I can not believe I’m sitting here writing this amazing story of the birth of our first baby, Corbin Scott Hodges. The day of his birth was hands down the best day of my life! From the beginning, I never wanted a birth plan. I thought having one would set me up for disappointment. I knew that the birthing process requires flexibility and a birth plan was not in my best interest. All that was important to me was a healthy baby.
On January 29th, 2020 around 7pm I was admitted into the hospital for induction at 39 weeks and 4 days. I was induced early because at end of my pregnancy I was on watch for high blood pressure and bedrested. The doctor thought it was go time and baby was ready. Plus, he was trying to prevent preeclampsia.
Once we got settled in our room, I was so anxious and nervous about how the process was going to unfold. When they started the induction process, I was not dilated or effaced. Doctor first order three rounds of a pill called Cervidil every three hours to start softening the cervix. I’m not going to lie it was pretty painful having them put that in. Honestly, I have PTSD because my nurse inserting it had longish nails. GROSS! Y’all it KILLED! After three rounds, I there was no for being dilated or having a soft cervix. We tried to sleep through the night the best we could, but it was hard.
Around 7am on Thursday January 30th my doctor came to check on my progress. Sadly, the Cervidil did not work. The next step was to break my water. This was intimidating, but really not bad. I was surprised this didn’t hurt, it just felt super weird and gross. I remember telling the doctor and nurses that I was sorry for all the water. (crazy I know) I will tell you, Colin did not watch this part. No way could I let him, it’s nasty. It felt like you are peeing your pants uncontrollably. Birth is not glamorous, don’t plan for it to be.
Quickly after my water was broken, we started my IV of pitocin to start contractions and get things moving quicker. Not long after, I started to have major contractions every minute. I bounced on a ball, having my husband push on my back and focused on my breath helped with the pain. After an hour or so of contractions, I still was not dilated enough. Plus, for every contraction Corbin’s heart rate would drop. This was super alarming and dangerous. The nurses notified the doctor and they stopped the pitocin. When the doctor came back in, he told me that Corbin’s heart rate dropping was very high risk and we couldn’t continue with a vaginal birth, meaning this was an emergency c-section.
When I heard C-section, my heart dropped and my whole body began to shake. I was extremely nervous and was not expecting to have an emergency c-section. I remember laying there looking at the charge nurse telling her how scared I was and I was worried to die or my baby to die. All my adrenaline started rushing.
Everything happened so quick and by 10am I was entering the operating room. Since I didn’t get an epidural earlier, the first thing they did was a spinal. The difference between the two is an epidural stays inside you and a spinal doesn’t. Both serve the same purpose, but they tend to do spinals for c-sections if you haven’t had an epidural already. Once I was numb, there was a terrible smell of burning flesh. It was them cutting me open. Honestly, I was on a high that it didn’t bother me. Colin came in the room shortly after. I remember looking at the nurse anesthetist and telling her to tell me all about her life to distract me from the pushing and pulling going on. The conversations I had on the pain meds were a little out there. They probably think I’m crazy!
On January 30th, 2020 at 10:29am our sweet boy was born. He was so beautiful and perfect. I was in love the moment I saw him. I was a little worried at first because he looked like he was crying , but I heard no cry. Quickly, they look him to the table and I started to hear his cry for the first time. I was rushing with so much emotion that it was hard for me to cry, but I felt like I was crying. I know that makes no sense, but it’s true. What an amazing moment. He was a tiny little one at 6 lbs 6 oz. Healthy was all I really cared about.
I will say my doctor was super glad we went forward with the c-section because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his head three times. He said it wouldn’t have been a great outcome if we didn’t. do it. All I can think is GOD IS SO GOOD!
As they were cleaning him up, the doctor was working on pushing out the placenta. During this time, I started to lose a lot of blood. They gave me medicine to help control the bleeding as a safety measure. Thankfully I was fine and that sweet boy was in my arms. This was the best moment ever! They cleaned me up real quick and transported me to the recovery room where we did skin to skin and a few required tests on him. Once my room was ready in the mommy/baby unit we headed that way.
Colin was unbelievable during this whole process. Colin was so encouraging and cheered me on the whole way. Once he was born, he was able to hold him while they stitched me up. He even changed his first poopy diaper. They say that you fall in love with your husband all over again when he becomes a father and that couldn’t be more true. The way he looked at him in those first moments will forever be some of my favorite.
We stayed in the hospital for four days and have been home loving on Corbin for almost a month now – crazy to think it’s already been that long! His birth was truly amazing and I thank God every single day for our little miracle.
Corbin Scott Hodges | January 30, 2020 | 6 pounds 6 ounces | 19 inches
Thank you so much for your love and support as we have welcomed Corbin into the world.
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