Being pregnant during this pandemic has been a somewhat scary road to navigate. But the morning we welcomed little Hayes into the world was picture perfect.
May 14, 2020
Still over a week until my due date, but Thursday morning I woke up knowing this baby was ready. The contractions had started and I had that nervous/exciting feeling.
I had my sister drive down because she was going to be watching the boys while Ryan and I went to the hospital. She has two kids of her own and it’s a nice distraction for Maverick and Rhett, who I knew would be missing us… especially since they haven’t seen any other humans for three months— #quarantinelife.
We went for a long walk that morning and had a leisurely breakfast. The contractions increased and based off my history (of fast-moving labors) I knew I better get to the hospital quick.
My doctor admitted me right away. Things did not start off smoothly. The nurses were trying to get my IV in but my darn veins kept rolling and blowing. Mannnnn does that hurt when they have to dig around for a vein. Fifth time was the charm. The pitocin started and contractions became strong and regular within minutes.
Apparently I also have a mild curve in my spine which makes getting an epidural even more fun 😳
Honestly the prep before the labor is the worst part for me.
My doctor broke my water, chatted with us for a few minutes (mostly he and my husband talked golf) and then he was off to his other patients. Or so we thought...
The doctor was barely out the door before the nurses were calling him back. Honestly, none of us were sure he’d make it in time. I was ready to push. They still had to garb up and get the doctor in the room. Requests to hold it don’t work at that point. When the baby is ready to come there’s no going back.
Because of the coronavirus, it is full protection from head to toe for the medical staff. Let’s just say I’m not sure how they dressed that quickly.
8 minutes. That’s about how long it was from the time my water broke to the time we welcomed our third son into this world.
The epidural didn’t fully kick in so I have a whole new appreciation for the ladies that do this naturally. We had a slight scare when he got stuck coming out (for what was realistically probably 10 seconds), as a mom it was terrifying and I used every bit of strength I had for that final push.
We went back and forth on names the entire pregnancy but the moment we saw him we knew.
19 1/2 inches long
Ever watched “Coach”? I think it came out the year my husband and I were born and we both loved the show. The name was a last minute add to our list. And I adore the nickname Hayes. It suits his sweet, calming demeanor.
We spent one night in the hospital. The quiet hallways were a bit eerie. However, the no visitor policy also brought an overall peacefulness. We did get a social distancing visit which brought me to tears. Such a weird time right now!
Can’t thank the staff at Penrose St. Francis enough for making this a wonderfully memorable experience.
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