William’s Birth Story – Before

Almost four months later isn’t too bad for finally sharing William’s birth story, is it?  Better late than never.  Life’s been busy lately in the best possible way. I’m happy to have the opportunity to share.  Just thinking back to my experience makes me smile.  As you know, birth stories can be quite long, so I’ve decided to split mine up in three parts: William’s Birth Story – Before – During – After.  All marvelous.

Let me just say, the timing of things is SO funny.  Everything happens for a reason at the right time.  As a reminder, William’s due date was supposed to be April 30, 2014.  But, that obviously didn’t happen.  Here’s the beginning of William’s birth story:

william's birth story

  • Sunday, April 6, 2014 – My baby shower and, later, the urban maternity photoshoot.
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – My 37 week doctor appointment where she told me I’d have to decide the following week if I wanted to be induced at 38 or 39 weeks because he was measuring so small (the sixth percentile to be exact).
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – After school, my mom spent four hours with me going through my baby shower gifts since my little baby was going to come earlier than expected, and we had to get the baby room ready!  My wonderful mother took home several laundry baskets full of clothes, sheets, and towels since I still had two more days of work.  My time was limited to say the least.  That night as I looked into a mirror baring my belly, I told my mom my belly felt heavy. Never before had I felt that way throughout my pregnancy.  She told me I definitely looked like the baby had dropped.  Well….

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – I woke up at 3:30 in the morning to go to the bathroom.  Except, errrr….. it wasn’t just to pee as it typically had been.  Several times after that, I was in the bathroom.  Definitely odd.  At one point, Jonny woke up and asked me if I was ok because I was on all fours in the bed.  I told him, “Yes, itz just comfortable.”  I’d had a hard time getting comfortable and found myself on my hands and knees, so my belly could hang.  I honestly thought nothing of it.  Perhaps they were just some pregnancy pains, something I hadn’t experienced before.  A couple hours went by and I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I decided to get up.

6:00 am – I texted my sister Stephanie, “Are you up?”  She replied that she was, so immediately, I called her.

  • Stephanie: Yeeeessss? [very groggy]
  • Linz: I feel like I have cramps and I keep on pooping!
  • Stephanie: WHAT?! ARE YOU IN LABOR? [fully awake] You better not be in labor!  We still haven’t done maternity pictures in Innsbrook!
  • Linz: No, I’m not in labor! I just feel really weird!
  • Stephanie: You’re probably having contractions.  Are you going to go to school?
  • Linz: I have to.  My long-term substitute is coming to shadow me today and tomorrow for transition.
  • Stephanie: I think you’re in labor.
  • Linz: No way.  They’re probably just the practice ones.  But I’m not sure if I can go to school if I feel like this. [e-mails my principal, “I feel really weird and am possibly having contractions. I’m sure it’s nothing, but if this continues I won’t be able to come in today. I’ll email you again in an hour and let you know.”]  I have to go to school today.  I didn’t even bring my computer home.  I have so much to do!  Let me see how I feel in an hour.

7:00 am – Another phone call to my sister.

  • Stephanie: Well?
  • Linz: Itz hurting worse.
  • Stephanie: What?! You’re totally in labor!
  • Linz: I don’t think so, but I just texted my principal because there’s no way I can go to school feeling like this.
  • Stephanie: Have you called Mom and Dad?
  • Linz: No. I still don’t really know what’s going on.
  • Stephanie: You’re in labor.
  • Linz: Why do I keep pooping then?
  • Stephanie: Your body is clearing itself out, getting ready to push out a baby.  Better now than during birth…
  • Linz: This is so weird.
  • Stephanie: Go take a shower, do your hair, and put makeup on.
  • Linz: WHAT?!
  • Stephanie: Do it.  If you are going into labor, you’ll want to do it now before it gets any worse.  Plus, it’ll help take your mind off things.  Trust me.  You’ll thank me later.  Go shower.  Bye.

