Griffin Austin Woodbury was born Friday April 8th, 2011 at 1:44 am, and here’s how it all went down. This may be TMI but the details are already getting hard to remember and I don’t want to forget!
I am a middle school teacher and was getting ready for Parent/Teacher Conferences the morning of Thursday April 7th. I got to work about 6:45 am and immediately called Nate and told him I felt “different.” I wasn’t exactly what I meant by different, but I was feeling a little crampy. I went about the day as usual, all 6 classes and realized about halfway into the day that I was probably having contractions. I continued to update Nate at work, but didn’t really have much to tell him since I really didn’t know what was happening. I asked a lot of my co-workers who had children, and the general consensus was that I was probably not in labor, just approaching it (my due date was April 11th).
I ran an errand after school before conferences and stopped at the grocery store. I picked up two random food items that seemed good to me, Parmesan pita chips and cinnamon rice cakes. Now, my pregnancy was pretty dull in the sense that I did not have the usual signs/symptoms of pregnancy, nor had I really had any cravings. This should have alerted me that something was up, but I was still in denial that labor was approaching.
I got back to school and held parent/teacher conferences from 4:30 until about 7:15, at which point one of my co-workers talked to my principal and they agreed that I should probably head home because I was in labor. I got home and Nate tried to write down the contractions, how far apart they were and how long they were lasting, but I was too antsy to sit with him while he watch the re-cap of the first round of the Masters. At about 9:30pm I was getting uncomfortable and called the doctor. He said that I was probably still a long while away from delivery but that I was definitely in labor and could head to the hospital if I wanted.
So we headed to the hospital, calling only my mom on the way to make sure Cooper, our dog, would be taken care of should we need to stay the night in the hospital. At my initial exam the nurse informed me I was 5 cm dilated and that she would be moving me to a labor and delivery room.
In the time it took to get from the initial exam room to the delivery room, I experienced the pain that women who have had children talk about. When we got to the delivery room, another exam confirmed that I was now at a 10. “Is there still time for the epidural!?!?” I was informed that there is always time for the epidural unless there is a rush to get the baby out. There was no rush since the doctor hadn’t even gotten to the hospital yet. I waited for the anesthesiologist to be out of surgery to administer the epidural and then in a matter of minutes, experienced the most glorious medical invention of all time. The doctor was still not to the hospital (it was about 1 am!), so I decided to call my mom. I told her that I was about to deliver our baby! PS-calling my mom did not seem weird to me at the time, but now looking back it is probably not the most common choice activity minutes before delivering a child. It was so great to hear her voice, and tell her that her first grandchild was about to enter the world!
At 1:44 am our sweet little boy Griffin Austin Woodbury was born, weighing in at 7 pounds 15 ounces and was 19 ½ inches long. His APGAR scores were 9/9. He cried like he when he was supposed to, and he latched on. He is PERFECT. Nate and I fell in love. Griffin is one of God’s all-time most amazing creations.