Caleb Levi Bryson
Caleb Levi Bryson
born October 1, 2017
7 lbs 13 oz
Contractions started around 10:30 pm. I was getting ready for bed and they kept coming. We were laying down in bed around 11 pm and I told Scott that I was a little nervous, they hadn't stopped yet. I was timing them and they were coming every 5 minutes or so. Scott had woken up so early, and had had a big day so he zonked out pretty quickly around 11:30 pm. I on the other hand couldn't fall asleep. I tried to relax but they didn't go away and they were already kind of painful. I was worried about making it late to the hospital like last time so I woke up Scott and he went to get my mom upstairs to watch the kids and we left for the hospital around 12:30 pm.
After getting my epidural, I was able to get some needed rest. The epidural worked, probably a little too well. I was unable to move or feel anything. I was able to join Scott and sleep for a bit. They checked me again at 6 am, but there really wasn't any change so we decided to break my water. I started progressing again, but it was a slow process. I was 5 cm dilated around 9 am. They wanted me to continue progressing so they decided to put me on a little bit of Pitocin. This is the part that scared me, especially when my contractions started coming further apart after being given the Pitocin.
We turned on General Conference at 10 am at the hospital, but honestly I didn't hear much of the talks. I slept when I could and they continually checked me and helped me rotate what side I laid on. I was fully effaced and 7 cm around 11:30 am. By the time Conference ended they told me I was ready to push.
Caleb's head was angled slightly off so the doctor had me push once and was able to gently rotate it. Then, I only had to push through two more contractions and Caleb was here at 12:17 pm.
Aunt Sherry and cousin Tasha were the first to meet him. They showed up at the hospital right after he came and were able to hold Caleb for a few minutes before leaving again to pick up our kids. They stopped by the hospital again with our kids and Caleb met his siblings. Claire, Everett and Seth each took turns and held Caleb for just a short time. Seth did great and was pretty smitten with baby Caleb from the start. They got treats at the hospital and held the baby and then left to spend the rest of the day with their cousins. That afternoon grandma and grandpa were also able to visit and see Caleb at the hospital.