I do end up taking a shower, doing my hair, and putting my makeup on.  I also texted my co-worker/friend to come pick up the tie-dye that my class was set to do that day.  She came over to see me in my bathrobe with a full face of makeup on.  I kept telling her, “I don’t know what’s going on.”  Later, she said I looked scared.

Funny enough, Jonny was scheduled to go into work at two o’clock in the afternoon instead of his usual early time.  He kept asking me, “Should I call in?”  And I kept telling him no, surely I wasn’t in labor, let’s just see what happens.

8:30 am – I decide to call my parents.  They ask me if I’ve timed my contractions and I still believe I’m not having contractions even though they’re starting to become more and more uncomfortable.  They advised me to call my doctor to make myself feel better and just to let her know what was going on.

When I called my doctor, she, too, asked if I’d timed my contractions.  I told her no because I thought you were only supposed to time them when they became unbearable and I was still able to breathe through them.  She gave me three options:

  1. Come to her office and they could hook me up to the baby monitor if I was worried about him and for peace of mind.  I really didn’t want to do that because it was twenty minutes away and sitting in a car did not sound appealing.  Also, if I went out there and it turned out I was in labor, I’d have to turn right back around and head back out in the direction to my house to the hospital.
  2. Go to the hospital and risk being sent right back home.
  3. Wait it out at home until contractions are five minutes apart.  I chose this option.

Much to my surprise, when I timed my contractions, they were THREE AND A HALF MINUTES APART and lasting one minute!  I called Stephanie again.

  • Stephanie: Did you shower?
  • Linz: Yes. [rolls eyes] And I called Mom and Dad.  And my doctor.
  • Stephanie: And?
  • Linz: My doctor gave me three options. [explain what they are]
  • Stephanie: I CANNOT believe you are in labor right now.
  • Linz: Stop saying that, you’re freaking me out.  You were early, too, right?
  • Stephanie: Yeah, but they had to induce me both times.  This is AMAZING that your body is doing it on itz own.
  • Linz: We still don’t really know what’s going on.  But I timed them and they’re three and a half minutes apart.
  • Stephanie: You’re in labor.
  • Linz: I can still breathe through them.
  • Stephanie: You need to be drinking tons of water and eating right now.  You can’t eat once you get to the hospital.  I can’t believe you’re going to have a baby today!
  • Linz: I am drinking water and I already ate a banana.
  • Stephanie: Go eat more.  Call me when something else happens.

Jonny continues to ask me if he should call in to work.  I keep telling him, “Let’s wait it out.”  I did tell him the only thing I felt like eating was a bagel and cream cheese, but of course we had none in our house, so he kindly went out to get me one.  I remember eating it through contractions in our bedroom.  I couldn’t get comfortable.  I didn’t know if I wanted to lay down, sit, or walk around.  Nothing felt good.  I literally took bites through contractions and sometimes had to stop chewing in order to breathe deeply.  For a very split second, I contemplated taking a picture of the bagel on my bed.  Why?  Because I knew I would be sharing my birth story and this bagel and cream cheese would be part of it.  But I didn’t.  I could have cared less about pictures at that moment which is exactly why this entire post is [almost] picture-less.  having a baby > blogging 😉

Jonny and I laughed a lot that morning.  Were we really about to have a baby?!  My contractions continued to be three and a half minutes apart, but I was still breathing through them, so I figured we’d wait it out at home as long as possible.

10:30 am – Finally I said to Jonny, “I think we should go to the hospital.”  I was very uncomfortable and getting more so by the minute.  Jonny packed up the car, and off we went.  I didn’t want to talk in the car.  I closed my eyes, periodically opening them to check where we were during the short ride.

10:45 am – As we walked in to the hospital, I kept expecting someone to offer me a wheelchair.  After all, I [think I] was in labor!  That didn’t happen, so I waddled up to the Labor and Delivery floor.  The ladies at the desk greeted me and asked why I was here.

WATERWORKS!  I burst in to tears and sobbed, “I think I’m having contractions!”  I can look back on it now and laugh, but at that moment, it got so real.  I knew I was going to have a baby that day.  My body felt more different than it ever had, and my contractions were getting so uncomfortable.

