11.13.2010

Birth Story for Anthony James *pics

We got home last night.  We had the option of another day, but we didn't take it. 

Here is a quick run down of the birth story and some pics :)

My water broke around 5 or so.  I just felt, like last time, that I was peeing and peeing.  Then had to return to the bathroom repeatedly and finally only with a pad I had to keep replacing (we learned water only breaks in ten percent of women).  Of course, I was thrilled to start labor naturally, and the timing was great in that my in laws had arrived around 4 to stay the night and care for Charlie.  So I called dh at work and said I was pretty sure this was the real deal (my percent of certainty increased with each bathroom trip! lol)

I made the call to not rush rush around because I felt no contractions.  I called, though, and let my doc know and she (on call doc) said to come on in. I wasn't going to be dumb about it, I just wasn't in a hurry.  I was told I could eat a light meal before induction, so  I definitely wanted to eat prior to getting to the hospital.  I was tempted to get something heartier, but I got a chiccken salad.  Turns out my bro in law (anesthiologist) was fuirous someone told me I could eat.  I was glad I did, but glad I didn't do a heavier meal since I did end up vomiting after labor (and almost during, from sitting up and trying to use gravity).  The idea of being nauseated didn't occur to me because I didn't have any medicine that would do that to my knowledge, just the whole process I guess.

Anyway, I started getting uncomfortable in the restaurant and was highly annoyed that the waitress saw zero urgency despite our telling her I was in labor.  I think she thought we were joking.  She proceeded to sing happy birthday to two tables before bringing our check and I was getting highly irratable and wondered if stopping to eat was a bad idea.  I was expecting painful tightening of the abs as contractions if I had any.  What I got was menstral like pain that intensified.  I had had some in my pregnancy and this just worsened.  Evidently that was my contractions.  Interesting, had no idea!

Got to the hospital and my nurse was a rockstar.  She'd just had a fast labor and was very conscious I would go fast given the baby was low and I was super thin.  I didn't realize that was possible given my contractions were 7 min apart and, had my water not broke, I wouldn't have even been in the hospital yet.  She was insistent, as was dh, that I order the epidural asap.  I was grateful as it took an hour and they had to do some prep before they could do it (get a bunch of fluid in me).  I was able to offer up my contractions, the epidural (numbing hurts but the epidural feels like nothing), lots of crazy itchiness that was a side effect of something, and other things after the fact (kneeding of my stomach-ouch! and very sore nipples from breastfeeding, which continue-another post).  Anyway, lots of good stuff and it really helped me to accept any pain that came my way, relax, know it was for good cause, etc.  I had a great CD of Christian songs playing and that was great too.  Everything was a really good experience.

I was a 2-3 upon arrival and normally they check you every hour, but I kept having signs for her to check me sooner.  First my legs shook, my teeth chattered, I felt pressure after the epidural, etc.  So then I was a 4, 4 again, 4.5, and then bam-right when my contractions had spaced further apart (4-5 was the closest they got) and I was gonna send family home for the night, I was complete (10 and totally effaced)!  The nurse said, "don't you dare laugh or the baby will fall out!"  She wasn't kidding.  I am not sure the exact timeline, but I got to the hospital about 7:30 and had him at 12:30am. 

My doctor said I pushed 1 and a half times, whatever that means! :) My epidural was amazing and I felt no pain but total sensation.  Can't explain it, but I was totally able to feel him come out, something I missed out on with Charlie.  To get that, without the pain, ideal! 

It was amazing to see we had another boy, and I thought I would cry, but I couldn't stop grinning like a big goofball!  He was so much bigger than expected 8lb 10.5 oz (bigger than Charlie and longer too-20").  He had huge hands and feet, thick thighs, a wide nose, less hair than Charlie and lighter too (Charlie's was dark at first).  It was so neat to see how different two newborns could look.  This baby, named Anthony James (name means "flourishing"), hardly ever opened his eyes, whereas Charlie gave us intense stare downs from day one.  Charlie wouldnt nurse right away, way too overstimulated, but AJ nursed for an hour right away.  It was nuts!  He was gulping audibly and the nurses were amazed.  They said never seen that in all their career.  He is a hungry big boy, hence the sore nipples despite pretty good latch. 

