Labor and Delivery: Meet Paul Raffaele Noojin

Good morning and happy Sunday! Life has been amazing at the Noojin residence =D Matt and I have been living in bliss with our now 2 week old son; we are completely obsessed with him =D Paul has brought me so much happiness. He is my little snuggle muffin.

Labor

My little Paulino was born early Sunday morning on February 7th. I went to the hospital on Saturday morning because I had light bleeding when I woke up. When I got there, it turned out that I was having contractions and I was 2 centimeters dilated. They kept Matt and I there for four hours, but since I hadn’t dilated any more in those four hours, they decided to discharge me. Within two hours, we were back at the hospital to find out I had dilated 4 more centimeters. The contractions were intense at 6 centimeters, but I was so determined to give birth without medication that I dealt with the pain. That plan ended when I was having contractions at 8 centimeters. I decided to request an epidural because I could not deal with the minute long contractions that were coming every 2 to 3 minutes. By the time the epidural was administered, I was 9 centimeters dilated. The epidural worked on my right side, but not fully on my left. I still felt the contractions on the left side, but they were not intense anymore. At 3 am, my water broke, they turned off the epidural, and I started to push.

Delivery

The delivery took about 25 minutes. At this point, the epidural wore off completely. Truthfully, pushing did not hurt until the last 5 pushes. During the last couple of pushes, the pain was indescribable, with each subsequent push more unbelievably painful than the last. After the last push, I heard my baby cry. I removed the towel that I had covered my face with during delivery and looked up at Matt. As I was looking at him, I was not prepared for the intense love that I felt for him. I didn’t think it was possible to be able to love him any stronger prior to this since I had already thought my love was at its strongest. This love was so intense. Then they put Paul on my body.

If I was a Saiyan from Dragonball Z, I would have powered up to Super Saiyan 3 in that one second. Except the power up would have come from intense love instead of anger for my two favorite boys  😉

Paul has given love a new meaning. Matt and I created this little being. He is perfect.

Meet Paul Raffaele

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Thank you so much for reading =D  I hope you have a happy Sunday! =D