushing Theo was born 8lbs 2 oz 20.5 inches. Immediately after he was born he was placed on my chest for skin to skin. He was so warm and snuggly and he was mine. He had a full head of beautiful auburn hair. It was wonderful meeting my sweet little boy that I had grown for 9 months. I fell in love with him the instant I saw him.

After I delivered my placenta I started to get pretty dizzy and nauseated. I had Casey hold Theo while I threw up. They gave me a shot which helped me out. Later that evening I found out that I had a postpartum hemorrhage. I am thankful that I was in the hospital because they were able to get control of my bleeding and I didn’t have any problems because of the hemorrhage. Once things were sorted out I was handed Theo again and a lactation consultant came and helped me breastfeed him for the first time.

First family photo with all 3 of us

Casey showing his family pictures of baby Theo

After spending some time learning to breastfeed and doing skin to skin with Theo we were moved into the recovery room. While in the recovery room family came to meet sweet little Theo. Everyone was so excited to meet him.

Theo meeting Grandma Farr and Grandma Brady

Theo meeting his aunts and uncles for the first time

 

Huge shoutout to my sister Rachel for flying all the way from Missouri to take my pictures and being there for Theo’s birth.

 

Thanks for reading

 

-Abigail

 

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