Monday, July 21, 2014

spencer james- a birth story.


Exactly one week before his due date, Spencer James entered the world on Monday, the 21st of July 2014 - Seven pounds and fourteen ounces of pure baby boy joy.

Four hours at the hospital and twelve minutes of pushing, Spencer was placed in my arms and I became a momma again. Of course, the birth wasn't without a few little hiccups, but it was quick and relatively pleasant, as far as giving birth to a baby goes!

We arrived at the hospital at 7:30pm after calming putting Lachlan to bed and calling a friend to come stay with him. After a quick check to ensure I was actually in labour (of course I knew I was in labour!) the contractions increased and the crazy journey of birthing a baby began.

Just like with Lachlan, my contractions came on hard and fast. Two jabs later, my epidural was in and my water was broken. The doctor assured me it was going to be hours before delivery because of the epidural slowing down the process, to which I laughed, knowing he was very, very wrong.

21 July 2014- Spencer Birth001

After a little scare with a quick decline in my blood pressure (picture all monitors going crazy, me turning some weird shades of white and green, doctors rushing in, oxygen, fluids... the whole shebang!), we were on our way.

(picture of me after I was stable again... it all happened sooo fast!)
21 July 2014- Spencer Birth002

Because I had the best epidural ever, I was able to feel everything (pressure, some pain, etc) so I knew exactly when Spencer was completely engaged and ready to go. I called in the midwife, who did a quick check and immediately called the doctor. Twelve minutes of pushing and Spencer was in our arms!

21 July 2014- Spencer Birth003

21 months later, at the exact same hospital, in the exactly same room, with exactly the same doctor, I became a mother again. Even though it happened even faster than with Lachlan (which I didn't think was possible, btw) it was much less stressful and scary than the first time. I guess that is just like everything in motherhood though. It doesn't get any easier, you just get a bit better at it and more comfortable with the uncomfortable :)

Welcome to the world Baby Brother. We are so, so happy to have you here with us!!!! xoxoxo

(Lachlan's birth story can be found here)

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