It is with great joy that I get to announce the arrival of baby Laycock #3. On August 18 @ 2:45am, Iliza Helen Laycock was born. (Pronounced ill eye za)
She came very quickly and before her due date. Earlier that day, I had a midwife appointment and asked if they would do a stretch and sweep for me. She said yes because my due date was only a few days away.
At that time (3pm), I was not dialated at all and she told me that the S & S probably wouldn’t work. I told her that it was worth a shot because I was feeling miserable. I immediately started spotting which is completely normal.
That night, Annie was able to go on her first bus ride program. I was having off and on contractions throughout the presentation and I was still spotting. Afterwards, I told Richard to fill the car up with gas because I think tonight is the night afterall. I called my mom and dad and let them know what was going on.
It was a restless night and once the kids were in bed, we relaxed in bed. Contractions were 10 minutes apart around 11:30pm. By 12am, I had to call the midwives and let them know that the contractions were 5 minutes apart. However, by the time, I got through to them a little after 12, my contractions were only 2 minutes apart. They told me to leave immediately and get to the hospital. (It was at least a 20 minute drive) The babysitter arrived as we were leaving and we were on our way.
We arrived at the hospital and parked in the wrong area and had to make a long walk stopping along the way for the contractions. We arrived around 1:20 and had to go and be admitted to the hospital. I was checked and was already at 7cms.
I was sent into the labor and delivery room around 1:45 and stepped into a nice hot bath. My contractions were hard and fast getting to about a minute apart when I said that I had to get up. By 2:20, I was on my knees on the bed and having contractions. The need to push was starting to come but not super strong at that point. I was having extreme back pain and the midwife was pushing on my back trying to alleviate it.
This is the point where Richard said I got mean. I started bawling. I don’t remember what I said but it was obviously not the nicest I was all night. By 2:42 (I looked at my hospital records and am still in shock!!), I was fully dialated and ready to push. By 2:45, she was fully delivered!!! Yup you read that correctly, she was out in 3 minutes. It was so fast, the midwives were yelling at me to stop pushing because they didn’t have their gloves on and weren’t ready to catch her.
Iliza didn’t start crying right away. I was still on my knees as I couldn’t move because my pelvis and back were in such pain. I kept asking if she was ok and they told me that her color was good and her heart rate was good but she still wasn’t making a sound. A minute later, which felt like forever, they told me they were going to have to clamp and get Richard to cut the cord right away. Iliza still wasn’t crying.
Richard cut the cord and they carried her over to the little machine that they have to clean her up. Beeping started going off and I kept asking if she was ok. I told Richard to go and watch her as I couldn’t.
They were saying that her oxygen level was low and that they just needed to bring it up but that her color and heart rate were good. Richard said they grabbed a tube and shoved it (he thinks down the throat) and started sucking up fluid. Finally she started to cry. They took the oxygen mask and blew oxygen at her. At her 10 minute check up point, she was finally up to where she needed to be and Richard was able to hold her!!!
I was being looked after so he took off his shirt and did some skin to skin with her since I couldn’t. Eventually, they had to give me a bit of gas because I couldn’t stop shaking or relax enough to get them to check me.
The rest of the night went well. I was able to get up and have a bath to clean up and then we were released to go home. We were home by 5:20am!!!
Her birth was extremely fast and quite emotional but I am so glad that she is here and is healthy!!!! Iliza weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces and was 19.5″ long. She is so far our smallest baby and nothing fits her!!!!!
That is our birth story!!! Baby Izzy made quite the appearance but she is already so loved and cherished in this family!!! She fits in perfectly with our family!!!