Monday, November 15, 2010

Once Upon A Time

So I'm pretty sure there are lots of you out there getting ready to kill me!! :) We have good news though!! :)

Huxley Carl Henke is here!!! He was born November 2nd, 2010 at 6:46 am. He was 7 pounds and 19 1/2 inches long.

Going home!!! :)

We kind of like this kiddo! :)

Some people don't really care about what happened in the middle of when he started to come and when he got here so here you go you can look at these pictures and then be done! :) For those of you who want to know what happened, you can keep reading!

Here's the beginning:

Here's the end:

Pretty creative right!?

I started having contractions on Saturday afternoon (his official due date) which kind of made me excited! Well we carved pumpkins and just hung out and waited....and waited and waited!! Sunday came and went with contractions all day. On Monday morning at 2 am I decided to time them. The hospital said to come in when the contractions were 2-4 minutes apart for an hour. Well I timed them for an hour and a half and they were 2-3 minutes apart! So we got all our stuff together and left a note on the kitchen table for the fam to wake up to and went to the hospital! Well they got me all situated and checked me and I was only 2 cm but 100% effaced. Their policy says they can't keep me there unless I've progressed during the 2 hour watch period if I'm not in active labor. So we waited and then they checked me again, no progress. So we went home! I felt so dumb for going in! I was just doing what they told me to do though!

Well I had a Dr. appointment that day so I went to that and I still hadn't progressed any but the contractions were still coming. He said he was positive the baby would come tonight so we should go home and come back to the hospital later that day and the nurses wouldn't send me home. Well we decided to go in at around 7:30 pm. We got there and they checked me and guess what? No progress still. My doctor told the nurses they couldn't send me nurse wasn't very happy about that. She wasn't very nice either. So they admitted me and said they would keep checking back. At 10 my doctor came in and checked me and I still hadn't changed so he broke my water. I was upset about it I won't lie. I wanted to do it all naturally but my body just wouldn't cooperate. My amniotic fluid was meconium stained which made me really nervous for the baby but the doctor didn't seem too upset.

So there we were 10 pm and my water was broke and now we just had to wait. Well...we waited and good heavens it seemed like forever! Those contractions are intense! I wanted so badly to be strong and not have any pain medication but I couldn't do it. At 11 they came and checked and I still hadn't changed at all so the Dr. suggested opening my cervix for me but I'd need an epidural for it. At midnight I had them check me again to see if I had progressed at all telling myself that if I hadn't I would get an epidural. Well I was at a 3!! My body was kind of working! I couldn't stand the pain anymore though so I asked for an epidural and they put that in at 1:30.....I had to wait in line. Ugh! The epidural was nice to have, I'll admit. I shook a lot with the epidural though so I didn't get any rest but I didn't have any pain. At 2:30 the nurse came in to check on me and I was at 5 cm!! At 3 I wanted her to check me again because I was shaking a lot more than usual and she said that if the shaking increases I'm getting closer and I was at a 7! Well after that, I just sat. The nurse didn't come in to check on me again until 5:30 after Todd had gone and gotten her, I was at a 10! I think I was at a 10 long before that though. My nurse was not a very good one. I wasn't happy with her. Anyways! She checked me and said ok we'll have you sit for an hour and left. At 6 another nurse came in which I am so happy about. She was awesome! She told me we were going to get ready to push in a little bit. What?! That was a scary but exciting thing I was ready for it though! She got everything ready and at 6:15 I started pushing. He was out in no time!!! :) We called our parents when she came in to get the room ready and they hadn't made it to the waiting room by the time he was born! I'm glad that part was quick-pushing makes you tired! I had called my mom at 5 to tell her to come to the hospital before work to say the time I had no idea he'd be born soon. She got there right before the doctor did and was kind of surprised that it had all happened so quick. We then told her kind of politely to go out to the waiting room. She's a funny lady!! :)

It was such a good experience! I'm so grateful Todd was there with me. I couldn't have done it without him. He was great too. Always asking what he could get for me and how he could help me. I'm glad we went through it together. I feel like it strengthen our friendship and marriage a lot. He's so great with Huxley too. He's really calm and we need that sometimes! :)

Well there you have it!! He was perfect! He didn't have any respiratory problems at all despite the meconium. He has all his fingers and toes and lots and lots of hair! It's starting to get more and more curly too! Poor guy! We went home the next night and now we are all just trying to figure each other out! Having a baby is a lot more tiring then I thought!! They eat a lot too. Wow. I feel like I spend half my day feeding and the other half watching the clock to determine when he needs to eat next!

It's fun though! We love him! He's such a fun little guy!! I feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing too. Like the something in my life that I felt was missing is filled. It's a nice feeling!

Well!! That's all for now!! :) I have more pictures but I only have so much time before the little one needs some food! Someday I'll learn how to do more things!