Okay Everyone the time we've all been waiting for is here. Our son Noah Zane was born on Monday November 26, 2007 at 10:40 am, weighing in at 5 lbs 2.2 oz and a lengthy 17 inches. Yes, he is a tiny little tike (I am grateful for that). We are both doing well and recovering from the birth nicely. So, I bet you wanna here the labor story! Okay here it is:
So, I got to the hospital at 7:30 and met my super-awesome nurse Linda (that's my mama's name too, So i knew she was cool). She said that my doc was on her way and that we needed to get all the stuff done so that she could induce right when she got there. So, my doc got there are checked me and I was at a 3 (i guess all that Black Friday shopping paid off). So she broke my water, which didn't hurt as bad as everyone says it does. This whole time I have been wanting to have a natural delivery (this is important later on). So, the fact that I was at a 3 meant that I was going to go into labor some time on Monday or Tuesday anyways, so it all worked out. She started to pitocin (synthetic form of oxytocin, which is the hormone that puts you in to labor), then that's when the pain got worse. Nothing I couldn't handle, though. About an hour and a half later she checks me and says that I am at a 4 and says that they like to see 1 inch/hour as far as dilating (this also is important later). All of a sudden my contractions were really bad, I don't really remember how bad see John 16:21, it really is true. I know I was in alot of pain, but I can't tell you how much, I know it felt like more than I could handle, so I did what I didn't want to do...Asked for an epidural (it was a weak moment). So, she calls the anesthesiologist and it takes him a while to get there, so they gave me a shot of something to take the edge off of the contractions until they could start the epidural. I have never felt more like a failure in my life. I had gone through this whole pregnancy vowing to have a natural delivery and here I was asking for drugs. But, no time to be hard on myself, right? So right when the anesthesiologist walks in the room, I felt alot of pressure, so the nurse checked me, I was at a 10, this was 20 minutes after the last time we checked. So the doc says "ok, so you don't need me." Come to find out, it was time for me to give birth, that's why the pain was so bad. So they call my doctor and get her on her way there. Remember NO EPIDURAL which means, I could feel everything that was happening below my waist and had this incredible urge to push. But, no one wants me to push because the doctor isn't there yet. So, I breathed and I tried and the nurse held him in and finally my doc gets there, just as she is putting on her battle gear, Noah came right out. They told me to wait for the doc, they didn't say how long. ;) Just then the meds they gave me finally kicked in, just in time for me to have the "repairs" done. I remember holding Noah and feeling my life change in a matter a seconds, I was a mom. My dream since before I can remember. This was what I was born to do. It's funny I thought I knew how much I loved him when he was hanging out inside of me, but I didn't know I could love him more everytime I looked at him. They whisked him away as soon as they put him down and Isaac cut the cord and then they started doing all of the tests and stuff they needed to do to him. Everyone was talking about how cute he was and who he looked like and every feature he had, suddenly I couldn't take it anymore and said "well, I haven't even got to see him yet, so can we stop talking about it", they did and then the moment I can never forget, them placing my newborn son in my arms (clean) and the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life. It was the most precious moment I have witnessed since I married Isaac. I remember feeling so overwhelmed with love, excitement, exhaustion, and so many other emotions I didn't even know existed.
We spent the next couple of days in the hospital and he didn't loose much weight so he got to come home with us on Wednesday. We have been adjusting to our new life and waiting to see what it hold for us. I love you all and can't wait for y'all to meet Noah, you will fall in love with him, just like everyone has. He was the talk of the whole nursery! Have a great day!