Introducing Beckett James Friary

Also known as, the seventh Friary.

This is going to be a long winded post about Beckett’s birth. I just don’t want to forget any of the details and since I keep everything else here I figured, why not?

I went to my 40 week appointment on Friday the 2nd. I had been having contractions all week and figured I’d be sent over to the hospital to deliver. After all, she told me that if I made it to 40 weeks then she would induce me. It was a pretty disappointing appointment. I hadn’t dialated anymore since the week before and I had gained over 40 pounds. She scheduled the induction for Monday the 5th. In the meantime, she told me to take some castor oil to see if that would help. Jon and I drove to Target to pick up some castor oil but they were out so we stopped at Walgreens. I came home and took the castor oil and almost immediately began to have contractions….. they died out later that afternoon.

I took a little more on Saturday afternoon but nothing happened. I woke up in the middle of the night with a few contractions but they didn’t amount to anything.

Here I am taking a belly shot at 3am Sunday.


I didn’t want to try anymore castor oil on Sunday. I knew that my induction would be here soon enough and decided to just wait it out. Jon and I dropped the girls off at CCD and quickly went apple picking. Our last official date for a while.

My parents got to our house early on Monday morning. After sending Chloe off to school we headed out to the hospital for my 9:00 induction. I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait to get the IV’s in!! I couldn’t wait for them to start the pitocin! I couldn’t wait for the painful contractions to start! I couldn’t wait for my water to break! I couldn’t wait to start pushing! I’m so weird like that…..

At 9:15 they hooked up the heart monitors……


Then I sat and waited….. and stared at the walls…….


For two hours before they came in and started my Iv’s with antibiotics (Group B positive).

About an hour later they started the pitocin. I got up to use the bathroom about 45 minutes later and my water broke. YAY! But, there was miconium…. there went my excitement. I was nervous about the baby at that point but they explained to me that it wouldn’t be a big deal and that they were going to have 2 NICU doctors and 2 NICU nurses come in while I was delivering to make sure he was fine.  I was contracting every 3-5 minutes but they weren’t as painful as I remember with the girls so I figured I was progressing slowly.IMG_0112

Around 3:30 the nurse came in to check me and I was already 6cm dialated. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get my epidural in time and the nurse told me not to worry and that she would go out and order it. Turns out that the anesthesiologist was out in the hallway and he could do it right then. I wasn’t in any pain… I had maybe 5 contractions that were painful but I could deal with them. I didn’t want to miss my opportunity though so I faked the pain. HA! While he was putting the epi in he kept stopping and talking me through the contractions (that I couldn’t even feel). I felt like such a fraud. Within 10 minutes I couldn’t feel ANYTHING!!  At about 5:15 the nurse came in to check me and I was ready to go. I did NOT believe her because I didn’t feel any pressure at all. I’ve done this many times and I just couldn’t be ready. She told me not to push and that she was going to get the doctor.

I was going to deliver a baby!! But first, let me take a selfie


OMG! In walks 2 NICU doctors, 2 NICU nurses, my doctor, a resident doctor and my nurse Lisa. My first thought was “these people are going to be pissed waiting for this baby to come out… it’s going to be a while” I pushed three 10 second pushes and about 3 or 4  3 second pushes and I felt him slide out. Easy as that.

Beckett James was born at 5:30pm. He weighed 8lbs 12oz and was 21 inches long. It was love at first sight


Daddy is in love too


The girls came with my parents right away. Emma was sick at school and wasn’t able to meet him until Thursday.


It’s a little blurry but look at Lucy’s face!

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The sweetest little boy I ever did meet.

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After two days in the hospital we were ready to take him home and start our new life together


It’s amazing how someone so little can complete a family so instantly.

Welcome to our family Beckett! You are already So loved!!

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