That's pretty much the highlights.  As soon as blogger fixes an error, I will update to include pics including me with my prayer intention list.  All of your prayers were amazing.  I felt them, I swear!  Having my water break on its own, plus no pitocin, such a great fast labor, and feeling him emerge, him being so healthy and a good eater...what a blessing!  I thought of you all the whole time, continue to think of you and offer things for you, and appreciate him for the undeserved miracle he truly is!  By the way, several nurses are now praying for you as well and are now well aware of Dr. Hilgers and the amazing work he does!











31 comments:

Chasing said...

Congrats!

Angela said...

What a beautiful birth story!! I am just elated for you! I love the comparisons between your two boys- that is really cool, because of course I'm wondering how #2 will be different or the same as well! Very cool, can't wait for the pics! :)

Cathy said...

YOU GO GIRL!

Congratulations, and YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR, chick!

Woooot!

simone said...

I am glad to hear that everything went well and the baby is doing great.

Awaiting a Child of God:) said...

Oh I just loved reading this! I was hanging on to every word:) I still can't believe you went to eat at a restaurant! haha. I'm assuming that is bc this is your second go around...I can't imagine being that calm!

So happy to hear that y'all are doing well and that baby Anthony is responding so well to everything.

I just want to say what a blessing you (and your blog) are to my life. I met you in the early stages of this pregnancy and it has been sooo fun reading along the way and taking part in your journey. HUGS

Mary said...

Yay! I love this post! :)!!! Congratulations!!!! Can't wait to see the pics. So very happy that it went smoothly and that the baby is healthy :) love the name, too!!!
Hugs!!!!

alliemich said...

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy every second :)

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

SO GLAD to read the story!!! Happiness!!!!! Sounds amazing! can't wait for pis!

Brit said...

Congratulations again! Love the pictures, he is perfect and beautiful! Glad everything went so well for you :) :) :) Prayers for your whole family, enjoy this beautiful time together!

Second Chances said...

Congrats! I love his name and he's just as cute as can be! Love the pics with Charlie. So sweet! Rest up and enjoy your time. I hope your nipples feel better soon! Youch.

Kaitlin @ More Like Mary said...

So wonderful! I can't wait to see pictures!

Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

Perfection!! Great story, beautiful family!! He is amazing and the name is so great!!!!

prayerfuljourney said...

Wow! Sounds like it went as well as it could..beautiful baby...beautiful family. Praise God!!!! Congrats!

Sew said...

I pray to God my birth story is that smooth!

It seriously hurts my bottom thinkin you pushed that ham out of you....It scares me! hahahaha

Congrats! Glad it was so picture perfect!

Beth said...

So awesome!!!! I loved the whole story and it makes me look forward to doing this again in a few weeks!! Ahhhhh Congratulations!!!

allyouwhohope said...

Wow! That's so awesome!! Congrats.. he is beautiful! Great pictures!

I loved reading your birth story. It gets me so excited!

Megan said...

AMAZING! So happy for you! :) :) :) :) :) I loved reading the story!

Abigail said...

So cute! What a good looking boy! Happy Babymoon!

Angela said...

Oh my goodness, the pics are precious!! He's sooooo cute! :)

Jasmine said...

Yay!!

Hebrews 11:1 said...

Congrats!! He a such a cute little guy and Charlie looks so happy to be a big brother!

Danya @ He Adopted Me First said...

JUST AMAZING! I am so happy for you! Another boy...just wonderful. 'Love the name too!

Thankful said...

How did I miss this post!?! I loved reading your story - thanks for sharing it and enjoy getting to know your newest family member!

mrsblondies said...

Congratulations! Your family is beautiful!

Joy Complete said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a great birth experience. Love the name! Enjoy your sweet baby boy!

Grace in my Heart said...

Congrats! He is just precious!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jamie!! I am so happy for you. He is beautiful! Sounds like everything went very well. I hope you are enjoying this special time. Carey

Awaiting a Child of God:) said...

Oh my gosh! I am crying:):) He is perfect:)

Erin said...

What a beautiful and grace filled story! God bless AJ!

Suzie-Q T-Pie said...

Amazing! Congrats, your baby is beautiful! :)

the good eggs said...

Oh yay, yay, yay! This is the sort of post I love to read after being away a long while!