Monday, April 9, 2012

Jude's Birth Story

Jude Mark Thurston entered the world 1 week ago... 
This is his Birth Story!!


It started at 4am in the morning... irregular contractions timing 20ish minutes apart. These were most definitely getting more and more painful but nothing too regular so I just kept sleeping in between. I knew that if it WAS the real thing I was going to want to be as rested as possible!

I didn't really wake Josh and when he got up for work at 7am - I filled him in but he had to get to a meeting so I said just to keep your phone by you... the contractions were 10-15 minutes apart now. I had a check-up appointment at 9:15 and was planning to get induced the next day (April 3rd) at 7:30 am. 

My mom called to check in around 8:30 and when we were on the phone - I had the most painful contraction thus far. She said she was ON HER WAY and wanted to take me to the doctor. Our clinic is only 2 minutes away (literally) but it was nice that she was persistent. Both my sister and mom were on spring break (teachers!) so they had the day free. I found out after my mom arrived that my sister was ALSO on the way... silly mama knows best!

My doctor appointment went well - the stress test did show I was having irregular contractions about 5-7 minutes apart lasting for 45seconds to 1 minute long. Jude was rockin and rollin inside with a strong heart beat and happy as can be. I was dilated to a 2.

We decided to do lots of walking, get some lunch and possibly pedicures - to pass the time as this was EARLY labor and could be awhile.... It got more and more painful as we were walking & driving but we were hungry so we headed to Chilli's (also 2 minutes from our house).

 
I went potty at Chilli's and felt a lot of "discharge" (sorry if this is TMI).... and thought to myself - I think my water may be breaking soon. But, what did I know? This was all so new to me. 

We ordered - got some chips & salsa and made a little small talk with the waitress. She knew I was OVERLY pregnant and my mom casually mentioned that today MIGHT be the day. She was excited said congrats, yada, yada....

Josh was texting me at noon to check in and I decided to just call him back because I thought he was on break. The minute he said "Hello" by water literally broke at that second. All I said was "My water just broke". He said - "Okay I am on my way". Those were the only words we exchanged... my mom and sister were both in SHOCK and my mom helped me quickly exit while Jonna, my sister told the waitress what happened. They scrambled to get our stuff to-go as fast as possible...

My water didn't GUSH out and there wasn't like a puddle (as I pictured it in the movies, haha!) but it was definitely uncomfortable and uncontrollable. The most bizarre thing. I had prayed that Josh would be with me when it broke and he sort of was ... on the phone. God is so cool!

 

To the hospital we went after quickly stopping at home to gather up our last minute stuff. Josh beat us home and had the car almost completely packed. My mom reminded me of the essentials... and we grabbed a bunch of headbands for my hospital stay ;) Ha! I will never forget that...

We arrived at the hospital around 12:45 p.m. and got all checked in.

 

Being assessed this time was different ... I KNEW it was the real deal. My water broke and my contractions were about 3-5 minutes apart lasting for a minute or longer. AND THEY WERE OUCHY!!!! Josh got really good at the double-hip squeeze and that made it more bearable.

It took awhile for them to clean a room, the hospital was full as it is SUPER new and NICE and everyone wants to have babies there. It was worth the wait and the first thing we did when getting in was going in the whirlpool bathtub. That helped with my contractions....


Josh was amazing through this process!!! He was a great support along with my mom and sister. I don't know how I would have gotten through without them. I labored naturally until about 4pm when she checked me and I was almost to a 5. Halfway there!

The pain was becoming increasingly stronger and I felt like man - I have experienced labor and KNOW what it feels like. God had given someone brilliance to create an epidural and so therefore... I will accept the gift ;) Ha! It was a great way of looking at it... especially because as discussed --> if I was getting a cavity filled I for SURE would take Novocaine and not just suffer through, why was this any different? :0)

BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!!!!! 

I was able to rest and gear up for the process of pushingand mostly importantly becoming a MOM! It was beauuutiful.... (and I got an icee, yum!)

 
 The most amazing supporters! My mom and sister. :) My sister took mostly all the photos!

From 4pm - 11pm I was progressing and at 11pm I felt the extreme urge to push. She checked me and sure enough I was at a 10! I was thrilled and my adrenaline was pumping... THIS. WAS. IT! This was what I had been waiting for.... MY SON WAS ON HIS WAY. 

I began pushing at 11:15p.m. My motivation was that I really wanted him to come on that same day, April 2nd. I had 45 minutes... and I could do it! :)

 

Sure enough - he made his entrance JUST before 11:55 p.m. He knew what his mama wanted - what a sweet boy :) What a crazy thing the pushing was... oh my word. :) It was beautiful and hard and so amazing all in the same breathe. I knew when to push and felt pressure but the pain wasn't unbearable due the the wonderful, amazing, God-sent epidural!


