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Zenia’s Birth Story

Zenia’s Birth Story

Zenia’s Birth Story

Birthday: July 22, 2018
Birth Time: 7:24 a.m.
Weight: 8 pounds 12 ounces
Length: 21 inches

Zenia Marie Birth Story

What a whirlwind birth story this little girl has! My entire labor and delivery with Zenia, from the very first contraction to her entrance, came in at less than 6 hours. It was a very different experience than Zaylen’s Birth Story

In fact, my whole pregnancy has been the polar opposite than mine with her brother. Overall it was a very easy 9 months on my body despite our personal life challenges, like getting laid off only a few short weeks after my pregnancy announcement.

Zenia Marie Birth Story


Even though my pregnancy was much easier overall, the last 4 weeks were still uncomfortable and difficult to maneuver. I began running through my list of old wive’s tales to inducing labor.

I started with eggplant parmesan and pineapple to induce labor. That didn’t work.

Zenia Marie Birth Story

I tried pumping after I hit 39 weeks. That didn’t work either. (Although I definitely feel it’s helped transition to a successful breastfeeding journey!)

I got a lengthy pedicure and a full body massage. Didn’t budge at all.

Zenia Marie Birth Story

I debated acupuncture. But that is not something I was ready for.

So I researched the controversial method of castor oil to induce labor. I asked my amazing network of mamas for personal experiences, read horror stories and success stories, and weighed my options.

After a day and a half of mulling it over, I decided to try a very low dose of castor oil; a maximum of 1 tablespoon in 24 hours. This is less than a quarter of the lowest dose option on the bottle, but more is NOT better from what I read as it pertains to inducing labor.

At 2:30 p.m. on July 21, I took 2 teaspoons of castor oil mixed with juice. At 3:30, I took one more teaspoon. And at 4:30, I took a final teaspoon. If it didn’t work, I wasn’t going to attempt it again.

Exactly 11 hours after my first dose, at 1:30 a.m., I woke up to contractions. They were very painful and incredibly close together. About 3 minutes apart starting out!


At first, I didn’t really believe they were contractions. I only started timing them after I tried to lay down and realized that I physically couldn’t be still through the pain.

I made phone calls to my dad, step mom and mom around 2:30 a.m., putting them on labor alert. I told them I wasn’t sure, but I believed labor was near. After hanging up with my mom, my water immediately broke.

This was the real deal. I was officially in labor.Zenia Marie Birth Story

My water breaking was just a tiny trickle, but very quickly after, a giant gush, and more gush that lasted throughout the entire labor. Even the nurses couldn’t believe how much fluid I had.

My dad and step mom arrived a few minutes later; my dad would stay with Zaylen since it was the middle of the night and my step mom would drive me to the hospital. My mom met us there.

Due to the excessive fluid, it was obvious I was in labor and I was admitted to labor and delivery.

Pain Management

Once in my l&d room, around 4:00 a.m., I opted to stand and bounce on a birthing ball to breathe through contractions. The contractions felt much more intense while laying down, so this helped me manage the pain initially.

I had a really bad time with the epidural during Zaylen’s labor, so I wanted to have a different experience with Zenia. I wanted to go as long as possible without any pain medicine and leave the epidural as an absolute last resort.

I knew once I started other options, there would be no going back. Plus, I really wanted to truly experience more of labor this time around

The nurse’s shift change was happening at 6:00 a.m., and at this point the pain is becoming a bit too much for me to breathe through, so I knew I needed to make a quick decision if I wanted any help.

I asked for nitrous gas first because I had heard good things about it helping with pain during labor. Unfortunately for me, it only made me dizzy and didn’t really take the edge off the contractions either.

I was screaming in pain, cursing quite a bit, and getting very tense through every contraction. Rightfully so, as I progressed from 5 cm to 8 cm in less than an hour. These contractions were on a fast track to delivery.Zenia Marie Birth Story

Probably only 10-15 minutes after gas wasn’t working, I asked for the epidural. At this point I am with my new nurses, and they are growing increasingly concerned with the time. They are mentally preparing me for delivery sans epidural just in case the anesthesiologist doesn’t arrive in time.

Also, I was physically incapable of sitting still through contractions. I was in excruciating pain that did not seem to let up even between contractions. So they were also concerned that I wouldn’t be eligible for the epidural and the anesthesiologist would refuse.

