My Birth Story: Hudson Palmer

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{This is the long, unedited version, so grab a bag of popcorn and come along for the ride!}

He’s finally here! A healthy, beautiful 6lb. 14oz. baby boy. Although it took us the whole 9 months to decide on one, I knew we had chosen the right name for him as soon as we saw him.

I had my weekly appointment on Monday and the doctor said I was 2cm dilated. He went ahead and scheduled my induction for that next Monday. I thought to myself “Okay, this is good. Now I know I have a week to get things in order before he comes. “ I should’ve known that babies don’t work around our schedules!

I started having strong contractions on Wednesday evening. I didn’t think I would make it through the night, but they weren’t super close together, so I told Devon we would wait and see how it went. Along came Thursday and the contractions were still pretty sporadic, so I told Devon he should still go to work. I had NO idea we would become a family of four that night!

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As the day went on, the contractions kept getting worse, but I was still stuck on waiting to go to the hospital until they were 5 minutes apart. *Hindsight: Do NOT wait that long.* Devon got home from work and I told him I was going to go get a pedicure. I had wanted to get one before Hudson arrived and I had a feeling he wasn’t going to wait until Monday.  He advised me not to go, but being stubborn, I told him I was fine. *Note to self: Listen to your husbands! They usually have your best interest at heart*

So, I got my pedicure while suffering through the contractions.  {Funny story: I tried to hide the pain, but the guy doing my pedicure must’ve seen it on my face because he asked if he was hurting my foot!}  Afterwards, I waddled into Walmart to get a couple ingredients I was missing for dinner. By this point I should’ve known I was in labor because I couldn’t even stand during the contractions. I finally made it back home and immediately threw down the groceries and sat down in the recliner. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to cook dinner, but even at this point, I was still stuck on not going to the hospital. I didn’t want to be one of those people that went early just to get turned away because it was too soon. However, it finally got bad enough that Devon insisted that we go right away (and it was a good thing he did). He hurriedly installed the new car seat, loaded Harley in the car, and off we went.

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Thankfully, we only live 9 minutes from the hospital; otherwise we wouldn’t have made it in time! Let me tell you, it was still the longest car ride of my life. I could barely walk from the parking garage into the hospital. We made it into labor and delivery by a miracle and they took me to an intake room. They didn’t realize how far along I was until the nurse finally checked me. She immediately had to wheel me to a delivery room and call the doctor. Let me tell you, a natural, and un-medicated birth was NOT on my agenda, but they told me there wasn’t enough time for anything.  Fast forwarding a little bit to spare you the painful and gory details, we welcomed baby Hudson into the world just 32 minutes after arriving to the hospital!

I feel so blessed to have two healthy kiddos and I couldn’t have done it without my amazing husband by my side every step of the way!

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What's In My Hospital Bag

It’s finally that time! With 3 weeks or less until baby arrives, its time to make sure we have our hospital bags packed and ready to go. I’d consider myself somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to hospital bag packing. I like to be prepared, however a lot of the lists I see people make seem a little crazy! After going through this once before, I’ve come up with a list of what I actually need to bring, and what I can just leave at home. Hopefully this is helpful to some of you expecting little ones soon or those of you preparing for the future! I will link the exact products I’m taking for those wanting to know.

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My Bag:

- The Bag I’m using (My nana got this for me and it is PERFECT! So much room.)

-     Chapstick (Must have item!)

-     Nursing Bras/Nursing Pads

-     Robe/This sleep shirt (For walking the halls/pictures)

-     Dry Shampoo

-     Hair Brush (I have this Kristin Ess one from Target and it is the best!)/Hair Ties (Got these hair ties in New Orleans and have been loving them!! It’s also for a great cause.)

-     Makeup

-     Long Phone Charger (getting this 10ft. one from Amazon)

-     Going Home Outfit (Something comfy! I’m bringing leggings, this loose shirt, and these tennis shoes.)

-     Lanolin

-     “Granny” panties

-     Maxi Pads

-     Blanket

-     Toiletry Items: Lotion, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor. Travel size recommended. (It’s nice having your own products when you’re finally allowed to shower!)

- Face wipes

-     Toothbrush/Toothpaste

- Flip-flops you can wear in the shower

I’ve seen people recommend taking your own bath towels and pillows, but in my opinion it’s just more unnecessary things you have to carry in and out. The ones the hospital provides are more than enough unless you are super particular! Another thing I personally don’t bring are extra pajamas for myself (besides the pair for pictures). When I had Harley, I just stayed in a hospital gown the whole time. This makes for less laundry for when you get home (the birthing process is messy), plus the hospital gown already has easy access for breast feeding and nurse check-ups. Of course, all of that is personal preference.


Husband’s Bag:

-     Phone Charger

-     2 Changes of Clothes (& socks, underwear, etc.)

-     Pajamas

-     Headphones

-     Blanket/sheet

-     Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Deodorant



Diaper Bag:

-     Diapers/Wipes/Rash Cream

-     Going Home Outfit (You’ll want more than one in case one doesn’t fit.)

-     Changing Pad

-     Hat

-     Socks

-     Swaddles/lightweight blankets

-     Pacifier/Pacifier Clip

-     Picture Props (if needed)

-     Pajamas/white onesies

-     Boppy Pillow/Boppy Cover (Very handy for breast feeding)

-     Car Seat