Saturday, September 20 (1 day shy of 39 weeks pregnant) began like any normal Saturday: Nolan got up around 7:30 and we ate breakfast together and played in his room and in the family room while Nevin slept in (yes, I am the best wife ever!). When Nevin got up, I went to Wal-Mart to get picture frames for the truck pictures that we were going to hang in Nolan’s big boy bedroom. It was a beautiful day so when I got home, we decided to go to Spring Creek Park. Nolan went on the swings, played on the equipment, and we walked over both of the bridges. We then came home and ate lunch and it was time for nap.
Instead of taking a nap while Nolan was, I decided to find a coming home outfit for a girl and a boy so I could send Mimi the links so she could go buy the outfit once the baby came (good thing I did!). This took longer than expected so with the extra time I had left, I watched some TV and decided against writing 2 days of sub plans just in case I wasn’t in school this week. Nolan ended up sleeping for almost 4 hours, so I would have had plenty of time to nap myself. While watching TV, I started to feel “off”. I became very hot (so hot that I was walking around in underwear and a t-shirt!) and I used the bathroom multiple times. The bad taste in my mouth was very evident as well and I kind of felt like I did at the beginning of my pregnancy. My cervical mucous was also bloody all day. I lost my mucous plug on Thursday, so I assumed the blood was because of that.
When Nolan woke up from his nap, we hung up his truck pictures, his baby monitor, his wooden letters, and his smoke alarm in his new bedroom. After that, we played in the living room and then made our way down to the family room. Nevin was ready for dinner, but I was still feeling “off”, so I told him to pick a place and then I’d find something to eat wherever he picked. He picked Sheetz (one of his favorites) and when I got up off the couch to go to his computer to look at the menu online, my water broke.
I, of course, didn’t fully believe it so I went to the bathroom to pee, but the water still came. Since I had about 12 hours after my water broke when I was pregnant with Nolan, I told Nevin to go and get the food anyways….we needed to eat before a potentially long night in the hospital!
Shortly after Nevin left, I had a pretty strong contraction. A few minutes later, I felt another. I decided that I should probably grab the last minute things for my hospital bag (no worries, my bag was packed since 34 weeks) before it’s too later. Nolan and I went upstairs, but the contractions kept coming stronger and faster and I wasn’t able to focus on packing as much as I would have liked. I decided that it was a good time to start timing the contractions and they were coming every 3 1/2 to 3 minutes. While contracting, the most comfortable position was on all fours. While in this position, Nolan had a poop accident on our bedroom carpet. Luckily Nevin wasn’t gone too long and he took Nolan downstairs to eat while I showered (had to shave my legs!). I agreed to let Nevin call Jana and tell her we’ll be needing her to watch Nolan. Nevin planned to drop Nolan off at Jana’s house as soon as they were done eating and Nolan’s overnight bag was packed.
While in the shower, the contractions were getting worse. It was probably the longest shower I had ever taken because of the stopping and starting due to contractions. I would feel a contraction coming on, stick my head out of the shower curtain, press “start” on my contraction app on my phone, get back in the shower on all fours, and repeat when the next contraction came. At this point, contractions started to come every 2 1/2 to 2 minutes and when I finally got out of the shower (7:47pm), I told Nevin to call Jana back and tell her she needs to come get Nolan because he won’t have time to drop Nolan off. While Nevin called Jana, I called the doctor’s on call service. I told the operator that my contractions were coming every 2-3 minutes and she said she’d have the doctor call me back.
While waiting for the doctor to call back, I tried to get dressed and finish packing my bag as Nevin packed Nolan’s bag. At this point my contractions started to come very minute and I began to feel the urge to push. I asked Nevin if we should wait for the doctor to call back or call 911 because I didn’t think I was going to make it to the hospital. I actually thought about the most appropriate place in our house for an EMT to deliver a baby. Just then, Dr. Patel called me back (7:59pm) and said I needed to come in straight away (I could barely talk to her through my contractions and told her I needed to push). Jana and Tom were stuck in football traffic (of course this was the day the football game started at 4:00pm when all others start at 3:30pm) so we had to bring Nolan with us, as they would meet us at the hospital. By the time we gathered everything and everyone, we pulled out of the driveway around 8:08pm. Side story: While Nevin was strapping Nolan into his car seat, I was on all fours in our front yard working through a contraction. Nevin was surprised to see that when he closed the door and turned around to go to the driver’s seat. While on the drive, I could not sit, so I bent down on the floor of the front seat while holding the baby in with my hand. There were at least 3 separate times on the drive that I held back from pushing. Nevin was narrating the drive (we are approaching a sharp turn, etc.), but I told him (politely!) to stop talking. Nolan was having his usual fun time on the drive by pointing out all of the scenes and yelling “We are, Penn State” when he could see the stadium. At 8:13pm, we arrived at Park Avenue in bumper to bumper traffic. Nevin put down his window and yelled to the Penn State security person that we had to get through to the hospital. At first she didn’t hear him and I pictured myself getting out of the car and getting the job done myself, but then she heard and moved the horses so we could get through.
