Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Decker's Birth Story

Hard to believe we've had our little Decker boy in our lives for a whole month. Going in to labor I had no idea what to expect, I had talked to a lot of people abut their experiences and I was anxious and excited to see what mine would be like. Its hard to say if it went how I expected but I can honestly say that it was just what I needed

Thursday March10th I had my 39 week check up. At my appointment the week before my cervix was already soft and thin so at this appointment my Doctor, Dr Tyson, swept my membranes- not the most pleasant experience but I was willing to try anything that might get baby here. I left the office not feeling much different but that night I was very crampy and felt like I was up tossing and turning all night. I was worried that every night was going to be like that from then on, little did I know that was the last night sleep before baby would be arriving! Early in the pregnancy my due date was bumped forward a few days but at my appointment Dr Tyson told me that she wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up in the hospital before my current due date March 17.  So with that in my head I felt even more motivated to get this baby out! I had already been walking on the treadmill daily for the last couple weeks and had been drinking raspberry leaf tea- yuck! I decided to take it to the next level though and with advice from Amy went and bought some castor oil and a raspberry booster juice. So Friday around 2 I drank half the bottle of castor oil mixed with the booster juice. I was surprised that the taste and consistency didn’t bother me too much and I was able to get it down no problem. I walked on the treadmill for 10-15 minutes and then decided to try and take a nap. My back had been feeling sore all day and I had been using a heating pad but at this point it was bothering me so much that a nap was impossible. I got up around 5 and was feeling even more crampy. I wasn’t sure if it was just the castor oil upsetting my stomach or if these were real contractions. I think I was hesitant to let myself think that this could actually be it and that baby could be coming a lot sooner then we had thought! As the evening went on the pain was getting worse so I decided to take a shower. I ended up staying in there for an hour and it seemed to help until I got out and realized how much things had progressed. Earlier in the day I had put ribs in the crock pot but the thought of eating them made me sick so Rope ate alone and then brought me an English muffin with jam, which was the only thing that sounded remotely appetizing.  Rope had planned on going to an Elders quorum bowling party but when we realized that this could be it so he decided to stay home.(in other words I panicked at the thought of him leaving me) After texting with our sisters we decided that we better head to the hospital, even if we got sent home then at least I would get checked. It was so surreal as we drove to the hospital and parked the car we were nervous and so excited. By the time we got to the hospital at midnight my contractions were every few minutes. I was able to breath through them fine but the worst part was the pain in my back. With each contraction I would have Rope push as hard as he could on my lower back to try and feel some relief. We were placed in an assessment room right away so I was able to have a bed to lay in which was so nice. We waited in that room for a while and eventually a 4th year med student and a nurse came in to ask me some questions and check how dilated I was. I was so disappointed when they told me that I was 2cm dilated because I knew that meant I would be sent home to wait and progress. They gave me a shot of morphine for the pain (which did nothing but make my leg sore) and told me they would be back to check on me in about 20 minutes. I immediately started praying that I would dilate. For my entire pregnancy getting to the hospital and getting to stay at the hospital was what I had been most nervous and worried about. I had heard stories of being sent away and then almost not making it back in time to have the baby at the hospital and I did not want that! Especially with this being my first I was scared of not knowing when to go back to the hospital and so the idea of going home at this point terrified me. While we waited I even went as far as thinking positive thoughts about my cervix opening ;) What was supposed to be a 20 minute wait turned into closer to an hour, but I was grateful for every extra minute if it meant I could possibly get to stay. Finally the nurse came in to check on us and I asked to be checked again before we were sent home. She checked me and we were thrilled to find out that I was now dilated to 4cm and this meant that we would be admitted. So at 2:30 I changed into a hospital gown and it started setting in that we would not be leaving the hospital without our baby. We decided to take a walk down the hallway but didn’t make it very far because my contractions were much worse. Rope bought me a Caramilk bar but I could hardly