Jackson's Mama had contractions on and off for days. Yes, days! I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but I had my bag packed and ready to go at all times. Early one Friday morning, about 3 am, she contacted me and let me know that they were headed to the hospital. "It's happening this time." I arrived as she was getting checked in and contractions were intense. I knew that we didn't have much time till baby was here.
After walking the halls and laboring for a bit in the tub, (how amazing is Kaiser?!?) she made her way over to the hospital bed. This mama was doing it without any pain medications. She was shaking from the intensity of the contractions, but at the same time, she was very quiet. Dad did a great job by staying close and attentive, and putting counter pressure on her lower back.
She really was calm and fearless. Jackson made his way earthside quickly. I can't be sure, but I think he arrived on the second push. His cord was wrapped around his body a few times and he was pink and flailing around. But once he was in his Mama's arms, he was content. He was home. <3