Jovi's Birth Story
The only way to describe this is that it feels like my whole life so far has been leading up to to this moment in time.
Since I was a little girl playing with my dolls I've always dreamt of being a mommy. These first few weeks have been nothing short of a dream come true. Our sweet little blessing, Jovi Kay Abbott, was born on March 25, 2017 at at 7:09 pm, weighing 6 lbs 11 oz and 19 inches long. I wanted to share her birth story while my thoughts, feelings and memories are still fresh. This will be so fun to read years from now and even share it with Jovi!
On Friday, March 24th, I was 39 weeks pregnant. I woke up that day feeling very uncomfortable, tired and I had a pounding head ache. My mom wanted me to meet her for lunch so I found the energy to get ready and go have some yummy italian food with her. After lunch I wanted to stay active so I decided to go stroll around Target, HomeGoods and Marshalls...in wedged heels haha. People probably looked at me like I was crazy being that pregnant walking around in heels!
That night while Patrick and I were watching TV I started doing wide legs squats in the living room. I was soooo ready to meet my baby I was willing to do whatever it took to speed up the process. When I went sleep that night I remember feeling really calm and as I said my prayers I asked God to let Jovi come when she was ready....about two hours later my water broke! I shook Patrick and told him and both of us jumped out of bed! I imagined us being really frantic getting to the hospital once my water broke, but surprisingly we took our time showering, getting ready and calling our family to let them know the news before we left the house.
We arrived at the hospital around 3 am and I was 2cm dilated. It wasn't for a couple hours that I started having real contractions. Every time I had a contraction I was squeezing my hubby's hand while my mother in law was massaging my back, my mom was showing me how to breathe, our cousin was taking photos and my sister in law was snap chatting haha. I had the best support system ever!
At around 1pm the nurse came to check to see how dilated I was again. I had only progressed to about 5cm after all that time. She also realized that my water wasn't completely broken and said that she should break it to speed up the process. That hurt sooooo bad and my contractions were getting pretty unbearable at that point too so I finally agreed to get the epidural. Getting the epidural was the best decision I made. I finally got to relax and I didn't feel a single contraction!
The nurse came back around 4pm to check to see how dilated I was again and I was only 6cm dilated. I was progressing very slow. At that point they suggested I get pitocin to strengthen my contractions and get the show on the road! So we did and about 2 and a half hours later I was 10 cm, I was feeling pressure and I was ready to push!
All of a sudden everything started moving so quickly! I had been waiting and dreaming about this moment for so long and I couldn't believe it was finally time to meet her! I pushed for no more than 20 minutes and before I knew it the doctor was laying her on my chest. I have never been so over whelmed with emotion. There really is no words to describe it. She was looking at me with her pretty blue eyes and her perfect head of hair and my heart just melted. It was truly love at first sight. As I looked up my husband was leaning over us with tears streaming down his face. I never want to forget that moment. It was so special. She immediately wanted to nurse and I just cried tears of joy as we bonded for the first time together. Thank you for choosing me as your mommy, Jovi Kay Abbott! I will love you forever and ever!