This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BestMomsDayEver #CollectiveBias. Here I’ll share the birth story of our first-born, 30 week preemie son, a $4,000 Mother’s Day Giveaway, and some great info on fun gifts for Mother’s Day.
A Mother’s Day to Remember
My introduction to motherhood started out a bit unexpectedly. I was 30 weeks pregnant and awoke at midnight on a Friday in a pool of water on my bed. Fortunately I’d laid down some plastic sheet protectors to protect the bedding. My mom was visiting and I waddled over to her room and let her know about my water breaking. She was a little worried, but thanks to some Bradley courses I’d taken with my husband, I knew we had a little bit of time to gather our things before leaving for the hospital.
I wasn’t in any pain and there weren’t any contractions I could feel, so I figured they would put me on bed rest for a few weeks. We left for the hospital in the rain and I wound up driving since my mom was not familiar with the area.
My husband had left only a day or two before and was over 1,000 miles away to cycle in an MS 150 bicycle race. I managed to get ahold of him once we got to the hospital and let him know that my water had broken and that I’d started contractions. My husband could tell by the pain in my voice that he needed to get home right away.
The doctors and nurses put me on medication in an attempt to slow my contractions and give our son a chance to stay inside me for a little longer. The meds slowed my contractions but they made me very nauseated.
The next day, Saturday, was my baby shower. Nearly 30 friends were gathering at my girlfriend’s house to bless our family with gifts. But I was in the hospital! My doula called my girlfriend Cheryl and let her know about the situation and they postponed the shower – everything hinged on the arrival of our baby and we were all anxious about the arrival. Would he come today or could the doctors postpone his arrival? No one knew.
My husband arrived from the airport at 10 AM. Somehow he’d managed to catch a same day flight and make it to the hospital. His arrival was a tremendous relief for me since he was not only my husband and the daddy – he was also my birth coach.
Even though my contractions had slowed, I was contracting all day. Pastors from our church visited to pray for us and we made it through the day with long, slow contractions, anti-nausea medication, and a mild medication for pain. My mom was a tremendous help – getting food and water for us and being available to help any way she could. I highly recommend a birth team if you’re expecting – it made a world of difference for me.
That evening my contractions were 22 minutes apart. Everything seemed to be winding down and the doctors gave me a medication to help me sleep. Even my doula – with children of her own, left to go home. My husband stayed with me along with one of my closest girlfriends.
Sometime around 11 PM I woke with sharp contractions. I told my husband to “get the doctor now!” Even in my drug-induced sleep I could feel a tremendous weight on my lower region and I knew it was my baby – I needed help and I needed it fast!
I waited for what seemed like an eternity and the nurse finally checked me only to discover that I was 10 centimeters. The nurse looked at my husband and said, “We are going to have this baby right now.” My husband says he quaked in his knees.
A Preemie Birth at 30 Weeks
My girlfriend left to get my doula and mom, and the nurse went to find my doctor. A team of people moved me from my quiet waiting room to a delivery room with lots of bright lights and a more sterile environment.
Our first born baby boy was born in the wee hours of the night. We could only hold him for a short moment before a NASCAR pit crew wisked him away to get him breathing. He weighed just a little over 3 lbs. My husband never left his side and made sure the doctors and nurses took good care of him every step of the way from my womb to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) incubator. He was fed via a feeding tube and was on oxygen for months.
The six and half weeks in the NICU were like a roller coaster ride. Some days our son was wiggly and eating great, and other days he seemed sick and would not eat. Everything in me was tested – I realized very quickly how helpless I am, and how important it is to have a relationship with the good Lord – especially when you are enduring a trial of parenthood.
What I learned about my Mom
The whole experience taught me a lot about my own parents and especially my own mom. There are so many things I took for granted about my mom -always in the background, always providing support from the sidelines. Sometimes you don’t realize all the quiet and painful things that moms endure until you become a mom yourself. I am so eternally grateful to be a mom. Despite the rocky beginning, I’d do it all again 100 times over to have and hold my beautiful son. He is an absolute treasure. I count my two boys as my life’s greatest accomplishments. They truly give more meaning to my life.
My mom was there to support me during the birth of my firstborn and here she is pictured with my son – her very first grand baby.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I am just so thankful for my mom. After my firstborn son was born she cancelled some important events she had going on at work, and stayed with us for two weeks to help me in preparation of our baby coming home. The nursery still had to be set up and various preparations in our home still needed to be completed. Bringing home a preemie was going to present special challenges and my mom was an integral part of helping me to get ready.
A Special $4,000 Giveaway for Moms
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Mother’s Day Gifts for A Mother’s Day to Remember
If you’ve been reading my blog for long, then you know we shop at Walmart pretty regularly. What a treat it is to come upon a wall of fun Mother’s Day gifts for mom. Hard to believe that my once teenie tiny 3 lb son can now pick out gifts for my mom for Mother’s Day. And that’s just what we did this week.
The boys picked out some beautiful Mother’s Day gifts for my mom – I love the plaque that says, “Grandma makes the world a little softer, a little gentler, a little kinder. You are an Angel.” So true mom – you are an angel!
This huge one wall display has everything for Mother’s Day – stuffed pillows and animals, dancing flowers, candy, coffee mugs, stationary, and cards. There’s a candy shop, flower shop, coffee shop, gift shop, and pet shop. It’s a shopping delight for two little boys who love their mommy and their grandmothers!
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My boys and I made a short video where we practiced packing our Mother’s Day gift for grandma with my two boys, and then we packed our actual gifts – it was so much fun! Amazing what you can do with two kids, some tissue paper and a big cardboard box!
A Mother’s Day Wish
I wish it were easy for us to fly over and visit my mom for Mother’s Day because more than anything I’d love to spend the day with her – just two moms enjoying the company of one another’s love and friendship. But since I can’t do that mom, these fun gifts picked out by the boys will have to do until we see you again. Big hugs are waiting for you when you come on your next trip!
What’s Your Mother’s Day Story
What’s your story? Do you have a Mother’s Day story to Remember? Please share with this online community by leaving a comment below – I love to hear mom’s stories!
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