Alec's Birth Story

 Since I shared Ian's birth story with the NJAM How I Became a Mom post I figured it was only fair to share each of my boys' birth stories on the blog.  Alec's could not be more different from Ian's if I tried!  From day one everything about my pregnancy was different too. 

I had "morning sickness" (though why is it called that even when it lasts all day?!) for the entire 9 months. In fact I had a check up on the day I ended up going into labor and I remember my doctor saying she was glad I had at least another week before my due date because she was hoping I would put on just a few more pounds before having the baby.  I never even gained 20 pounds. I went to a baby shower just a few months prior for one of my best friends and no one in her family thought I was even pregnant!  


My whole family was convinced Alec HAD to be a girl since the pregnancies were so vastly different-- they nearly had me convinced too!  But just in case we still went with neutral themes for the nursery.  I forgot to mention in Ian' birth story that I made wall murals for each of my boys' rooms.  Ian's was painted with frogs and cattails and dragonflies while Alec's was a jungle theme. 


But anyway; back to the actual birth story!  After getting home from my doctor's appointment where she had had managed to strip a few membranes and said I was already at 3 cm and 40% effaced,  I took Ian who was not quite 2 at the time up for a walk to our mailbox.  Our mailbox sits at the end of the private road we live on so with toddler this was a good 45 minute activity.  Only problem was that 1/2 way through the walk he wanted me to carry him.  I started having contractions off and on the whole walk but didn't think too much of it.

Alec was born long and skinny; just like he is now!  Though his hair was much darker.

I called the doctor after we arrived home and the contractions hadn't stopped. She recommended I lay down and take it easy and see if they went away (I did mention I had a nearly 2 year old at the time-- so that was not real doable but I did try!).  By 5:30 when my husband arrived home I was still having somewhat regular contractions that were 5 minutes apart so the doctor asked us to come in to the hospital.  We dropped Ian off with my mother in law and I fully thought they were going to send us back home.  Despite hours of contractions I was still moving and feeling fine. 


They told us that the ward was full and they were not going to admit us unless I went into full-on actual labor.  They stuck us in a little room with a monitor attached, hooked me up to an IV, and each time my contractions seemed to stop I'd have a long coughing fit (it was January and I was fighting off a nasty cold) and they'd start right back up again.  


I was on antibiotics after testing positive for strep B and the doctor decided to go ahead and break my water  when I reached 5-6 cm dilated.  I had an epidural around 7 cm though I could still feel the contractions and they never moved closer together (in fact my contractions started spacing further out!) but I began to feel so sick to my stomach and complained that the contractions were painful.  A nurse finally took pity on me and decided to check; only to find that I was at 10 cm. and ready to deliver.

He finally started turning blonde around 5 months.

With just a few pushes and less than 20-30 minutes later I had Alec.  It was such a relief to have had such an easy delivery after Ian's whole ordeal. Considering I started noticing my contractions in the late afternoon and didn't even get to the hospital until dinner time that means that when Alec was born just shy of 3 am I had been in labor for less than 12 hours and active labor for just a handful of them. 

So he was 8 days early with a short/ easy labor compared to Ian's whole long ordeal.  Both boys were the same length but Alec was a full 2 lbs  and one ounce lighter at 6 lbs 12.6 ounces and 21" long. 

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    1. Thank you! It was such a relief after Ian's huge ordeal.

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  2. This was so awesome to read- LOVE this dark hair- precious! You are such a warrior- not even worrying when you were in labor- shows how calm you are :)

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    1. Yeah, I was remarkably calm about the whole thing-- probably because I didn't really believe I was in labor.

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  3. Love to hear birth stories and used to watch A Baby Story on TLC all the time! Can you believe I didn't have morning sickness at all? I craved steak and fresh pineapple, though, I do remember that!

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    1. I was just telling someone last weekend at a party that I was a vegetarian before I got pregnant with Ian and then I just craved red meat-- steak or burger; I wasn't picky! I just could not get enough.

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  4. He was just precious! That is terrible that you were so sick- I know he was worth it though!! It must have really hard to be so sick with an almost two year old. There's a little less than two years between Jacob and Abby so I know what it's like to be pregnant with a toddler in tow (thankfully, I experienced very mild and short lived morning sickness). Have a great Monday!

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    1. Each of my boys are 21 months apart- and we did not plan it that way at all!

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    1. It was crazy! All my boys were born with thick dark hair and never ever went bald.

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  6. Aww I love reading birth stories. It's amazing how blonde Alec's hair turned after having been so dark when he was born. I wonder why they call it morning sickness too. It should be renamed all day sickness!
    Ruth@playworkeatrepeat.com

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    1. Yeah, it lightened up so gradually over time that I never really thought about just how light his hair has gotten. He never lost it all like most babies do but over time it just got lighter and lighter.

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  7. Oh no! Morning sickness all day is no fun at all, I had a few months of it and that was more than enough for me. It does sound like quite an easy labor and delivery, well compared to Ian. I am glad it all went well.

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    1. My husband joked it was much too simple since I was already talking about "next time" before we had even left the hospital.

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  8. I can't believe you had morning sickness all day for the entire nine months. Oh my word, that would be terrible. Thank goodness for an easy delivery, though!

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    1. It was so funny that I had such an easy pregnancy and difficult delivery with the first one-- I never could decide which was better and which was worse!

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  9. I had all-day morning sickness with Ella. I love hearing birth stories. Your mural is so cute!

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  10. Nothing like having a little variety, LOL
    Xoxo
    Jodie

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    1. I know! LOL. Complete opposites in every way... to this very day.

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  11. Isn't it something how completely different pregnancies (and kids) can be? After my experience with my first (I was induced), I asked my mom if I would know when I went into labor the second go round. I definitely knew! My boys both had very dark hair and then became white blondes before they were 1.

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    1. I was a bit afraid I wouldn't know it either-- or just ignore them and think they were more Braxton Hicks which I was more familiar with.

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  12. I can't believe you carried a toddler when you were having contractions!
    Love the jungle mural x

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    1. Yep, though I did keep asking him if wanted to walk yet!

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  13. Love birth stories! What a trooper for having morning sickness that long! I never had it! So glad you had an easy delivery.

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    1. He's the only one of the 3 that I had morning sickness with; I've always wondered why that is!

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