I started going into labor on the air Part one

Did my title get you?  I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile now, but I just haven’t had the time.  My birth story.  Everyone has one, and some are what they planned, some are nothing like they planned.   I fell into that second category having my baby boy two months early.

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The thing is, I was obsessed about NOT going early.  People kept telling me I looked like I was going to pop, and it really hit home.  I knew I was measuring big, and I truly truly wanted to go around my due date for MANY reasons, in May.  Somehow though, inside my subconscious, I knew I was going to have the baby early, because I was scared of it more then anything.

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In fact, at my 30 week appointment, the gyno thought I was measuring more like 34 weeks, and sent me for an ultra sound.   Everything on the ultra sound looked great.  There were NO signs of preterm labor, and I was measuring above average, but nothing to be scared bout.  So I felt confident that I would keep this baby in until my due date, but a week and a half after that ultra sound, my labor started.

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It was Tuesday night 3/8/16.   I was at work, WDHA, and even joked to my coworker that very day that my water would probably break while I was on the air…..in May.   I had exercised right up to this day, but nothing crazy.  I kept my exercising light to walking/yoga.  I had been feeling a week prior to this day REALLY pregnant.  I told Mike I didn’t know how I was going to make it until May.  I had lower pelvic pain, I could barely walk, and felt a ton of pressure, even though I had a good ultra sound….11139353_10154059113598659_1147634513870073074_n

It was about 8:15pm that Tuesday night I started to feel cramps.  I googled it of course, and just thought my body was doing “something”.  But, when I went to the bathroom, I saw what looked like the start of my period.  I had never seen any blood during my entire pregnancy, so of course I FREAKED.  I called my gyno who gave me two choices.  I could “sit it out and drink fluids”, or come in and get monitored.  I wasn’t playing games, and I made the decision to go to the hospital right away.  This decision little did I know probably saved my baby’s lungs, because I was given two steroid shots at the hospital “incase” I went into preterm labor, for Parker’s lungs.  If I had waited it out, I may not have had time to get those shots.  Parker was off his C-Pap in the NICU on day 2.  I like to think I had something to do with that.

I called my boss, husband, and a part-timer.   My part-timer got to WDHA in 15 minutes, and my husband and I headed to the hospital.

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I got hooked up to the monitoring machines and my cramps (contractions) were really painful.  It was about 9:15pm Tuesday night 3/8/16.  They told me that my cervix was thin, but also closed and way back.  I had “hope”, that I was not going into labor.  They mentioned the word NICU, and told me someone would talk to us, and I thought they were crazy.  I was not having this baby yet.  My childbirth classes were starting that weekend, I had 100 things to do before the baby was born (I still do), my baby shower was two weeks later, this was not happening to me, I thought.  They gave me magnesium to keep the contractions at bay.  Magnesium was AWFUL.  I felt like I had the flu and after being admitted, just stared at the wall, called to the nurse to help me every hour or two, and was scared out of my mind.  My husband was able to fall asleep, but I stared at the wall, all night…..

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The next day was kind of a blur, I had been awake all night and was left on the magnesium until Wednesday really late at night.  They kept me on it, to see if my contractions would subside.  I got my second steroid shot that night and figured I’d be going home Thursday morning.  I had been on magnesium for 24 hours, my contractions were definitely at bay, but my cervix was getting more thinned out……They took me off of the magnesium Wednesday really late at night, and five minutes later, the contractions came back…..They came back with a vengeance actually and were EXTREMELY painful.  I asked for something, anything, to help me get some sleep and deal with the pain, but they couldn’t give it to me because they needed to see if I was truly going into labor.  I was told not to go to the bathroom because I could have a baby on the toilet!!!????12512431_10154067355673659_2317880621992313866_n

At this point, I was starting to dilate, I was 100% effaced, the contractions were every 2-5 minutes, and I was in serious, serious pain.  I hadn’t slept since Monday night, my emotions, my mind, everything was weighing on me.  I was told I was going to have the baby later that day.   It was too late to call anyone, but we did when the day light hit.   I started to surrender, because I had to.  I went into survival mode.  I had come to the hospital two days prior thinking I’d be leaving quickly after, but nope I was still here, and going to have the baby sometime later that day.   I went to the hospital Tuesday 3/8/16, and left Saturday 3/12/16.   Actually, I left for work on Tuesday 3/8/16, and didn’t return until that Saturday….

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To be continued……

Namaste, and Rock on!

  8 Replies to “I started going into labor on the air Part one”

  1. April 1, 2016 at 9:23 am

    We all have our birth stories indeed, but definitely am glad you can share yours with us here. I can’t even imagine what you must have been feeling, but do agree that as moms we just know in our hearts what we need to do for our baby’s survival as is the case with you opting to go to the hospital instead of waiting it. Hugs and thank you again for sharing your story with us here <3

  2. Kurt
    April 1, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I was itching to hear what I knew would be a tale of the century, and I wasn’t disappointed. I realized shortly after you posted the first welcome Parker message that it must have been crazy… But in true Lindsay fashion, you ROCKED IT!

  3. Jessie Timberlake
    April 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I stand by my “song” Love is Lindsay, Lindsay is Love…..

  4. Elena Mastroianni
    April 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Thank you for sharing your amazing story! So glad to hear from other posts that Parker Steven is doing much better. I think his first appointment is going to be with the barber! He appears to have quite a head of hair. This is good, he looks adorable! I hope you have yours baby shower. Much love and happiness for you, your husband, baby, and families, Lindsay. ❤️ P. S. Looking forward to part two of your birth story! 😄

  5. April 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I love birth stories! I know yours was not what you expected or wanted, but I think it still has a happy ending. 🙂

  6. April 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Nana grace told me that she almost had nana on the toilet so maybe that “runs” in the family!
    We are all so proud of you, Mike,
    And Baby Parker!
    And I’m glad he didn’t fall into the toilet!!!

  7. Anthony Lee
    April 2, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your story I was curious how you guys were making out and what went on and all I can say is Mothers intuition its amazing. Well Im glad to hear that all is well and looking forward to hearing part 2 God Bless you mike and parker!

  8. Liv
    April 5, 2016 at 9:15 am

    That’s terrifying – and I’m so sorry it happened that way. But I’m also happy that it ended with a healthy baby and that you’re all moving forward. Hugs.

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