Tuesday, June 20, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 26

Well this week was definitely one to put in the books for me. Marinda knew she was supposed to be induced at exactly 41 weeks, on Friday, June 16th. My mom and I had noon flights booked for June 15th. I had my clothes laid out anyway just in case she texted me she was in labor. 

Of course, on June 14th at 4:45pm, Colten text my family that contractions had been about 7 minutes apart for 45 minutes. I immediately went into go-mode. I ran to my room and threw my pile of clothes into my backpack and made sure I had all my camera equipment. We looked up a flight that left at 6:15pm and landed in Denver around 9:30pm (10:30p Texas time). IT WAS PERFECT.

Josh dressed and loaded up the boys in less than 5 minutes and helped put my luggage in the trunk. We drove to the airport, but it was all too good to be true. All the flights were booked to Denver. Southwest and United could get me to Dallas, but the flights to Denver were actually over-sold. I had zero chance of making it and a large chance of getting stranded in Dallas.

Defeated, we turned around to head home. Josh jumped in our other car to head up to church for our weekly small group that started at 6pm. I knew my pot roast would be undercooked because I took it out of the oven to prevent the house burning down. As I was driving through Cane's, I got the overwhelming feeling that I needed to drive. DRIVE NOW.

I called Josh and told him my plan. He was completely okay with it, to my surprise. I dropped the boys off at church at 6pm, threw tcar seatsats in our other car (almost literally), and set my GPS to Castlerock, CO. Everything was already packed in my car from going to the airport so I didn't waste anytime. I decided to drink the sweet tea from my meal and nothing else to decrease the amount of times I needed to stop. I stopped once to unload the bladder and fill up on gas.

I pulled up the parking lot of the hospital in Castlerock at 12:30am (1:30am Texas time). When I text Colten telling him I was here, he text back that I got here at the perfect time. MARINDA WAS JUST CHECKED AND SHE WAS 9.5 CM!!!!! In a sweat, I rolled my camera bag with my step ladder up to the 3rd floor right alongside my dad. We had made it there within minutes of each other!

Marinda labored for a short 30 minutes after I arrived in her room. Her water broke shortly before she began pushing to her surprise! One of my favorite quotes was Marinda talking about how warm her water was when it broke and my brother nonchalantly said, "yea. It was probably around 98.6 degrees." Marinda worked hard pushing for around 2 hours and 15 minutes. The nurse moved her on her side several times and put her legs and feet in all different positions to give baby boy enough room to come out and get in the right position. Marinda pushed to "Push It," "Under Pressure," "Ice Ice Baby," the edited version of "You Can Do It," and others. The best was when the doctor said, "whatever is playing right now is what the baby will be born to, which at that time was "You Can Do It."" Colten quickly changed it to "Don't Stop Believin'," and baby Graysten was born the next set of contractions! 

Graysten Stanley Peak was born at 4:05am weighing 7lbs 3oz and 19.5in! Other than my own babies being born, I don't think I've ever been so proud!!!!

This is what I look like after driving ~8 hours & staying up all night at a birth.
A picture my brother took as I was taking the above photo

How far along? 26 weeks
Baby is as long as an: English hothouse cucumber 
Total weight gain: 234 pounds
Waist Measurement: 37.5 inches
Maternity clothes? Really just my jean pants and shorts. Alas, I think my maternity clothes are lost in the attic of my in-laws.
Stretch marks? None.
Sleep: Well I have slept deep and long when I can! After getting to Marinda's birth and losing so much sleep, it has taken me a full 5 days to recover. Plus it doesn't help that the boys have been sick and been getting up in the middle of the night.  
Best moment this week: Witnessing Graysten being born!!!! It was definitely top 5 highlights of my life! Watching my brother and his wife work together so intimately within a room that only a select few are allowed into was such an honor. Its moving to be at a birth, in general, but I LOVED being there for my family.
Movement: Movement happens all the time especially right when I try to fall asleep. I have, in the past, felt all the movement down south, but lately I've felt movement on either side too.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular this week.
Gender: My money is still on a boy. AND WE STILL DONT HAVE A NAME!!! AHHHH! Seriously, we have nothing.
Symptoms: Nothing other than just being super tired from driving to Denver and staying up all night. 
Belly Button in or out? Out!

Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Still on cloud 9 from meeting Graysten. By the way, I LOVE HIS NAME!

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