So I am finally typing this out after a long 3 1/2 months since baby boy was born. I’ve been procrastinating to type up this blog post , I can blame the mom brain. A few days ago I figured I’d better recap Hudson’s birth story so my future self can look back on! So here it goes..
Hudson’s due date was August 28th 2021 & he ended up making his appearance 4 days early on August 24th. I remember that day just like it was yesterday. The night before Justin & I had a frosty run at Wendys before going to bed. At the end of my pregnancy, I was constantly craving sweets and this seemed to satisfy my sweet tooth leading up to his delivery. The two weeks leading up, I was stuck at 1cm and I was determined to walk him out every evening. Going to bed that night on the 23rd, I had this strange feeling he was going to come within a day. Little did we know around 4am my water would break. It’s just like everyone says, a feeling of gushing water that instantly wakes you up. Luckily I had already had my bag packed up (you can see what I packed linked here). To this day I still laugh because Justin was so frantic running around the house trying to make sure we had everything lol yet so excited to see his baby boy!
When we got to the hospital, I was told I was only 2cm dilated which completely shocked me considering most are around 4-5 when your water breaks. I wasn’t having any contractions until they started me on Pitocin ( which speeds up labor + starts uterine contractions). The L&D nurse was absolutely the sweetest and I will never forget her. She was constantly checking on me without me having to press the button. I remember her asking if I was okay when they started the Pitocin and I nodded yes because I wasn’t feeling anything. Not even 5 minutes later, I was crunched over to the side in pain from the contractions. I remember Justin holding my hand with tears streaming down my face ( the most intense period like cramps ever). The nurse then came back in and called for the anesthesiologists to put my epidural in after I had progressed a few centimeters. Throughout all of this I’m not quite sure I can recall the time span, I was just super anxious and ready to meet Hudson.
I will say, the epidural was probably the easiest thing of labor. I was so nervous but honestly I barely felt a thing, I just remember them telling me to stay super still and the L&D nurse holding my hand. I had the best L&D nurses out there and if they are ever reading this, THANK YOU. After getting the epidural, I felt like a champ and could see my contractions on the screen but I was not experiencing any kind of pain. About an hour later, things started to change. To monitor the baby’s heart rate, I was laid on my right side the entire time. I could start to feel heavy contractions on the left which caused quite a bit of pain. I wanted to lay on my back so bad but I was advised I couldn’t which I knew it was for the best. Around 1pm or a little after, I remember being checked and told it was time to push. I WAS SO READY. Little did I know, it would take around two hours before I would be able to see little Huddy’s face. I felt everything. I’m not sure if the epidural wasn’t working or what exactly happened but I remember it being all worth it. I’m thankful I didn’t have to go back for an emergency c-section because the nurses faces had us a little worried. HE WAS BEAUTIFUL & THERE WAS NO OTHER FEELING LIKE SEEING HIM FOR THE FIRST TIME or hearing him cry. Our hearts were so full and little Hudson was born at 3:01pm at 7lb 14oz.