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FROM A NEW MOMMY // Rob and I started trying for our baby last July on our one year anniversary but we didn’t get pregnant until October. I found out I was pregnant the day before Halloween. I found out very early on in my pregnancy that I was pregnant – around 4 weeks. My pregnancy was very easy, even though I complained about being pregnant all the time. I didn’t have any morning sickness or any other big struggles, the problem for me was getting heavier and giving up all the daily activities, foods and beverages I was used to. We wanted to find out the sex of our baby and we were surprised to find out we were having a baby boy. My husband, of course, was thrilled, but me, on the other hand, was pretty upset. I wanted a baby girl extremely bad and I truly thought that’s what we were having. I come from a family of girls, so knowing I would be raising a boy seemed like a foreign concept to me. Now that my baby boy is here, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My labor was fairly easy, as well. I prayed many weeks before my actual labor that the Lord would make it go fast and without much pain or complications and He did answer those prayers. I thought my water broke around midnight, July 3rd, but I wasn’t 100% sure. As the night progressed, I noticed I was losing a little more water, which hasn’t happened before, so I knew something was up. I called labor and delivery and they said I should come in to get the liquid tested to make sure it was not my amniotic fluid. We got to the hospital around 11am and the nurses confirmed that the liquid was, in fact, my water breaking. They said I need to get comfortable because I would be staying at the hospital until the baby arrives, which they said, could take up to four days in some cases. I relaxed at the hospital until around 3pm, then had the chance to eat my last meal and walk around, until they would start inducing my labor. At 5pm, they gave me medication to induce my labor and I didn’t start having major contractions until 9pm. My contractions got so bad at that time, which led me to beg for an epidural. The epidural helped with the extreme pain, but I was still able to feel my contractions, which was a surprise. I thought with an epidural it would take all the pain away, but that wasn’t the case with me. At this point, I was 3cm dilated. Around 9pm, my midwife said I probably wouldn’t have the baby until the next day. I tried to rest at this point, but the excitement, anxiety and pain I was feeling, didn’t allow me to sleep. At midnight, the midwife came in for one last check, and to her surprise and mine, I was dilated to the full 10cm. At this point, we had to call our family back to the hospital because I would start pushing in 2 hours or so. They took me to the labor and delivery room and I had to “labor down” for an hour. At 2am I started the pushing process, which lasted about an hour and a half. This process was very tiring and I couldn’t imagine pushing more than I did. Little Jaxon came into the world on July 4th at 3:24am and they immediately placed him on my chest after he was born. My baby laying on my chest was the most amazing experience.
I remember him looking into my eyes and just stating. At that point, I was the happiest I have ever been. Baby Jaxon was 7lb 5oz and 21 inches long. He is in perfect health and he’s everything I could have asked for. He is such a blessing and I know this perfect angel was created by the Lord and a gift I will forever cherish.