Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Baby Adventures

Charlie Thomas Heywood
Born: December 28, 2009
9 lbs, 21 Inches






I may at a later date give a better labor story, but for now I'll just say: It actually went VERY fast, and everyone keeps asking me in amazement if I delivered this guy vaginally.

Because of a lot of stupid red tape and beaurecratic type crap our doctor offered to keep us, by inducement if necessary from going into 2010 with the pregnancy. We were officially due December 31st. We got scheduled for a 'do it or else' date of December the 28th at the hospital. We arrived that morning, got started with pitocin around 10... it wasn't pushing me very quickly. By noon I hadn't changed, and she'd pushed the medicine up 3-4 doses and my pain was still at about a 1, maybe 2 if I stretched it. Then because I was very well efaced (90% before my last check up even) and had been far along (about 4 cm) for weeks, the Dr. showed up and broke my water. Well that is evidently the push my body needed. That happened about 1pm, and by 1:05 pm I was hit with a ton of bricks. Contractions that made my whole body shake with pain, going from a 1 to an 8 on the 'pain scale' over the course of a single contraction. So they quite quickly (but of course no where quickly enough) gave me an epidural (thanks to heaven) and when it started to take the edge off the nurse said, 'maybe I better check you to see how fast you are moving after all that pain'. She did, and she said, 'uh, you're at a 9 1/2, we'll be able to push soon'. No wonder those pains hurt so bad! I was sitting there thinking they were inching me from a 4 to a 5, and thinking, 'how will i survive a 9 to a 10 if I can't handle THIS centimeter! So we pushed, little (big) Charlie was good about not sliding back, so we had him within about an hour! He came out all pink and not gooey at all... weirdest thing ever! :) All I said was, 'woah, he's big'. And it's what i've been saying since!

8 comments:

cara lou said...

Hurray!! I'm so happy to hear that everything went so smoothly and so quickly! You look great and not just-post-labor in the photo of you two together. And he's so cute! Nice round head, too. :) Good work.

Natalie said...

YEAH!!! Congrats! He is so cute and I'm so excited for you. I can't believe he's so big. He'll just look better in his clothes, though. :)

P.S. Love the name!

Jeff and Rebecca said...

Congratulations!! He's a cutie.

Karen and Bruce said...

This is a little (big) John. He will look a lot different in a week, but he definitely has John's smile.

Kaylene said...

Congratulations! He's adorable! Hope you're all adjusting well to each other and doing well!

Kaja said...

I'm so happy for you and glad he made it safely! He's a beautiful baby!

lindsey said...

It's good to hear that you are both doing well and that you had a good delivery! He's a cutie! Congrats to you and John!

Amy F. said...

Oh congrats!!! Thanks for sharing the birth story. Other than the induction part, that is sort of how fast I had Sammy. OH the pain!!! but at least it went fast adn the epidural helped. She came super fast, compared to my first that took over two hours to push out.
SO glad all is well. He is adorable!!! I love the name Charlie, and I love big, healthy, sturdy babies (I have well over 8 pounders).