He’s Here! The Birth Story, Part 3

by tinysneakers

In case you missed it, here’s part 1 and part 2 of our little boy’s birth story.

The whole labor and delivery thing is a bit of a blur to me, but here’s where the haze really sets in. I was barely aware of what was happening around me. At some point I’d climbed into bed and curled up on my side. Each contraction brought a wave of nausea that I felt sure to end in disaster. I clung to a basin like my life depended on it.

I don’t have the faintest idea of whether they told me it was ok to push but I know that’s what I was doing. I had no idea what was going on in the room or who was there, but I remember my midwife’s voice drawing me out of my fear and discomfort with a tone that was perfectly soothing, saying all the right things: telling me to relax and not to fight it. I could tell the husband felt a little at a loss as to what he could do, but his words of encouragement {you’re doing awesome} were just what I needed to hear.

At some point during pushing I felt my labor & delivery nurse reaching over me trying to get the sensor for the heart rate monitor over the baby. The midwife asked me to roll on to my other side. Minutes later she had me roll back over saying the baby didn’t like that side either. It vaguely flashed through my mind that something was wrong. The baby’s heart rate must be dropping. I focused even harder on getting the baby out. It was my only job- I didn’t care what else happened as long as I got the baby out safely. On one push the midwife said something about how I really had to push on this one, baby needs to come out.

birth

I ignored the flash of worry in my head and gave it everything I had. “I feel burning,” I said, my way of saying I feel the baby coming and I wanted the midwife to know. I assumed this was the ring of fire people talked about- I was wrong; that came later and there was no mistaking it. When the midwife asked if I wanted to touch the baby’s head I immediately and emphatically said no, which apparently amused the husband. I had a job to do and I didn’t want anything getting in the way or slowing me down.

Then came the push where they tell you to slow down so you don’t tear yourself to shreds as the baby flies out. Trust me, the last thing you want to do is slow down, but I did. Before I knew it I could feel the baby sliding out. It was the most amazing feeling because I knew I was just seconds away from meeting my baby. I looked down and there he was- my baby, wet, purple, slimy, and the best sight I’d ever seen. My first thought as they pulled him out was how small he was. He’d come out of his cozy safe home much the same way we’d grown to love him on the ultrasounds- with both hands in front of his face, and the cord wrapped around his head and hands. Let’s just say that caused a little bit of damage.

baby boy birth

“Do you want to look?” asked the midwife. “I am looking!” I thought,”…oh!” It dawned on me what she meant as she held the baby’s bottom half towards me for a better view. “It’s a boy!” I turned towards the husband, “It’s a boy!”

The nurse tore the top of my gown open and the midwife placed the warm wet bundle on my chest. This was it. I was a mom and this was my baby boy. I wanted to protest as I realized the midwife was moving towards the cord with scissors, but I didn’t have the energy. I’d wanted to wait. As she quickly cut the cord somebody scooped him off my chest and took him away.

first minutes after birth

That’s when I realized what everyone else already had- he wasn’t crying. We waited and waited while they worked on him. The one time where all you want to hear is your baby scream. After what seemed like an eternity they said he was fine- he just wasn’t wanting to cry. He was a little shell shocked by his speedy arrival. I didn’t blame him, I was too. Everyone kept asking if he had a name. “I don’t know, I don’t know, I haven’t seen his face!”, my way of pleading with them to bring him back to me. I couldn’t take another second of him being away.

father and son newborn

They finished up his testing and measurements- I was shocked and relieved when they announced he was 6lbs- and finally placed him back on my chest. I closed my eyes as I wrapped my arms around him and breathed a sigh of relief. All was right with the world. The second time they placed him on my chest was almost better than the first; this time I knew what I’d been missing.

meeting baby boy for first time

I finally opened my eyes and looked at his face. He was staring right back at me, blue eyes wide open and alert. I glanced at him and then at the husband, checking one more time to see if our name choice was right for our little baby boy. He nodded in agreement, and we introduced our little boy to the world.

birth announcement

Our new family of three. <3.

family of three

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

Love love love!! So much congratulations to you 🙂

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Marci January 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

what a beautiful boy! congratulations!

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Lee January 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

Congrats again! Cute name.

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Katie January 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

Congratulations! He’s perfect! 🙂

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Haley S January 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

He’s so precious! Congrats to all three of you!! I love the name too….

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Jen January 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

Love his name! He’s beautiful 🙂 Congrats!

Wait until you see how quickly your little peanut packs on the pounds! Apparently, boys who are a bit early grow like crazy in the first month or so. I didn’t believe it at first, but now I hold an almost 12lb 8 week old in my arms.

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Caitlyn January 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

I am so happy for you, Heather!! Congratulations to you and your husaband! Your “new” family looks absolutely adorable!

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Heather Montgomery January 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

congrats! He is precious! Your birth story is crazy!

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brandee January 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Great end to your birth story! Congratulations! A perfect little boy 🙂

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Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I just read all three parts of your birth story… and it was absolutely breathtaking and brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on your new, beautiful family! <3

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Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength January 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Perfect! Love it…enjoy mama!

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Beth January 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I admit it…tears in my eyes too.

Pure love will do that to you, I guess…

:o)

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Karolina January 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

This post brought tears to my eyes! I’m so happy for all 3 of you, and hope you are soaking in these first beautiful weeks together!

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Shayla @ The Good Life January 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Wow, such a beautiful beautiful birth story Heather…I have loved so much following you along this pregnancy journey and I’m so happy he made it into the world safely and he’s a happy, healthy boy. That ending had me in absolute tears…and love love the name 🙂

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lauren @ sassy molassy January 21, 2012 at 1:11 am

Aw, congrats. Love the pics. You guys look so happy.

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Hotpotatokate January 21, 2012 at 4:03 am

Thanks for sharing your story so honestly! Congratulations on your gorgeous wee man 🙂

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Alison January 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

Congrats 🙂 Kyler is lovely.

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Kath January 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

Congrats!!!!!

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Jamie @Food in Real Life January 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Finally all caught up! Congrats! He is beautiful and I’m so happy for you guys!

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Kristina January 22, 2012 at 1:52 am

congratulations to you both – he is beautiful!!

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Kim January 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

Congrats to you guys! You have a beautiful family!

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Meghann January 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

Wow! I love reading birth stories because each one is as unique and different as the person that experienced it. Yours is beautiful – many congrats on the delivery of a healthy, beautiful little boy. 🙂

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sarah (the SHU box) January 24, 2012 at 6:17 am

LOVE the name — so excited for you!!!! <3

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MaryLauren@My3LittleBirds January 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Wonderful. Precious. Congratulations!

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