When we got to the hospital, Nevin thought he could park and the I would walk in, but this baby was coming so I had him drop me off at the door instead. When I walked through the doors, the lady at the front desk asked if I was going to the 4th floor and then asked if I needed a wheelchair. I said yes to both and told her that she may need to hurry because I feel like I have to push. She ran down the hallway and luckily the elevator was right there and we were up on the 4th floor. I never saw her again, but I would have liked to thank her for rushing me up there.
They had a room ready for me because I had called and the one nurse told me to put on a hospital gown. I told her I could not put the gown on because I had to push and the other nurse said that was okay and to take off my shorts and underwear and get in the bed. Jana and Tom were still stuck in football traffic so Nevin had to drop Nolan off at the nurse’s station. Dr. Patel came in shortly after Nevin arrived to check me. I had been asking the nurses for water, but they told me no so I tried Dr. Patel and she told me no as well. She said, “The head is right there, on the next contraction you’re going to push”. The next contraction came so quickly that I wasn’t really prepared so I did kind of a 1/2 push and nothing happened. Dr. Patel told me that with the next contraction I’m going to push out the head, she’ll suck out the stuff, and then I’m going to push again for the body. That’s exactly what happened. Since my labor was so fast, Dr. Patel and the nurses didn’t know that we didn’t know the sex of the baby, so when Spencer was born, no one made a huge announcement that it was a boy. I sat up, looked down and saw Spencer was a boy. At the exact same moment, Nevin and I looked at each other and said “another boy!”. Of course we didn’t have a boy name picked out, so I gave Nevin 3 choices (Spencer, Sawyer, and Preston) and Nevin picked Spencer.
After the doctor stitched me up and the nurse gave me an IV with salt water (yep, I had a completely unmedicated labor), Jana, Tom, and Nolan were allowed in (around 8:45pm). Nolan sat on the bed with me and Nevin handed me Spencer. We took some pictures and then they had to go to get Nolan to bed because it was after 9:00pm (good thing Nolan didn’t wake up from his nap until 4:00pm). Nolan sobbed when he had to say good-bye to me, which made my heart hurt, but hearing that he was fine as soon as they got in the car made me feel so much better.
Side note: In the midst of laboring at home, I forgot my camera on the kitchen table so I don’t have any pictures until the next day when Nevin went home to get it.
At 12:30am, they moved me to room 480. The first time they took Spencer out of my room was at 8:00am on September 21.
I weighed 141 pounds at the time of delivery for a total weight gain of 28 pounds. At my 6 week postpartum appointment, I weighed 117 pounds.
Spencer Edward King – September 20, 2014 – 7 pounds 2 ounces – 22 inches long:
September 21, 2014 – Meeting Spencer
September 21, 2014 – Spencer’s first bath
Spencer didn’t have his first bath until around 2:00pm the day after he was born which is very different from when Nolan had his first bath. Nolan has his within a few hours of being born. The nurses told me they changed their policy that babies don’t get bathed until at least 6 hours after birth because they believe the “stuff” on the baby helps them regulate their own body temperature better. Spencer was looking pretty dirty and his hair was a mess, so I was thankful for the bath!
Nevin got his own bed in the recovery room. The labor and delivery floor was so busy that they did not have a room for me, so I had to go across the hallway to the overflow rooms. We got a brand new room and were actually the first people to stay in it. It was great because it was much bigger than the recovery rooms in labor and delivery and Nevin got his own bed. My only complaint is that my nurses switched often. I don’t know if that is because they were so crowded or because I was on the other side, but it was confusing when nurses changed as often as I changed Spencer’s diaper!
On Sunday, September 21 we decided to had our special meal because we knew we’d be going home the next morning. I had crab stuffed flounder and Nevin had steak. It was delicious and was wonderful to have a delicious meal that someone else made. Actually, all of the food was delicious and I was really looking forward to eating the hospital food.
Monday, September 22, 2014 – Going Home
Early Monday morning Dr. Patel cleared me to go home and a PA from Geisinger cleared Spencer to go home. I was worried that I wasn’t going to get my delicious hospital food breakfast before we left, but they brought it and the eggs were incredible! About an hour later the nurse went over the discharge papers and told me to buzz when we are all ready to go and she’ll come check the car seat and call for a volunteer to wheel us out.
Around 11:00am we left the hospital! I only brought shorts and short sleeves and while I was being wheeled out people walking by told me I was going to be cold because it was in the 50s. Unbeknownst to them I was looking forward to the chilly weather because I was so hot in the hospital!
September 30, 2014 – 2nd Bath at home
Well, it is true what they say. The second child gets the short end of the stick. I took pictures of Nolan’s first everything (first time in the swing, first time in the bouncer, first bath, first time laying on the changing table, etc.). Spencer, not so much. So, here are pictures from his 2nd bath at home!