Anthony’s Birth Story
Hey guys! Happy Friday!
A different kind of post today. No recipe! If you are here for a new recipe, I’d like to apologize. There are plenty of recipes, you can find in my recipe index. Instead, I’d like to quickly share my son Anthony’s birth story with you.
It is long, I’m warning you!
And yes, this is a food blog and it will remain one. I don’t like sharing a lot of personal information and keep bothering people with stories about myself! The thing is that I got many requests from readers to share my experience, that’s why I decided to do so. And it is a life changing event, I very grateful for!
Our baby boy Anthony was born on August 9, 2016. He weighed 7 lb 2 oz and was 20 inches long. We are extremely happy and blessed to have this little guy!
I’ve always had a slight fear of childbirth and pregnancy. But I knew that when the time comes, I’ll just go through it like everyone else. I just tried to stay positive.
As I mentioned before, my pregnancy was relatively easy. No morning sickness or other serious issues, I’ve been active and working during the whole time. But things changed after I entered my 35th week of pregnancy. I started developing preeclampsia,which is a serious condition that some pregnant women have. It is marked by high blood pressure in women, who have not previously experienced it, mostly in a first pregnancy. Preeclamptic women will have a high level of protein in their urine and often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands.
I was so swollen! No shoes fit me, I needed to get flip flops 2 sizes larger! It was pretty bad! Despite everything, I still had lots of energy and felt ok.
My doctor assured me that I can still try to deliver the baby vaginally. C-section was my biggest fear. (Now when I think about it is was not that bad…!)
I have always imagined delivering my babies naturally. I did not mind getting an epidural or pain meds, if I needed, but I absolutely hated the thought of having a surgery… Well guess what? Murphy’s law – your biggest fears often become a reality and this is what happened to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that everything is over and the baby and I are doing well, but my birth story is nothing that I had imagined! So sometimes is best to have lower expectations and be prepared for various options.
At 37 weeks, the protein in my urine had gone way up and I had some contractions already. We spent almost a whole day at the Labor and Delivery Unit at the hospital and since my blood pressure that day was not too high, contractions were more than 30 minutes apart, I was not dilated or effaced, so they decided to let me go home and wait till my appointment the following week. I knew things were almost coming to an end and we were going to welcome out son pretty soon.
At my 38 week appointment, I had severe pelvic pain on the right side. My blood pressure was high and the swelling was getting worse. My doctor said he needs to do an induction and this baby needs to come out asap, since things were getting serious and dangerous for me. It was a Friday ad we were going back on Monday to finally welcome our baby. I was excited and a little scared. I started having doubts that this baby was going to come out easily. Well, I was right, it was a bit traumatic!
We went to the hospital in the evening on Monday August 8th. I still had severe pelvic pain and high blood pressure. I got an IV and they started Cytotec for 10 hours to soften the cervix. In the morning I was 2 cm dilated, contractions over 10 minutes apart and my water was broken. They started Pitocin at this point. I got an epidural 2 hours later, when the contractions got a little stronger and painful. Still at 2 cm dilated. Getting the epidural was not painful for me, but the fact that I was unable to get up and walk was not fun. Well, Pitocin did nothing for me, because 12 hours later I was still at 2-3 cm dilated. At this point baby’s heartbeat had dropped a few times already, so they decided to stop it. I was still at 3 cm… At this point, I started to give up and got a little scared. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
My doctor came and checked me, he then mentioned the possibility of a c-section, since there was obviously something stopping the baby from coming out. We later found out that the baby got stuck and there was no way for him to come out on his own (he needed help!).
They gave me a few more hours, but nothing changed and the fact that my water had been broken over 15 hours ago meant something needed to be done.
I then signed the papers for a c-section. They got me ready very quickly. My husband was ready, too.
I was excited, knowing that I’ll meet our baby boy very soon!
My doctor is very experienced and professional, I knew I was in good hands, plus he has done this surgery many times.
It was quick, I think it took less than 15 minutes. It didn’t hurt, I just felt pushing and pulling. Then we saw our baby boy and heard him crying! It was the most exciting time in my life so far!
They cleaned, weighed and measured him, them my husband and baby boy went to the recovery room to wait for me.
I got my sutures and when they were done we went to the recovery room.
I still couldn’t hold my baby, since I was not able to get up. This was breaking my heart!
The anesthesia started to wear off and I started feeling pain. I asked for pain meds and they said they needed to order them??? I got them in 5 minutes, but I was in some pain. It was not fun!
Then they gave us a room. It was late, I was in pain, asked for more meds and I don’t clearly remember this night. What I remember was the excitement about having my son.
What I was not happy about was the inability to get up, I needed someone to always hand me my baby. Being someone, who likes to control every situation and not being able to get up, when I hear my son crying broke my heart!
Things got better over the next few days. Everything I went through was worth it. Being able to hold my son, feed him, watch him sleep and smile is priceless!
We had a few names picked out, but agreed that Anthony fit him best!
Life as a new mom has been very challenging and exciting. I’m a lot busier than I had ever imagined. I’ve been spending my whole time with my son and took a break from blogging. I’ll slowly start working on new recipes this month.
I might share a post including some of my favorite baby items I’ve used so far. I used to love reading other blogger’s baby posts, before I even got pregnant.
And I’ll be sharing my recipes regularly.
If you are still reading, I’d like to thank you and apologize if this post was boring for you!
By the way, I wanted to mention that I found the most amazing and talented family photographer! If you are in Illinois, you should definitely check her website and Facebook page! She captured some beautiful moments for my family.
Thanks for reading my birth story! Have a nice weekend!
Congratulations again, Mira! Anthony is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m sorry that you had some pain and issues at the end, but I’m glad it all turned out the way it was supposed to. And you definitely deserve a break from blogging! Spend lots of time snuggling with your little guy and don’t worry about the blog, it’ll be here when you get back! Hope you have a great weekend!
