I Had A Baby • Hannah's Birth Story
it's just gonna be easy coming through it hi I'm
HannahI'm the worlds of chaos mom and if you didn't notice the majority of last year I was pregnant and right before Christmas I had our third son his name is Henry he's the sweetest little thing and his
birthdefinitely taught me that you can plan all you want and things can completely derail anyway so here's my
storyon Friday last Friday the doctor checked to see how dilated I am which is like how far open my cervix has gotten so on Friday I was a 1 which is pretty low not a big deal but then on Wednesday I was a 3 so my doctor told me to stop going into the office um and work from home so I've been doing that but nothing has happened I feel very accomplished that we got a crib and then in his little bins we're gonna play go fish I elected to be induced and first I was over being pregnant I didn't want to go past 40 weeks to Henry's due date was very very close to Christmas I didn't want to take away Christmas from my other kids I wanted to be able to enjoy Christmas with them and be home and not risk being in the hospital on Christmas one day out from
babytime the boys are at a movie with Matt I'm not feeling imminent labor really I was kind of hoping he would come out on his own but it's just not happening I'm gonna be induced tomorrow morning at the hospital we have to get there at 5:00 a.m. I've had some like pre labor indications which worrying at...
really TMI up in here you lose this thing called your mucus plug which is like a lining that protects the
babyfrom infection like I think it kind of seals off your cervix and then another sign that labor is coming is diarrhea never thought I'd be like excited to get diarrhea but I'm not gonna lie I was kind of excited because I was like oh maybe it's happening but it's just not happening I'm really not hungry at all anymore it's like almost 1 o'clock and I still haven't eaten anything and I'm not hungry he's definitely dropped my stomach is like pretty small it looks flatter and I lost weight at my last doctor's appointment which is also a sign that labor is approaching but yet he is not coming I definitely wanted to kind of focus on the kids for that last weekend so we decided to not do phones or electronics so we did some baking we did some you know holiday preparation and stuff so this is my last meal I have been craving these spicy Korean rice cakes and crispy dumplings oh I'm so excited I am having a
babytoday monday came I had to be at the hospital at 5:00 in the morning so it was pitch black outside but I wanted to make sure that I had my hair and makeup done how lucky was I to be induced and actually have the luxury of doing my hair and makeup for labor I'm completely shocked and I'm having this
babyalready it's just very bittersweet not only this is the end of my last pregnancies the last day is family...
for about what time is it okay we're in the car it was a slow start and we have to get there by 5:00 a.m. yeah I was a little late but it's not gonna start without me it's like a wedding you know I was late to my own wedding because it wasn't gonna start without me it's the same thing for Labor you can't start it without me so my pregnancy was very mellow and so I assumed the
birthwould be just as easy and I was wrong I'm headed into the hospital it's happening we're here and then my gown they asked me a lot of questions we have monitors look that's a contraction monitor the
babyheartbeat monitor and we're gonna say goodbye to this bump it's 6:00 in the morning now yes she's like 4 centimeters I feel good how do you feel I'm nervous but yeah I'm really nervous what are you nervous for just because you're gonna be going through so much the most common way to be induced is with an IV drip of what's called pitocin it is synthetic oxytocin which is the chemical that kick-starts labor so I got an IV drip of pitocin and put it in the side of my wrist so I'm getting contractions probably like four minutes apart but they're not very strong and it's just a waiting game it's seven I love and we're just waiting for things Supergrass shopping yeah but they're getting worse it hurts more and they turn the pitocin up say like a four out of ten but deandra's here she's gonna take photos...
why I decided to do my hair and makeup for Labor was because my friend Deandra agreed to come photograph the
birthif you've seen other videos she's popped in a lot of them because she photographs pretty much every milestone for my family and she's our good friend so I was really happy that she was going to be there to help document this there's one coming right now yeah everything just feels really tight that's it sober that was the contraction welcome thanks for joining my TED talk trying to get him to come out I think Matt was genuinely nervous and so he was doing all the things that I was supposed to do to like feel better and calm down with me you don't have to do this you don't like my speech you're still here nothing has changed waiting it hurts more but I have to wait till 2:30 get my water broken boom the contractions are starting to hurt more they're closer together and I keep burping every time it happens my mom has been there for all of my
births she's a person who just kind of knows what to do in any situation she's another mom so like when hits the fan she's the person I call but in true mom fashion what she did was when she found out Deandra was going to be at the
birthas well she brought all the fixings for like a full-blown charcuterie board and set it up in my hospital room and everybody ate in front of me jerks eating in front of me yeah look at these jerks with their delicious sandwiches you're not...
supposed to eat during labor I was very jealous and I ended up doing something I wasn't supposed to do but it truly was the best piece of cake I've ever eaten in my life hey there's mine coming so as the day progressed I was having consistent contractions and they were moderately painful but I was not dilating at all and it became very clear that this kid was not going anywhere until my water broke she just brought my water this is not something I had ever experienced before and it was very weird basically the doctor has this little hook that she'll stick up there and like hook the bag of water and and rip it open oh there's fluid pouring out every time I move now I've been having more intense contractions and and it hurt I thought that the contractions were painful before she broke my water but I did not know pain until after she broke my water like everything is twisted up inside of your body and like ripped apart at once that and my mom were trying to push pressure points that supposedly help with the pain just for those of you who don't know what an epidural is it's the pain management that hospitals provide during labor my original
birthplan was to get to the hospital get hooked up to the pitocin I was already 3 centimeters dilated so labor should not have taken very long and I wanted to deliver without needing an epidural none of that happened my pain is that like a 50 at this point and I just vividly remember Matt and the nurse...
we're having a conversation about whether or not I should get an epidural I had waited and waited and waited and tried so hard to not ask for one and then I just got hit with this horrible contraction and so mid contraction I'm literally like I'm gonna do yeah really when you're in the thick of labor there are no words to describe that kind of pain it is vomit-inducing pain I'm just tired as I was getting the epidural I realized there was a very good chance that it wasn't going to work because I could feel the
baby's head's descending as I was getting my epidural with each one I kept telling myself this is the last one you're gonna feel Hana it's the last one you're gonna feel your epidural is gonna kick in you're not gonna feel them anymore and then I'd get another one and then I'd be like okay that's the last one we're gonna feel the epidural will kick in and it will work and then I feel another one finally after so many contractions it's dawned on me that I was about to feel everything but luckily my doctor you could hear her little heels clicking down the hall she was like running and hurt he home threw on some scrubs and it was time to push Oh and just like that Henry was here he was healthy and good they placed him on my chest I was crying he started crying they're like wiping them all down and checking him out while he's on my chest and and I'm just looking down at my
and it's like that that's who was in there all this time and it was amazing and that's when my epidural decided to kick in so we stayed in recovery for 24 hours which is the minimum you have to stay to make sure everything's stable with the