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...