Jack Emmett's Birth Story

This is the story of how the sweetest little boy came into this world and stole my heart forever.
I have been horrible with baby updates on the blog this go around.  Blame it on the crazy toddler and pregnancy exhaustion, or just being plain old lazy ;)  I measured 2 to 3 weeks ahead of schedule pretty much the whole time, but I had no idea that I would actually go into labor early or on my own at all.  I always wanted to go into labor on my own, but it seems like most people I know are induced these days if you don't want to go over your due date (which I had absolutely no plan of doing). I had already set a date of July 23rd to evict my little buddy and fully expected to have to wait until that day.  Monday morning, July 13, I woke up at 5:30am with contractions.  I had been having some contractions here and there, but these felt different and were hurting as soon as I felt them.  Chad woke up for work at 6 and I told him he may want to pack a bag before he left for work.  I still didn't believe I was actually in labor.  I got up and started cleaning up around my house and getting things in order just in case this was for real.  I called my sister around 7:30 and my contractions were really kicking by then.  She convinced me to call the doctor and they wanted me to come on in.  I called Chad and he came home and my sister came to get Olivia.  I thought there was no way that this was really happening, but everyone was insisting that I go to the doctor so I did. We got to the hospital around 9:30am.  I made Chad snap a quick pic on the way into labor and delivery.
They took us right back to a room and got me changed into a gown.  The nurse checked me and I was 5cm dilated.  I was shocked and began to panic just a little.  This was really happening, and fast!  I pretty much demanded my epidural immediately since last time I went from a 6 to a 10 in 30 minutes and I really didn't want to miss my opportunity to get one.  They rushed and got my epidural and I was super thankful because my contractions were horrible by this point.  By 10:30 I was at 7cm and sitting comfortable with my epidural. 

My doctor was out of town that week so I had to wait until one of the doctor's in her group could come around and see my on their lunch.  Not like I was doing anything important, right?  Dr. Kennedy came in around 12 and was going to check me and break my water.  Warning - tmi coming up.  I moved my leg and my water shot across the room.  It was pretty funny actually.  Chad said, what was that???  It looked like a super soaker!  The doctor checked me and I was at a 10 and you could see the top of the baby's head.  They got me ready to push.  I pushed 4 times and then they made me stop and called the doctor back in.  I couldn't believe how easy this time was compared to pushing for 3 and a half hours with Olivia.  The doctor was in the room next door delivering another baby so they had to page another doctor, who happened to be in a C-section.  So I got to sit and wait for about 20 minutes.  I would have a contraction and I could feel his head come down and then the nurse would push it back in.  Super glad I had that epidural.  Dr. Duke got there first and I pushed one more time and my baby boy was here.  I cannot even explain the emotion I felt when I heard that sweet little cry.  They laid him up on my belly and began to wipe him off and I (the girl who said I didn't want to hold him until he was cleaned off good) was reaching and grasping for him and could not wait to snuggle him up close to me.  They gave me a few minutes to soak him in and then took him over to weigh him and clean him up a bit more.  I love both of my children with all of my heart, but this birth experience was just so different.  Maybe because I wasn't stressed out and I knew what to expect.  It was just much more relaxed and almost too easy.  I was much more emotional this time and it is true what they say.  Your heart just grows in that moment and you love them just as much as the first.

Jack had a true knot in his umbilical cord when he came out.  He was perfectly healthy, but it turns out that it was a blessing that he came out early at 38 weeks 2 days because it can cause complications the longer they stay in and the bigger the baby is.  Sweet boy was 7 pounds 14 ounces 21 inches long of pure perfection, born at 12:23pm.  God knew just what he was doing bringing him a little early.

Proud Papa with both of his babies :)
And just like that our little family is now a family of 4 and I cannot imagine not having sweet Jack as a part of our lives.

Little man looks so much like his sister and his Daddy.  I guess I am truly just the baby carrier and have no genetic input whatsoever ;)  I can't complain though, look how perfect he is.

Olivia is the best big sister and loves him so much already.  She wants to hold him all of the time and gives him 500 kisses a day.  I hope they always love each other like this.  It makes my heart so happy to see my babies loving on each other.
Welcome to the family baby brother.  You have changed all of our lives forever and I don't even know what we did before you were here. You are the sweetest, best baby already and I cannot get enough of your sweet snuggles.  You are loved beyond measure little one.