A Birth Story: Fischer’s BIRTHday

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A Birth Story: Fischer’s BIRTHday

I want to say I remember my son’s birth day day like it was yesterday. You know, seeing as how it ranks at the top of my “most important days of my life” list. But the truth is, I don’t remember it like it was yesterday. Sure, I remember bits and pieces but sometimes when I recall it my husband has to tell me “no, it didn’t happen QUITE that way.”

With all of the excitement, nerves, oxytocin, and those sleepless nights for months afterwards, certain details have gotten lost. Luckily, my amazing birth doula, Nina – The Baby Chick, took labor notes throughout our journey and so here goes my best attempt at recreating my most favorite day thus far.

How It All Began…

Monday, August 19, 2013 proved to be a typical Houston summer day. Sunny, balmy, a cool 100+ degrees. Perfect for a 40 + 1 pregnancy. I woke up that day with some anxiety over the fact that on Tuesday we were scheduled for an induction discussion with my doctor. She would let me go to 41 weeks, but I wasn’t sure how she felt about letting me go over. The previous week my cervix was still closed tight and baby hadn’t really dropped. And since I had only recently begun to feel Braxton Hicks contractions, I was convinced this pregnancy was far from over.

My maternity leave had already started and my husband had 6 weeks off from his client so we were free to do what we wanted that day. I knew that walking could have a positive effect on progression so we decided to hit the outlet malls by our house. After close to 4 hours of browsing, snacking, and shopping I was utterly pooped. So we headed to the grocery to pick up dinner and then settle in for a long night of restless sleep and acid-reflux.

At the store we used our usual tactic of divide and conquer. I ran into my friend Ellie who was surprised to still see me pregnant and we chatted for a few moments. While chatting, I felt something. I wasn’t sure what I’d felt but I suddenly couldn’t concentrate on what Ellie was saying so I wrapped up the conversation and headed to find Doug.

Sadly, for him, I pried him away from the beer aisle and insisted on getting home. Once there I headed straight for the bathroom and was shocked to find what I can only imagine was my entire plug. Doug was on the other side of the door and as I’m squealing for joy/staring into the toilet, he’s repeating “What is it?!” over and over. I joyfully opened the door and announced proudly that labor had started! And then..nothing.

The Long Wait

That was at 5 pm. And for the next 4 hours there was no progress, no indication that labor had really started. Around 9 pm I started to feel irregular contractions. Nothing big but definitely something and different from Braxton Hicks. I thought, “Okay! This is it!” But by midnight they had stopped and nothing else was happening. I tried to keep positive but I was frustrated and disappointed. We went to bed, exhausted from the day’s emotions and curious about what Tuesday would bring.

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Around 2:15am I woke up to use the restroom. At this point that was hardly out of the ordinary so I didn’t think anything was awry. But as I went to lift (haul) myself back up into the bed, I heard a little pop and felt something trickling down my leg. Hmmm. I turned back into the bathroom and found that the trickle had turned into a steady stream. It took me a while to decide whether I peed myself or if, in fact, my water had broken. I finally came to the conclusion that it was the latter (FINALLY! Another sign!).

I bounded out of the bathroom and reported to my sleepy husband that my water had broken! Doug’s response? “I’ll put on the coffee.” We decided to call my parents at that point because they live four hours away and would need time to close up the house and get on the road. Of course, my mother had been predicting all along that they’d get a call in the middle of the night! After we talked with them Doug asked if he could go back to sleep so I said yes but that I was too excited to do so. Instead, I took a long, hot shower, dried my hair and wrote my thank-you notes from a recent baby shower.

The Real Fun Starts

Somewhere around 5 a.m. my contractions finally started for real. They weren’t in the range of needing to call anyone but they were consistent. By 8 a.m. I had gotten back in bed because the contractions were much stronger and closer together. The only thing that made me feel better was to lie in the fetal position and have Doug rub my back as best he could.

Our doctor appointment was scheduled for 10:30 that morning but by 9:30am the contractions were 3-4 minutes apart and were very strong. So we decided to give them a courtesy call and cancel that appointment. I’ll never forget what Doug said when Diana, the nurse, answered the phone. “I’d like to report that my wife is in labor.” I can still hear Diana laughing out loud on the other end. She told us to go ahead to the hospital so I called Nina, my doula, and told her I’d update her once we were there.

