Bravery Dylan Bates made her debut 7 days late and today she is 7 days new.
After my water broke Friday morning we headed to the hospital! I wasn't having productive contractions so Tyler, Brittany (my amazing Doula) and I walked the hospital halls for hours doing lunges and stepping up and down on benches trying to get things going. People definitely stared! At around 5:30 we agreed to a light dosage of pitocin since I was only dilated 2 cm and it had been over 6 hours since my water broke. After they started the IV, I labored on a medicine ball for about two hours before upping the dosage. Sure enough, I was progressing so the pitocin was working! I had heard horror stories about using pitocin and being in a hospital in general... but I am pleased to say I had an amazing experience! Tyler held my hands while Brittany coached me through it all while worship music played softly in the background. I made it through without an epidural and finally progressed to 10 cm and was ready to push. It was a little twilight zone-y for me because I didn't think it would happen that fast! Mentally I had prepared myself to be in more pain than I actually was and had somehow convinced myself I was only halfway there. All of a sudden lights were bright and the room was full and I was being told I would be meeting my baby "in a few minutes". What?! A few minutes later, after pushing for 15 minutes... she arrived!
Surprise! Baby B turned out to be a girl and our name "Bravery" was the obvious choice for this little girl. Tyler came up with that name as soon as we found out we were pregnant and really felt like that should be the name regardless of the gender. Eventually we decided it would be the girl name but he loved it so much I'm pretty sure he prayed extra hard for this baby to be a girl so we could name her that! Her name summarizes a lot of what we've walked through this past year, and seemed to be the perfect "period" for this paragraph. She's the seal, she's the promise. Tyler's twin brother is named Dylan and as soon as I mentioned it to Tyler he said "that's it" and then... that was it! Being a twin is a special thing for Tyler and I wanted her to be a part of that special thing by honoring Uncle Dyl!
Alli was there throughout the day to film some of our favorite moments. We had 20+ people in the waiting room and at one point they were all in the room with us too :) Our nurses were definitely troopers but we love how many people were so eager to meet her. We're so grateful for all the friends and family that have been taking care of us and loving on Bravery this past week! Here's our little birth announcement video, enjoy!