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:
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.
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.