After waiting almost a week after his due date, our Cooper apparently couldn’t wait to get on scene.
I had been working all week. I didn’t see any reason to stay at home. I felt great and didn’t want to waste my vacation time sitting around on the couch watching HGTV and eating chocolate ice cream. I would rather use my vacation time after he arrived. So, I was at work on Wednesday. About 4:15 I started having small contractions – nothing too intense. I told Kirk to finish up at work and be prepared to be gone for the next few days because I didn’t think that we would be coming into work the next day.
We left work about 4:40 and got home about 5:00. By the time we got home, my contractions were getting very intense. They were lasting about 45 seconds and were about 2 minutes apart. Kirk finished packing up our hospital bag and taking it to the car, and I called my OB. She told me to go to the hospital. By the time we got to the hospital, got checked in, and went up to labor and delivery – I was dilated about 7cm. My water broke then. At that point, I couldn’t handle the contractions anymore and needed an epidural so they started prepping me for one. At 6:45, the nurses checked me again, and I was at 9cm. By 7:00, I knew the first epidural wasn’t working, so they got a second one going for me.
By the time my second epidural kicked in, I was 10 cm and ready to push. To gain my strength for pushing, they let me rest about 45 minutes.
At 8:25 I started pushing. So about 4 and a half hours (minus the 45 minutes I rested before pushing) after the time my contractions started, our dear Cooper was born.
Look at that hair!! So much hair!
Stats: born at 8:49 pm on January 16, 2013 – 7 lbs 3.5 oz – 20 inches. Our perfect little guy.
Kirk was an amazing labor coach. He did everything he could to help me keep calm and as comfortable as I could be. And he is already such an awesome dad. Just seeing him hold our son and how much he loves him makes me love him even more.