Here is his birth story.
*Warning, this will be long and detailed, but I really want to remember everything!
|It's go time!|
The contractions started coming really fast, about every 2-3 minutes apart. I progressed to a 5. Finally about 11:30, I was seriously hurting and ready for an epidural. I kept going back and forth, but the pain was just too much. When in labor, I don't cry out or scream. I close my eyes and grimace and will rock my feet and maybe tap my fingers.
|My sweet daddy holding my hand. He got to be in there this go around and I don't think he liked seeing his firstborn in pain!|
|All my wonderful coaches!|
About noon they cleared the room (except for Kyle) and started the epidural, which was a tad terrifying. The anesthesiologist had to stick me twice, I was leaking some major fluid, my blood pressure kept dropping, I was having intense contractions, and the nurse had trouble monitoring Emerson. It took longer than expected but once it was in place all was right in the world. I soon progressed to a 7 and the waiting game continued.
The girls came to visit and I was happy to get some sweet cuddles from them. They had a lot of questions and were anxious to meet brother.
A little before 4 I started feeling pressure, like it was time to push. The nurse checked me and said it was in fact time to push, that his head was "right there." We had to wait for the doctor, which took FOREVER! Finally she showed up and I began to push. Four minutes later and Emerson was born!
I felt so blessed that Kyle, his mom, my mom, dad, and sister all got to witness him being born! They placed him on my chest, Kyle cut the cord and we all just instantly fell in love. A little while later they took him to be measured and warmed (in the same room) and attended to me. He was just a crying and as soon as they brought him back to me I started singing, "You are my sunshine" and he instantly, I mean INSTANTLY, stopped crying and found my eyes. My heart stopped and melted at the same time. What a wondrous thing for him to recognize my voice and be comforted by it.
The girls came in a little while later to meet their new baby brother. They climbed on the bed with me and just looked at him. Rowynn kept "petting" him and saying, "Baby!" Finley asked me if my belly button was unpopped and said that baby brother was "so cute!" They both kissed on him and gave him snuggles.
It was a long day! I finally got back to my room about 7 or so and was able to finally eat! McDonald's never tasted so good! I told Kyle I wanted something greasy. We spent one night in the hospital and were able to come home 24 hours after he was born. I was super happy to be heading home to my girls! My parents stayed with us for a week and helped with the cleaning, cooking, and entertaining of our sweet girls. It was awesome having them here! It really meant a lot to us that they were both willing to take off work (they're both self-employed so paid vacation doesn't exist) and come help us out for a week. We've been so blessed by both of our parents and the help they've given us. Kyle's mom came over on Monday to help me take all three kiddos to the doctor's office and it was such a blessing!
Welcome to our family Emerson, we are so happy to have you here with us. I love you something fierce! I just love you so much, more than you'll ever know. Your big sisters love you so much too. They have tried to feed you with their dolly's bottle, given you your paci, brushed your hair, read to you, sang you songs, helped bathe you, changed your diaper, burped you and held you lots! We love you so much baby boy!! I am just soaking up these sweet newborn cuddles. I'm just so in love with you little man!