Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes on our new baby girl! We are over the moon excited to be a family of four, and still surprised that we have a girl! As most of you know, I had to have a c-section with Hudson because he was breech. I had my c-section scheduled for my exact due date at 11am….and my water broke on it’s own that day at 4am and I had him at 7am (so it’s safe to say if I had him vaginally he still would have been born on his due date). And Sadie was born on her due date too….so yeah, that has to be some kind of record right? Two babies born on their due dates?
Thankfully my mom and Jon came back and shortly after that and my doctor checked me again and said it was go time! They broke down the bed and got prepped….everything happened so fast. Side note: For the past few weeks my mom and I have been talking about if she should be in the room while I push or not. She doesn’t do patient care any more but has spent the majority of her career as a labor and delivery nurse. So she’s seen it all. When it was time to push I told her I wanted her to stay….and I’m so glad I did. Having her and Jon there to help motivate me really helped and comforted me.
So around 10 am I started pushing. And man, it was hard. My epidural was amazing so I didn’t feel any pain but could feel when contractions were coming….so I think that really helped me push. The big fear for women having a VBAC is that their uterus will rupture during labor. And the main sign of uterine rupture is a drop in baby’s heart rate….I had to stop pushing a few times so they could make sure Sadie’s heartbeat stabilized…..but the whole time I felt safe knowing that my mom, my doctor, my nurse, and my mom’s friend Becky (who is also a nurse) were all watching out for me and my baby. After less than an hour of pushing Sadie Mae was born at 10:57 a.m.! My doctor placed her on my chest right away and told Jon to tell me what it was….when he said “it’s a girl!” I think we were both in shock. Not only did I just push a baby out of my body but it was a girl baby! I am SO glad we waited to find out the gender. It was such a fun and thrilling surprise!
I couldn’t stop staring at her and was just in awe of what happened. Sadie got cleaned up a little bit while on my chest and then immediately started rooting around and wanting to breastfeed. She’s a breastfeeding champ, just like her brother! After an hour or so they weighed and measured her and we were all shocked again that she was 9 lbs 1 oz and 21 inches long. Holy cow! I pushed a 9 pound baby out of my body. Let me say that again. I PUSHED A 9 POUND BABY OUT OF MY BODY. Dang, I still can’t believe it….but I have the second degree tear on my lady parts to prove it.
Of course, everyone wanted to know what her name was….and I said “I don’t know!” Jon pulled out our list of 5 girl names and 7 boy names and we just started crossing some off…..she just looked like a Sadie to me and Jon agreed! Picking her name in that moment was so much easier than narrowing our list down to 5 names!
I am so glad I decided to have a VBAC! My recovery this time around has been so much easier and we were able to go home after just one night in the hospital. I know a lot of you have VBAC questions so I’m planning a post dedicated to my experience with a c-section vs. a VBAC just for you, so stay tuned!