He's here! He's here! He's here!
Benjamin Gerald Braddock arrived Thursday, August 22nd at 4:20 am. He weighed in at 7 lb 0.5 oz and measured 19.8 in. He is a tiny little thing compared to his brother who was born at almost a pound heavier. I was honestly thinking I would have an 8-pounder since I was so uncomfortable for several weeks and he seemed to take up every inch of my belly.
Here's the quick version of how it all went down.
I went to work at UNF on Wednesday looking like this and not suspecting anything. The day before my doctor had scheduled me to be induced today (8/27) and I was good with that.
Around 6:30 pm I started having contractions that seemed to be pretty rhythmic. I put my mom on alert. Around 7:30pm I started writing down my contractions and by 9pm I concluded they were not going away and we needed to call the doctor.
We headed to the hospital and tried to mentally prepare for the night ahead. My labor with Jackson was almost identical at this point and he came at 9:50 am the following day. We figured we had some time at the hospital while I progressed. No such luck!
I was admitted around midnight and still doing ok pain wise. I offered to do some walking (this is what I had to do with Jackson) to help things along but my nurse seemed to think this was going to happen quick and it wouldn't be necessary. Neither Brian or I still really believed her but I took her recommendation and asked for my epidural.
A mere 3 hours later I had significantly progressed. My nurse woke me up from a cat nap, checked things, and quickly alerted me that we were having a baby. My response was, "like in 30 minutes or so. I need to call my inlaws." The nurse replied, "No, in like 5 minutes."
I shouted to Brian to wake up (in a deep sleep on the couch next to me due to football fatigue) and tried to relay that this was happening RIGHT NOW! It took him several minutes to realize what was happening.
The nurse told me to give a little warm up push and then immediately commanded me to STOP pushing. Ben was ready to enter the world. So everyone rushed in and got ready to receive him. In a mere 4 pushes Ben joined us. It was crazy how quick it all happened.
In an hour's time we went from being asleep (sort of) to having a baby to our room being quiet again with our little guy in our arms. It took an hour or so after that to really wrap our minds around it.
What took no time at all was falling in love with our Little B. He is beautiful.
So far things are going really well. He is a sweet baby. I am enjoying this newborn stage so much more this time and I'm really thankful for that. Adjusting to a family of 4 will take some time for everyone, but it's going to be great. I don't think Jackson fully gets what's going on but he sure is good at giving his little brother kisses.
I'll conclude this post with Ben's TV debut. Thanks to my friends at First Coast News, Ben was featured in a story on Friday night and then on the morning show twice on Saturday! What a celebrity already. Here is the clip that we were featured in on football families last Friday night. This gives a little glimpse into my life as a coaches wife. Unfortunately, the original suspense of waiting for Ben to come (and wondering if he would come on a football Friday) was foiled for the news, but it worked out ok for us.
Thank you for all the warm wishes in the social media world! I can't wait to keep you updated on life with 2 little guys and get back in the kitchen and writing regularly.