Timothy Grayson O’Shea — My most precious gift ever!
Tuesday July 30th I woke up around 5am and went to teach a 630am yoga private. I taught again at 8am and 10am. That afternoon I went downtown to take a Pilates duet at my great friend Brooke Siler’s studio ReAb, we made sure to focus on a lot of squats. After Pilates I went to see the amazingly talented Jill Blakeway at YinOva for acupuncture that focused on inducing labor. I was prepared to go as long as needed past my due date; but I was also so excited to meet my little guy.
Well, early Wednesday morning July 31st, I woke up around 2am. I told my husband I thought I was having gas pains. I felt uncomfortable and then all of a sudden, I really started having lower back aches and pretty intense pains throughout my abdomen. I felt nauseas even. I called my doctor and she said to get to NYU Medical right away. We called a car, I felt pretty bad for our poor driver who wanted to make sure I didn’t deliver in his back seat!
We arrived at the hospital around 4am. My contractions were coming on fast and furious, and I actually did throw up quite a few times. Tim would help brace one of my legs, or I would press against a chair in a squatting type position, or go on to all fours to help deal with each wave. I also tried my best to rely on my yoga breath instead of tense up too much. I had planned on going natural, then around 6am I wasn’t sure how much longer my contractions would last, I asked for an epidural. Ironically, I had waited a bit too long and it didn’t work. My dream of going all natural was coming true after all!
At 8am I was already 9cm dilated and the doctor asked me if I wanted to have them try to reinsert the epidural or just go for it. I said let’s break my water and go for it. Sure enough after she broke my water, I went to 10cm and started pushing around 830am. At 852am, baby Timothy Grayson made his way in to the world. When I heard his screams, I started crying. The second they laid him on my chest, I wanted to burst. I’ve never felt so much love for anyone in my entire life.
We spent the next two days in the hospital. I found it very helpful to have the nurses show me things. Breastfeeding came pretty naturally for me so I was thrilled about that. We came home on Friday the 2nd and my mom came from Idaho to help out and it’s been amazing. I have very little soreness and I actually have been getting out and about. I even shot some fitness moves for a Physical Therapist’s injury prevention website this past Saturday. I still have a little tummy but I think doing yoga and Pilates and strength training throughout my pregnancy really helped my body just naturally come back, breast feeding really helps too!
Last Wednesday Timothy turned 1 week and this Wednesday he will be 2 weeks old, I can’t believe it! I will keep you posted on all without going over board. I feel like I could put a picture up of him every single day! If you are a new mom, or expecting, please reach out and share your thoughts with me as well. It’s super helpful to have someone to talk to about the joys and growing pains of being pregnant and becoming a first time mommy.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!