Gabriel’s Birth Story

I started out my Tuesday morning like every other.  Grayson and I went for a walk to our local beach so he could do his favourite thing…throw rocks in the water.
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As I walked and pushed the stroller I assumed the Braxton Hicks contractions I had been having for months were acting up again, and I even decided to do some Instagram stories asking fellow mamas if they recalled having Braxton Hicks more with their second pregnancy. I even had a few people message me saying “maybe they are real contractions!”
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We got home from our walk around 11am and I started getting lunch ready for Grayson. As I sat with him while he ate, I started thinking that these supposed ‘Braxton Hicks’ contractions were feeling different than normal.
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My mom happened to stop by for lunch at 11:30am and I began to tell her that I thought I was having Braxton Hicks, but was beginning to wonder if they could be real contractions as they felt different than normal, and I could feel them in my lower stomach and also into my back. They weren’t really painful at this point, just more uncomfortable and they definitely had my attention.  My mom said she would hang around for a little while and see how things progressed.
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I texted Darren just to give him a heads up of what was going on. I told him he didn’t need to leave work, but just so he was in the loop.  Dr. Darren ( 😉 ) told me I should start timing the contractions to see how long they were lasting, and how far apart they were.
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At this point they were getting a bit more painful, but nothing excruciating.  I began to time them and they were only 2.5-3 minutes apart and lasting for approximately 45 seconds.
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Leave it to me to not have my hospital bag completely packed yet, (oops) so here I was between contractions throwing some last minute items into a bag.
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My mom helped me get Grayson down for a nap and continued to help me pack.  I decided to take a quick shower and lay down just so I could keep timing the contractions.
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By around 1:30pm the contractions were 1.5-2 minutes apart and becoming a lot more painful.
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I text Darren and told him I thought it was time he left work as we were likely going to have to head to the hopsital shortly since the contractions were so close together.
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At 1:45pm while I was laying on my bed waiting for Darren to get home, my water suddenly broke, and because my water didn’t broke with Grayson, I definitely began to panic a bit.  Thankfully my mom was there to keep me calm, and clean up after me lol.
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I knew it was go time, and called Darren telling him my water broke and he needed to hustle home!
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I got myself cleaned up, got our bags to the door and as soon as Darren got home (around 2:20pm) we hopped in the truck and were on our way to the hospital.
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The contractions on the way to the hospital were excruciating.  I remember telling Darren he needed to step on it or this baby was going to come right in the truck!
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We live about 15-20 minutes from the hospital, so we arrived there around 2:45pm.  I had Darren run inside to get me a wheelchair as there was no way I would have been able to walk mid contraction.
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He wheeled me up to the labour and delivery floor and I recall a couple ladies who were waiting there and the nurses must have taken one look at me and kindly told those ladies to have a seat as they’d need to tend to me first.
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They brought me into a room to check how dilated I was.  I immediately said to the nurse that I wanted an epidural as soon as possible.  She began to check how dilated I was and said ‘oh honey, you’re 10 cm dilated, I feel nothing but babies hair, there’s no time for an epidural.’ She also mentioned to the other nurse that there was a presence of meconium (meconium is normally retained in the infant’s bowels until after birth, but sometimes it is expelled into the amniotic fluid prior to birth or during labour and delivery) cited from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meconium
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They told me to hop back on the wheelchair as we needed to get to a delivery room stat.
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They got me onto the bed, and the swarms of doctors and nurses began to enter.
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Within minutes of being on the bed I told them I thought I needed to start pushing.  They told me the next contraction I felt to give a big push.
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My OB had just made it at this point, and there was also an on call  OB in the room as well.
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I began pushing and was told that the babies heart rate was dropping with each push (I found out later this was because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck).  They advised me they would have to do an episiotomy and use the vacuum to get the baby out quickly. (This is the exact same scenario as with Grayson.  Cord wrapped, episiotomy and vacuum).
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I pushed 3 maybe 4 times total and heard the glorious sound of my baby crying.
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Gabriel Sebastian Hart had entered the world with the fullest head of hair at 3:08pm on Tuesday, May 22nd, approximately 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital.
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After everything had calmed down my OB told me I had the episiotomy on one side, and had tore slightly on the other side. As I was stitched up I got to cuddle with my 9lb 2oz baby boy.
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I should also mention that at my 20 week checkup I had tested positive for GBS (Group B streptococcus) which is found in approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women.  What this means however, is someone who is GBS positive will require antibiotics prior to baby being born, just to prevent the baby from getting this infection. Ideally they would like you to receive 2 rounds of the antibiotics 4 hours apart before baby arrives.
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Being that everything happened so quick, I was unable to even receive 1 round of the antibiotics, so we were required to stay in the hospital for minimum 48 hours so that Gabriel could be monitored to make sure he didn’t have the infection.
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Two long days and many family member visits later, we were finally able to take our new bundle of joy home (and be with Grayson again!)
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Gabriel’s birth was different from Grayson’s in so many ways.  Never did I think I would have a natural birth, or that he would come as quick as he did. 
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He was born 10 days before his due date and we have now been a family of 4 for three weeks and we couldn’t love our sweet boy anymore!
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xo