Well, let me just start by saying that having 5 kids under 9 years is not for the faint of heart! It can keep a girl busy...and I say that while my mom is still here!
Today was Mason's due date, but he showed up 12 days early. I'm really (really, really) glad he did since he weighed in at 9 pounds. All the others have been right at 7 1/2 pounds, so I'm not sure who was sneaking Mason the growth hormone!
So, a few birth details...
I started having some contractions the day before he was born, but nothing that was very painful or very regular. Ryan did stay home from volleyball that night just in case, but by the time we went to bed they had stopped! However, I woke up about 12:30 a.m. with painful contractions and was awake with them until about 4:30 a.m. when I asked Ryan if he had everything ready to go. He got up and got some things ready. We made a phone call to some friends asking if we could drop our kids off. We dropped the kids off about 5:30 and were at the hospital about 6:00 a.m. I was dilated to a 4 when we got there, so I immediately asked for an epidural. I figured if I was only a 4, I wanted drugs! By the time the anesthesiologist got there about 8:00 (don't ask me why it took so long!) I was dilated to an 8 and my doctor sent him away! Why? You may be asking...well, because Logan came so quickly that my doctor thought I would have this baby in the next 30 minutes. But Mason didn't really want to come out! He wasn't born until 10:10 a.m. So, at some point when I was a 9 I did get an epidural. I was hesitant to get it at that point because I got one when I was an 8 with Sienna and it didn't work all that well..it did take some of the edge off the pain, but I wanted more! However, this epidural was perfect! It started working almost immediately and wore off really quickly so I could walk around soon after delivery.
So, here we are...a family of 7! Wow! Pretty amazing when you consider where we were 10 years ago!
So, I'm doing well...just a little tired! I feel so much better and my kids are excited to have the opportunity to leave the house again!