We are parents!! My dream has come true!! I can not put into words how ecstatic we both are. I think some of the following photos may help 🙂 I know there are a lot of photos in this post, but believe me this is just a small sampling.
Gregg and I knew that this would be the last belly shot before Mac came. Why? Because I had an induction date of Sunday the 13th. Mac had been measuring large and the Dr. was a bit concerned that I may have to do a C-section if we waited to long. Plus having a short torso I was very ready to be able to breath again. SO we scheduled an induction. I was ecstatic!
The plan was to go to Los Robles Hospital on sunday night for a pill that would soften me in preparations for the Pitocin the following morning. Dr. P. wanted me to be well rested for active labor starting Monday morning. Although a few days before that Sunday I was almost sure I was in active labor. I was having a contraction lasting a minute long every 4-6 minutes for almost 4 hours. It was so exciting! But alas, they subsided. It was fun though. 🙂 One thing off the check list got done that night, we packed our overnight bags for the hospital.
So sunday the 13th arrived and we were off to the Hospital to start the process. This was the best trip to the hospital ever!
Once we were settled into our hospital room they gave me Cervidil to soften me. They did warn us that in very rare cases this will send women into active labor, but this was very rare. Well in true Bowcock form we went with the rare. With in 15 minutes I was in active labor. Not just any labor, almost like transition. I was in a hour long contraction with back labor that did not let up all the way. Thankfully I had Gregg by my side to get me though. The great thing was that even though I was in a lot of pain, I was ecstatic that we were going to have the baby sooner than we expected. Sure enough an hour into it my water broke. Here we go!!!
Gregg and I were both very pleased that I had dilated very quickly and was well on my way to having Mac very soon. Every time the nurse would check on my I would have progressed by at least 2 cm. My parents and sister, Christy, has come to visit us at the hospital around the time that my water broke. So after a little while of saying hello and helping me though getting my epidural they went home to sleep. They planed on coming back when I got close to pushing. Well by the time they went home and crawled in bed, I had gone from a 4-5 to an 8. So they got redressed and headed back over. Good thing they did because shortly after their arrival it was time for me to try a practice push. The nurse told me that she wold call Dr. P and wake him up when she saw that things were getting close to the actual delivery. She also said that some fist time moms will have to push for a few hours. So at the next contraction, with Gregg and my Mom at each side I gave it a try. The nurse then said “Ok, I am going to call Dr. P now.” We were thrilled! Baby Mac was going to be here soon!!! Twelve or so contractions later Maccabeus Hudson Bowcock was in my arms. It was surreal.
When the nurse told us Mac’s weight of 6 lb 10oz, I had to have Gregg repeat it to me. We were expecting a very large baby. Instead we got a long and skinny Mac. This was so exciting to me, I love tiny babies, they are just the best.
Poor Dr. P. he had to get up at an ungodly hour to come and help me deliver Mac at 3:15 am. He was so sweet about it, but I think I owe him a nice thank you gift.
This picture is of my baby sister, Critter, and my Mom. What this photo does not show is my sister, Debra, who was able to use FaceTime on our iPads to be apart of the whole delivery. Even though she lives in Africa I was able to have here there for all of the moral support and company that a sister provides. It was a huge blessing.
Grandma and Grandpa Bowcock had planned on being at the Hospital all day Monday so that they would be there for the arrival of Mac, but I guess my body had other plans. We were so excited to see them early Monday morning. Mac was just a few hours old.
Gregg was the most amazing partner to have by my side during the delivery. Even more amazing is how naturally he has taken to being a Daddy. Gregg changed all of his diapers for me the first few days. He looked as if he had been changing diapers for years. I absolutely loved watching Gregg and Mac spend time together, my heart grew a million time larger watching them those first few days. Gregg has also been the most amazing support to me at home. I don’t even have to ask him to do things, it is like he is actually starting to read my mind!!!!!
One of the best parts of my stay at Los Robles were the nurses. They were such a blessing to me. They did such a good job of making me feel like the best mommy in the world. And anything that i needed they were right on it! Kelly, one of my nurses really touched my heart. I was so excited to have her as our nurse in Pediatrics the morning we went home. I