Updated: Oct 10, 2019
Liam is now three years old but I remember the night/morning I had him like yesterday. The night I went into labor, was the night of Aria’s first birthday! We had been to the splash park, ate some cake, been literally everywhere because I LOVE BIRTHDAYS and I love to celebrate. I knew that I was probably going to have the baby that night so I had Stetson take a picture of me being pregnant with both of my babies because that was my vision this pregnancy, something simple yet something motherly powerful.
I kind of thought that this would be my last baby, but you know I’ve always had a feeling that maybe it wasn’t.
So I asked Stetson to get a white sheet, hang it on the door, let’s get the kids and pose.
So while I was posing, I got a super sharp labor pain, and then that is when I knew baby, we didn’t find out if Liam was a boy or a girl, was on its way! We kept posing until we got it just right and then I let the kiddos go to sleep!
Stet and I went to sleep for a bit but then labor starts as it usually does with me, going from the tub, to wait out the contractions and then to the bed to get a bit of rest. I remember being sad because I KNEW I was not going to be able to sleep and I was so tired! We had done so much that day for Aria’s first birthday, but when it’s time for baby to come, baby comes! When I knew it was the real deal I let Stet know to get up and get us ready since we had to travel to what used to be “Birth and Women’s Center” in Dallas, they’ve since closed down.
I had been up all night laboring so when we left to go to the birth center, it was around 6 a.m. and we were in traffic! Labor and traffic was horrible with contractions because I was stuck in a seat! I couldn’t move around, no water to sit in, I just had to take the pain as if I was strapped to a hospital bed and it was THE WORST.
We finally made it and my midwife Anna was there, waiting with a couple of birth assistants. I remember when she checked my cervix she said that I was ready to go but I don’t quite remember how many centimeters my cervix was dilated. Usually when you have consistent, hard contractions and you’re about a 5, I’ve noticed that they usually are like “Ok I think this is it!”.
I tried to have Liam in the water but it was just not working, I didn’t have Aria that way either, although I tried, but I’m not sure if it’s just my brain that doesn’t think I can do it or if it just doesn’t work for me. I was sooooooo tired. I had been up half the night laboring and then here I was in actual labor so when it was time to push, I just didn’t have the stamina. I remember glancing at the clock on the wall, reading 9:00 am, even though my contractions were coming strong and back to back, thinking, “I want to sleep but this baby won’t come out!”
I pushed, and pushed, realized that I wasn’t pushing right because absolutely nothing was happening and my legs were HURTING. I had been pushing for about 30 minutes and then pushed like I had to poop and out came baby! I looked at the clock and it was about 9:30 a.m. I remember Anna said “It’s a boy!” I was happy, but super exhausted. I “knew” that Liam was a boy so I wasn’t too surprised but I was the most relieved that the baby had come out!