A little late, but worth the wait (and the 3 months morning sickness, swelling, sleeplessness, labor and delivery), Baby Jax finally arrived into the world on Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 at 2:59pm weighing 6 pounds 13.5 oz and measuring 20 inches long.
After trying almost every trick in the book to “home-induce” labor, I started having mild contractions Sunday morning. By Monday night, we thought it was time and went to UCSF just to be sent home after failing to dilate past 2cm (they don’t admit you until you are 4cm) with some pain and sleeping medicine. The drugs didn’t work and at 2am I was having more intense contractions, but they were still pretty irregular (13 in one hour and the only 7 in the next.) We went back to San Francisco at 5am on Tuesday morning and they were going to send us home AGAIN, but they decided that since my cervix was almost completely effaced (the thinning of the cervix) and I was 4 days overdue and having contractions every 2-5 minutes that they should admit me (THANK GOD!)
I decided to hang out in the labor tub for a while to see if the contractions would normalize. When they didn’t I basically said, lets get this show on the road and was induced around 11:30am. By 12:30pm I had gone from 2.5 cm dilated to 3-4 cm dilated. In those next two hours, I went from 3-4cm to 10cm plus 2 (with my epidural in for less than 45 minutes before the pain came back — I’ve found a new level 10 pain.)
We pushed 3 times (about 10-15 minutes) with Matt being actively involved. He held my feet and actually watched little Jax come out. After he was born, the midwife placed little Jaxon on my chest. He was the most beautiful thing ever! I finally understood why people have more than one baby. 10 minutes ago I was crying and screaming that I couldn’t do it and as soon as he was in my arms I not only had the baby of my dreams but all the pain was instantly gone.
Matt and I could not be happier with the latest addition to our pack. Jaxon is everything we could have ever wanted. Definitely our greatest adventure to date!
Check out the photos here!