Wednesday, May 30, 2007

My babies!

So I thought it would be fun to see how everyone's pregnancies and deliveries went with their kids. I only have two so it is easier for me.

Nick was our first baby and was born on December 18, 2004 at 7:43 p.m. He came in at 6.95 lbs. and 19.5" long.
His pregnancy was very easy going and I ate fairly well and didn't gain more than 35 lbs. He was supposed to be a girl and would have been named Ailyn.
Towards the end of the pregnancy I started swelling and just feeling kind of sick. I had signs of Pre-Eclampsia or high blood pressure and so they induced me. I went to the hospital and was admitted at about 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All that night, the next day, and all day Friday was was "induced" unsucessfully, I had labor pains but no change in dilation or efacement. In case you didn't know, when they induce you, liquids, walking and food are all restricted. I had about 3 small meals and some crackers in three days. On Friday the baby's heart rate dropped when Jeff went home to take a shower, it came back up and Jeff rushed back to sit by my side. Eventually, on Saturday morning my water broke at 3 a.m. and labor was started. I was exhausted and finally went for an epidural as I had no improvement and couldn't handle the pain. By 7:45 p.m. that night my stubborn little man was born. We didn't know it was a boy until he came out but I was so happy.

He was pretty small and looked a lot like Jeff. I was so excited when he was coming out since I thought it was a girl and I was going to play with the hair and braid it and stuff. But, now I get to do a mohawk so it all balances out.
This is at about 1 month old. We are at the park with Shawnee, our only dog at the time.
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***LIZ*** said...

I love hearing birthing stories, you can tell so much about your friends and what is important to them when they tell birthing stories. It is such a wonderful thing that bonds us together as women. That must have been a shock when you found out Nick was a boy. I hope you hadn't bought all kinds of cute dresses and painted a nursery pink.

Emily Loria said...

I love it! I will have to tell you about mine one of these days, and it includes 24 hours of labor, pushing for 2 and a half hours, and a level 4 tear that requires me to not sit on hard surfaces for 4 weeks. Sweet.