She’s finally here! Brynna Helen Brody surprised us and showed up a whole week early (thank God!), giving us a Thanksgiving we will always remember.
We had actually planned to host Thanksgiving dinner and were pretty sure that everything was going to go as scheduled but Bryn had other plans. My contractions started at 9 p.m. the night before. Now I had been experiencing contractions at least a week leading up to my due date and had actually thought I was in labor. Ha! BOth times Alex and I went to the hospital, we were sent back home. What a letdown especially when you’ve been counting down the days (hours, seconds) until your little one arrived. So when contractions started coming faster and harder on Nov. 21, I brushed them off. Alex finally had to persuade me to go to the hospital. It’s a little embarrassing getting sent home. By the time Alex got me into the car it was close to 1:30a.m. and we were at the hospital by 2 a.m. where I was checked and of course nothing had changed. I wanted to scream, cry, whine, basically throw a mini tantrum cause I was so frustrated. It was so hard to tell false labor from actual labor. The nurse must have sensed my frustration cause she gave us the option of walking around the hallways for an hour to see if I progressed, which we took her up on. Hey, we already there so why not stick around? An hour later we checked back in with the nurse with every intention of heading home and getting some sleep before our guests arrived. But Bryn had other plans. The nurse checked me again and said those words I had dreaming of “Your water broke!” I think I was probably in shock cause what happened after that is a blur. I was checked into a room where a midwife connected me to a bunch of different devices (one that measured my contractions and another to monitor the baby’s heart) and stuck me to an IV. It was really happening. By this time I was extremely excited and nervous. I mean, this is what we had been preparing for. Game on.
I won’t go into all the gory details but will share the gist of Bryn’s delivery. I was in active labor for 14 hours. It sounds long but it really didn’t feel that way. I dilated to a 4.5 by 5 a.m. and was fully diluted by noon or 1 p.m. (wasn’t really keeping track of time at that point.)By that time I had received my epidural and some Pitocin to help speed things along. After pushing for 3 1/2 hours (stubborn little girl), the doctor decided an emergency C-section was needed. I was bummed since I had an image in my head of how it was supposed to go but my amazing husband helped me focus on what really mattered: Brynna. Like it or not that little girl needed to leave my tummy and get into our arms. By 5:53 p.m, Brynna was in Alex’s arms.
Best Thanksgiving ever.
Welcome home Baby Brody!