Xander has arrived!!!

That’s right! Alexander John Mills was born on Thursday, March 8th at 8:47 a.m.  He weighed 8lbs, 3 ozs and measured 21 inches long.

LABOR STORY: Labor began on Wednesday afternoon after a nice long walk at the park with Kali (I KNEW those walks would help!). At first I thought I was in false labor, but the contraction pains were 5 minutes apart and continued until Nick came home from work. However, at that point the contractions were painful and I had tears rolling down my face after each 45 seconds of pain. We called the doctor and headed to the hospital at 9:15pm- Nick was a bit panicked, but managed to only run a couple stop signs on the way to the hospital. (I secretly wished he would also run the red lights!) Luckily, it was a short 15 minute drive to the hospital, but my contractions were 1 1/2 minutes apart and lasting a painful 45 seconds. We had to take a couple breathing ‘breaks’ during our walk from the car to the hospital entrance. We were immediately ushered into a labor and delivery suite and I was handed a lovely hospital gown. After some initial questions were asked, I was hooked up to some monitors and the house OB checked my cervix. I was only 2 cm dilated, but 90% effaced. I was worried that they would send me home, but the nurse reassured me: “You’re definitely in labor and having a baby!”

The nurses left our room to call Dr. Clancy (who was on call that night, not Dr. Behm) and gave her a status report. At that moment, everything became very real. We both called our parents to give them a heads up- though I had to pass the phone over to Nick during contractions. They were still 90 seconds apart, but were rating a 10 on the pain scale. I have NEVER experienced such pain. It felt like my insides were being riped apart; they took my breath away. The nurse put me on the labor ball to help my cervix to dilate since I didn’t feel like walking the halls . . . kinda ironic! At midnight I was hooked up to IV fluids and given some Statall which I was told would make me feel drunk. Well, it didn’t. I’ve been drunk. Many times. This crap didn’t work! But, I was able to relax between contractions so I guess it was worth it. Unfortunately, it only lasted an hour so at 1:30am the nurse checked my cervix. I was now 4 cm dilated and my bag of waters was bulging. She recommended I get my epidural now. WOO HOO! Within 10 minutes I was sitting Indian style on my bed, chin to my chest, gritting my teeth through my contractions while the doctor attempted to give me the epidural. It wasn’t going in. For some reason she had a hard time . . . many attempts and sticks later, the epidural was in! The nurse promised that the contractions would get shorter and shorter and soon I wouldn’t feel them. I told her that I didn’t believe her, but alas she was right. Ten minutes later she said, “You know you’re having a big contraction right now?” Uh, really? Sweet. I didn’t know. I’m now in painfree heaven.

Well, the rest of the night was pretty easy. We turned on the TV, Nick fell asleep, and I felt no pain as I went from 4cm at 1:30am to 9 1/2 cm by 5:30am. Around this time, however, I began to feel waves of nauesa (I had no food in my system and my BP & pulse started to go up). Nick kept cool cloths on my forehead and the nurses closely monitored my stats. My BP averaged 130/90 and my pulse was anywhere from 115-130 beats per minute. Luckily, Xander was perfect. The nurses kept checking my bed to see if my water had broken . . . but it never did even though I was 10 cm, 100% effaced, and the baby was extremely low. At 7am the nurses changed shifts and Dr. Clancy walked in. She couldn’t believe I was still in labor! She said Dr. Behm was on the way and wished me good luck as did our labor and delivery nurse. She was disappointed she wasn’t going to see Xander delievered. She also told me that it was rare to actually see a laboring woman walk in the door. Most deliveries are induced and I was laboring completely on my own.

Well, when the new nurses walked in it was decided that it was time to break my water.  (I actually recognized 1 of the nurses as a parent from La Petite! She was a great familiar face and helped me throughout the experience) At 8am Dr. Behm walked in. By that time, my bed had been broken down and my dead- weight- legs put up. As soon as a contraction hit, I was told to hold my breath and push with all my might. And I did, over and over again until Xander was born at 8:47. He was perfect and so beautiful! Nick was able to cut the cord and watch over the nurses as they assessed him. He scored 9 & 9 on his apgar & he was brought back to me. We were able to bond with Xander for about an hour before he was taken to the nursery for vitals, bath etc. Nick & I are so very proud and LOVE being parents. We were discharged from the hospital on Saturday so now it’s back to reality.

Will update with pictures and more about Xander very soon!!!

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3 thoughts on “Xander has arrived!!!

  1. Great story!! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to experience it (5 days overdue so far…:( ). Good luck being a new mom Leigh and I can’t wait to see pics.

  2. Congratulations Leigh! I’m so glad you are all happy and healthy! What a blessing! My sister is ready to go any day now… 🙂

  3. Congrats Nick & Leigh. What a relief huh? Can’t wait to see pic’s of your little one. I know you have alot of people to help ya out, but remember I have a 8 mnth old little boy myself and I’ve been where you guys are and some, so if you need anything let me know. 🙂

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