The Birth Story of Cruz
**Typo in video, I delivered at 38 weeks 3 days!
The day before Cruz was born
Let’s start with Tuesday, January 10th, 2017. I had such a productive day! I had a Finish Line/Adidas shoot scheduled for later in the day and to prepare for it I had a hair and makeup appointment. Before I got all glammed up for the shoot I decided to get a 2 mile run in.
This run was different, I was in the zone! Somehow I ran a 8:59 pace, which was something I couldn’t imagine doing at 38 weeks 2 days pregnant.
After my run I rushed to get my hair cut and styled, an item on my 1 month out checklist. My hairstylist, which was randomly chosen, was pregnant and her name was Andie! We talked about our pregnancy the whole time, it was lovely. Shortly after I went to get my makeup done.
My photoshoot was a success, and Kira you are amazing!
I was woken up by what I thought were Braxton Hicks (similar to contractions but not as intense). After a few BH or possibly labor contractions, I started to track how often I was getting them. For the first hour they were 5-7 minutes apart. These weren’t super intense, but I had a feeling today was the day. Joey didn’t believe me because I wasn’t freaking out and was super relaxed, even cracking jokes.
The next two hours the contractions were closer together, 2-5 minutes apart and getting more intense. At this point I knew I was in labor, so I called my doctor and she said to get to the hospital. I didn’t want to leave in a hurry so we took our time gathering all the last minute things for our hospital bags.
We left our place around 5am and were in the triage by 5:30. For those of you who don’t know what a triage is (I didn’t know until I went on our hospital tour), it’s the first room they put you in to monitor your contractions, blood pressure, heart rate, and baby’s heart rate. If you are really in labor and dilating you will eventually go to labor and delivery.
At this point, when the contractions came I couldn’t really talk to anyone. I had to just breathe through it and once it passed I was back to my normal self. Unfortunately, I was only 3cm dilated (got to get to 10cm to deliver her) so we had to wait in triage. To speed things along they had me go on a few walks around the hospital and continue to check my cervix every 2 hours. The contractions were getting harder to handle and were coming every 2-3 minutes.
Labor & Delivery
At 6cm dilated I just couldn’t take the pain anymore and got an epidural. This was the BEST DECISION EVER!!! Honestly, with our next baby I’m getting this the minute I step foot in the hospital. But, considering this was my first I had no idea how I’d handle the pain and went as long as I could. Once the epidural kicked in I felt great! The contractions were still every 2-3 minutes but luckily I didn’t feel them at all.
Around 12pm the nurse checked my cervix and I was 7-8cm dilated. Things were moving along naturally and there was no need for pitocin quite yet. At 12:30pm my doctor stopped by and checked my cervix again, I was 8cm dilated and she broke my water. An IUPC was inserted to surround Cruz in water so that as my uterus was contracting it didn’t smash her.
1:30pm Joey and I were feeling super sleepy and hungry! I begged the nurse for some food!!! She only gave me apple juice and graham crackers, but if you know me well enough that didn’t do it. Joey ended up getting me a quinoa chicken veggie bowl and I ate about 1/4 of it. I was cautious not to eat too much because I didn’t want to throw up or feel sick.
2:30pm I’m still 8cm dilated. They gave me a little pitocin and then I put this peanut shaped yoga ball in between my legs to open my pelvis more.
I was starting to get a little impatient, I mean I’ve been at the hospital since 5:30am. Come on Cruz, hurry up!!
3:45pm I was 9.5cm dilated! Woohoo things were moving along. The nurse would check on me in another hour and once I hit 10cm my doctor was going to be called.
5pm 10cm dilated!!!!!!!!! Cruz’s head was really low and I was feeling a lot of pressure.
My heart was pounding. I had no idea things would speed up this fast and that this was actually happening. I’m about to deliver our baby and finally meet her!! This was such a precious time with my husband, we were beyond excited.
Cruz Adriana Arnold
At 5:45pm Cruz Adriana was born. A tiny little peanut only weighing 5lbs 8oz and 18inches long. Black hair, grey eyes, olive skin, and a big head like Daddy.
Believe it or not I only pushed for 15 minutes and out came Cruz. It happened super fast and wasn’t too bad. I couldn’t have done it without my hubs or the epidural.
And then there were 3
No one can prepare you for the moment your baby is placed in your arms. 15 hours of labor and 15 minutes of pushing will never be forgotten. We look forward to watching Cruz grow into a strong, passionate, smart, caring woman.