3/17/11

Eli's Birth Story Part 2

Time for part 2 of the birth story.

So when I last left off Luke and I were in the car on the way to the hospital. Like I said it was a loooong drive and I was in a loooooot of pain.

When we got to the hospital we went straight up to the maternity ward and turned the corner and saw the exact same nurse I had the night before and I suddenly wanted to turn around and leave. I loved her, but was also hoping that she wasn't there that night. Basically because I'm prideful and didn't want to be turned away twice by the same person.

Which looking back its absolutely comical to me that I thought I was going to be turned away. My contractions were coming about every 3 minutes at this point. I was clearly about to birth this baby whether I was in my bathroom at home or in the hospital; he was coming.

When I saw the nurse I said "it's me again and I'm 99% sure I'm going to be staying here this time" she laughed and said OK then let's check you out!

We went back to the room she checked me over and said oh yeah you aren't going anywhere tonight, you've got a reservation here at the hospital.

At that moment I realized the next time I would walk on pavement outside of that hospital I would be holding a baby. MY BABY.

That thought was crazy to me.

I theb snapped back to reality from that thought and looked at the nurse and said "I'm not a person who is opposed to drugs and I would like some ASAP please". I was having consistent contractions and I was hooked up to that little machine that monitored them. Every so often Luke would look at the monitor and say "whoa that was a big one look how far up that line went". I didn't need to look at how far up the line went..I FELT IT. I needed drugs stat.

She assured me I would be getting them soon. And quietly in my mind I thought...I've been going through this for over 24 hours now. Soon is NOT soon enough.

At that time we got on our phones, and called our families and let them know that they needed to hit the road and texted some friends to notify them that Eli was on his way!

My nurse got me all ready and we walked back to the labor and delivery room. I got all nestled up in bed and reminded my nurse that I needed DRUGS. She said the epidural man was on his way.

So he came, and I asked him if he was giving me pitocin. The nurse said that I didn't need it as I was progressing on my own. I really had no idea what pitocin was, I 've just heard it on teen mom and wanted to sound like I was in the know. Which clearly backfired on me since I didn't even need it.

The epidural man gave me my shot or whatever the heck it is. I've heard that this is painful but for me it was like sweet victory. It was relief from pain that I had been feeling for far too long.

Luke watched it go in my back and said it look horrible. No complaints here.

Shortly after I got my epidural things took a scary turn. It all happened very quickly but Eli's heart rate dropped extremely low and they couldn't get it to come back up. The nurse had to call for backup and this swat team of nurses came running into the room, put oxygen on me, stuck a monitor in me to monitor his heartbeat more closely, and started doing things to try and get it back up. It was all very frantic and lasted for about 10 minutes.

It was the scariest 10 minutes ever. They had me facing the opposite direction of Luke so I couldn't see him and all I wanted to do was see his face to know that everything was ok. I couldn't see anybody's face, which I now realize was probably for the best because there wasn't a face in that room that could have comforted me. Eli's heart rate was dangerously low and everybody in the room was working hard to get it back up.

They were in the middle of calling a dr to come get Eli out when his heart rate went back up to normal level. Praise the Lord.

I asked for an explanation of what happened and basically my body just progressed really really fast. I dilated very quickly and at this pint was already at a 10. Sometimes when your body progresses very quickly it sends the back into sort of a "shock" and their heart rate drops. Thankfully they got it up and everything was just fine in the end. But it was completely scary at the time.

Eli has a teeny tiny little scar on his head where they put the monitor on him and every time I feel it I tear up thinking about how scary that moment was and how thankful I am that everything ended up ok.

After all the drama I was completely dilated so now we just waited for the dr to come so I could start pushing. I dilated so fast that I was afraid that our families weren't going to make it in time. We figured I would be in labor all night but that as not the case, apparently I have fast deliveries!

Around midnight the dr arrived and I started pushing. I pushed for 30 minutes and at 12:31am Eli Smith Tree arrived. A lot of people have asked about his middle name, we really didn't decide what to do until the last minute and eventually decided to go with my maiden name Smith.

He came out screaming and it was music to my ears. They put him on me and my first thought was WHERE IS HIS HAIR?!?!? Then I fell in love.

We had some time alone in the room just me, Luke and Eli, (and all the medical staff) and then our families came in and met him.