The drive to the hospital was TERRIBLE. Traffic was horrible and the journey there felt like it took forever. My contractions were coming every two minutes and the pressure was INSANE. I could’ve sworn that baby was going to fall out in the car. We turned up the music, I tried to sing, laugh, anything to take my mind off the pain. By 10:30am we were at the hospital.

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I could not believe it when the doctor in triage told me I was 5 cm and could go straight up to labor and delivery. It seemed like everything was progressing precisely according to my plan! We got to the room to find not only my parents (they had decided to forgo sleep and just pack up and head to Houston), but my in-laws AND the most beautiful flowers from one of my best friends waiting for us.

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The beautiful flowers!

Nina arrived shortly after. I changed into my labor gown (I had chosen a short, black, lacy nightgown that made me feel beautiful and empowered), gave my parents and in-laws hugs and kisses and sent them off to the waiting room. Then we got to business. For the next few hours I rotated between positions on the birth-ball, walking the halls, and even a little dancing to Jay Z’s latest album. (Holy Grail featuring Justin Timberlake was my JAM at the moment.)

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Transition Is No Joke

So far, although there was a lot of pressure, I was feeling really good. Until the first cervical check. After reading and researching I wasn’t sure I wanted a cervical exam, but I think I was so anxious for that baby to arrive that I wanted to know how far I had dilated. Well, BIG mistake. The on-call doctor took it upon herself to stretch me (just the teensiest bit, she proclaimed) and I swear her hands were 15 times the size of a normal human being. OUCH. Pretty quickly after I started feeling sick and the contractions were much more painful. I decided that was it, no more checks.

Around 5 p.m. Doug and I went for a walk around the halls. Contractions were very intense at this point and I could barely make it one lap.

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I surprised myself because I had still not started questioning the sanity of my “no interventions” decision! Nina suggested using the bathtub to relax, as I was definitely in transition, but the nurse was really skittish. Instead we put the birth ball in the shower and I sat on it as the hot water pounded my back. I swear, they couldn’t get it hot enough. I can’t remember exactly how long I was in the shower but I do know they had to force me out.

Time to Push

My doctor had arrived from her practice upstairs, having seen all her patients, and she stayed in the room until I was ready to go. (This is very unusual.  Most doctors don’t come into your room until you start pushing.) Back I went in the fetal position, I knew I was ready to push. However, I was so scared that she’d check and find that I wasn’t at 10 cm so I refused to let her. In making that decision I probably prolonged my labor by about an hour or so.

I remember whimpering to Doug and almost crushing his hand while one, single tear dropped from my eye. (He likes to tell the story of the single tear I shed all day.) I could tell from his eyes that he was in agony over seeing me like that. I silently chanted to myself “This is temporary. The pain is temporary.” over and over.

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Crushing Doug’s hand and clawing at the bed.

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Finally, Nina convinced me to let the doctor check me and wouldn’t you know it..I was 10 cm! Everything happened so quickly then, almost like they’d known much longer than I did that little man was ready to make his debut.

Positions. Doc suggested we try the throne position first but after a couple pushes it just didn’t feel natural to me. I was frustrated and so Nina suggested the squat bar. I got excited (yep, excited) and wanted to try. So, they set it up and after a few bites on the bar the nurse got me a towel to sink my teeth into.

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I felt much more productive in the squatting position (mentally I thanked my trainer and yoga instructor for insisting on the awful wall-sits and squats they had me doing for months in preparation) and pushing actually felt really GOOD. Then, we switched up the music to Pretty Lights. Lyrics were pissing me off (yes, I realize this is slightly irrational) but I wanted a good beat.

The Main Event

I remember being confused about my contractions because I wasn’t really getting a good break between them. Nina explained that I was basically having coupling contractions, which meant one wasn’t ending before the next one began and little man was descending quickly. I pushed for 45 minutes, at one point stopping completely because I just needed a friggin break! Then I finally felt Fischer’s head, shoulders, feet, SHOOT out. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the sensation of his shoulders pushing out. Once he was out I fell back against the bed and he was on my chest in a matter of seconds. Fischer was born 8/20/13 at 8:15 pm, 7 lbs. 11 oz., 20 ¾ in. with a FULL head of red hair.

My first words to my newborn son? “Oh my Gosh. You’re so f*cking cute”.

