Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thomas's Birth Story

I am so happy I penned Caroline's birth story last year. I must've referenced it a million times leading up to the days and hours of my labor this time around. So as soon as I got home from the hospital I knew I wanted to write Thomas's birth story in one long post before all the details got blurry! I tend to over share so feel free to skim or skip this post if "birth stories" aren't your thing...
On Wednesday, July 8 we had a routine check up with my doctor. He informed us we were 3 cm dilated and 50% effaced. With a little less than 10 days to go I was happy with that progress and had a sneaky suspicion Thomas would come about a week early all along because I swear he felt at least 9 pounds by 38 weeks. We are pretty much obsessed with our doctor, so when he told us that he'd be the one on call all weekend long we crafted an early delivery game plan which meant he would see us back on Friday morning to have my membranes stripped. Matt was on the fence about having Thomas arrive early but I emphatically agreed to the plan before he could say anything.

So Friday I worked from home before my 11 am membrane stripping. We excitedly got to the doctor's office and I was so hopeful this would work (again)! With Caroline I went into labor the night my membranes got stripped and I suspected it would all happen much faster this time around with baby #2. Everyone thought I was crazy to have elected to have my membranes stripped but I was so ready for labor that I completely forgot how incredibly painful the process is. In fact, it was the most painful part of my entire labor experience. However, once he finished the sweep the pain immediately went away. We said "see ya later" to our doctor and Matt went to court for a hearing while I went to the Ritz for a spa pedicure, ate a few (doctor approved) spicy tuna rolls, took a long shower and blow dried my hair. Around 2 pm I started having mild to moderate contractions so Matt's parents jumped in the car and headed our way to pick up Caroline and stay with us in case we were going to the hospital.

As the afternoon progressed my contractions were picking up in frequency (every 10 minutes or so), duration (~20 seconds long) and intensity (4/10 on the pain scale) so I downloaded the Full Term contraction counter app on my phone and began monitoring things in hopes we would really be having a baby that night. Everyone told me that #2 comes really fast, so while the pain was tolerable I wanted to make sure we didn't miss our epidural window. However, I didn't want to head to the hospital until after Caroline came home from daycare and I got to eat the Panera dinner that Matt's parents brought us. So around 6:30 pm I told Matt we should probably hustle so we loaded the car, said goodbye to our first baby and waddled into the hospital about 6 minutes later. At check-in the nurse asked how she could help us and I calmly told her I was in labor. She gave me a doubtful look and I immediately felt kind of dumb for not being keeled over in pain or breathing heavy. Thankfully she agreed to send me to triage...right before the 7 pm shift change at the hospital. So we waited a long time in the most uncomfortable bed ever before a nurse actually came to check on us, gave me a fancy hospital gown, hooked us up to the monitors and asked us a million questions. Still only 3 cm dilated, I hoped things would progress quickly because I was not going back home. In between contractions I was starting to doubt that this would be "it" but then 10 minutes later a ginormous contraction would hit and the false alarm concerns would disappear. After a few hours the nurse still seemed on the fence as to whether or not we should be admitted and said she'd leave it to my doctor's discretion. Fine by me because I knew he'd come to the rescue. Within a few minutes our doctor arrived to our triage room and declared we were being admitted. Hallelujah - our little membrane stripping plan had worked and we were well on our way to welcoming our second annual baby! We finally left triage at 9:17 pm and 5 cm dilated.Cue a major sigh of relief!
As soon as we got to our labor and delivery room I asked for my pre-epidural fluids because I remembered that it took forever to actually get the epidural once I asked for it with Caroline. The contractions had picked up but I was still tolerating the pain. Simultaneously they had to administer a bag of penicillin (through the biggest needle ever) since I had a UTI during my first trimester. That medication burned so badly as it went through the IV and my arm looked like a war zone with a collapsed vein and lots of blood! Anyway, at 10:15 pm I received an extremely painful epidural. I remembered it being awful with Caroline and it was even worse with Thomas. However, this time my epidural didn't make me completely numb and paralyzed so I could still move my legs, feet, toes, etc. which was perfect! At 11 pm I got checked again - 7 cm dilated. It was at this time I asked Matt for my pillow so I could get a little more comfortable. He looked terrified as he realized he had left them on the kitchen counter and immediately booked it back home to get them. He made the round trip in less than 15 minutes and arrived just as the doctor was breaking my water. 

