Friday, June 22, 2012

Landon's Birth Story

On Saturday, June 9th- My husband and I attended our Breast Feeding class. About 30 minutes in, the Hubster started to turn green. We figured, of all the things he ate, it must have been the milk he had that morning before class.

Regardless, I was determined to finish my breast feeding class, while he puked his brains out in the parking lot of the Medical center. After class, we drove home and I went to visit my cousin for her birthday. (BTW, I can't believe I drove... but I figured, I had 4 more weeks until Landon's arrival.) I left my hubby at home because if he had some sort of virus I didn't want to catch it.

Later that day, I returned home and took a nap in the guest room. During this nap, I had a very vivid dream that I was at my McDonalds ordering dinner when my water broke. I woke up, laughing- then Facebooked my dream.. and went on with my life.

Around 7:30PM, I checked on the sick hubby and offered to run to McDonalds for some chicken nuggets. (I can't believe this will also be the last meal before I give birth!).

So later that night, around 3:15 am... while sleeping in the guest room, I felt a little pop. I remember waking up and thinking, "Maybe I can hold it until the morning"... but then I decided, I might as well Pee now before I pee my pants. So I get up and noticed a little blood. I waddled into the Master bedroom and calmly said, I think my water broke. As I quickly waddled to the toilet.. where water gushed out for what seem to be FOREVER.

"How do you know your water broke" said the sickly husband...
"I've never peed this much in 1 sitting and it's still COMING!"...

so while I called the OBGYN, he googled "water breaking".

both the OB & the internet confirmed that my water broke.

The OB on call suggested I come into the hospital "RIGHT AWAY" to get things checked out.

Me: "Am I going in for just a check up or am I going in for a while?"

Doc: "You should pack your hospital bag, you will be in here until you have the baby. And hurry, be here in 30 minutes"

so what happens next? well, My hubby went from SICK to Labor mode in less than 10 seconds. He grabbed our bag, and started packing his stuff, about 4 days worth of clothes for himself, shampoo, body wash, our toothbrushes.. etc. He was done packing in about 3 seconds.

I on the other hand, stood in my closet weeping because I had imagined this moment differently. I felt so unprepared and I kept crying, "I'm NOT ready" as water dripped down my legs. After a few minutes, the Hub started holding clothes up and said, "do you want to pack this dress? how about this dress? this dress is pretty.. etc

and I just kept crying.

so after about 10 minutes, I stopped crying and started packing... what did I pack??

1- Black Dress
1- set of Sweats & matching hoodie.. steelers to be exact.
4- pairs of underwear
2- going home outfits for Landon.
cell phone

and that's it.

so we headed to the hospital. On the way, we managed to call my in-laws to prep them to buy a flight to CA... the only statement we got from my FIL was "you're kidding me". We texted my brother but didn't tell my parents because we didn't want them to worry. They live 5 minutes away from the hospital.

Once we arrived, We were immediately checked in through the ER. Since we were pre-registered, they quickly wheeled me up to Labor & Delivery where they gave us a private room, hooked us up to monitors and the testing started...

within minutes, we confirmed that my water had broken and I was having contractions. I didn't even feel the contractions, they were already 3-4 minutes apart! According to the board, my pain level scale was a happy face. lol. After about an hour, we decided to stop the Labor because I hadn't reached 37 weeks and we wanted Landon to bake a little longer.

that was that. they turned off the lights and sent us to bed.

Around 5AM, we were moved to a private birthing suite where we would stay until the baby was born. Our Goal of the day, "No baby". during that morning, we called my folks to let us know that we were in for the long run.

We met with a specialist and she confirmed that Landon should stay for awhile... a while didn't last long because around 9PM sunday night, I started to have contractions.. big time. the pain level scale started to look a little sad... At 2Am, my contractions got extremely close, they must have been watching us or monitoring us because the nurse came in and said she had a treat for me. She asked me if I was ready to fly on cloud 9. lol. they gave me a little IV drug to help with all the pain and that's when my frown turned upside down and I started to hallucinate. I kept waking up my husband to talk...

"Babe. Hey babe. Are you sleeping?" clearly, he was because he was snoring... a louder, "babe. baby babbeeeee!!! babe. I have to tell you something." he wakes from his slumber... "spiderman and batman aren't friends. they don't like each other." giggle giggle.. serious laughter... about 10 minutes later.. "babe babe BABE!!! did you know mickey mouse only has 4 fingers?? so weird!!!" after the third wake up of me giggling, he stopped waking up. lol. About 5 AM, while still loopy, I texted my sister to bring my fake eyelashes and make up to help beautify me through labor. lol.

around 7AM, my OB showed up and said we were ready to have the baby. He started the labor with a little pitocin to help me dilate and my Labor Nurse came in and we came up with a little birth plan. Super easy, Epidural? YES. ok, lets get started. Since we missed our birthing class, it didn't take her too long to realize I had no idea what I'm doing... a quick lesson of holding my legs, and the technique of actually pushing... we were ready.

Somehow, my mother arrived and ended up camping out- she didn't eat, she didn't sleep, she was there the minute they said, "go time- until Landon Arrived". she was not part of my birth plan but man, am i glad she was there!! Once little Man made his debut, my husband's attention was on Landon and my mom was there to hold my hand while the OB finished his job.

from this point on... it took 6 hours to push the baby out. 6 HOURS... total time of labor from the minute my water broke: 39 hours.

What did I learn? I will never see my OB until the very last push when the baby actually was ready to arrive. He will come in, pull out my baby, collect the cord blood banking, finish up, congratulate us and then disappear like a fart in the wind.

As soon as Landon arrived, the NICU department came into assess his vitals. immediately, they said, "he's looks like a full term baby, he can stay with mom." and off they went, wheeling away their machines!

So there we have it, Landon James Thien Scaife was born on June 11, 2012- weighing 7lbs 5oz, measuring 18.5", healthy, happy and just beautiful!

And we all lived happily ever after!


  1. so proud of you!!!
    i can't wait to see more pics of him!
    he's so handsome!
    hope you are feeling well!!