I had planned to text everybody once he arrived, but I decided to wait until the morning. I spent the night taking in my sweet baby boy and time with our families.

It was such a special night. Time flew and before we knew it it was around 5:30 in the morning. Our families left and we were moved to our room where we would stay for the next couple of days (and where I would grow an unhealthy obsession/love with my hospital and the staff)

At this point I had slept about 4 hours in the past 48 hours so I tried to go to sleep. But all I wanted to do was stare at my baby. He was (and is) perfect to us in every way.

I am so glad that I did all the "hard work" of labor from home and at work. I was able to take my mind off of it and not focus solely on the pain, and also I was able to get some last minute stuff done before he came. Plus I didn't have to sit around and wait to deliver, it was all very fast.

I loved my hospital stay and loved all of our visitors and just the fun times that were spent in that room. Luke thinks I'm a bit cray for how much I loved my hospital stay. But he was also the one who had to sleep on the chair that they call a fold out bed next to me.

I can't believe its all over. It makes me very emotional to think about how my pregnancy is over and all of that, but that is a whole other post for another day. I'm not sure my hormones could handle me talking about it right now.

Some pics from the hospital:

Sweet baby boy:



Momma and baby:
Daddy and baby:
Going home as a family of 3!


47 comments:

Sweet Simplicity said...

Oh my goodness, I am love with that picture of him with the teddy bear! He is the sweetest thing.

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

He is so sweet! Congrats!

Angie said...

Eli is gorgeous....congrats on your new family of 3!

Kodi said...

I had a very similar experience with Manning with his heart rate dropping, which resulted in a c-section. So glad you were able to deliver instead! He's beautiful & I can't wait to hear more about him!

Kaysie said...

Congratulations! I found your blog through Hillary. You are so funny. I'm glad the delivery turned out well and that baby boy's heartrate decided to jump back up. You have a beautiful family. :)

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Stephanie Marie said...

A million congratulations to you and your family! Eli is beautiful! I am so glad he arrived safely, even with a little scare. Thinking of you as you adjust to life at home with your little man.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

That picture with the teddy bear just KILLS me.... what a cutie!!

He's so gorgeous! Congrats again!

Sara said...

The picture with the teddy bear is absolutely adorable!! What a sweet little blessing :)

Dianna said...

I loved reading the story and seeing the pictures. Congrats again!!

Greta said...

Yes!! The teddy bear picture is precious but only b/c Eli is!! (and the chubby little feet and toes, love it!)

Scary deliveries are no fun and just that, scary. So thankful that heartrate came up and that you didn't have to push long (30 minutes on your first is amazing!)

I'm curious as to how far along you were when you got to the hospital. You may not want to share that info... Either way, I'm glad you didn't have to sit around and wait for so long at the hospital. That can get so boring! (My last babe came out less than 2 hours after we got the hospital - looking back that's a tad scary.)
If you're interested, here's his birth story...may make some good reading material while you're nursing ;)).
http://ilovemrpibb.blogspot.com/2010/11/bos-birth-story.html

Crystal said...

He is so precious!!! I love reading birth stories! I just had my baby in October and sometimes I tell my husband I wish I was in labor again,because it wasn't that bad for me and that would mean my baby would be tiny again! Oh and we have that carseat too!

Laurin said...

He's precious! Congrats on your new family of three!

Jaclyn said...

He is just beautiful!
Like you, i loved my hospital time. I remember my husband was anxious to get home, but I was as happy as can be right there in that bed :)
I also had a huge scare with my daughter's heart rate. I was totally numb from epidural and the nurse told me to get up on all fours to help her heart rate. really? i can't feel my legs, or move them. at all.
It was scary though!
I am so glad your beautiful baby boy is happy and healthy!!!Congratulations!

Just the 3 of Us said...

Eli is beautiful. I love the photo of him on the bear.

Taylor said...

He's so precious, Megan!! And you have a great birth story too!!

Suz said...

You are so good with words. I was in tears just reading your amazing birth story! I'm so glad you delivered such a perfect and healthy little bundle of joy! He seriously couldn't be more adorable and I think he looks a lot like his Momma!!! :) Oh and when I had Kyah my first thought was, umm sorry but I cannot have a bald baby, I just knew she'd come out with a ponytail! But I loved that shiny little bald head!! :)

~M~ said...

