I began pushing at about 1am.
The nurse had me pushing 3 times for ten seconds with one breath in between.
Insert CrossFit WOD cliche here - but it truly was!
My midwife asked me if I wanted to have a mirror at the end of the bed to watch, and I said yes.
I'm so glad that 1) I said yes and 2) I had the epidural ... the process of watching Logan be born was absolutely incredible. We could see his blonde head of hair right away!
His head remained in the same position for what seemed like forever. I couldn't really feel the contractions but I could feel the pressure build, and hear his heart rate drop on the monitor - this was my indication to push.
The nurse was amazing [shout out to kelly for calling in to put her with me]
She gave me just the right kind + amount of encouragement. She was on my right holding my leg, and Jordan was on my left. The 2 midwives and the OB were at the end of the table waiting to catch Logan.
After about 45 minutes of pushing, there was a brief period during a contraction where Logan's heart rate dropped dangerously low - "you have to push hard, alli!" my midwife said "or else we'll have to do an episiotomy.....!"
Well, that was enough for me! With one a huge p u s h with everything I had, I felt Logan's head POP through, and with one more push the OB pulled him earth-side. Logan gave two quiet cries to announce his arrival and within seconds he was lying on my chest seemingly so content.
How do you even describe what it's like to meet your baby for the first time?
I still haven't found the words.
All I can remember saying is "hi baby! hi baby!" and Jordan remembers looking at him and saying to me "he's perfect."
Time stood still as Logan lay on my chest.
Jordan cut the cord, and then we waited for the placenta to come.
The OB has theorized that there was something wrong with mine due to his lack of growth over the final 6 weeks of my pregnancy. When it came, I had Jordan take pictures of it [the report showed that nothing was wrong with the placenta, but it was small].
The routine measurements occurred, and within the next 90 minutes they had brought a wheel chair into the room to bring me to our private room where we would stay for the next 36 hours.