His name is Graysen Wolf. Big name for a big guy.
Can't believe it's a boy - had NO idea (obviously... for all the girly things I made - poor guy ).
I had really random contractions all day yesterday - some 40+ min. apart... nothing to pay attention to. Real labor started last night at 10:30 and I swear I went into almost instantaneous transition (started with a 4 min. long contraction). Owie. The contractions were totally overwhelming when I would have them and they were realllllly close together (I think maybe 1.5 min. apart? lasting about 45 seconds and getting longer). Within 45 min. we called our doula and a bit later called the woman who was going to be our emergent back-up (to give her a heads up). Our doula made it here for 10 min. of it total and our midwife friend showed up 45 min. after he was here.
My husband was A.W.E.S.O.M.E - oh my gosh. I could NOT have done it without him... he was a rock... my solid place. Wow! He held it together and was incredible... I could not love him more. He just held me when I needed to lean onto his arms and supported me when I was squatting in the tub - he was encouraging and strong... awesome.
So after posting here I had 3 (count them... 3) contractions upstairs before feeling like I was not going to be able to handle it anymore... NOTHING was helping - owie is all I can say. It was bringing me to my knees (literally). I made it downstairs and had one more in our bedroom outside the tub, got in, had one more and with the next contraction started pushing. I truly thought that could NOT be happening - too fast to be 10 already!!
I pushed through 2 more contractions and both DH and I could feel the bag of water and head just inside... next contraction my water broke and his head came out. Probably 2 min. passed and I could feel him rotate and then my next contraction came and his body came out and I brought him up to the air - absolutely shocked. I could not believe all this happened so fast! It was 11:56pm and my DH won our bet on what day our baby would be born... by 4 min. Laugh!
Our doula was videotaping probably the last 5 min. of it all but it's the coolest part. I didn't wake my oldest up until the baby was born b/c it was all so intense and he didn't have his support person here so I was afraid that he would be scared with how out of control that I felt and probably looked. He was pretty excited when he got to see the baby though.
So there's the story, in short-ish form... talk about never imagining it happening this way. What an experience.
Mama to 5 amazing little people, and a surrogate mama to another.
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