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Real Parents: Delivery


So we went into the hospital with an induction.

We went into the hospital and they broke my water. And it threw me into labor.

In the delivery room there was my mother, my mother-in-law, my husband.

I don’t think he was really prepared for how the labor was going to go. But he did really good, too. He just helped me and kind of just did what I needed him to do.

The only thing that was hard, I think, on him was it was really tough on him to see me in pain, and to not be able to do anything to fix it. I think that’s just a hard thing for guys to do.

During my labor, I walked around the hospital and I was fine in the beginning. And I could feel the contractions and they were really hard.

So I knew that during labor that the two things I had to get through were the IV and the epidural because I knew I would probably have a better experience.

When they asked me if I needed an epidural, if I was ready to have my epidural, I wasn’t quite sure. And I thought, “Maybe I can wait it out.” But I’ve heard that if you wait too long, then you may not be able to have an epidural, and I didn’t want to take the chance.

There was someone down the hall not having an epidural, screaming her head off. So that was helpful in my decision, as well.

It was such a wonderful experience to have an epidural and to be able to relax and enjoy the birthing process.

So I went ahead and had it then. And it was very relaxed from there.

The epidural, it was nothing compared to the contractions.

The nursing staff was amazing. They made sure that they took care of my pain, that I was well hydrated and that I was comfortable.

When it came to the pushing part, my mom had one leg and my husband had the other leg. And the nurse was down there, telling me when to push and when to stop.

Asher’s head kept coming out and then it would go back in with every push that I would do. Since he was face up it just took a lot longer.

I had a mirror … just sort of looked at for a while. Then I wasn’t real excited about looking at it.

He would just tell me, “He’s almost here! He’s almost here!” And then two seconds later, his head would go back in.

The best part of the delivery was knowing that she was out and she was finally here.

Oh, my gosh. He’s here. I can’t believe he’s here.

I remember my mom being on this side of me, crying and just, you know, shouting, “You did it! You did it!”

Just incredible to know that I actually did it. I didn’t think I could.

First time I saw my daughter, it was probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.

I just couldn’t believe that he was here and that he was out. And Josh was so happy and he was crying.

He had tears in his eyes and it was a really, really emotional and wonderful time.

He just went over and watched them clean him off, and heard him cry.

She screamed her head off and let us know she was there, which I don’t think she’s stopped screaming, and she’s four.

We didn’t know what gender she was. We’d elected to have a surprise. And so when she came out, everyone was expecting him to announce the gender. And he was so just overwhelmed with emotion and just excited to see the baby that he completely forgot to tell everyone in the room.

I just looked over at him and he had him cradled in his arms, and just staring at him … just this little, beautiful baby.

He was in love with his little girl.

But then he got to hold her and she quieted down, which was super cute. And, you know, the tears start.

I could see Adam and he had tears in his eyes as well. And I was just too overwhelmed by the whole thing and just ready to hold the baby. And watching them be so affected by it I realized just what a powerful thing it was to have everybody there.

And they brought her over to show me. And I remember it was kind of, not strange … when I first saw her I was, maybe it was the IV, maybe it was something they gave me in the IV. But I remember seeing her and going, “Oh. Hi.” You know, just like you’re meeting a person for the first time.

He had a cone head. And so I was a little bit nervous when I first saw his cone head, but just hearing him cry and seeing that this human just came out of my body. It was just amazing. I mean he was just so, so beautiful … cone head and everything.

I didn’t have any expectations of what she should look like. Or I didn’t know if she would have a full head of dark brown hair … and, yeah it was kind of cool. It was amazing at that point to think, “Wow! We have to take care of this baby now.” So that was fun.