I knew labor was imminent when I kept getting texts from Mel on Monday night detailing all the symptoms she was having. She had been having signs of early labor for the past 2 weeks, but nothing had developed until now. I told her she better try to get some sleep that night, but of course that didn’t happen because her water broke around 2am. She texted me at 4:30am and we were all to the hospital by 6:30am. She checked in a 4cm and her contractions were still pretty manageable at that point. A couple hours later she was at 6cm and that’s when things really started getting intense, and other than an hour long lull/rest she had right before pushing, they remained that way until baby Nico finally decided he was ready to come out at 2:51pm 🙂 Unfortunately Nico was posterior so that made for a longer, harder labor for sure. Through all of her [unmedicated!!] pain, she never once complained or gave up. Frustrated but never defeated is how I describe it 🙂
She had a wonderful support team with Adam, Brittany, and her mom by her side and it was beautiful to witness. Adam was all smiles as he “caught” his son and handed him up to his mama. The little man turned out to be not quite so little at a whopping 8.9 lbs, 22″!! Over 2.5 lbs heavier than his older sister Nori! It was a very emotion-filled room as all the family came rushing in to meet the newest addition to the family. Nico is lucky #13 on Mel’s side of the family…the first boy born after 12 girls!! Mel’s mom is one of 4 girls, she had 3 girls herself who combined have had 5 girls! One of the most special moments of the whole day was when Adam handed Nico over to Ben and announced that he was Nico’s godfather. After all that Mel’s family has been through this year (and especially the last few weeks), Nico’s birthday was so bittersweet.
Mel ~ It was such an honor to be there to support you and I’m so proud that you had the natural vbac you wanted!! I can’t wait til you post Nico’s birth story from your perspective 🙂