An hour later, at 12:33 pm the nurse came to check on me and declared the baby was already on his way out so she grabbed our doctor quickly, wheeled in a cart with a ton of scary looking tools and readied the room for the baby's arrival. Within a few minutes we were ready to push and again, I asked for the mirror to watch because I'm a weirdo. I started my first push and immediately my doctor told me to stop and exclaimed I would not be pushing this baby out because he was already sliding out! So I guess I did a half push this time around. Everyone told me to look down and slowly my doctor pulled Thomas right out of me, right before my eyes. It was as if time stood still. Matt and I literally watched him quietly enter the world together and immediately he was placed on my chest after Matt proudly cut the cord. Those moments are still indescribable and were totally different than with Caroline. The connection was immediate and all I could say over and over again was "I cannot believe he is mine!" and "HE HAS HAIR!"
To all of the mamas who warned me about the connection between a mother and son, I was skeptical. I didn't think I could possibly love another baby as much as I love Caroline. But you were all so right. I haven't been able to put Thomas down since he was placed in my arms at 12:39 am on July 11. I am addicted to him in a completely different way than I was with Caroline at birth. This was truly love at first sight and doubles in intensity with each passing moment.
Thomas Dean Marcellino
6 pounds, 5 ounces
20.75 inches long 
Back to the story, as the doctor did some repair work I continued to stare at my little man in amazement...for the next two hours. The nurse wouldn't bathe him until his body temperature reached 98 degrees so I continued to snuggle, and snuggle and snuggle my gooey new baby. During this time I also fed Thomas and he latched right on like a champ. Once he was nice and warmed up, Thomas was weighed, measured, stamped, etc. I was shocked to find out he was 6 pounds, 5 ounces - a teeny little thing and 6 ounces less than Caroline. We were even more surprised to find out he was 20.75 inches long! Oh, and he looks nothing like me, Matt or Caroline. And the hair. I can't get over the hair. So yes, lots of surprises.
Before we were cleared to move to our post-partum room the nurse wanted me to get up and pee. Matt was so terrified I was going to collapse on the floor again this time but I hopped right out of bed without assistance and made my way to the potty. I couldn't believe how great I felt. Thank goodness for medicated, quick births!
Around 2:30 am (in case you were still wondering about the timing), we were moved to our post-partum room. After a long day I was beyond ready to get some sleep...but of course, for the next several hours we were interrupted for some reason or another. All I wanted to do was sleep and finally around 4:30 am we all passed out...for an hour. Then the slew of doctors, nurses, pediatrician, lactation consultants, nutrition staff and everyone else started their rounds again and we gave up on the hope we'd be well rested for the next marathon of a day.
 
Saturday morning I was exhausted but the pain was minimal (so different from last time) so we inquired about an early discharge and although I thought they'd make me stay until Monday, I was pleasantly surprised to find out the doctors approved it. Another sigh of relief. We were so ready to get home to Caroline, take hot showers and jump into our own bed. That afternoon Matt's parents arrived to the hospital with Caroline. My heart melted into a million pieces as she was introduced to Thomas. She was so interested in her baby brother and kept petting and hugging him. We passed Thomas off to the grandparents and took Caroline for a walk around the hospital cafeteria to spend some time with her.
We spent the rest of Saturday trying to get the hang of changing boy diapers, which requires 15 additional steps than girl diapers. We also tried to rest, consumed 5,000 calories of food, breastfed a lot, walked around a bit, watched Netflix and cuddled the little man. It was so nice to have that time with him before we got home to our circus life. However, no one warned me about the horrendous post partum uterus contraction pain during breastfeeding the second time around. Tramadol please. Lots of it. These contractions are far worse than any labor contractions I've ever had.

