Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's A Boy!

Laying on Daddy's lap
Front of our house
Duke wanting to sniff the baby

Wide awake

Coming home wearing a duck outfit from his Grandma (Chris' Mom)

 A birth story...dedicated to my 1st born son, Christopher. 

Christopher James arrived on Sunday, August 31 at 12:34 am! He weighted 7lbs and 9ozs. Everything went perfectly, I was only in the delivery room for about 5hrs. When I entered labor and delivery on the 2nd floor I was greeted by a nurse. She told me that I wouldn't be going to triage, but straight to a room. Since I was so overdue and the hospital was quiet, they were admitting whether I was in true labor or not, they would just "help me along" if they had to. At the time, I really didn't process what that meant. I was going to have him that night.

I remember walking into the delivery room and seeing the baby bed set up with a cap and diaper, and then it hit me. I was having a baby. There would be a baby in this room soon, my baby. I threw my clothes into a plastic belongings bag. I still remember what I wore. I remember thinking the next time I saw that bag of clothes I would have a baby in my arms. 

I arrived around 7pm and the nurse said to try to have the baby before 7am when ended. We made the deadline :) I luckily did not have to be induced and was in labor. I was 41wks and 3 days. I like having been surprised by the baby's birthday. If someone told me earlier in the day that I was going to have him, I would not have believed them. Chris and I cleaned our cars, went grocery shopping, did laundry, made dinner and I even baked brownies.

He was born completely naturally, I didn't have an epidural just like I hoped. My Mom, Chris, and the nurse were very supportive of me not having drugs. Without them I don't think I could have made it through and all of the prayers from everyone.

When I arrived at the hospital I was 4cm dilated, 100% effaced and getting contractions every 3-5 minutes. The doctor thought it was very early on in the labor process and that it was going to be a long labor. I don't know why, but I just had intuition that I was going to have a quick delivery. My OB encouraged me to walk around to keep things moving. After less than an hour of walking, I was in so much pain that I wanted to go back to our room. The contractions were really painful at this point and I was moaning through them. The nurse offered to check to see if I progressed and sure enough I was already 6-7cm dilated! At this point they realized I was moving quickly.

An hour after that, I was 8-9cm dilated and in the most extreme pain I felt in all my life! I started saying "I can't do this, I NEED an epidural!" Everyone kept encouraging me and telling me I was doing great. About an hour after that point, my water broke with a huge gush and I was immediately ready to push. It took about 30 minutes of pushing till he was born. Pushing for whatever reason wasn't painful and in between I was able to talk to people and relax. I'm not sure why I didn't feel any pain at this point, even the nurse was surprised at how calm and quiet I was. It did take a ton of energy though. In all it was a quick labor (about 5 hrs), especially considering it was my first.  

We were not surprised that it was a boy. In all of our dreams about the baby before he was born, we dreamed he was a boy. I told the last doctor I saw that I thought it was a boy and he said that the mother is closest to the baby and would have the best guess. Well I guess I guessed right!

He is so beautiful! Of course every parent thinks that about their child though. I think he has Chris' face and eyes and my chin, ears, and hair. I can't believe he is mine! I keep telling myself that. He is also so alert. He will lay awake for an hour or two already and just look at me and look around. I love it. It is so much fun being a "mommy" to him, even though I am currently very sleep deprived.

Thank you to everyone who has sent cards, clothes, balloons, and flowers. 

1 comment:

  1. So happy for you!!! and he really is a beautiful baby. So proud of you for making it naturally and really looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks- lr