Nov 26, 2010

Labor and Delivery

I know its been almost 2 weeks since hes been born but I've been busy with a new baby and Spencer's family has been in town so I've been a little pre-occupied! :-) On Saturday the 13th, later in the evening, i was having some sharp pain so i called the OB on call and she told me to come in and get checked out. Since i was so close to my induction date they wanted to make sure everything was ok and see if i was in labor or not. i was dilated to a 4 so they had me walk and within an hour i dilated to a 5. They decided to admit me since i was strep positive they wanted me on anti-biotics before he was born. I was able to get to a 6 on my own but after that my labor just stopped, contractions and everything. I waited all night for the morning shift to start so they could call the doctor and not bother him since it was on a Sunday. They came in at about 7AM and gave me some pitocin which started up the contractions again. I had gotten an epidural at about 10:30PM the night before so by that time i wasn't feeling any pain so life was great. A couple hours into the pitocin they checked me again and i wasn't dilating very much so i told the nurse that my contractions with Lexi didn't get hard until my water broke. They were finally able to get a hold of Dr. Erickson and he came down about 10 and broke my water. The nurse then did something i have never seen or heard of before but i am now a big believer in the "magic peanut". She put this thing that basically looks like a peanut shaped exercise ball in between my legs and had me lay on my side. As soon as she got it in position i started to feel pressure and in a few minutes later i kept feeling the urge to push. She checked me again and withing 10 minutes i went from a 7 to a 10 and we were ready to push. She had me do a couple practice pushes and then Dr. Erickson came in. Once everything was ready i gave 3 big pushes and he was out. It was so different with his delivery because with Lexi i couldn't feel anything from the waist down but with him the epidural took away all the pain but i could feel where i was pushing and pressure. I cant even begin to explain to you how happy i was to see his beautiful face after 9 months of imagining what it looked like. He was just as beautiful as i had hoped and i was totally balling because i was so happy that it was all over and he was finally here. I didn't tear as bad with him as i did with Lexi so my recovery was much faster. The other thing that was really cool was the fact that my mom and Natalie were able to be in the room with us for his delivery. My sister finally got to see what childbirth is like from a different perspective. I love my mom and my sister and was so happy they were able to be there with me and Spencer to see the birth of our beautiful son. Evan has been such a good baby and Lexi loves him so much already. I was a little worried how she would react after being an only child for 4 years but you can tell she is so happy he is here and she is going to be a great big sister. The only "problem" if you can even call it that right now is she wants to help a little too much. :-) she is really gentile with him and loves to give him hugs and kisses. We are all so happy he is here and healthy and cant wait to spend every second with him. Its amazing... how you can have so much love for 2 different kids. I didn't know it could be possible to love anyone as much as i love Lexi but i love Evan just the same. I love my husband and my kids and am so grateful for the opportunity to be a mother and raise 2 beautiful children with an amazing man.


Chelle said...

Yay. The story! Congrats again on Evan! What an exciting new addition to your family!