Tuesday, March 25, 2014

His birth day {Austin Mitchell}

Tuesday March 11th, 2014 was a special day indeed. For weeks upon weeks I had been wondering what date our second little man would choose as his birthday, and much to my surprise (after Oliver arriving at 39 weeks), my due date passed with still no signs of this little one arriving. Eventually, the wonder & anticipation of his arrival date was taken out of my hands when at 40+4 weeks pregnant I was booked in for an induction due to high blood pressure & urine protein levels. Although I had really hoped to avoid another medically induced labor (my water broke at 39 weeks with Oliver but I was induced after 3 days when labor didn't progress), I felt surprisingly at peace with this decision and ready to get this labor underway. Finally, on Monday March 10th the process of welcoming our little boy into the world began.

Despite having the dreaded pitocin again, Austin's birth was a completely different experience to Oliver's. Yes, it was long once again - 20 hours from start to finish but that's really where the similarities end. This time around, I did it drug free and believe me, I've still been on a high from the birth experience; I felt like superwoman! After my horrific epidural experience with Oliver's arrival, my goal for Austin's birth had always been to do it naturally and so to get through a medically induced birth without any pain relief feels like a HUGE accomplishment.

The specific details of his birth I'm holding onto; I've happily rehashed it with interested friends and family, but it just feels too special to write up publicly, you know? But let me say this, labor can be surprising. I had been having pretty intense, back to back contractions for some time and really didn't know how I could go on. The nurse told me she was going on her dinner break and not to have the baby in the next 30 minutes. I'm thinking no way! I'm only 7cm and it's taken me almost a day to get to this point, this baby is too comfortable in there... And of course, because babies have their own surprising schedule, Austin Mitchell was born a mere 20 minutes later! After what felt like a long process at the beginning, the end came extremely quickly and for that I'm grateful.

I couldn't have done it without my support team though - my Mitch, and our fantastic doula Michelle. Together, they got me through and I really don't know that I would have been able to do it drug free without their support. Recovery has also been much easier this time around. With Oliver, we had a baby in the NICU and I was unable to do anything but lay flat due to spinal headaches for the first week. With Austin, we were home at exactly 24 hours. I was able to get up and walk after the birth, shower myself. Honestly, I didn't and still haven't felt like I just had a baby!

Just like when I met his big brother, I fell in love the second Austin was placed on my chest. Oh, that feeling. That sweet relief that it's over; he's here. It had been a long 9+ months waiting to cuddle this little one and now I never want to put him down.

This mamas heart is overflowing... Austin Mitchell, you are much loved.

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  1. Well done and congratulations! Austin is a cutie! x

  2. so special love the photos Lu! Skype again soon! x

  3. I'm so glad this experience was better for you. I had a spinal headache with the boys, it is the worst! Congrats to you and your family! (Thanks for posting the update.)


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