Every birth is different, and each one of them is special in its own way. I have three awesome sons, and they each came into the world in their own unique time and with their own unique story.

Malachi

Malachi was born about 20 months after Isaac. My boys are all about that far apart. I started my pregnancy with the same midwife, but for some reason, she just didn’t seem to fit anymore. My best friend had recommended her doctor, so we decided to give it a shot. Dr. Conrad at Advanced ObGyn is the best doctor that I have ever had, and if you are looking for a good Obstetrician, you should look into his practice.

 

 

I cannot remember whether Malachi was early or late. My husband and I discussed it and decided it must have been early, but neither of us was sure. I was at the weekly visit with my doctor when he told me that my fluid was low and I had to go to the hospital to be induced. Right now. We were terribly flustered because we had brought Eli and Isaac to the appointment so that we could go out to lunch afterward. We asked my doctor if we could take my kids to our friends’ house and pick up my hospital bag and he said no, I had to go immediately.

 

We decided that Josh needed to take the kids and pick up the bag and I would check myself into the hospital. I did not like going alone. I checked in, and they got me all hooked up and ready to go. My husband showed up a while later, and we settled down to wait. We waited for a long time. I had a few contractions here and there, but it definitely wasn’t labor.

 

Around 7 o’clock that night, my doctor came in to check on me. He took me off of the Pitocin, told me I could eat some dinner and get some sleep and he would start it up again at 5 am. I did not sleep much, and I’m sure my husband didn’t either on that uncomfortable couch. At 5 am they started the Pitocin again and in no time I was in full labor.

 

I spent a lot of time in the shower. At least as much as they would let me. The rest of the time I was in the rocking chair they had in the room. Once I hit transition, just like with all of my other births, I started throwing up. I’m telling you, it is the worst. I labored for about 5 hours before I was finally ready to push. This labor was much more similar to my first labor. The pain wasn’t as intense as it had been with Isaac, and pushing felt like a relief. I did, however, burst a bunch of blood vessels in my face pushing him out.

 

 

I was on all fours when I was pushing this time, but Malachi got stuck when he was coming out. My husband was watching and said he was turning blue. Dr. Conrad was yelling for the NICU. Then I had another contraction and he came right out. My doctor told me later that he had been seconds away from putting me on my back and giving me an episiotomy to get the baby out.

 

I collapsed down onto the bed and they took him away to make sure he was breathing well before they gave him to me.

 

 

I don’t know what it is about my labors, but when I get to the end I am just completely out of it. I always have this entire section of my memory that is missing: seeing the new baby, breastfeeding, moving to a recovery room. I forget all of it.

 

My two younger boys were so excited to meet the new baby. They were so sweet with him.

 

 

Malachi is 8 years old. He is going into the third grade this year. He is very smart. He excels in school, spelling especially. He says he doesn’t like reading, although he loves every book he reads. He is always telling jokes and loves to pretend and joke with people. He is so fun to be around. Before he was born, my husband wanted to be done having kids. I told him, “Can’t you feel it? Our family is not complete yet.” Malachi completes our family and I’m so glad he is here.

 

Photo Credit: Rachel K Photo

Photo Credit: Rachel K Photo

How do you feel about your own birth story? Share something that you remember from your baby’s birth in the comments below.

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  1. Jazmin Bahena

    Malachi’s birth story is full of suspense! I felt all the feels reading it. It’s amazing how the births of one woman can be so different. I’m so glad it turned out ok! I think I only had Braxton Hicks contractions with Daniel and I remember them because they happened irregularly for two days before he was born, I also clearly remember losing and seeing the mucus plug with him. I thought that was amazing. Haha. What wasn’t amazing, however, was the ring of fire I felt when he was born. Ouch! He’s the only one I felt that with. Good thing their cuteness makes up for the labor pains. 😉

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