Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ryder’s birth story

I can’t believe Ryder is two weeks old today. Already his birth feels like a distant memory…
June 5 was his due date, and right up until that date I still wasn’t ready for him to arrive mentally. My doula was out of town the preceding weekend, so I didn’t want him coming then. Yet when his due date came and passed, I found myself increasingly ready for him to come. I had Jacob try acupressure points on my feet and legs but nothing happened. By June 7 I began telling the baby, “It’s time for you to come. I’m ready for you.” I was unusually tired that day and took two naps. That evening I started getting discouraged, like he would never come. I was tearful and moody. I did some Kinect dance to try and shake him out. I had Jacob rub my feet again. I watched “The Breakfast Club” on Netflix.  It was around 4 am on June 8 at that point when I felt my first contraction. I didn’t know it was a contraction but I thought it might be. It felt like a backache. I called Jacob over and told him I thought I might have had a contraction. 10 minutes later, it came again. I would go on to have contractions 10 minutes apart until about nine o’clock that evening.
The contractions weren’t much different than period cramps and then got steadily stronger. I had Jacob fill a sock with rice and microwave it frequently as a little heating pad. I stayed in bed all day and when the contraction came, I blew raspberries to stay relaxed or I sang. I sang so many songs that day I can’t remember all of them. I sang “You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains,” by Josh Groban quite a bit. I sang some James Taylor and potentially some Simon and Garfunkel, but what really felt satisfying was to belt out “Porgi amor” from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. I only remembered after several renditions the translation of the Italian:
Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro,         O Love, give me some remedy
Al mio duolo, a'miei sospir!          For my sorrow, for my sighs!
O mi rendi il mio tesoro,             Either give me back my darling
O mi lascia almen morir.              Or at least let me die.

Here is Maria Callas, who frequented Bellas Artes herein Mexico city, performing it.

I suppose it was appropriate for laboring though I doubt that crossed Mozart’s mind.

Hot showers felt excellent. I was actually able to sleep much of the day. I would wake, sing through the contraction, and go to sleep again.

Jacob was very supportive through it all. He lost his phone the night I went into labor. Fortunately, he had all his phone numbers backed up including the doula’s and my doctor’s. He also bought $2000 worth of technology while I was laboring. LOL.  He told me I could call him an a**wipe during labor as my friend called her husband and he wouldn’t get mad at me. He gave me massages and shook my apples (ask me if you want to know what that does) and told me I was doing great. He made me my favorite avocado and mango milkshake Ethiopian style. Like this but blended: 51712Make_your_own_Ethiopian_Spris_Drink The contractions started taking all of my concentration around nine pm, and they were about 3-5 minutes apart. I called my doctor who suggested we wait an hour and then call again. I lost my mucus plug which was scary and exciting at the same time because I knew it was getting closer. I laid down. My contractions slowed. I knew to get them going again I needed to get up. I did, but they were so painful I started crying and wondered if I could keep this up. I hit three points of discouragement during labor, and each time it was when change was just around the corner. That happens in life a lot, doesn’t it? I told Jacob I was ready to go to the hospital. We gathered our bags, Jacob called a taxi, and I told my doctor and Glenda we were on our way.

To be continued… 


Adespain said...

Ohhh man! Back labor! I get it everytime. So not fun. Way to work through it! I'm excited for part 2! And great job Jacob, although I think we all knew you'd be supportive and great!

Jordon&Andrea said...

Also, I was thinking that it was probably the nicest sounding labor people have ever heard. I'm not a screamer myself, but I'm sure you were much easier on the ears than others!

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