“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.”
I remember when I was first married and the only thing that mattered to me was trying to have a baby and start my family. I was so young and had no clue really what was really required or that it would not come easily, the lessons were hard to learn but so worth it in the end.
We were married the day after Christmas and we thought for sure we would be pregnant before Valentine’s day, but life has a funny way of laughing at our plans. St. Patricks Day, Father’s Day, even 4th of July passed and we were still not pregnant, I was starting to worry.
As the summer passed and we moved into fall and the holiday season, we were both depressed, and feeling like maybe we were just not going to be able to have a baby on our own and we were thinking about going to the doctor to get some answers.
Christmas came and went and our first anniversary, the baby thing never left our minds, and we were so worried about trying to get pregnant that I did not even realize we were pregnant and due in September of that year.
It was a long hot summer and being almost 9 months pregnant living in the desert was not helping my mood. I had gained a lot of weight yet, the doctor was sure the baby was only about 6 pounds. My mom had two c-sections so I was a bit worried, but I knew that I could do it no matter what.
My husband and I took birthing classes and we thought we were ready for anything, we were not ready at all. I was due 9/10 and on 9/20 I was still pregnant and becoming more and more miserable, saw my doctor on 9/21 and he did a pelvic to make sure the baby was head down and ready to go. It was one of the most painful experiences of my life, little did I know he stripped my membranes and by the time I got home I was bleeding pretty heavy.
I fell into bed that night feeling lousy and pretty hopeless about being pregnant forever, but my husband assured me that we were going to do ok. I woke up on a bright Tuesday morning feeling fantastic! I went to the bathroom and realized I lost all of my mucous plug in one shot, (sidenote gross!!)
Started having contractions and moved slowly into a timetable rhythm before 10 am, I called my husband home from work, and he was in such a hurry he ripped his pants trying to get into the car…we still laugh about that now.
When we showed up to the hospital with our whole family they got me all ready and checked, I was so excited, then I heard those horrible words, “you are dilated to ONE!” I did not think it was possible.
Wednesday morning when I looked at the clock it was 9 am and I was dilated to 3, things were not progressing well and I was now getting worried that this baby we had wanted for so long was in trouble and we were not going to be able to have him safely, I had been in labor for over 24 hours with no end in sight.
As Wednesday turned to Thursday my family was taking turns rubbing my back and keeping me hydrated with ice chips, I had not had any pain relief and I was exhausted, at 3 am I was at a 7 and was finally feeling like I was getting somewhere. The next time I was checked I had moved backward and was now back to a 5. I could take no more, I wanted to see my doctor and I wanted my mommy!
Soon both my doctor and my mom were there and the doctor had checked me asking me not to push, he thought I was causing my cervix to swell by being over excited. I have to say I was working on 48 hours of labor in the hospital with nothing to eat, no pain relief and I was excited, but I knew I was not pushing.
At 6:45 am the nurses came in and told everyone to leave they had to get me ready, I completely freaked out as they did not tell me what I was getting ready for, then suddenly one of the nurses said, “oh you are having a c-section”. Scared to death is the only way I can describe my feelings.
Finally at 7:03 am, by beautiful son was born via C-section and he weighed in at 9 lbs 11 ounces, his head was 36 centimeters, and he was 22 inches long. So much for the little 6 pounder I was expecting. They found that his head was on my cervix but because it was so large it was causing swelling and hence why the doctor thought I was pushing.
I will tell you that he was worth every single minute of it all, from trying to get pregnant all the way to my 48-hour labor with a cesarean, he was healthy and perfect in every single way!
Are you still waiting for your birth story to happen? The Stork is a wonderful new product to help couples conceive in their own homes without a doctor visit.
This simple use at home private device can help your dreams come true. The Stork® OTC is the only conception device that has been cleared by the FDA for use at home and it is made to optimize your chances to get pregnant during the fertile time of your cycle. Two familiar elements: a cervical cap inside of a condom-like sheath (the Conceptacle)
You will probably recognize two of the elements included in the kit, it comes with a cervical cap and this one is special because it is inside of a condom-like sheath, called a Conceptacle®. This device makes it easy and convenient to collect the sperm and then you use the applicator to place the cap right near your cervix. It looks and is used a lot like how you use a tampon.
So, the special part of this is that the cap stays in place up to six hours and you can get up and do what you normally do without being worried about losing the cap containing the sperm. After this period of times you simply remove it with the attached cord, again much like a tampon.The cap stays in place, keeping the sperm where it needs to be, for up to six hours, while the woman continues her normal routine, then is easily removed with the attached cord, similar to tampon removal.
- The Stork can be purchased at Walgreens and CVS and it is located in the family planning section next to ovulation test kits!
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