My Favorite Memories

  1. Insisting on peanut M&M’s as I approached transition. Doug had to scramble to find some and then fed them to me as I was pushing.DSC_0096
  2. Med students poking their heads in while I was in transition. I guess when I got to the hospital I agreed that students could come in and observe. (Probably the teacher in me thinking it was a great learning experience for them.) I’ve been told I used profanity when one of them attempted to introduce herself. I plead the fifth.
  3. The excitement in Doug’s face and voice when he saw Fischer’s head (even though he had sworn he wasn’t going to look).
  4. And my most, most favorite: the tears streaming down Doug’s face when he looked at Fischer in my arms for the first time. (Well, I don’t quite remember this one, but we have the pictures to prove it.)DSC_0169

The Afterglow

In reflection of that day, I can say I was one of the lucky ones. I had a textbook perfect labor and delivery. Or, at least, I had MY textbook perfect labor and delivery. Will I do things differently next time? Probably. I was well-prepared physically and mentally for a natural birth, but I’ll probably practice more breathing and relaxation techniques next time. I’ve also heard of some friends using Frankincense to soothe and minimize the stinging “ring of fire.” We’ll see when that time comes.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the day I met my son. Would love to hear some of your stories!

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About the Author /

Lanie is a wife, mother to her two boys, and has a huge passion for maternal health, nutrition, and fitness.