Thanks so much for reading Gayle!!!
He’s beautiful! Congratulations and thanks for sharing his pics and your story!
Absolutely adorable baby boy, Mira! I love that you shared your story with us. I just found out yesterday that I am having a boy too. 🙂
Thanks Tania! I was thinking of you as you mentioned you are pregnant, too! Congrats! Glad you are having a boy, too! They are awesome!
Congratulations, Mira! Anthony is absolutely adorable! I’m so happy everything worked out in the end even if it wasn’t what you had originally planned. Hope you are all adjusting and are able to get lots of snuggles! xo
Congrats again, Mira! Your baby boy Anthony is just beautiful 🙂 I’m so happy for you. Photos are amazing! Love it!
I’m sorry to hear about problems you have while giving birth. When I was reading your story, it reminded me of my pregnancy and giving birth to my baby boy. I had high blood pressure too, and in 38w I had complications, so I ended in the hospital. After trying to give natural birth, my baby wouldn’t want to go out, so I had emergency C-section. So you see, our stories are pretty the same. I know exactely how you felt. But everything bad that happened, the pain and hospital experience, you forget all that when you look at your baby boy. Am I right? 🙂 Just take time now and enjoy with your kid. They grow up so quickly, trust me. My boy’s name is Dominik. He’s 7. He’s my whole world.
Thank you Natalie! Thanks for sharing your story, sorry you had a similar experience and I’m glad everything went well at the end ! I saw on Facebook you also have a boy! He is so cute!
Congratulations, Mira! Anthony is a beautiful baby! I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who hasn’t had some surprises when it came to their labor and delivery. It’s interesting, my first pregnancy was very similar to yours… 8 hours in labor to discover my baby girl was breech and I needed a C-section. Thank goodness, all went well, and before we knew it – it was a beautiful memory… I will look forward to your sharing Anthony’s story over time! I love your photos!
Thanks for sharing Annie! You are so right, I’m glad everything went well!
Pregnancy and child birth are scary — I worried so much with my first baby especially! I’m so sorry you had complications but I’m so glad that everything worked out and you have a beautiful, healthy baby boy! Congratulations Mira — he’s adorable!
Oh my goodness, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He is absolutely precious and I love the name Anthony! I was just thinking about you, wondering if you had given birth yet. I literally started tearing up and smiling when you said you heard your baby’s first cries – of course I’ve got all those crazy pregnancy hormones too so anything birth related makes me well up 🙂 The birthing process terrifies me a bit too, partly because it never goes the way you expect it to. But I always hear it’s one of the most amazing experiences ever. I’m so glad you and baby are ok and I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world. Congratulations again, my dear.
Congratulations! He is absolutely gorgeous, and your best creation by far!!!!!! I had to deliver all four of my children via C-section and not by choice. I tried to deliver vaginally, like your story, it wasn’t in the plan. After my first two C-sections, I was unable to attempt a vaginal delivery as I could rupture my uterous, but they’re all healthy, I’m healthy…still working on the bikini bod. 🙂 Thanks, for sharing your baby story with us! You did well! Hug baby Anthony for us! ??
thank you so much for sharing Tonya 🙂
Aww he is so cute Mira! give him lot of love from my side 🙂 thanks for sharing his birth story, sorry for the complications that you had to face but I a glad everything turned out well in the end. Enjoy this beautiful phase! 🙂
Anthony is absolutely adorable, Mira!!! Congratulations again, dear! Sorry to hear your labor wasn’t the easiest and you had to get a C-section, but I’m glad he came out healthy!!! That’s really all that matters, right? I’m so happy for you!!! Cheers, girlfriend- to you and your little bundle of joy! <3
Awwwww, Anthony is so cute, Mira. So sorry to hear that you had to go through C-section. I am glad that everything turned out well and you did great. I also had a fear of childbirth and pregnancy before Adoria was born. LOVED reading your story. Being a mother is a wonderful experience. Hope the mommy and baby Anthony are keeping well! 🙂
Thanks Anu! We are doing well, hope you are, too!
What a beautiful baby, I’m glad that everything worked out for you.
Congratulations Mira! Your son is beautiful and pictures are amazing!
I’m so glad you decided to share your birth story! I’m also so sorry that it wasn’t at all what you expected either. It’s crazy how you can prepare yourself for so long for something so important and then it goes the complete opposite way. It was probably nice to find out that he was stuck though and that a C-section was necessary after you had it . It’s also good to know that a C-section isn’t as scary as it sounds! I’ve learned that what’s the most important is that you have a healthy baby in the end even if things don’t happen the way you wanted them to Anthony is adorable and I’m so happy for you guys !! I also agree that being a mom is so much more work than I ever imagined lol but so worth it!!
Thanks Izzy! I can’t agree more!
Congrats, Mira! I’ve had a very hectic Fall and am just able to get back into the swing of checking out my favorite blogs. Glad to hear that everything worked out with your delivery – I feel like it never goes the way you expect it to go, especially the first time around! It’s a good thing mothers have a tendency to forget all the traumatic stuff that happens during delivery once they spend time with their baby. 😉 He’s such a cutie and I’m sure he’s changing by the day – enjoy him because he won’t stay that small for long! Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks so much Tara! I’ve been wondering how have you been 🙂 Hope everything is well now! Happy Thanksgiving!
Ooooh Mira – this is such a BEAUTIFUL post! Thank you so much for sharing it!
I’m so happy that Anthony arrived safe and sound in the end. I just love that ‘1 month’ baby picture!
Will be eagerly following all your other baby posts – don’t stop them!
Thank you Helen! I’m happy you like the posts and there will definitely be more in the future!