Asa's Birth Story
A week ago today I woke up and began my day as usual. I took a shower and shaved (It was my shaving day!) and began to get ready for the day. I had an appointment scheduled for my midwife that day at 10:30 am so I put on make-up as well. If I'm not going any where then I don't normally put on make-up. However, I always like to look my best when having a baby so it worked out great. Somewhere between 6:15 and 6:30 that morning I had my first contraction. They came on strong and consistent right away. I called Rob at work around 7 am to let him know that I felt like we were going to have a baby. He came home (Thankfully it only takes him about 15 mins. to get home from work!) to help out or see what was going on. I had already called Candi to let her know that things were happening and that I would be bringing the kids over very soon. The boys helped me out by getting dressed, packing an extra set of clothes and their pajamas while I finished packing my suitcase and got the girls some clothes together. Once Rob came home, we were ready to go to Candi's house to drop off the kids. I decided to drive the kids in the van so Candi would have a vehicle big enough to transport all of our children in case she needed to go anywhere with the 12 children ages 9 and under! Rob followed behind me in his truck. You could tell when I was having a contraction because I drove much slower during one than when I was not having them. BTW, Candi only lives about 9 minutes away from us.
We dropped the kids off along with their things and headed to the hospital. I had already spoken to two of the midwives and Kathy was waiting for me at the hospital. They know I usually go pretty fast and knew we were in morning work/school traffic which can be really bad so they told me to pull over if I felt like I needed to push and let my body do its thing. Rob kept telling me to just wait and don't push until we get to the hospital. We went a strange way to the hospital but it turned out to be the fastest which was good. We got to the hospital around 8:15 am and I was already 6-7 cm. Things progressed quickly and I soon was on the birthing stool delivering our precious baby boy. Asa was born at 9:01 am on 9-09-09 weighing almost 9 lbs.