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📷: @momtransparenting⁠
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Whatever you gotta do to get in some self care, ma Whatever you gotta do to get in some self care, mama. 💁‍♀️😂⁠
(quote via @fruitsofmotherhood)⁠
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But in 2020 🤔🤔🤔😂😂😂😂⁠ jk
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Having your baby look like their dad is like being Having your baby look like their dad is like being back in school when you did all the work in a group project and they got the higher grade. 😑⁠ Annoying AF.⁠
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Who do your kids look more like?⁠
📷: @misshoneybakes⁠
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When you announcement to the kids that you're expe When you announcement to the kids that you're expecting another little one and one of your children asks where babies come from. 😳 This is when you starting thinking about when and how you need to start talking about the "birds and the bees" with your kids.⁠
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Talking about sex with anyone can be weird. But having the sex talk with your kid . . . well, that's a whole new level of weird. Some parents try to avoid having "the talk" for as long as humanly possible. While other parents jump right in at the first hint of their child's curiosity. Some parents find the topic relatively easy to discuss, while others are humiliated just thinking about it. 🙈 No matter where you fall on this wide spectrum, one fact remains: someone has to teach your child about sex. And it should probably be you.⁠
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So where do you start? How do you talk about it? And when? Of course, there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Each parent will broach this subject in they way they feel is best. But if you're like me and need a bit of guidance, here are some tips for teaching your kids about the birds and the bees. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @livvylandblog⁠
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Every boy mom wants to be like WTF . . . For real, Every boy mom wants to be like WTF . . . For real, are they rotating sprinklers or something?⁠
📷: @snarkybreeders⁠
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They are the ultimate weighted blanket. Their litt They are the ultimate weighted blanket. Their little body breathing in and out while lying on your chest is intoxicating. It fills you with so much love and peace. There is truly nothing better. 💕⁠
(quote via @torturedbytoddlers)⁠
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Mindful Eating Tips After Baby - Podcast Episode 2 Mindful Eating Tips After Baby - Podcast Episode 23⁠
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The holidays can be a hectic and stressful time for many (especially moms). And on top of that, this time of year can be loaded with diet talk. 🤦‍♀️ You're not alone if all this talk about weight loss/gain, New Year's diet plans & the justification/shaming of eating XYZ is getting to you! It is to me too. Another time in life when women feel like they should shred some weight . . . after they have a baby. 🤰 While I'm not about women feeling they should change their postpartum bodies--our bodies have done so much for us and our babies and we are beautiful exactly the way we are--I am supportive of women wanting to nurture and take care of their bodies and living more mindfully. ❤️⁠
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I had the chance to chat with @drsusanalbers on our podcast about mindful eating, what it is, and how (and why) new mothers might want to incorporate this practice into their lives. Let's combat the diet culture this time of year and focus more on living and eating mindfully. {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
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So. Many. Pump. Parts. Raise your hand if you agre So. Many. Pump. Parts. Raise your hand if you agree. 🙋‍♀️⁠
📷: @susu.stash⁠
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Motherhood and The Enneagram: Parenting Tips by Ty Motherhood and The Enneagram: Parenting Tips by Type⁠
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Knowing your Enneagram type is a lot of fun and can really bring some insight into how you act and react to other types and situations. The Enneagram differs from other personality typing systems because it encourages growth and identifies healthy and unhealthy behaviors within each of the nine types. Learning about yourself in this way is also a really great way to grow (or perhaps change for the better) as a parent. And we all could use good growth and change, right?⁠
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If you know your Enneagram type, we're sharing the parenting advice you probably need to hear. ❤️ {Click on 🔗 to continue reading!}⁠
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My rendition of Goodnight Moon. 😂⁠ 📷: unkn My rendition of Goodnight Moon. 😂⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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It's like he turns into the Hulk when I change his It's like he turns into the Hulk when I change his diaper. 🤦‍♀️⁠
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It's not just the toddlers who hate pants. 🙋‍ It's not just the toddlers who hate pants. 🙋‍♀️🤣⁠
📷: @humanitarianmom⁠
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Thank God they’re cute. 😂😂 📷: unknown . Thank God they’re cute. 😂😂
📷: unknown
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Finish this caption: THE FACE YOU MAKE WHEN . . . Finish this caption:
THE FACE YOU MAKE WHEN . . .
📷: @makelleahlin.and.thelostboys
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Say it louder for the people in the back! 🗣️⁠
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Every baby is different and so is every family. As long as we are meeting our babies' needs, trying our best and giving them our love, that is all that we can do. Only you know your family's circumstances and your baby's individual needs. Listen to your intuition and parent the way you feel is right for your family. No explantations needed. ❤️⁠
📷: @momsgotink⁠
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This year (and moving forward) let's make it a poi This year (and moving forward) let's make it a point to surround ourselves with positive relationships and pledge to keep toxic people out of our lives⁠. 🙅‍♀️ It's good to have the heart to forgive others (we all make mistakes) but also have the backbone to recognize when something is unhealthy and is continuously hurting you. Remember, we become who we surround ourselves with. Let's be surrounded by love. ❤️⁠
(quote via @universe.inside.you)
5 Tips to Get Better Sleep This Year 💤⁠ .⁠ 5 Tips to Get Better Sleep This Year 💤⁠
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The gifts have been opened, the sparklers have faded, and the holidays have officially come to an end. While this time of year can feel pretty depressing for many of us, I love turning the page onto a new calendar year. It’s a great opportunity to reflect – both personally and professionally – on the last year and set new goals and intentions for the year ahead. One thing I know for sure is that no matter what your goals are for the new year, getting better sleep is going to help you crush them.⁠
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Have plans to learn a new skill?⁠
Sleeping better can help.⁠
Want to be more patient with your kids?⁠
Good sleep is key.⁠
Focused on getting in better shape?⁠
Sleeping enough is critical.⁠
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If you spent last year exhausted because your baby or toddler was having trouble sleeping, the first thing I want you to know is you are not alone. Studies show that 75% of parents want to change something about their child's sleep. The good news is, there are some quick and easy things you can do TONIGHT to help improve your bedtime situation and get everyone sleeping all night long.⁠ 🙌😴 {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
Written by @ohbabyconsulting⁠
📷: @dusktildawnphotography_⁠
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My house feels naked . . . is it weird that I don' My house feels naked . . . is it weird that I don't miss the holidays but I do miss the decor?⁠
📷: @howtobeadad
Did I even know what tired really was before I had Did I even know what tired really was before I had kids??? The need for caffeine is on a whole other level. ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️
📷: @beingthismama .
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Why I Changed My Mind About Attachment Parenting 🤔⁠
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We started with the best intentions . . .⁠
I started my parenting journey adamant that I would follow the tenants of the attachment parenting theory. It sounded ideal and wonderful. And for a very, very long time after having our first child, my husband and I tried our darndest to follow the model of attachment parenting. What we found, though, was that we were frustrated, unhappy, and felt like complete failures.⁠
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After a while, we had a “come to Jesus” moment about some of the ways we felt we needed to do things differently. And we agreed that attachment parenting was something we did not agree with anymore. So we took a step back and re-evaluated. Using common sense and good judgment, and forged our own way of parenting. It was the best thing we did for ourselves.⁠
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While I won’t tell you that attachment parenting is “bad” or “wrong” (because it’s not), I will tell you that it may not be the best fit for your family. And that’s okay. These are the reasons why I changed my mind about attachment parenting and I am not sorry that I decided to veer away from that particular parenting model. {Click link in bio to read more}⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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