 We DID it!!!!

Jude Mark Thurston was the most beautiful sight we have ever, ever seen. He was perfect!!!! We were parents!! He is our joy... and the most amazing gift. God knows what he is doing with the birth process. It is miraculous - I don't even know how else to describe it :)

God is soooo good. We praise him for a healthy delivery and baby boy! Blessed doesn't even begin to describe it... Amazing!!!

More to come on his first few days...

29 Beautiful comments!:

Ms. J said...

Great Story!! God worked everything out in his perfect timing :) I also loved and hated the epidural! haha He is so so beautiful and I am sure you are enjoying every second!!

Brittney Galloway said...

Beautiful story and it is wonderfully told! I'm so glad Jude had a safe delivery into your arms! Jude and my Grace share a birthday, just one year apart!

Alyssa said...

Congratulations!!

Jonna said...

SUCH FUN MEMORIES!!! So proud of you sister! God is so good and knows exactly what we need, when we need it! Our lives will forever be changed by that little sweet judester!! :)

Megan C. said...

what a great birth story ria! congrats on becoming a mother

HIS daughter said...

awww SO excited for you!!! Wow! What a neat experiance! I am any day from having my first baby boy and this makes me even more ready to have him!!! Sometimes I feel like I am going to be pregnant forever lol :)
Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy :) :)
Blessings!
Katy

Noelle said...

AHH! I love birth stories so much! thanks for sharing :)

Lauren said...

this is beautiful...what a perfect birth story for your perfect son!

Hope you're enjoying being a part of the mommy club!

Brittaney said...

Amazing! What an incredible birth story. Congratulations Ria!

Melissa Knott said...

Maybe I am an emotional wreck because I'll be here in about 5.5 months, but I cried. This was such a beautiful story and I am so excited for you and your family. Congratulations, Ria!!

Chana said...

How beautiful! I LOVED reading it. I can't wait to meet your precious little guy! Congratulations dear, I am glad it all went so well!

Jenny said...

So incredibly beautiful!! I had tears in my eyes reading this. I am so happy for you and Josh. God bless your beautiful family. and Congrats dear friend!

LC said...

The tears are flowing!!!! I'm so happy for you Ria! What a precious gift. I can't wait to hear and see more:)

Jessica said...

Congratulations!! I have always said that I'll probably opt for the epidural when I have a baby since my pain tolerance is horrible. I like how you compared it to Novocaine,and will remind myself of that when I have a baby someday :-) can't wait to hear more!

Girl of The Grove said...

Congrats to your new family! : ) Welcome to Mommyhood.

Love Jones said...

Congrats! I loved Jude's Birth Story!! God Bless You All!

Mrs. Newlywed Giggles said...

Amazing story! Congrats!

Kris Scherer said...

Loved reading this! Brought back so many memories! I am a HUGE fan of the epidural! In fact, while checking in for child #2, I told the nurse that I would put on the hospital gown as soon as she ordered my epidural! She laughed and I said politely "You think I'm kidding. I am SO not kidding." :-) LOL.

Mateya said...

What a beautiful story! I am teary-eyed for you guys! It makes me even more excited to meet our little guy!!!

Callie Nicole said...

I love reading birth stories - congratulations again! And the epidural is a gift, isn't it? What a great way to look at it! :-)

Sarah said...

Congrats! I loved reading this!!

Char said...

Look at you already updating your blog, it looks so cute! Gosh you two are amazing parents already, Jude is so blessed to have you! Sounds like things went as smoothly as they could. Thankful for your mamma and sister! I was about the same when I got the epidural, 5-6 cm. Congrats!!! He is SOOOO adorable! Enjoy mama-hood :)

Kristy Goldman said...

I loved reading your birth story, and will be following. My daughter was 8 lbs, 10 ozs and 21" - (She's 5 months old). I'm happy to see someone else with a big baby - there's all teeny tinies around me! He is so precious!

Natasha said...

beautiful Ria...made me cry : ) Praise the Lord for such a wonderful gift!

Beka Fox said...

I am sobbing. WHAT A GIFT birth is. isn't it? I love reading your story! thank you for sharing. XOXO

Natalie said...

This is so beautiful! I love birth haha :) Congratulations again on your sweet bundle!

A Lil Story said...

Beautiful story- and absolutely fantastic pictures. Your sis did a great job! Congrats on your amazing new addition!! :)

Charris said...

I love how you documented the whole thing. Nice pictures. You have a way of telling us as if we are going along with you. I love you take on the epidural btw!!
You had such a beautiful journey to motherhood.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

congratulations....so exciting!