I’m sure every mom feels this way, but Wow! What a fast couple of weeks. I also can’t believe I’m sitting here writing Wyatt’s birth story. WITH a little baby Wyatt laying on dads chest next to me. 😍
I remember Monday the 15th I was so grouchy and emotional. We went on our regular hike up the hill behind our house. My sister took me to go pick up some chicken feed and while we were out she said can I get you some food? A burger, something from the diner, a chili cheese coney??? OMG nothing sounded better than a stupid chili cheese coney from sonic. But guess what we don’t have a sonic in our town 😭 closest one is 1.5 hours away 😭😭 such a cruel cruel thing to ask. The rest of the day I calmed down and it was just a regular day.
Tuesday Oct. 16. Was also just a regular old day. Sawyer and I got up and had breakfast and went on a hike. I had a few things on my “to do before baby comes” list like cleaning out the chicken coop, laundry and some cleaning. After we did that we had lunch and played with dad.
Around 3:30 as Jeff was getting ready for work, I noticed I started loosing my mucus plug. I remember saying “I don’t want to alarm you dear but I’m loosing my mucus plug, it doesn’t always something’s happening right now, but it could also mean I’m going into labor” I know he started stressing the minute I told him that poor guy. I was feeling crampy, but didn’t really feel any contractions. I called my mom ( who was on her way from Virginia) to let her know. And then did some hypnobirthjng practice. Sawyer and I played the rest of the day and around 8pm I started feeling contractions. They weren’t painful but definitely could feel them and they were quite close together. I didn’t start timing them until around 8:30-9, and when I did they were about 20-30 seconds long and coming every 4-6 minutes apart. I had texted my doula, lisa, around 4pm telling her my mucus plug was coming out, and then again around 9 to tell her about my contractions. But didn’t get a response. I wasn’t worried, as the contractions werent that’s painful yet. I took a shower and she finally called freaking out saying she didn’t realize she didn’t have service where she was. Hehe. I told her not to come quite yet as I was still able to manage the contractions but would call when I needed more support. Around 11:30 I called her to come as my contractions seemed to be getting stronger. I was practicing my hypnobirth techniques and I know that it helped.
I labored a little while longer on my bed listening to some hypnobirthing tracks. And when my doula arrived, I decided to get into our tub to labor. I labored there for about an 1 hour. At around 1:30 am my contractions were about 3-4 minutes apart and lasting about 1 minute long, so we decided to head to the hospital. We got to the ER and I don't think that the doctor that triaged me believed I was in labor because I was so calm. The contractions were fairly intense though and I did have to stop and relax. They admitted me and took me to Labor and Delivery, were the same doctor hooked me up to the fetal monitors and said that the L&D nurse Tiffany would be in shortly and would be able to get the tub set up.
I was monitored for about 20ish minutes and Tiffany arrived and placed my IV & antibiotics. I labored on the ball while they were setting up and filling up the tub. My contractions were coming steadily but I was able to keep relaxed and calm with my hypo birthing techniques and Lisa. She kept making me sip water and massaging my head. It was very relaxing. After about an hour the tub was ready and my nurse checked me. I was a 5, I was pretty disappointed to say the least. It had already been about 6 hours since I started active labor and Sawyer had been born by this time. I got in the tub and the water felt so good!
I was in the water for about an hour , and during that time my contractions started to slow down. Around 5:30 I got out and was checked again and I was a 6., but the nurse was hopeful that things would pick up because my bag of waters was bulging. I was pretty disappointed. I wanted to cry! i decided to move around walk around some more. I remember time passing so quickly & yet so slowly. Every time I would ask what time it was 2 or 3 hours had passed. And it felt like my contractions were getting me nowhere. But also really painful. Hypnobirthing really helped me manage the pain, and thus making time appear to go faster.
I labored on the yoga ball and walked around our room. Everything was very calm and Jeff and Lisa even fell asleep for a little while while I labored. I was checked again around 9 am and I was still at a 6. At this point I was pretty discouraged. I remember feeling so discouraged and praying " Please let him be here by 12pm. Please!" Lisa asked if i wanted to try the peanut ball, to help open my hips. i tried it but i did not like it. i stayed on the bed for a while to be monitored and while the tub was being filled back up. at 11 am i got back in the tub and stayed for about 30 minutes. while in the tub, my doctor asked if i wanted to try pitocin. I was progressing, but he thought little buddy and my body needed an extra push ( no pun intended haha). my contractions were filling more intense, and i was having a harder time getting comfortable. I was also so tired, so the prospect that my contractions would get even worse because of the pitocin, was really scary to me. I got out and my nurse checked me. i was a stretchy" 7. which i think meant almost an 8.
After going back and forth in my head, I decided to get the pitocin. At around 12pm ( I was discouraged because he wasn't here still! but a different answer to my prayer was given in the form of pitocin. to really get him here) i was given the pitocin and strangely enough I fell asleep for about 45 minutes. I woke up to a really intense contraction, that I wasn't prepared for. I immediately asked for my hypnobirthing track to get back in the swing of things. My nurse checked me again at 1pm, but all she said was that I made progress... I don't even remember her saying this. This was probably a good thing because I'm sure it would have discouraged me. I'm guessing this is when I started going through transition. I started feeling nauseous and I labored through some pretty tough contractions for about an 45 minutes. My doctor came in and asked if he could break y bag of waters. I said yes.
He broke the bag and I immediately felt this huge, I mean huge gush of fluid. The Doc and the nurses in the room all yelled out "WOW!!!" They kept saying that it was a ton of water and hadn't seen that much before. And to this day I still can't stop laughing at that. hahahaha.
Minutes after my water broke I started feeling like i had to push. He's coming! I knew he would be here soon.This helped with the pain and fear I was feeling. I was able to push on my hands and knees, which was a game changer for me. I was able to push using my birth breathing technique, and really bare down through each contraction. I pushed for about 10 minutes.
After 18 hours of labor Wyatt Michael was born at 2:10pm crying AND with his cord wrapped around his neck and arm. ( We think this is why labor was so long, Wyatt was being held back by the cord and wasn't putting much pressure on my cervix).
My doctor unwrapped him and placed him on my chest. I immediately started crying. I couldn't believe he was here. I fought so hard and so long for him. He was so tiny and perfect. He began nursing almost right away and had a great latch! Jeff was able to cut the cord after the delayed cord clamping. He was an apgar score of 8 and we spent the first 3 or 4 hours skin to skin and cuddling.
Around 6pm, my sister Sierra brought Sawyer in to meet baby brother. More instant tears. Sawyer looked 10 years older and i was so happy to see him. I missed him so much. It was so overwhelming to have both boys together.
Jeff started asking the nurses most immediately when we could go home. haha. Our doctor came in and talked to us, and said we could leave around 8:30 if we really wanted to, but I decided to send Jeff home and stay. My mom got into town around 9:30 that night and came right over to meet Wyatt. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'll never get enough of my family loving on my babies.
The first night was pure bliss. Wyatt and I cuddled together all night. And it felt so good to finally sleep! We met with our doctor the next morning around 8am and were able to leave at 10:30 that morning.
Before i was pregnant with Wyatt, I always said that if my labor were longer than 6 hours (sawyer was born after 6 hours) I would cave and get an epidural. But I didn't cave!! Even though it didn't go to plan, and went way longer than any one was expecting. I was able to have the peaceful unmedicated birth that I wanted.
Clara lives in Utah with her husband Jeff and her two sons. She found her passion for health and fitness shortly before becoming a mama, and now loves to safely train other moms & help them live their happiest, healthiest lives.