October 18th – what a day! I had been to the doctor on Tuesday 10/16 and he really didn’t think anything would happen until early this week…and I agreed. He also said that just because my water broke with Maxwell, that didn’t make it any more likely that my water would break with #2. Well, looks like he was wrong on both counts (don’t worry Dr. Stone – we still love you!) :). I did stick Maxwell in the stroller on Wednesday afternoon and go for a nice long walk so maybe that’s what prompted Spencer to get things moving later that night. Who knows?!
I woke up around 2:30am on Wednesday night/Thursday morning thanks to some massive thunder outside. Robert and I then remembered that we had left the top off of Maxwell’s sand table and all of his sand and trucks were getting soaked. Honestly, this woke up me up completely and I was about to try and go outside to cover it up when I realized my water had broken. I wasn’t 100% sure so laid back down but then started having contractions every 7 minutes so I knew it was for real. I woke Robert up about 3:30am and we started getting ready to go! Calls were made to Robert’s parents who were vacationing in Highlands, NC, to my parents in FL, to Dr. Stone and then to Susan. As always, a GIGANTIC thank you to Susan for all that she does. I called her at 4:20 and she was at our house by 5am ready to take care of Maxwell for the day.
We got to the hospital around 5am and got checked into our awesome and huge room. It was about double the size of the room I had with Maxwell and had a whole wall of windows – really nice. My nurse, Amber, was great and she had a nursing student, Lee, assisting her who was really sweet too. They started the pitocin around 6:00, I got the epidural around 9:00 and I was ready to go by 11:00! Dr. Stone was running a bit behind though so I was told not to push or even laugh at one point!! ha! Spencer Patterson Brown made his entrance at 11:38. He really didn’t cry at first, I think because he had so much fluid in his lungs. Because I didn’t push for very long at all, he didn’t get squeezed quite as much as he needed to to clear all of that out. He was also REALLY blue when I first saw him. Blue and no crying = nervous mommma! But, he pinked up right away and then let out a few good cries. Best sound ever.
Robert’s parents had gotten there around 11:00 and my parents arrived that afternoon around 4:30. Susan brought Maxwell up to meet his baby brother that afternoon as well. It was a fantastic day that could not have gone better. I feel so lucky to have had such an easy experience again. Almost makes me want to do it all one more time! 🙂
Below are some pictures that Robert took throughout the morning and afternoon with the big camera. I never even picked up my big camera in the hospital (but had my iphone glued to my hands!) so thank you Robert for taking some awesome photos!