Finally the anesthesiologist arrived while I was dilated to 9.5 cm. It was so close to go time. My nurses gave me fentanyl, an IV pain medication, so that I could sit still through the insertion of the epidural.

Because fentanyl is a short-term pain management option, I didn’t opt for it earlier in labor like I had done previously with Zaylen. Thankfully it took the edge off enough so the epidural was possible. There wasn’t time to install a pump though, so the doctor gave me two doses of meds to get me through pushing.


As soon as my epidural was in, my OB arrived to deliver Zenia. It was time to push and I was ready and able to focus through the process.

Before pushing even once, my doctor could see Zenia’s head. He made a joke about her hair color (that he could see from across the room!) and said it wouldn’t be long before she was here.

Zenia Marie Birth Story

One contraction and one push, her head was out.

Same contraction and second push, most of her shoulders were out, but she did get a little stuck.

Next contraction and a third push, out she came! Let me tell you, this girl has some serious pipes too; she came out screaming like no other.

Less than 5 minutes of pushing and my baby girl was in my arms. I was aiming for a 7:22 a.m. birth time on 7/22, but missed it by only two minutes! The nurses jokingly blamed the doctor for taking too long to get his scrubs on.

Bonding With Baby

At this particular hospital, they delay cord clamping automatically and have immediate skin to skin for at least an hour for mom and baby. No baths, no measurements taken, just mom and baby instantly left to bond.

Zenia Marie Birth Story

This was very different than my experience with Zaylen where his cord was cut instantly after delivery, then he was whisked off for a detailed examination seconds after he came out.

Zenia and I just soaked in one another for an entire hour.

Minor complications

There was meconium present in my amniotic fluid so NICU and respiratory specialists were called in during delivery to make sure she was healthy.

After hearing her very strong first cries, they heard everything they needed to and cleared out. There were no concerns about her lungs and she was perfectly healthy.

Zenia Marie Birth Story

It’s possible that meconium was present due to the castor oil. Castor oil is a laxative and can cause the baby to poop while still inside the womb. I’m not sure if this was the case or not for us, but it’s definitely important to know the potential consequences of even a low dose of castor oil to induce labor. Please do your own thorough research on the subject. 

Meeting Her Brother

About an hour or so after Zenia was born, the rest of my family came in to the labor and delivery room to meet her.

Zaylen was very quiet upon entering the room, with a completely stoic expression. I honestly couldn’t tell if he was frightened, upset, in awe or otherwise. I think he was too overwhelmed with the crying and the environment to truly understand what was happening.

I tried asking him questions or talking to him, but he really didn’t say much at all. A few nods of his head were all I could get out of him.Zenia Marie Birth Story

I decided it was probably best to let him take it all in outside of the room. As soon as he walked out, he started talking to my step mom, dad and brother about his baby sister and how excited he was that she was here.

Once in our mother and baby room (recovery room), he got to come in to see her again. This time he was a bit more willing to see her, speak and interact.

While my brother held her for the first time, she began to cry. Zay immediately put down his tablet and said “I want my baby.” As if to tell his uncle that he wasn’t doing it right and he needed to take charge.

Zenia Marie Birth Story

He climbed into the bed with me and pet her head, kissed her cheeks, and loved on her. Still very silent, but such a tender moment for our new family of three. I’m looking forward to watching their relationship blossom, he’s going to be the best big brother.

I can’t believe how quickly she arrived, and how quickly she’s become an integral part of our lives.

Welcome to the world Zenia Marie, we are so excited to have you here!

Zenia Marie Birth Story

Leave a few wishes for her future in the comments. One day she can look back on them to see just how much you all love her.


Tuesday 11th of September 2018

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! I think it is so empowering to hear about other people's birth stories. I just found out I am expecting my second child also so hearing about how you introduced her to her big brother was just awesome! I hope the best for your sweet little girl!

On a side note I am hoping to join your Pinterst Board Mommy Blogger Top Picks. My pinterest url is -- It is under Teach Love Parent for my blog name.

Jena Hunt

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

Welcome to the world, sweet girl. May you always know the deep love of your mommy and your brother. My wish for you is that you will continue to live a life of eagerness and joy while always knowing that it’s okay to use that voice of yours.

Lori T.

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

Zenia was born into a family of strong women. It's in her DNA, and her environment. This little wonder has quite a life ahead of her!