By 10 pm on Saturday night we finally received an exceptional nurse - Jen. I will never forget her because she offered to take Thomas to the nursery (which the hospital strongly discourages) so we could get some much needed sleep. Going on 30 hours of sleep deprivation, we both knew this was the best decision and hopped into bed for 3 hour stretches of sleep at a time. Jen brought Thomas in for feedings and then took him back to the nursery.

Early Sunday afternoon we were finally discharged and sped home to begin our life as a family of four. My recovery has been super speedy this time which I am thankful for as we adjust to two under two. We are so grateful to the Lord for our healthy, happy (and handsome) baby boy!
And in case you were wondering how these two were getting acquainted... lots of hugs in between aggressive head pats.
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53 comments:

  1. Such a sweet post! Your kids are absolutely adorable and you looked awesome after giving birth!! So glad you were able to recover so quick!

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  2. What a picture perfect labor/birth and family you have! Your children are so beautiful! Congratulations, mama!

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  3. Congrats mama, he is seriously so beautiful! And yay for a quick labor and recovery! I just had a baby boy in December, and man, they just steal your heart!

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  4. i absolutely L.O.V.E this post mama... all the details make this experience truly magical and you'll be thrilled to have this in writing one day to look back on! love you bunches and i am thrilled for you to experience all the craziness, joy, unexpected chaos, and pure JOY of two under two ;) OXOX

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  5. Congrats to you and the whole family!

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  6. Congrats! 1/2 a push- that's impressive! Enjoy those sweet newborn snuggles- your pictures make me miss my little newborn!

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  7. Goodness-I just loved reading this. My daughter is less than a month younger than Caroline and loved following along as you posted pregnancy updates as it sort of prepared me for the next stages of my own pregnancy. I look forward to hearing about the changes in your life as a mommy of two as well! You are so abundantly blessed and I wish you this best of luck!

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  8. Sweet sweet pictures!! I'm so glad you had such a healthy delivery!! Caroline is going to be great big sister!!

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  9. he looks so much like Caroline, in that last one. I'm so glad that your birth experience didn't seem as bad, (especially the pushing part) and you look beautiful after birth. I looked like a train wreck. Happy Wednesday family of four!

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  10. What a beautiful birth story! I am glad to hear that everything went well for your during L&D and that Caroline is acquainting well with her new little brother. I love the picture of the four of you where she is looking at Thomas! Congratulations!

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  11. What a sweet birth story! He is absolutely precious. Baby boys and their moms have such a special connection. Good luck with your two under two- I just made it through 8 months of it and we all survived, a little hectic and chaotic but so much fun!

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  12. Loved reading Thomas' story and those first pic of he and Caroline are just precious!

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  13. Congrats!! Glad everything went smoothly. Can't wait to meet him. What a cutie!!!

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  14. What a beautiful story my friend - and congratulations again! Little Thomas is just perfect and sweet Caroline is already the best big sister!! Enjoy these precious moments together x

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  15. This is so precious! I'm so glad things were so much better for you this time around! Congrats and have fun as a family of 4!

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  16. Beautiful story and such a handsome boy! That last pic of the two of them is just unreal - too sweet for words. Enjoy your new mother-son bond...it's a special relationship:)

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  17. Oh my gosh Christina he is perfect!! I love the first family photos!! I also had an early AM delivery and it was SO tough not having any sleep for a full day! We were ready to get out of the hospital too!

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  18. Christina, what an incredible story and a precious family! So incredibly happy for you and praying for you always! AOT

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  19. Congratulations!! He's so handsome - you have a beautiful family!! I love the pictures of him & Caroline at the bottom, what a good big sister!