… to be continued …

38 thoughts on “William’s Birth Story – Before

  1. I didn’t realize you hadn’t posted the birth story yet, excited to read the whole thing. William is SO adorable — love seeing those Instagram pix 🙂 Love your story too b/c I’m going through the infertility thing. It’s encouraging to see a wonderful result in your baby. Looking forward to reading the rest of the the birth story!

  2. I think I would have done the exact same thing if my kids weren’t induced. I would not have believed I was in labor until the contractions got really bad. Even when I was in labor I didn’t think they were bad! Can’t wait for the rest of the story!

  3. Oh my gosh, Linz! I’m sorry but I couldn’t help at laughing @ bits & pieces of your story. You my friend are a champ. Can’t wait to hear the rest 🙂

    • haha quite alright 🙂 🙂 it was very comical… until things got very real very fast!! lol you just wait, girl!!

  4. I was just thinking about your birth story (thats totally creepy) and trying to remember if you had posted it or not! Thats awesome that your body went into labor on its own. I did not and have no idea if it ever would have to if induction would have been something that worked for me. My doctors adn I decided we were going with a c-section – simply because we did not know how both babies would react to induction – or more importantly, what my daughter’s position would be after my son was born. My practice won’t do breech extractions and I really did not want to have to recover from a vaginal delivery and a c-section and the same time.

  5. So funny we were both thinking birth story today! I love that you weren’t convinced it was really labor. With my first, I had no doubt- but this time I felt the same way. I didn’t trust it until things really started to pick up!

  6. Awe LInz, this is so exciting and happy to read. I was induced with my first and then I was at the hospital for a check up with Scarlet when my doctor said, oh just go upstairs for a little bit to be safe. Sure enough she came 36 hours later and 4 weeks early. Fingers crossed I get to experience the surprise of contractions at home with this one. I think that would be so excited. Plus I only live .01 miles away from the hospital.

  7. I’m pretty sure if I get pregnant again and got brought childbirth naturally I won’t believe it either. My water broke after they sent me home (after a failed induction) but I never started contractions on my own, nor did I have BH contractions. Can’t wait to read the rest!

  8. I was early with both kids. With my 1st, my water kinda broke before my contractions started. We went to the hospital to check it out (since I had other issues the week before, just to be safe) and were convinced that we would be sent home. We were planning where we were going to eat dinner since we were in Manhattan blah blah but the doctor came back and said, nope. you’re having the baby. What?! PS Stephanie is hilarious.

  9. I so LOVE birth stories now that I’m a mom (PS that still sounds so weird to me)! Lol. I agree with everyone – your humor is Awesome! And I had to laugh at the “WaterWorks” part and the surprise at not being offered a wheelchair… sounds SO familiar to my own experience. Ha! It got real really fast for me, too! Can’t wait to read the rest! 🙂

  10. The same thing happened to me when we got to the hospital. I was fine and then the nurse asked why were there and I just lost it with tears! Can’t wait to read the rest!

  11. Haha girl, I was the same way! I totally didn’t believe I was in labor and then almost got to the hospital too late — I was 9cm by the time we got there oops. I love how your sister knew from the beginning. Too funny! Cant wait for the next parts!

  12. Oh my! That’s definitely a story you’ll look back on and remember forever! I was induced so I never had the whole labor at home experience. Can’t wait to read the rest!

  13. Ahh! I’m so glad I finally get to hear the details!! All I remember (yes, I’m taking a selfish second here) is being in St. Louis, and telling my mom I was going to take you out for ice cream. And then we texted each other and you were HAVING YOUR BABY! OMG haha

  14. Im excited to read the next part of your story- I was induced at 37 weeks for size reasons for my daughter who was well over 21lbs at her 1 year appointment 🙂 The morning I was headed into the hospital to be induced my body also starting getting ready on it’s own– it’s amazing what happens.

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