I couldn’t be more proud to announce that my son was born on 1/12/2016 – as you may have guessed from my absence on social media and my blog. Tommy weighed in at 8 lb 14 oz and 22 inches long.
I’m excited to share with you my full birth story later this week and will have new posts for you all week featuring a prenatal workout that I did up until two days before I went into labor, some amazing recipes from fabulous bloggers and more.
Here is the short version of my birth story:
I began having contractions Tuesday morning at 5 am but was scheduled for an induction. We went in at 8:30 am to learn that I was 1 cm dilated and 70% effaced. I was given one dose of Cytotec as part of the induction and went from 1 cm to 5 cm dilated in just 4 hours – which is extremely fast for a 1st time mom. I begged for the epidural by 3 pm. It was smooth sailing after that. I was not given Pitocin as my labor progressed on it’s own. By 7pm, I was already at 9 cm. We took our time because babies heart rate looked good and since he was expected to be large, the more time to stretch the better. The epidural was also amazing. I pushed for 90 minutes and Tommy was born at 10:46pm. Those late-pregnancy workouts really helped!
Nick and I enjoyed the past week away from work, with friends and family and getting to know our bundle of joy. We couldn’t be more in love even if he thinks you’re supposed to sleep during the day.
Be sure to follow me on Instagram for updates but like Nick, LittleFit will mostly be a guest star on this blog rather than a main character. Here are a few pictures until I share the birth story.
I want to post my full birth story because I think there is stigma against not having a “natural” childbirth especially in my “industry”. I didn’t want an induction and I know I’m going to get nasty comments about taking Cyctotec on here but I delivered at MGH – literally the #1 ranked hospital in the United States. I’m pretty sure I trust my son’s life with the knowledge of MGH than a birth center. I didn’t know if I wanted an epidural but in the end, I have a healthy boy to hold in my arms and I want to share my story in full.