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  20. he is perfect! congratulations! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  21. What a beautiful birth story, you have me in tears! You have a beautiful family and make it looks so easy. I love the pictures of Caroline meeting her baby brother. Congrats. And thanks for also confirming my fear of getting an epidural...seriously that's what I"m most scared about regarding giving birth!! hehe :)

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  22. A wonderful birth story! Do glad it went well. The pictures of Caroline and Thomas are so adorable. I hope breastfeeding is going better this time. ;)

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  23. LOVED reading this! What a wonderful birth story. He is so beautiful and handsome, Christina! xx

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  24. I had a daughter first and she was amazing and wonderful and the joy of my heart. Then I had a son five years later and the love you feel for a son is amazing and very different than you do for your baby girl. They are both equal but that boy will steal your heart in ways a girl...I guess....steals her daddy's. Enjoy! xo Amanda

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  25. OMG so sweet! That is quite a handsome little boy you have! I'm glad everything went mostly smoothly too. Good luck with your 2 beautiful babies!

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  26. Loved reading this birth story! Such special memories of such a special day:) The bond between a mama and son is totally different than the mother-daughter one. Each are just as special, but are different in their own ways. I remember feeling completely different when Vivian arrived than I did when Caleb did. Thomas is so handsome, Mama! I think I see a bit of you in him:) Hope you are all adjusting well to being a family of 4 now. yay!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your birth stories! Thomas is such a doll and Caroline looks pretty comfortable in her new Big Sis role! Congrats to you all!

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  28. What a perfect birth story... and girl, you make me sick not having to push! I've never even heard of such a thing! I had to push for THREE HOURS to get my son out and then I left the hospital with nerve damage from it. You are such a lucky girl!

    Thomas is absolute perfection and he and Caroline are going to be the best of friends! Soak up these moments of newborn-ness... I would give anything to be able to go back in time and hold each of my babies as newborns again!

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  29. I love hearing birth stories! I did hear that the 2nd is much crazier than the first for birthing - my girlfriends baby came minutes after her water broke (in the hospital parking lot) she didn't even get the meds! Eek! Congrats he is adorable!

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  30. Ahh, this is so awesome! He SLID out?! You lucky duck! hah I'm so glad you're feeling good. I was so grateful to have left the hospital ready to rock and roll after having Lawter that I hope and pray that I'll feel that good again next time around, when I have to go home and CHASE Lawter!! hah Sounds like yall are doing wonderfully! Congratulations girl!

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  31. What a beautiful family of four, congratulations! I love reading birth stories, so thanks for sharing! I know y'all will adjust just fine, congrats momma!

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  32. Oh my gosh! He is so adorable! Such a awesome birth story too :)

    Congratulations to your family of FOUR!! x

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  33. Love love this! Yay for a healthy birth and sweet baby boy! So happy for you guys!

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  34. YAYAYAYAYAYAY! So excited for y'all!
    And those pictures of C and T.....be still my heart!
    Baby boys are PRECIOUS! Enjoy!

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  35. I love birth stories! I definitely know how incredibly uncomfortable triage beds are. I had my little boy in October when CMC had the most babies born of all time so I spent a night and full day in a triage room while being induced. Whew! Congratulations on baby #2! How exciting! And he's beautiful of course :)

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  36. So sweet! SO glad he is here safe and sound. And I love sweet Caroline's head pets -- so cute!
    xo

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  37. Congrats! Love this story and all the documentation. So happy for you guys! I hope everyone continues to be well. Love the little hat for Thomas.. where did you get it? Congrats again!

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  38. So glad to hear recovery [and even the birth!] is so much better this time around. I wonder if it's always better after having had one baby? A big congratulations to you! Boys are such a joy, I'm so glad you are able to experience what it is like to have a little boy. Enjoy your newborn cuddles!

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  39. I love reading birth stories! I have a 2.5 year old boy and just had a little girl in April. It's so funny how we get used to what we know. I think girl diapers are 10X harder, and my husband is terrified. We are learning though :)

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  40. What a great birth story! I'm so glad you had such a smooth delivery! Thomas is a beautiful baby! I love the pictures of you 4 as a family for the first time. Caroline is so precious!

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