The one word that keeps coming to mind whenever I think of Jen’s birth is peaceful. I’m not sure if that would be the same word she would use to describe it, but when you’re the one going through the pain of labor, you’re experiencing something different than everyone else in the room 🙂 For the most part, though, everything about Jen’s labor & birth was very calm and relaxed.
On Friday, Donny and I planned a somewhat impromptu dinner with Jenny & Dan that evening. Dan was craving Dewey’s, so we met up, ate some delicious pizza and had a great time. Jenny was telling me how she thought she was in labor the night before, but everything stopped for the most part and she was kind of bummed. Well about 2 hours later I got an excited call from Jenny saying her water just broke. She wasn’t having super strong contractions at the time, but she really wanted her family & doula to come to her house and be with her while she labored there before going to the hospital. So Donny and I got all ready and got to her house about 11:30pm. Just as we walked in the door, they made the decision to head to the hospital because her contractions were about 5 minutes apart at the time.
I think the hospital staff was probably pretty amused at the caravan of people that all arrived with Jenny & Dan. (Jenny’s parents, Dan’s parents, Dan’s sister, Jenny’s doula & best friend Ashley, and Donny & I were all there!). By the time she got all checked in and settled in the delivery room it was about 1am…and nothing much was happening. She was checked in at 3cm, 80% effaced which was the same as she was at her doctor’s appointment 2 weeks ago. I think she was a little bummed that all the labor she had the night before hadn’t made her progress any further, but took comfort in the fact that her water broke so that meant her baby would most likely be here in 24 hours or less!
All of the guys except for Dan of course ended up going out to their cars to sleep while the rest of us tried to sleep back in the room with Jenny. The only one who got a good nights sleep was Dan’s sister Haley 🙂 Jenny tried to sleep at first, but she was just uncomfortable enough that she couldn’t sleep. Things were going fine, just slow. She was checked again a few hours later and hadn’t made much progress and that was really discouraging to her. She didn’t stay discouraged for long, though! She decided that if she wasn’t going to be able to sleep or rest anyway, she was going to do anything she could to move things along. She walked, showered, sat on the ball, switched positions…and guess what – it worked!
By 6am she was over the hump and at 6cm and from there things progressed fast. Luckily, she only had about 4-5 hours of really hard labor and the slow building all night gave her body the rest that it needed. Jenny went all natural, so of course it didn’t feel like rest to her because 4-5 hours is still a LONG time to be in that much pain. But when it comes to labor (and especially for first time moms), 4-5 hours is awesome 🙂 She pushed off and on for about an hour, and Kynlee Jamison Hauer made her debut at 12:26pm weighing in at 6lbs, 10oz and 19.5″ long. Pure perfection!
Jen handled her labor so gracefully – you would have never known she was in as much pain as she was. All you could really tell was that she was totally exhausted…which was to be expected because she hadn’t slept since Thursday night – and that was the night she thought she was in labor. She never once complained or asked for an epidural! She fully trusted God and her body to let things happen naturally and there really are no words to describe what a touching, beautiful experience it was to witness. She and Dan worked together like a well oiled machine and brought Kynlee into this world with ease, patience, and love. What a great way to start out as parents, huh?
I am so proud of you both and over the moon in love with my new niece 🙂