eat a square of it, food just didn’t taste good. By 4 o’clock the contractions were getting so bad they had me in tears. We asked the nurse if we could be moved to labor and delivery as soon as there was room so that I could get an epidural. Going into labor I didn’t have an exact birth plan but in this moment I knew I was already so tired from being up all day and now most of the night and so I couldn’t wait to feel some relief from the epidural. At 4:30 we were moved to a labor unit room. Right away they gave me a short acting narcotic because the anesthesiologist was busy and they weren’t sure when she would be able to get to me, this seemed to help a bit as we waited for the anesthesiologist. Finally at 6 o’clock I got the epidural. Going in I had been nervous for the needle but at this point a poke and some burning in my back was much better then the pain from contractions that I had been feeling for the last 12 hours. The anesthesiologist ended up placing the epidural and then taking it out and replacing it in a different position. They told me that in about 10-15 minutes I should feel some relief, but the time passed and I could still feel everything. The anesthesiologist came back in and adjusted the epidural and switched to some stronger medication, she told me that if it wasn’t working in another 10-15 minutes she would take it out and re-do it. I was not looking forward to having it re-done, the epidural itself wasn’t painful to get but sitting perfectly still was getting to be impossible with each contraction. The nurses told me to go use the washroom before she came back to re-do the epidural and it wasn’t until I tried to stand up that I realized it had started to work and I was definitely feeling numb. Over the next few minutes the pain went away until I couldn’t even tell when I was having a contraction- It was amazing! Finally at 7:30 we were able to get some rest since we had both been awake all day and all night. The nurses came and checked on me regularly and had me switch positions in the bed quite often because they were worried about the variability of baby’s heart rate. At 9 o’clock the resident doctor came in and broke my water with what looked like a giant crochet hook, this was very weird since I couldn't feel anything because of the epidural, I actually had to ask Rope if anything was happening. I was now dilated to 6cm. They also attached an internal monitor to baby’s head so that they could get a more accurate reading of the heart rate. At 10:30 our nurse gave me some oxytocin to help keep things progressing. She told us that we would most likely have the baby around suppertime. Since early on in labor Rope had it in his head that he would like the baby to be born by noon for some reason, we told our nurse this and she didn’t think that at the rate I was progressing this would be a possibility. I hadn’t eaten anything all night so when they offered me some grape jello I ate it up and it tasted like the best thing I’d ever had. At 11 o’clock I got out of bed and sat on a birthing ball, at this point I was starting to feel pain in my back again and some pain with each contraction. I was starting to feel some pressure too so our nurse decided to check me since I hadn't been checked since arriving in our labor and delivery room. We were all surprised when she said she could feel and actually see the baby’s head. Rope was also able to see the baby’s head! I couldn’t believe that it was going to be time to start pushing! More nurses came into the room and the resident and attending doctors. They prepped me for labor and then it was time to push. After 4 contractions Decker Michael Smith was born on March 12 just before lunch at 11:59am he weighed 7lbs 4oz and was 20.5inches long. They let Rope announce the gender and we both couldn’t believe it! Our little baby boy was finally here- he had dark hair, which I was surprised to see, tiny chubby fingers and a little sucked in lower lip. He was perfect and he was ours. They laid him on me as soon as he was born and I couldn’t believe the love I felt, it was overwhelming. This was our little boy and I was his mommy. Rope also got to cut the cord and then we both took turns staring at him and falling more and more in love with him. Rope was so great though labor, always making sure I was as comfortable as I could be, even holding up my cup so I could take a drink and applying my lip chap for me. I honestly could not have done it without his support and encouragement. Decker has been such a great baby all the doctors and nurses were so impressed with how calm and content he was- he never cried when he was checked. Breastfeeding for the first time was also an amazing experience Decker latched right on like he’d been doing it all his life and has been a great eater ever since. We have just been in newborn heaven!
I look back on Decker’s birth story and love it; I wouldn’t change any part of it! I feel so blessed that it was perfect for us and it brought us our sweet baby boy!


  1. Cutest baby boy & story;) we all know I love birth & the stories😉😉

  2. love this Brooke! We can't wait to meet Decker!