Friday, September 24, 2010

He's Here!

Ethan arrived September 8, 2010. Yes, it was the day after Adam's birthday, and he was very excited about it. I have debated on whether or not to post this, but so many friends have asked to hear about "the story" that I figured you may choose whether or not to read this. For those of you curious (which there seem to be a lot), here's the story.

I made the blue blanket, it's made of minkee. So soft that 
I want to cuddle my little boy no matter what.

I had a doctor's appointment on the 4th (a day before my due date), and my cervix was ready but we just had to wait. I had tested positive for a bacteria that required penicillin to be administered at least 4 hours prior to giving birth, otherwise it could be harmful to the baby. Don't worry it's not that big of a deal, it's pretty common. So, after talking with Travis and my doctor, we decided that I would be induced the following Wednesday (the 8th) because if we were going to choose the date, we didn't want to choose Adam's (the 7th) birthday, and I really wanted to feel comfortable again.

So Adam went to his Grandma's after we did a small birthday celebration on his birthday the night before. We were to be at the hospital by 7 a.m. so that I could be started on I.V.s and such by 7:30. They immediately put I.V.s into my wrist. I'm so glad that it wasn't in the back of my hand this time, that was more painful to me than my epidural. The first thing I noticed in the birthing suite was that there were smelling salts everywhere. Three packages on the outside of the bathroom door, two on the inside and two on the mirror. I couldn't help but wonder if they were more for the father. :) 

Apparently I was having contractions between one and six minutes apart. This was before they had even given me anything to induce labor. I was already in labor, and talking with my nurse and doctor, they said with how strong my contractions were and consistent, I would have gone by that night anyway. Little did I know that I had been contracting for weeks, I just thought they were cramps. They were very different compared to with Adam. So I feel just fine with receiving a little extra help and with the need for penicillin I felt even better about it. 

 I hate the right after birth picture :(

Love the Daddy after birth shot though. :)

At 10 a.m. oxytocin was administered. At 1 p.m. the anesthetist administered the epidural. My doctor broke my water somewhere between 1:30 and 2 p.m.  Around 3:15 my nurse came to check on me and see how far I was dilated. I was up to a nine and she told me to make her aware of when I felt pressure. Immediately following her departure I felt pressure, but waited ten minutes just to make sure I was feeling it. I called her and let her know. She checked me again and asked me to push, and Travis said she was holding Ethan's head in so that he wouldn't come out. She left immediately to call my doctor. Travis was a little confused thinking, "She doesn't have to push for two hours?" The doctor arrived shortly thereafter gowned up and asked me to push. Travis looked at me after the first push and said, looking a little astounded, "Babe, I can see hair." The doctor asked me to push again and Ethan's head was out. A third push and he was completely out. Ethan came into our lives at 3:56 p.m. weighing in at 8 lbs 15 oz, 20 inches long and with 14 inch circumference head. I would rather give birth than be pregnant, I wish I could just give birth and skip the pregnancy, is that possible? If you know of a away to do that please let me know. ;)

 Adam loves his baby brother

  We're all doing fantastic. And I'm healing very quickly in comparison to Adam's labor and delivery. Adam has adjusted to Ethan very well, and is always bestowing his cheeks with kisses. Whenever he is parted from Ethan, he always gives him a kiss when he returns, and he just will randomly kiss him. It's wonderful to see him adjusting so well.


  1. Congrats girl! I am so excited for you and your new little bundle. Hope all is well. Miss ya girl!

  2. So glad you shared your story! That's amazing! You are truly supermom! I agree with you on skipping pregnancy and only delivering... That part is so much easier than the pregnancy part... :) he is perfect and you are beautiful and I love the picture of your two little ones! So cute! Oh and my favorite picture after the twins were bored was the one of Carl holding them. That love you feel everytime you see your husband with your child is indescribable to those that haven't been through it. Truly an amazing event.

  3. Congratulations!!! I know really late, hope everything is going well.