My third pregnancy came as a little bit of a surprise. We had planned on having three children but weren't planning the next pregnancy so soon. It was a shock for us since it had taken over a year to get pregnant with our first child, and we needed fertility drugs to get pregnant with our second. We already had two girls and were really hoping for a boy this time. Since this was my third pregnancy, I started gaining weight almost immediately and by 12 weeks, I was already wearing maternity clothes.
When we had our ultrasound at 19 weeks, we found out we were having a boy! My parents were there for the ultrasound and while my father and husband cheered and gave each other high fives, my mother and I cried because we were so excited! That same day, we went shopping for boy clothes and stocked the closet with blue items since we had only been buying pink and purple up to this point. We spent the next few months getting the nursery ready for a baby boy and preparing to have a newborn in the house again.
I started having contractions around eight months, which was nothing new as this happened with my other pregnancies. We expected an early delivery with our son as well. For the next month and a half, I continued to work full-time through severe contractions, some only two to three minutes apart. I was dilated to three centimeters by the time I finally reached my ninth month and was more than ready to have my baby.
At 38½ weeks, my water broke at home, just as it had with my previous pregnancies. Since it was a slow leak, I tried to sleep a little, but at 12:30 AM, we called my sister-in-law to come stay with our girls so we could head in to the hospital.
At the hospital, my contractions began to slow but since my water had broken, they wouldn’t send me home and I was given a Pitocin drip. This helped get the contractions going and I was able to receive an epidural. During the procedure, my blood pressure dropped and I started losing consciousness. They had to give me some IV medication to get my blood pressure back up before they could continue with the epidural. After the epidural was administered, I was able to relax and talk with my parents and husband, and even watch a little TV. Again, however, my contractions slowed. I kept apologizing to everyone because my labor was taking so long! Around 1 PM on January 22, I was ready to push. I pushed for almost two hours, which I didn’t expect as it was my third child. Our beautiful baby boy, Aiden Walker, was born weighing six pounds, seven ounces, and was 18 inches long. He was perfectly healthy and looked exactly like his two older sisters. Today, Aiden is a happy, rambunctious two year old who loves Buzz Lightyear and Spiderman and enjoys playing with (and sometimes tormenting!) his two older sisters.