As promised, I’m going to share my sister’s birth story with all of you (she gave me permission). Since I got to take part in the whole process, I figured I’d post about it on here (for memory’s sake). Here goes!
I get a text message from my sister at 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 13. Unfortunately, I’m a loser and deleted it from my phone by accident, but it basically said that she was in labor and on the way to the hospital. I called her immediately to confirm. She said her bag of water had broken, and she was having steady contractions, very close together. She was only a little over 37 weeks at the time, so none of us were expecting Jackson to arrive so early. Then again, Anna was impatient, too, so it all was eerily similar.
I started running around my house like a mad woman (just like I did the morning I went into labor). I was throwing stuff in a suitcase and hurriedly getting ready. My sister lives an hour away from me, and her hospital was an hour away from that, so I still had 2 hours of driving to do. Since her contractions were timing so close together, I was in panic mode that I wouldn’t be there in time.
Fortunately, Joe was off of work that day, so he stayed home to watch Anna. I drove as quickly as I could without getting arrested and picked my mom up from her house. Then we made the hour long trip to the hospital. It was the longest drive ever!
We finally arrive at the hospital and run like mad women to my sister’s labor room. The hospital was HUGE and terribly confusing, so we spent a good 15 minutes just trying to find her room. By the time we got there, she was in the midst of contraction hell, and I could tell by the look on her face that an Epidural wasn’t far off.
My poor sister never really got a break with the contractions. She had one contraction on top of another. Later we would find out that’s because she was dilating at the speed of light. She basically went from finger-tip dilation to 6 cm within a two hour span. So, yeah, she’s pretty darn strong and awesome to deal with that intense amount of pain before begging for an epidural.
Ahh, sweet relief! She’s finally getting an epidural. Since they didn’t give her fluids when she first got there, she had to wait until an entire saline ringer bag of fluid was drained out. We each sat there watching it with nervous anticipation. I kept thinking to myself – HURRY THE HELL UP!
MUCH better now! Now we can take a family photo – me, Niki, mom
Even after she was given the epidural, she kept progressing very quickly. Each time they would check her, she had dilated at least a centimeter. It was pretty amazing considering this is her first child.
The nurse comes in after a while and tells us that Niki is ready. We all stood around looking at each other completely dumb founded. Didn’t we just get here?! She went into labor around 4:45 that morning, and here it is 11 a.m., and she’s 10 cm and ready to be a mom. Wow!
So, they wheel in the baby incubator cart thing (sorry I don't know the technical name for it), and we all get super excited that we’re about to meet Jackson for the first time!
Then the nurse comes in and starts doing the test pushes with my sister. Jackson had basically dropped to the lowest point at this time, so we didn’t think it was going to take much to get him out. Starting the test pushes. Now it’s time to really push! He’s almost here!
Jackson and his favorite Auntie. First Dr. visit. First diaper change – it’s a family affair. Jackson snuggling with his beautiful mom. The proud parents are finally home. Jackson’s reaction when he sees his new home!
Snug as a bug his first night at home.
So, all in all, it was an incredible and beautiful experience for everyone. I’m so honored that my sister allowed me to take part in such a special event. Words cannot express how amazing it was to see my little nephew take his first breath of air. I love you, Jackson. Welcome to our wonderful (and crazy) lil’ family.
If you’ve made it this far, hang in there a few more seconds. Below are his newborn pictures. He was the perfect little model!