I figured while every one is at church, now would be a good time to write down the official Ryland birth story. Here we go:
I have never had so much false labor! I have also never gone so long before with out going into labor. With Cohen, my water broke 2 days before my due date. With Jace, I was induced a week early (med school finals, we were trying to be timely with him), and with Carter, I started in labor on my own 2 days before my due date. So when I started to have labor pains 3 weeks before my due date, I started to panic because my mom was not here yet and I really wanted to have her here, esp since Cohen is still in school and I did not want that burden on anyone else! I started to take it real easy because I was certain too much activity would shoot me into labor. It didn't. My mom got here and we were go...go...go! We shopped everyday for 7 days and NOTHING. I even walked 1.6 miles to a dinner at a friends house to try to get me going... and nothing! Well, I guess not nothing, I would have labor pains, but nothing that was consistent. Then I started to panic that I would not have him before my mom was gone! So...induction was scheduled. I felt like a cop out. Like I gave in. But the frustrating thing is I would feel pretty good all day, have crazy labor all night, and then wake up feeling fine again. I was getting very annoyed. So, one day after my due date, I was induced.
We arrived at Baylor at 7:45 and I was shocked at how fast they got things moving! With in one hour of being there, I had my IV in, pit was going, my water had been broken, my penicillin was on a slow drip (I was strep B+), and the epidural was on its way. After my epidural got in (and my blood pressure was brought back up, mine always drops when they put it in and I always feel like I'm about to either throw up or pass out! Thankfully, neither of those happened this time) it was time to wait... and wait... and wait. We all predicted that I would have him by 2:30 at the latest. But once they checked me at noon, I was still only at a 4. I find it mind boggling how different each child is when I am using all the same parts with each one! Finally, at 4, they checked me and I was at a 9! That's also when I started to feel some pain on my right side. I was given WAY too much epidural (when I just asked for a little drip more) and I had a hard time feeling where I was pushing. Regardless, I started pushing at 5 pm and it took me about 6-7 contractions to get him out. Justin was a great cheerleader, as was my mom that was able to be there. Justin was able to deliver Ryland and he did awesome. At 5:34, Ryland made his appearance and he came out screaming! Music to any mother's ears. Tears just started streaming down my face, it was wonderful to hold him and have him just look at me! Ryland was 7 lbs 15 oz and 20 1/2 inches long (my shortest baby yet!). He has been a great baby. When he is awake, he has been very somber and sweet. His first night was a little rough at home, but I think all kids are. But after getting him on a schedule yesterday, he only woke up twice last night! The best part was that he would go to bed right after I fed him, heaven! Ryland is also an awesome nurser. He has been feeding so well and only lost 3% of his body weight when we checked out of the hospital. The boys have been great with Ryland too. Jace keeps calling him "it". Can I hold it, can I touch it, can we keep it? Cohen keeps telling me how tiny he is and how cute he is. And Carter brings his blanket over to him and kisses him on the head, then reminds everyone to be quiet because the baby is sleeping.
I'm a little bit in shock that I have 4 kids, but it has been such a blessing to have Ryland in our family the past few days and we all just love him so much already.
Packing up to come home.
Ryland has been amazing so far! The last 3 nights I have only had to get up with him once. He smiles like crazy all the time, awake and asleep. He keeps finding his finger and is overall just a great little baby! Just the way I like em'! We can't get enough of his sweet spirit!
Welcome to the world baby Ryland!