Sorry for the cliffhanger on part one of Xander’s birth story! The post was getting long and that seemed like the perfect place to break. Moving on…
…Angel broke my water and with it she saw some light meconium (the baby’s first stool). At this point she explained that John would not be able to “catch” the baby and we would not be able to do delayed cord cutting. John could still cut the cord but we needed to make sure that Xander didn’t inhale the meconium when he came out. Because of this, the neonatologist on-call would need to be in the room during delivery in order to check his airway right away.
At this point Angel asked me if I felt the urge to push. I wasn’t having that feeling yet, so Angel and Katie left for their last time prior to Xander making his arrival!
10:45 came and it was time to get started! Until 11 pm they were really just teaching me how to push, so I don’t include that in the pushing time. I should tell you now that my epidural was pretty light. I had complete control of my left leg (my right was a little tingly) and I could feel the contractions starting before they even showed up on the monitor. Being able to feel when the contractions came and certainly able feel the pressure and need to push made me more confident in my decision to get the epidural.
John and I were started to wonder if we would have this baby before midnight, making Xander born on a very nerdy awesome day: Pi Day, Registered Dietitian day, Albert Einstein’s birthday. Alas, he wasn’t, but it was fun to think about!
Pushing lasted slightly over two hours, but it actually didn’t feel like two hours for me. My contractions were long, so instead of the encouraged 3 pushes per contraction, I gave at least 4 – usually 5. Everyone could see Xander’s full head of hair pretty quickly, so I became even more excited than I already was. I would be meeting our son so soon!
I really don’t remember too much about the final pushes that allowed Xander to make his arrival at 1:18 am, but I do remember he cried right away (he wasn’t supposed to because of the meconium). Luckily, he didn’t inhale it! He was checked out by the neonate and received 9’s on both his 1 and 5 minute Apgar tests. Go baby!
Baby was cleaned up and weighed; John and mom took pictures. I waited for my placenta to descend. (Fun, right?) Delivering the placenta is a bit of a blur because I was just fixated on our baby. I just thought I would mention this part because when I read birth stories people tend to forget that there is more to deliver after the baby comes out!
It’s been a little over 5 weeks since Xander was born and becoming parents has been the best thing to ever happen to us. We are so in love with our little boy and can’t wait to see what type of little boy he develops into! Once again, thank you for all the love and support you have shown up in the past weeks. We really appreciate it!
Love: Katie and John