In the weeks leading up to Levi’s birth I eagerly anticipated a labor and delivery much like my previous three. I would know just when it was “time.” We would get the girls situated with my parents. Then we’d make a quick trip to the hospital and peacefully wait for delivery. The part I liked most about waiting in the hospital was being hooked up to monitors where I could hear my baby’s little heart beating away. With each of my three previous deliveries I had a good few hours of this waiting. My experience with Levi was much different.
I had a thought in the back of my mind leading up to the big day. I didn’t share this thought with anyone. Well, I did tell Lily one night while helping her to go back to sleep. I also mentioned it to Jonathan, but not until we were on our way to the hospital. This was my thought: Maybe I’ll try and do it this time without any drugs. When discussing this with Jonathan I had pretty much changed my mind.
I started having regular contractions (about 3 minutes apart) at 7:40AM on January 7. Jonathan hadn’t left for work yet, so we got the girls dressed, I showered, and we headed to my parents’ house. We then left for the hospital. The amount of time between our arrival to the hospital and Levi’s birth was about two hours. There was no time for an epidural. My saving grace was how quickly things progressed. Now I can cross drug-free labor and delivery off of my bucket list!
Levi James was born shortly before noon. He weighed in at a whopping 8 pounds 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long. He’s my little chunky monkey.