|First picture sent to the waiting room!|
Brynn's arrival came at 38 weeks without much drama. I woke up on a Tuesday morning a few
hours early and had trouble sleeping. I suspected something could be up because of
some digestive issues I was having. As I got ready for work, I felt some cramping and
tightening in my abdomen or back. With Lainey, my water broke and I didn't have to
decipher or time contractions, so I was a little unsure if labor was upon me or not. I had already
called for a sub for the morning since we were taking our 1st graders on a fieldtrip that
morning. I did not want to get stuck somewhere having contractions, if that was in fact
what was happening. However, I didn't want to take a whole day off in case I was just not feeling
well and was not really in labor. Then I started having contractions I could actually time. So I called
the sub office and said I was indeed going to need the whole day off. I timed them for about an
hour as I got Lainey ready for school. Jeff took her to school and then we both went by
his work to get him a few things. My contractions had seemed to stop and I couldn't really
time anything. We decided to go out for breakfast and my mom met us there. After that, we
walked around Target which brought back the cramping and tightness in my abdomen and back.
We went back to our house to relax and wait. All the while, we were hoping we all hadn't taken
a day off of work for nothing! At about 12:30pm that day my water broke when I was in the
bathroom (good timing!). It was such a good feeling to know that, yes, this baby was
coming today and there was no more waiting around for signs of labor!
I didn't have very strong contractions until I got to the hospital and labored for
a while before I had an epidural. I felt so relaxed lying in bed after the epidural
and we didn't have to wait long for progress....or it didn't seem like it.
I just couldn't get over how comfortable and relaxed I felt.
When it was time to push, I did for about 15 min. which was so much better than
2 hours with Lainey. Everything was just very easy and I couldn't have been happier with
how everything went.
Brynn Avery Prince was born on March 4, 2014 at 7:37pm. Lainey was the first to meet
her which was awesome. Originally, I never thought it would work out for
Lainey to be at the hosptial when Brynn was born. I figured it would be the middle
of the night and just not work out knowing how long labor can last!
But, Lainey only had to wait with our families for a few
hours after she was picked up from school and I'm glad she got to be a part
of the experience.
My sister took these pictures in the hospital and she has also taken
Brynn's newborn pictures at home that I'll share soon!