He is so cute!! Loved reading this!

Brittany said...

He is so adorable! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us! I love hearing baby stories!! I can't believe you did all the hard work at home!! Go girl!!

Lauren said...

He's beautiful, absolutely beautiful!

Newlywed Hostess said...

SO Adorable...Love the picture of him with his teddy bear!

Enjoy your time with him because everyone says they grow up too fast!

-Lauren said...

He is so perfect, and I love the Teen Mom reference!

Melissa said...

He is so sweet! I love the picture of him hugging that bear! Precious!

April Klingler said...

I agree with everyone else...the bear picture is almost edible! Praise God for the safe delivery of your little boy.

Kristen said...

Glad you had such a fast delivery! I'm sure that made the whole experience all the more awesome!

Love the teddy bear pic!

Heather said...

Congratulations!! I've been reading for quite some time, but never commented!!

I don't know where you delivered, but I delivered at Mercy and I LOVED all the nurses there. They were all wonderful and I can't imagine a better experience!!

My boy was born at 12:31 a.m. too!

Congrats again!

Charla Liedahl said...

The picture of Eli with the bear is TOO precious. I love his wrinkly little legs. Mmmmm!

Meg said...

He is absolutely perfect! I love that teddy bear picture-precious! I think Eli looks a lot like you!

katie@tulsadetails said...

He is absolutely adorable! Congratulations again!!

Love Being A Nonny said...

You;ll be so glad you wrote this down!!! I LOVE the picture of Eli laying with the bear!!! By the way, do you know you brought home the blanket from the hospital? Was that an excuse to go back???? :) Your baby boy is beyond beautiful!

California Wife said...

Oh my goodness, the picture of Eli snuggled with the teddy bear is too cute for words. Congrats again!

Shannon said...

What a doll baby! :) We loved being able to stop by and see you the other day and are so excited to have more friends in the neighborhood!

kathy said...

Megan, you write so well! A good sense of humor has helped me all my life. Yours will serve you well. Levi is a beautiful and lucky boy. He is starting on a wonderful life in a great family.

Sassy said...

Baby Tree was ready to haul butt out of the womb. Watch out, world! What a cute little peanut. I'm so glad you're writing out the birth story like this: A) I love reading it and B) It will be such a good reminder for you and Eli down the road.

Congrats again on your little precious!

anGeLine said...

Congratulations ^^

Carrie said...

The teddy picture needs to be on a wall.....in a museum. TOO CUTE!

Lauren said...

Megan, I have just loved reading the birth story!!!! Eli is truly beyond precious!!! So happy for y’all.

Danielle said...

He is precious! Congratulations!

Jill said...

Congrats! You have such a sweet baby on your hands and I'm with everyone else... That picture of him with the teddy bear is just so sweet!

SouthernBelleJM said...

Oh I love it!!!! He's so precious, cute, and everything:)

{K} said...

That picture of Eli with the teddy bear is the cutest thing ever!!!

I'm glad you had a fast and easy delivery.

Jenni @ Story of My Life said...

Oh Megan... I have tears POURING down my face right now. I just caught up on Part 1 and 2 of the birth story, and I want to thank you for sharing it. I am yet to have a baby, but I know my time is coming soon, and I have such mixed feelings about it (ok, not really... mostly I'm just TERRIFIED) But I have really enjoyed reading about your experience, and it was somehow a little comforting to me.

And Eli is one of the sweetest looking newborns I've seen. Usually they are quite contorted looking!! Heh heh.

Congrats. You will be a wonderful mama, I just know it. :)

Kristen said...

that picture of eli and the teddy bear is absolutely precious! loved reading your story!

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

wow, I love hearing this story! Eli is a very lucky little boy to have such wonderful parents. :)

Emily Nix said...

Congratulations on your healthy, precious baby boy! Thanks for sharing your story.

Sehrish Arooj said...

I was in tears just reading your amazing birth story! I'm so glad you delivered such a perfect and healthy little bundle of joy! He seriously couldn't be more adorable and I think he looks a lot like his Momma!!! :) Oh and when I had Kyah my first thought was, umm sorry but I cannot have a bald baby, I just knew she'd come out with a ponytail! But I loved that shiny little bald head!! :)Buy Periactin

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