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Friday, June 03, 2011

Caleb's Birth Story

This is the closest I get to a race report right now, so brace yourselves, I may be long-winded.

So, as many of you read on Tuesday, May 31, after my doctor check-up, I'd resigned myself to being induced on Wednesday, and I'd made my peace with that.  Then, a few hours after posting, and sending out emails to friends and family, I began to have some irregular contractions.  Jerry got home from work at 4:30 and the contractions were still irregular, but I was beginning to believe that this might be it.  At 5:30, I told him we needed to head to the hospital.

Thankfully, my mom was still here, so we left Norah in her care and jetted off.

By the time I got checked into the hospital and to a room in labor and delivery, it was nearly 6:30 pm, and my contractions were about 2-4 minutes apart, but I was only 3 cm dilated.  The nurse I had who was admitting me and getting everything initially prepped in L&D was S-L-O-W as molasses, and I kept asking for an epidural -- stat!  The contractions were motherfuckers, and spaced so closely together that I felt like I didn't get a break in between.  I wanted the drugs, dammit!

Finally, after more than 2 hours, I got the sweet, blessed relief of the epidural, and I went quickly from 4 cm to 8 cm.  There was a nurse shift change in that time, and my 2nd nurse was WAY better.  So, after I had the epidural (I can't thank modern medicine enough -- bless those who are strong enough to do it sans spinal tap, but natural child birth is NOT for me), both Jerry and the nurse had a short break in my cursing and crying, and I felt relaxed and ready.  At a little after 10 pm, the nurse midwife came to check me and she took one look and said, "You're gonna need to start pushing; he's RIGHT there."

She broke my water, and 6 pushes later, he was born.  10:30 pm on the dot.  An hour and a half still left in May -- guess he didn't want to wait until June after all. 

Despite the fact that he was bigger than Norah (he was 8 lbs 3 oz and she was 7 lbs 10 oz), the pushing was so much easier this time around than with Norah (when I pushed for nearly a solid 2 hours), and both the attending nurse and the midwife said I "made it look easy," but I think that's just the nature of 2nd children -- the path has been traveled before and the body knows what to do the 2nd time around.

Unlike Norah, who came out screaming bloody murder, Caleb was eerily quiet at first, and he was kinda gray.  But, they suctioned his mouth and nose, and then he started peeping, but it really wasn't until they started cleaning him up that he made much noise, and even then, he was quiet for the 30 minutes or so.  Thankfully, he pinked up quick, and he has certainly demonstrated in the last 72 hours that he knows plenty well how to use his lungs!

Since then, I've been recovering well, and as I mentioned in my post from yesterday, we returned home yesterday afternoon, and for me, it's such a relief to get checked out of the hospital.  We had a private room this time around, but still, hospitals are just not the place for me.

 Like being in a car accident, or after running a marathon, my entire body feels stiff and sore, but that should pass in another few days.

Caleb too is doing well.  He checked out as a perfectly healthy baby by the hospital pediatrician and he sees our regular pediatric office tomorrow morning for his first check up there.  He's getting the hang of nursing pretty easily (again, it helps that I did this before because I feel much more confident about BFing and what to do/expect, etc).  He has the typical newborn night vs day mixed up, but again, that should correct itself in a few weeks' time.

For now, we're all a bit exhausted by all the change, but overall, we're doing well, and I'm of course, riding a whole wave of emotions, including the best one of all: Feeling like I get to fall in love all over again -- with Jerry, with Norah, and of course, with Caleb himself.  I even have extra love for Scooter right now, and I can't always claim that! ;)

Thanks again for all the comments and congrats.  I appreciate so many people thinking of us and keeping up with us.  Sorry that I am currently MIA from reading and commenting on your own blogs, but I assume it'll be a bit before I'm able to catch up with your lives.  Hope you too are doing well!

23 comments:

Wes said...

glad to hear everything is proceeding as I have forseen it :-) Rest up! enjoy that new baby. We'll see ya around.

Zoƫ said...

Yay! Congrats! And welcome to the world, Caleb!

Marlene said...

Wonderful story, errr... report! I'm glad you had a relatively quick & smooth labor & delivery this time around.

Best wishes to the whole family!

d.a.r. said...

Sounds perfect!! What a great story, thank you for taking the time to share it!

Viper said...

Yay, congrats to the happy parents! Now, get yourself a beverage and sign up for a race! Cheers!

Erin said...

Please tell me you at least had a celebratory drink between delivery and now?

No need to apologize on your blogging absense. You are kind of busy with a newborn, a toddler, a husband, and a dog. Glad to hear things are continuing to go well for you guys. Holler if you need anything.

As for your labor tale...I only hope LBF#2 goes as quickly and easily as Caleb. I can't imagine pushing for as long as I did with Miller or going through 32 hours of labor again.

breathofsunshine said...

Love reading this!!! Congrats again! I officially announced that I'm pregant yesterday - I love seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for sharing!

Nobel4Lit said...

Good job! Now it's time to rest/recover and enjoy your new (larger) family!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Great to hear everything went smoothly! Enjoy those moments. Rest and recover and enjoying being a mama of 2!

N.D. said...

sounds like you did this one like a rock star. A big congrats to all of you!

SJ Goody said...

Congrats!!! Ride that euphoric wave! :)

Pharmie said...

Congrats again! Glad you were able to make it look "easy." Enjoy your time with your little man. I just LOVE your pictures :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the labor details - I'm glad it went relatIvely well and quick. Seeing the baby pics kind of makes me want to try for # 2. Then Rylee does something bratty and I think... Nah. :)

Shannon

Alice said...

I hope my delivery goes as well as yours did! He's very handsome and I'm glad you're all doing well.

Krissy said...

Can't get over how fast the 2nd one goes! When it's time to push they just fly right out thankfully!

Firefly's Running said...

Rest up! Enjoy this time. I found the 2nd time can be a little more unpredictable, but you get a hang of it like riding a bike.

Aka Alice said...

Congrats Jess...thanks for taking the time to share the birth story. You are amazing!

Kayla said...

Congrats!!!

Anonymous said...

so happy for you and your family! Bienvenido Caleb!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations to you and your family!

RunningLaur said...

Congratulations! It sounds like you're a pro at this now!

Jess said...

Congrats again Jess! So glad everything went well with the delivery and that you and Caleb are both doing fine!

Amanda said...

A big congrats to you and your family, he is perfect!!