I got the call from Lindsey around 4:30am on March 6th. She was 40 weeks and 5 days. Contractions were a few minutes apart. Baby Stock was ready to make his or her entrance into the world! I got to Des Moines a few hours later. Lindsey was still in early stages of labor. She sat on her exercise ball and worked through contractions. The midwife stopped by to see how everything was progressing. She discovered that baby was posterior, and labor was slowing down.
I drove Lindsey to the chiropractor and then to the acupuncturist. At this point, she was most comfortable working through contractions on her hands and knees, so we put the seats down in the Rav and she rode in the back.
When we got back to her house, Lindsey’s labor was noticeably more intense. She stayed in bed for the most part. Sophie (the dog) was very protective and concerned. She stayed as close to Lindsey and her belly as possible for comfort. Doggy doula.
Aaron was so great and stayed by Lindsey’s side the whole day.
The sun went down and still no baby. Lindsey trusted her body to do what it was made to do. She was so strong for enduring such a long and exhausting labor.
I decided to take a nap around 10:30pm. I said, “wake me up when it’s time to push”. Ryker had other plans for me. After napping for about 6 hours straight, he was ready to party and I was on Ryker duty.
Around 1:00 and after dosing off on the couch while snuggling with my nephew (against his will), Aaron yelled down the stairs that it was time to push.
Then at 2:09am on March 7th, Hallie Rose entered the world.
Weighing 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 21 inches long.
I love my sweet niece <3
Hallie’s birth story video: