That time I gave birth to a toddler

It’s a boy!

Jensen Matthew arrived on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:38 p.m. He weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds, 4 ounces and is 21 inches long.

He was delivered via VBAC four hours after my water broke at work. He’s my largest baby; it figures that my smallest – 6 pound, 9 ounce Jenna – was the one delivered via c-section. (Jaiden was 7-12, Jaylen was 7-5.)

I made a video sharing his birth story:

For months I’ve been researching VBACs, Ina May, unmedicated births, practicing Hynobabies affirmations and relaxation, but I was asking for an epidural when I got to the hospital and never had time for Hynobabies. I’m not sad, just throwing that out for posterity’s sake. I got the birth I wanted, and I’m thrilled about that. I was scheduled for a c-section on Tuesday at noon; the end game is always healthy baby, healthy mama, but I didn’t want another c-section. (Way to be on time, Jensen!) Though, at one point during labor, I did sarcastically chide myself for not choosing the c-section.

My epidural numbed my legs and perineum, not my uterus. The anesthesiologist said my dilation and contractions were out-running the medicine (I went from being dilated at 5.5 a few minutes before the epidural to being between 8 and 9 twenty minutes later). I felt EVERY contraction, and they were on top of one another. As soon as he was born, the very second, the pain mostly eased. I’d never pushed a child out and felt that much pain, so I want to corroborate those claims. The doctor said the adhesions from my c-section may have contributed.

I didn’t cry when they announced he was a boy, but every time I see the video, I do.

In the video, I shared that Jaiden cut the cord. That was a special moment! Both of the girls, and my mom, were in the room when he was born. Jaylen was at baseball practice (he’s made the all-star team).

He cried for hours after he was born, but Friday was a better day for us, and he cried only when someone was messing with him. We’re still working on getting a good latch, so he took an bottles of expressed breastmilk Friday night and Saturday morning. He is pretty content to just be held, and I think I can handle that.

He’s, really, the most precious thing (well, one of four)! I was expecting a much smaller baby, of course, and have newborn diapers and clothes; he’s already in a Size 1 diaper and the newborn sleeper I brought barely fits. Yikes! No wonder it’s hurt to walk or sit lately – I was carrying a toddler around.

2 thoughts on “That time I gave birth to a toddler

  1. Kathy C..
    June 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I’m so overwhelmed by your story and how gorgeous he is. And YOU, too. Thank you so much for posting this. I’m going back right now and play it all over again . . and again, and then again. You’re just remarkable. You really DID just barely make it there in time. I’m so relieved you did, though; I’d have really agonized over you having delivered him en route and suffering even more than you actually did. So sorry the epidural wasn’t any more effective than it was. My, gosh! I wasn’t aware they some times don’t completely work. You must’ve just simply been too far in to the process at that point for it to control the pounding contractions. Plus, as you said, the scar tissue might’ve been a factor.

    You’re a strong, strong woman and mama. Congratulations and love to all of you. You know I’m always thinking about you and eagerly awaiting any updates. He is truly a little doll.

  2. Kathy C..
    June 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Meant to also say I LOVE the name. Just love it. I’m looking back at that beautiful picture above of him in the white litle outfit with you holding his hand. He is PRECIOUS.

    I could just eat him up.