Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day---August 24, 2008

Here's an unremarkable birth story about a remarkable little man.

We went out for Mexican after meeting. I didn't have anything blazing hot so I'm not giving "spicy food" any credit. I had taken castor oil at 6 pm the night before but nothing came about from that but a sore rearend. After we got home from lunch Evan was painting a bookshelf for Avrie and needed a little tiny roller for trim. Avrie and I walked the 3-ish blocks down to the Dollar Store to see if they had anything. After we got home I sat down on the couch and was a few words into an email when a real live contraction hit me. A few minutes later, another. They were 5-ish minutes apart from the get-go. I let Evan know and walked up and down the alley for a while to be sure they were real. They were. We cleaned up the kids and called Gpa & Gma to meet us at the hospital to sit on the rugrats for us. By the time we got to the hospital they were 3 minutes apart and not feeling so great. But I figured I could still do it naturally, which was my plan. The nurse checked me and I was only dilated to 3 cm. ONLY. We took a walk for as long as I could stand it...which was only 30 minutes. They were 2 minutes apart and HURT. BAD. I wanted that epidural NOW. I got it an hour later. It was still 4 hours before I pushed him out and the epidural didn't slow the contractions at all. I am a little bummed that I didn't get to experience a natural birth...but mostly I'm so thankful for modern medicine and the anesthesiologist!!! Cole came along at 10:22 pm with two pushes. Here's the story in a few pictures:

Grandpa Vernon playing with Avrie in the waiting area.

She just couldn't stay awake to meet her new brother. Blackie, Brownie and Blankie sure got a good washing when we got home. Hospitals aren't exactly clean.

This would be my husband trying to get a little last minute action before our birth control is born. Ha!

Natural birth. No pain meds. Must experience what it's like to push out a watermelon through a hole the size of a small lemon. Whatever. EPIDURALS ROCK MY WORLD.

Cole Isaac Anderson

Our first look-see.

Just leave me alone!! They were actually really awesome about my wishes and delayed all the standard procedures until I was ready to give him up.

Big brother and little brother meeting each other for the first time. It was the sweetest thing.

Can you tell Nolan is just a wee bit proud?

My boys.


This was the first time I held Avrie after Cole was born. She is HUGE. She grew up in just a few short minutes. She's definitely not the baby anymore.

We're smitten.

The End.


Cheri said...

Did I mention in my birth story that i had made the decision to get the epidural, we were just waiting to get the required amount of antibiotics in? I remember thinking...pretty soon I'll be laying here watching the contractions on the monitor and feeling nothing at all. not so the pic of nolan and cole. oh, and i remember the first time i changed elliots diaper after liam was born....his butt was HUGE!

Amber said...

Sweet pictures....swett birth story....sweet baby:)

Amber said...

....sweet birth story! You look great btw.

Justin, Sara and Simon said...

Congratulations, you guys! I've been out of blog-checking for a while so forgive my delayed response. He is so cute and you are all looking very darling and happy! Yay for epidurals!

Nate, Tara, and Jaden said...

Love the birth story. Thanks for sharing. Glad everything went well for you -- epidurals are definitely the way to go!

Neisha said...

love it! so sweet

Tim and Melissa said...

What a perfect, adorable little family...such sweet pictures! Thanks for making my emotional self shed a few tears!

Kait said...

thanks for sharing Cole's birth story! Love all the pics :) Congrats on the little man!