If you don’t want to know details, don’t read! But I’ll keep it clean… ;o)
Friday night, November 16th, it started! My water broke at 4:30 pm. I was completely taken off guard. Stew and I were sitting on the couch getting ready to take Dexter for a walk. He was just finishing something up on the computer. He says, “I’ll be ready in 5 more minutes”. As I’m sitting there, I got a shooting pain in my stomach (that I thought was gas)! Then, just like in the movies, my water broke!
The birthing class we took is called “Hypnobabies“. I absolutely recommend this class to anyone doing a natural birth!! To sum it up, it’s meant to keep you completely relaxed in order to have a shorter and more pleasant birthing time (our term for labor). There is a series of scripts loaded onto my ipod that are about 30 minutes long that I’ve been listening to every night for the past 2 months. I can’t tell you what they say because I fall asleep every time! I guess they work! The classes trained us to stay calm and not get too excited. So we did. We lit a fire, ate some dinner, and watched TV until about 9pm. At that point my birthing waves (our term for contractions) started getting stronger and closer together, about 8 minutes apart. They were not bad, but strong enough that I wanted to start listening to my scripts. So we got our bag and snacks ready for the birth center and got ready for bed. I put on my headphones and off to sleep I drifted. I knew laying down would slow down my birthing time, but I figured it was more important to get rest during the night which was a good plan! So I slept through the night until about 3:30 am. I would wake up every 30 to 40 minutes when a strong birthing wave would come but then go back to sleep.
Stew and I got up around 3:30am when my birthing waves were 5 minutes apart. They were really strong by then so he called the birth center. Our midwife said to wait until my birthing waves were 3 minutes apart. So I just kept listening to my ipod breathing through it. I walked a bit to speed up the process. Finally, around 6:00am they were 3 minutes apart. Stew packed the car and we hit the road. I kept my ipod in the whole time and just kept my eyes closed for the 25 minute drive.
We got to the birth center and my waves were REALLY strong by then. I laid on the bed for about 1 1/2 hours. I would have a REALLY strong wave and then fall asleep. Finally, the nurse had me turn over to shake things up. At that point they got even stronger so I knew something was about to happen. It was another hour before she started the tub. About 15 minutes later, Stew and I got in. Stew put on the “pushing baby out” script. I was only in the the tub for about 5 minutes before I started to push baby out! He was out in 25 minutes. I couldn’t believe how fast that happened! It was so surreal and amazing that I was holding our baby that was just inside me for the past 9 months! He was so perfect!!At that point, Stew got out of the tub and had “skin to skin” time with Turner while I got out of the tub. I felt so great afterwards! I couldn’t believe it. It was truly because of the relaxed atmosphere and the natural birthing process. There was not so much as an Advil in my system! I was really able to enjoy our time as a little family! It was the most amazing experience of my life!
Turner Lewis Watson was born November 17th at 10:21 am, weighed 8lbs 2 oz, and was 20 inches long.