When I think about my delivery with baby Mason, I mostly just think, "Wow." It was incredible and incredibly fast! It started almost exactly how my previous labors did...up in the middle of the night with my first contraction. For each delivery, I've known right away that I was in labor. My second contraction came fifteen minutes after my first, and I knew this labor would be quick so I woke Matt up and told him. Within ten minutes, my next contraction came. We decided to head into the hospital and Matt called my mom and I texted Val, who had an hour-and-a-half drive. I thought it was crazy to head in so early, but my next contraction came six minutes later and the next several were three minutes apart!!
Ok, here we go! Matt loaded the car and I made my way to car in between each contraction (they were already intense and really strong.) Terry, Matt's mom, was staying with us and helped us get to the car and was watching the girls for us (so thankful)! We made the drive to Greeley as I sat facing the back of the seat in the back of the 4-runner. My mom was in the parking lot waiting for us when we arrived and helped me get into the ER while Matt parked the car. As I stood in the ER to be checked in, my contractions were coming so quick and strong so my mom quickly pushed me up to triage in the birthing center. The triage nurse asked Matt how long I had been having contractions, and when he said an hour, I am sure she thought, "Oh well, this gal is not in labor." I begged Matt, "Please tell her it's our third and it's happening fast!!" Within a few minutes of being in triage, I asked for an epidural, was told that I might not even be admitted, had several contractions, was checked (I was dilated to a 6), my water broke (sorry, Mom), I screamed like in the movies, and I thought I had to push!!! It all happened at lightning speed!
After my water broke, the nurse realized that I was most likely having this baby SOON! She called the doctor and they rushed me into the delivery room. I was having such strong contractions that I couldn't get into the bed. I stood at a chair. Matt and the nurses kept telling me that I HAD TO get into the bed. I finally got into the bed and the nurse was trying to get an IV started. To no avail, they stopped after a very quick three attempts. After I laid back into the bed, my body started involuntarily pushing!! This was when I truly realized that baby boy was coming NOW and I couldn't have an epidural. I was in denial and honestly, was panicking. I could not imagine pushing him out! Matt came to by bedside (there were so many nurses in there), and looked into my eyes and said, "Babe, you can do this. He's coming now. He'll be here in just a few minutes. You have to push, sweetheart. You can do this!"
He was right. And I needed Matt by my side. I was scared and shocked. After a few out-of-this-world pushes, our baby boy was HERE! I'll be honest and say that it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I didn't think it was possible and the pain was so intense. I was amazed afterwards, in some shock, and had some very intense afterbirth pains. I was so, so thankful it was over and our sweet and healthy boy was on this side!! Matt cut his umbilical cord, and I got to snuggle him! He is such a gift. Labor and delivery is such a phenomenon. Our bodies are truly incredible, and at last, I had a delivery with NO MEDICINE. This was my goal with Emily and it happened with baby Mason, even though I wanted some relief! Haha!
A few minutes afterward, aunt Val made it! She missed it by seven minutes! She was hurrying but he came so fast. We left our house at 2:30am, and he arrived at 3:23am! My mom was there for it ALL (always) and my dad came a little afterwards as well.
Our baby Mason (who we didn't name until the next day) was 7lbs. 13oz. and 21 inches long. He is our beautiful boy! We are each so grateful! Grandma Terry was watching the girlies for us and brought the girls to meet their baby brother! They are over-the-moon for him! I can't explain in words how special it is to finally have our son. I am honored to have gone through everything (pregnancy, labor, and delivery) to bring him into this world.
Thank you Jesus, for our healthy son. We are so honored to be his parents, to raise him, and to guide him towards you. May you continue to show us how. We are humbled and we love you, Jesus.