I can’t believe it’s here. Today Lia turns ONE! 365 days of pure love & joy she has blessed us with. A year ago I held a newborn and today I am running around chasing my walking toddler.
I find it only fit to share Lia’s birth story with you all today. When I had Zoey I was induced and ended up with an emergency c-section. I had the same OB and I really wanted to push for a VBAC, fortunately he agreed. We did not want to risk the need for induction or a c-section so we walked and walked and walked. More like a waddle, but I did it. Holding my belly up towards the end of our walks but I did it lol. The 3 days before Lia was born we walked the most. We would walk about 3 miles per day non-stop.
The day before I went into labor we walked a good 9! We woke up got dressed and headed to our local mall (it was 90 degrees + outside) and we walked before the mall even opened. We walked 4 miles then we headed home had lunch relaxed a bit and headed back out. This time around we did 5 miles. The rest of the day I think I did more squats than I had when I was an active gym goer. Squats and bouncing/rolling on a yoga ball were my new go to’s.
At 1 am I woke up to what I immediately knew was a contraction. I thought I had been feeling contractions before, boy was I wrong. I checked the time and closed my eyes again. Then ANOTHER ONE! I checked my phone-okay 7 minutes and I laid back down. I didn’t want to wake up Pappa Bear until I was sure it was go time. Then a third and fourth and fifth exactly 7 minutes apart and I finally got up. At that point I couldnt sleep anymore. I reached over and woke him up , “Hey its time!” Then I grabbed my ball and began to bounce on it.
The contractions sped up and intensified and when they got to 4 minutes apart we let my parents know we were on our way to the hospital. Yet to my disappointment I was sent home. Turns out although I was definitely having contractions, I was not dilating at all-I was at 0!
I laid down and Pappa Bear went to shower. I figured I would rest a little then go for another walk and get this baby out! I felt a contraction and breathed through it then I felt another and a POP! I managed to “jump” out of bed and you guessed it my water broke. I yelled for help and my sister came out. I asked for one of those puppy pads to help soak up the fluid. It was 7:40! We had been home 20 minutes! Pappa Bear came out and helped me change and we made our way to the hospital- I wasn’t coming home anymore! I was admitted at 8:00am.
Sure enough I was admitted and now at 1-2! I felt so excited, she was coming! I was having our baby and I did not need to be induced! The pain however I felt hurt waaaay more than I anticipated. I sat there and breathed through them and they just felt faster and stronger. After a couple of hours I felt the need for the epidural. We had talked about trying for an all natural birth but because I was unable to relax I was no dilating much. After receiving the epidural at 12:30pm my labor sped up.
Then what seemed like the blink of an eye we were at 10 at around 530pm! However we still needed her to descend. I had been feeling nauseas from the epidural and felt the need to throw up but just could not, until finally-I did! And guess what-Lia was ready! Apparently the pressure in my abdomen from that did the trick. At 6:45 my OB walked in and prepped, it was time to push. Mind you I had no feeling in my legs so pushing was very interesting. Yet at 6:55pm after only 10 minutes we welcomed our sweet Lia Ryan into this world. We both immediately started crying, she was perfect.
We spent our time doing skin to skin immediately and enjoyed some alone time with our baby. Then we asked to bring in big sister. The excitement on her face when she saw Lia for the first time still takes my breath away. It is that same look she has every time she sees her! Love at first sight. Zoey then went home and we enjoyed our first night with Lia.
My dear Lia Ryan, you came into our lives 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes ago and every single moment has been worth it. You made our 4 family a reality. We love you.