With so much love and joy in my heart I am SO excited to (finally!!) introduce you all to baby Sam! I decided to wait until after his birth announcements were mailed to our closest friends and family before sharing these photos on the blog. But it was so hard to do!! I have been looking forward to sharing his birth story and newborn photos ever since he was born on December 1st, 2016.
Our sweet third baby boy was born on Thursday, December 1st, 2016. Jordan and I arrived at the hospital at 7:00am for my scheduled induction. Due to high blood pressure I was induced with all three boys. I remember when I checked into the hospital with Charlie (my first baby) I was shaking uncontrollably I was so scared. With Josh (my second son) I was nervous but knew how I wanted my labor to go and was prepared to communicate it with the labor and delivery nurse. And then with Sam (third time around) I came ready and raring to go! It is such a surreal moment to walk into the hospital and know that you will be leaving with a new little life.
After getting me all checked in, my nurse started my pitocin around 9:00am. My doctor came by around 10:00am and attempted to break my water. Unfortunately it was an unsuccessful first attempt, and when she came to check on me a few hours later she had to try again. Luckily this time she was able to get it. And that was when things really got under way. With all three boys I didn’t want to have an epidural too early, not for fear that it would wear off but because I wanted to feel contractions. I also hate (HATE!!) having an epidural. Jordan laughs at me (and the nurses must all roll their eyes at me) because I don’t want to be in excruciating pain but I also want to still have feeling in and control over my body. Once my water was broken the contractions started becoming more regular and much more intense. I literally made it to 5cm dilated with all three kids before asking for the epidural. At 2pm I got my epidural and at 4:30pm the nurse called my doctor and started to prep the room for delivery.
With Charlie I was so numb from the epidural that I had to push for three hours (yikes!), with Josh we did a practice push and he came flying out (haha!) and with Sam his positioning meant that I would push more than just once like with Josh but I also had enough feeling and control in my body that it only took a few rounds of pushes and 20 minutes later there he was!!!
Right away he was put up on onto my chest. There is nothing sweeter than that first moment of skin to skin. I instantly fell madly in love with this new little human that Jordan and I created together. We named him Samuel Alexander after two of my Great-Grandpas.
I am very fortunate that my body responds well to being induced, and that I was able to have all three boys vaginally and without insanely long labors. The rest of the night I nursed him, continued doing skin to skin, chowed down on Maggiano’s take out (I was hungry!), and kept smelling his sweet little head.
His big brothers came to the hospital the next morning to meet their new baby bro. There’s a really adorable photo on my Instagram of Charlie and Josh seeing Sam for the first time…Josh’s expression is so priceless!
To my sweet Samuel, mommy loves you to the moon and back.