Mason Christopher arrived at 38 weeks on March 20, 2011 at 12:06pm. He weighed 7 lbs, 5 oz and was 20.5 inches long!  My water broke at midnight on the 20th and by the time I got to the hospital I was at 3cm dilated.  I labored for 11 hours before they decided to give me a c-section because with every contraction it was compressing on his head and the cord and his heart rate was dipping.  I lost all my amniotic fluid so they were giving me an amniotic cathedar to replace the fluid, but it wasn’t working.

The first week was a huge struggle when he was home.  I was breastfeeding, which to me was miserable.  I felt like my old life was over and I felt like having a baby maybe wasn’t the right decision.  Chris was super supportive but I cried every single day and had a complete meltdown on Monday the 28th – and I almost switched to formula.  I had never cried so hard, I wasn’t eating, I was shaking, miserable, tired, and lost.  I didn’t know what to do.  Chris and I discussed continuing on with breastfeeding and we decided instead of exclusively breastfeeding to start pumping and storing milk so I could give him bottles if I wanted to.  It made me super happy when I pumped and Chris fed him from the special breastflow bottle while my sister took me to lunch.  It made me happy to know I have the bottle option and that I’m not stuck to the couch.

It’s getting better each day.  I have a great support system in my mom, Chris’ mom, my sister Lindsay and her husband Vito, Kristen as much as she can from Boston, and of course, my husband Chris.  Who is the most amazing person on the entire planet.

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