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September 7, 2016

Jack Douglas Cortes – 6 lbs, 15 oz – September 2, 2016

It’s official, Chris and I made a baby. With our own hands! …Or bodies. Either way, this is our creation. Probably the best thing we’ll ever do. This little cutie pie is going to take over the world.

It all started the week of August 22, when I caught a pretty nasty cold. If you know anything about me, you know this is a big deal. I don’t get sick. At all. It’s just not a thing my body does. So when I told my doctor I had fever and the shakes for a week, she told me to come in as soon as I could because she wanted to check me out and possibly induce me. I told her I’d give it a little more to get better before coming in. And I did get better! I was really hoping Jack could stay in my womb for a little longer, but that wasn’t part of his plan it seems! So I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday, August 31, when I did come into the office for my checkup.


So I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday, August 31, when I did come into the office for my checkup.

But then during my pelvic exam, my OBGYN says “Are you sure your not feeling contractions already?” Cue the panic. “No. Why?”

It turns out I was already 3 cm dilated and my doctor told me in no uncertain terms that based on my exam and what she has seen of me, she didn’t think I’d make it to my due date next week. So, with that news in mind I drove to work and picked up a Wendy’s 4 for 4 meal because that just seemed like a great way to start the day.

Here is a video that goes into an overview of my labor story, but then below I have a detailed timeline I recorded as the events transpired.


Now here is where my timeline starts to come into play. As soon as my body starts to act weird, I basically hit record and chronicalize everything.

My Labor and Delivery Timeline

Wednesday, August 31:

1:20 PM – Some blood on wipe. Start of bloody show?

1:20 PM – Small pieces of chunky blood visible on wipe. Is this my mucus plug?

1:27 PM – Diarrhea 

3:00 PM: Period-like pain in my back, time to tell my boss and go home.

5:55 PN – What is this weird dent in my foot? Very swollen. 

Maybe contractions? Or are these my usual Braxton Hicks? This isn’t painful…

7:22 PM: Blood pressure 142/93

Thursday, September 1:

8 AM – Calls doctor and she says to come in right away.

10 AM – We get to the doctor, she sees us about 11 AM, and almost immediately she decides we should go get induced. My swelling was fairly intense, blood pressure still high, and I was close to 4 cm dilated so a lot had progressed since the day before.

1:30 PM – Finally admitted into the hospital after waiting over an hour to fill out paper work. How do people do this when they are in pain?

5:20 PM – After getting plugged into the machines, I find out that the Braxton Hicks I have been feeling since yesterday were indeed contractions. I’m still having them on my own, but they aren’t consistent enough yet. 

5:30 PM – Nevermind! We are now 5 minutes apart in contractions and my doctor decides not to give me Pitocin since it looks like my body knows what to do.

6:00 PM: Nevermind! We are going to start Pitocin to speed things up because of my liver enzymes. I don’t know why, but apparently, my results are concerning? 

7:15 PM: I’ve decided to request the epidural early because the Pitocin started to make me feel fidgety, still not too painful though. I just don’t want to be moving and wiggling too much when they decide I should have one.

8:00 PM: Getting an epidural felt like 3 bees pinching my back, then getting a warm heating pad blanket over my body. It is making me really freaking itchy though. Contractions every three to four minutes.

?? PM: They are giving me Benedryl, I can’t stop itching. 

?? PM: More Benedryl Please! So itchy!!

Friday, September 3:

?? AM: Requested a top-off of the Epidural because the pressure down below is really intense. Still not making me scream but boy do I get it now.

2:00 AM: I can’t stop shaking. Bloody. Sleep. Oxygen mask.

2:20 AM: Bloody show and apparently my water already broke? When did that happen?

3:15 AM: Given Tylenol and antiobiotics for fever.

3:40 AM: Push time!

3:51 AM: Baby!

I can’t believe this wild ride. Jack is finally here, time for a whole new adventure. Due to my blood pressure levels and some other factors, we stayed in the hospital for a few days after that, coming home Sunday afternoon. More on that will come in my postpartum update.

Did you have a similar birthing experience? Was your labor what you expected?

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  • Jennifer

    Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!! It seems like it’s been a lifetime ago since my last baby was born.(Almost 18 years!) You are so right about being your most amazing achievement!

    October 26, 2016 at 2:43 pm Reply
  • Mrs. AOK

    Congratulations!! It’s all worth it. :) Motherhood is such a fun, beautiful, and at times rollercoaster-ish journey, but I promise it’s all worth it. I love being Mama to my three. :)
    All the best!!

    October 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm Reply
  • Angie Rose

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations on your adorable bundle of love :) Jack is such a cute name!

    October 27, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply
  • Carolyn

    Congratulations. Funny how it seems both that your little one came quickly but in the mix of things each minute lasts forever. Glad everyone is healthy!

    October 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply
  • Kiwi

    Congrats! This is amazing and a blessing what a beautiful baby!

    October 28, 2016 at 12:21 am Reply
  • OurFamilyWorld

    Congratulations on your new baby. It’s all worth it. He is so beautiful.

    October 28, 2016 at 6:16 am Reply
  • Christina

    Congrats!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us, you have me thinking of the night my son was born.

    October 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm Reply
  • Jena Proctor

    I am so glad the delivery went well!! Congratulations!! Pitocin makes it hard to not get something for the pain. Enjoy that sweet baby!!

    October 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Tabitha

    Beautiful story! My baby came a week early as well and we were not expecting that at all nor were we ready! Thankfully everything went well! Congratulations! Motherhood is the bomb!

    October 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Brittany

    Oh he looks so little! Oh man I’m having so many memories running through my mind of my little boys. Now they’re all getting bigger and feel so far from this stage!

    October 28, 2016 at 11:06 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    Awww congrats, dear!!! What a beautiful little man! Thanks for sharing your journey! Also, I love the name Jack ^^

    October 29, 2016 at 5:35 am Reply
  • Taylor Mobley

    Oooooh geez. I do not look forward to giving birth someday but you sure did make a gorgeous baby!!! Way to go, mama!!! I can’t wait to see more pictures as he gets older.

    October 31, 2016 at 12:49 am Reply
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