I am so excited to introduce the newest member of our family, Bruce Alexander Beaton.
He arrived at 11:53 pm on 24 May 2017 weighing 9lbs 10 oz, 21 3/4 inches long.
I thought the day would never get here. I was becoming resigned to the fact that Bruce would show up after his due date just like his older brother had.
Luckily that turned out not to be the case. On 24 May, 2 days before my due date, at around 4 pm contractions hit me quick and hard. They went from non-existent to extremely painful contractions coming every 1 min and 20 seconds out of nowhere. It came on so fast that it caught my husband and I completely off guard.
I wanted to wait as long as I possibly could before we went to the hospital. Last time I was in labor I was sent home because I wasn’t far enough along. By the time I went to the hospital for the second time I ended up stuck in morning traffic. I did not want anything like that to happen again.
I wanted to make sure I was actually in labor and that I would be far enough along to be admitted the first time. By 5 pm I knew this wasn’t another episode of false labor. This was the real deal and I was progressing fast.
We called my mom and let her know she needed to come and pick up our son. But of course, she was stuck in traffic 45 mins away. Fortunately, we had friends down the street who were able to watch him until she could pick him up.
About an hour and a half after the first contraction started I knew it was time to leave for the hospital. My husband rushed our son to our friend’s house. As I waited for him to come back for me I was overcome with emotion. I couldn’t help but cry, knowing that this was the last time Vincent was going to be my one and only baby.
He was already growing up so quickly and he was about to become an older brother. I was excited and scared all at the same time. I kept asking myself how I could possibly love another baby as much as I loved him
By the time we arrived at the hospital I was progressing quickly and immediately received an epidural. My labor lasted a total of around 8 hours from the first contraction to the final push. Not bad considering I was in labor for around 26 hours the first time.
I fell in love with Bruce the second the doctors placed him in my arms. Any fear or doubt about if I could love him as much as I loved Vincent vanished immediately. My heart quickly made room for my beautiful new baby boy.
I was extremely worried about going into labor the second time around. The first time I had severe postpartum hemorrhaging. It lasted for what seemed like hours. To make matters worse our doctor had extremely poor bedside manner and told my husband that if they couldn’t get the bleeding under control they could lose me. It was an incredibly frightening experience
This time I had amazing doctors who were prepared for the possibility of hemorrhaging. After delivery, they assessed that I was again at risk of hemorrhaging and quickly gave two different medications to prevent it. They were so kind and reassuring that my husband and I quickly felt at ease.
Bruce caught the doctors off guard with his large size. They had assessed that he would only be around 7 pounds. I told them he was going to be much larger. When they weighed him and told me he was 9 lbs and 10 oz, I laughed and gave the doctor a quick I told you so.
Bruce has been home for almost two weeks now and is doing so well. He’s a happy, healthy, and very hungry baby. And Vincent is an amazing big brother. He was so excited to meet Bruce and asked to hold him immediately. His first question every morning after waking up is, where’s my baby brother?
I am so lucky to be the mother to two amazing little boys and I cannot wait to see what the future hold for them and for us as a family.