Welp, our little bambino decided to make a surprise entrance into this world a few weeks early!
At only 37 weeks, 5 days pregnant we really had no idea he was about to make his entrance when we woke up Tuesday morning. This is how it all went down..
I woke up at 3am Tuesday morning thinking I’d legit peed my pants ha. Everyone’s always taking about how when you’re really pregnant you pee yourself so nothing else even crossed my mind. I changed, went back to bed, then laughed about it with Chappy in the morning. The only issue was that when morning came I was still slightly “peeing” myself every once and a while! (Isn’t pregnancy wonderful???) Again I didn’t even consider anything else besides that I had clearly lost all my dignity and bladder control ha. Bambino had dropped some so I figured the increase in pelvic pressure I also started to feel that morning just had something to do with that as well. So of course, I went to work like normal. Haha oops!
By 10 am I was pretty sure I actually wasn’t peeing myself and that instead I was leaking amniotic fluid and that “pressure” I mentioned earlier was actually coming pretty consistently every 6-8 minutes so I guessed it was probably early labor contractions. I called the doctor and they told me to go into triage at the hospital to get checked out.
At around 11am we got to triage and I was 2 cm dialated. (Which wasn’t a big change from my 36 week appointment.) They weren’t sure whether I was leaking or not so they made me walk around for an hour with a test strip to find out.
By 12 I was having pretty strong and consistent contractions and had increased to 3cms. After some further monitoring they decided to admit me to labor and delivery.
Let me tell you, the contractions were a serious BITCH! I was sure I wouldn’t survive hours of that pain without any medicine but then things basically went from 0-100 within minutes. In the 5+ minutes it took them to transfer me into a room down the hall I went from discomfort to seriously struggling. The new nurse checked me and somehow I had jumped to 8cm in the short time the transfer took. Now is when the panic erupted around me ha. They wanted to get an IV in ASAP and get the team ready but if anyone knows me they’ll tell you touching me when I’m in pain is a big no no. The doctor came by and luckily agreed to just get me comfortable and ready to push without the IV or any bloodwork. I literally ended up filling out all the consent forms and paperwork after he was born because it all happened so fast.
At 2:56 Waylen Tripp Garner finally arrived!
Now I know everyone’s labor and delivery is different but for me the contractions during the “transition phase” were by far the most painful part of the entire process. Pushing the baby out was seriously nothing in comparison. And remember I went all natural because everything went so fast so I felt it ALL and was, no-joke, PLEASANTLY surprised. Now you may also be thinking I might have had a small baby since I was early and that’s why it wasn’t as bad, but nope. He was a whopping 8 pounds 2.5 ounces and according to the doctor had a “head size that would do damage on anyone” (I blame Chappy for this ha) so I think I was just lucky! Unfortunately I did have to get some stitches but again, I’m telling you, the worst part was by far the contractions. The rest really wasn’t bad at all for me in comparison.
The next few days we’re basically a blur but here are some things I do remember.
- The pads they give you to wear are bigger then your baby. Like no joke, 16 x 7 inches I swear
- Mesh panties are a fabulous invention and are pretty sexy too I might add
- The first time you stand up after delivery it will feel like your organs are falling out. Don’t worry though, they’re not!
- The baby’s “black tar” first poop really lives up to its name
- You pretty much won’t sleep for the first 24+ hours. I think I got a total of 4 hours of sleep during my three day, two night stay but don’t worry, I never really felt tired (even if this picture says otherwise ha)
- Dad instincts kick in right away! (I haven’t even changed one diaper yet!!)
- Always get the hummus (This was Chappy’s addition ha — our hospital offered room service for the moms and the hummus was actually delicious)
So that’s pretty much it! Everything went by so quick and now I’m a new mommy! It has already been filled with so much excitement and joy I cannot wait for what’s to come!! Here are a few more pictures from the last few days: