Noah's Arrival

Thank you everyone for the amazing comments. I promise I will try to get back to all of you in-between naps!

Today, while I should have been posting my 37 week update instead I'm going to share Noah's birth story. I have to say that I am so relieved that he made it until 37 weeks and comparing him to my first son it is amazing the difference a couple of days can make!

I woke up on Sunday morning with contractions, but they were few and far between.  It had just started snowing for the first time this year and I didn't want to think about leaving the house.  When the contractions got 20 minutes apart and a bit more painful I figured I should start preparing for the hospital.

I did what any woman in labor would do:  took a shower, shaved my legs, did my hair and put on make-up.

Cornel, however, was  bit more panicked.  He didn't know whether to get himself ready, get Nathan ready, get the suitcases in the car.

At 10, I reassured him that we had plenty of time and that he should just take it easy. We called our friends to let them know we would be dropping off Nathan and everything was set.

We left the house at 11 and the contractions were still 10 - 15 minutes apart.  Plenty of time, considering that with Nathan they were right on top of each other and I still had two hours of labor before he arrived.

We arrived at the hospital at 11:20 and I was much more composed than I was the first time around.  I didn't drop to the floor in pain and I entered the obstetrics bloc collected and refreshed.

When the mid-wife on duty checked me, she exclaimed that I was at 7cm, and that I needed to be moved into the delivery room immediately if we had any chance of getting an epidural.  I told her we HAD to get the epidural no matter what.

When she checked me again 10 minutes later she said I was at 10cm and that I would not have time to get the epidural.   She got the anesthesiologist who tried to give me medication to make the contractions less intense. He warned that if it worked, it would take at least half an hour to take effect.  I didn't care - I NEEDED drugs!

The half hour came and went and there was absolutely no relief.  I had two options: start delivering and end the pain or wait and see.  At this point, Cornel's hand was purple from holding my hand and I just wanted everything over with.

The midwife broke my water at 12:35 and the baby crowned immediately.  The doctor on duty was great and gave me permission to curse in English; which I did. He tried to talk to me about things he had seen when he was in the US and was trying to keep my mind off the pain.

I will say that it was a completely different feeling giving birth with the epidural and with out.  I definitely think that I knew what my body wanted me to do without the drugs and could feel when I was supposed to push and when I wasn't, which I don't remember feeling with the epidural.  Well, except for the time the doctor told me to scream less and push more.  I thought I was doing both.

After 10 minutes of pushing Noah was out, and I was so relieved.  I was even more relieved that I didn't tear and required no stitches.

Sadly, we have no pictures of those magic first moments because Cornel forgot the camera in the car and had no time to go back and get it.  Oh well, c'est la vie!

We have this amazing little reminder....

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22 comments:

Liene said...

WOW, unintentionally sans epidural, AND you have a blog post up already! You are one amazing momma, congratulations on your two beautiful boys (well 3 if you count C) and enjoy your first Christmas as a family of four!

labergerebasque said...

Oh congratulations!!! What a beautiful baby! So "lush" with health!!! Definitely a keeper!
Having had my children "naturally", as was the mode in the US 20-30 years ago (because I had been told by the time you get the epidural the worst of the "labor" is over albeit for a few rapid contractions), I am curious as to whether or not you deem this to be accurate (after having experienced delivery both ways)?

Michelle said...

How on earth did you get your birth story up already?!?! I'm still working on mine! I did sans epidural this time too...but I only had to push twice...I can't say that I remember much about pushing other than thinking (and screaming) "get this baby outta me!" Intense, isn't it? Are you healing faster this time due to the quick delivery, no epidural, and no tearing?

Mark said...

I love how the doctor was talking about his trips to the States while you're screaming curse words in English. Did you have to sit through his slides of the Grand Canyon too? No wonder you got out of there quick.
So, when's the next baby???
Once again, congratulations to all of you and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
m.
p.s. please don't talk about tearing and stitches again. I just had lunch.

Moomser said...

I fly off to the US and miss you having your baby?! CONGRATULATIONS. He's gorgeous, your labor sounds ideal, and yay for no tearing!
Sending Noah a virtual kiss on his soft baby head and a hug to big brother Nathan.

Natalie said...

Holy cow girl you progressed fast! I had a natural birth last time...and I hope when I have a second child it goes as fast as yours! I'm so glad you only had to push for 10 mins...I had to push for 2 hours. YAY for your new baby boy!

Twisted Mummy said...

Oh wow, congratulations, he's beautiful. I had both my boys with no pain meds at all...I think my husband's hand is still bruised...

Sonya said...

Holy cow! He just didn't want to wait! That's pretty amazing lady!

SisterSister said...

Awesome post....and a cute bundle of joy. ALmost makes me want another. congratulations!

Rach (DonutsMama) said...

I progressed fast too, but I did get the epi and I am way impressed that you did it without (even though it wasn't by choice!). But that is awesome and I'm glad you only had to push for 10 minutes! Congrats again.

tracy@sellabitmum said...

WOW - so fast!!! Congrats mama. He is beautiful! xoxo

tracy@sellabitmum said...

WOW - so fast!!! Congrats mama. He is beautiful! xoxo

Quiana said...

What a story! So interesting to hear your comparison w/ and w/o epidural. I'd love to try w/o next time. He is absolutely precious. Congratulations again!

The Anecdotal Baby said...

He is gorgeous! Congrats, again, to you and your family. What a wonderful Christmas present!

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

wow! what a story!!! congrats again! enjoy the holidays as a new family of four!

Emmy said...

Good thing you didn't wait any longer! Love the picture you do have. Thanks for sharing this-love birth stories!

Jen said...

Holy cow! What an amazing story. So glad everyone is well, and congrats!!!
That picture is SO cute!
XO

Kiddothings said...

Oh wow! Congrats on giving birth without pain relief...and without tearing and stitches! What a wonderful delivery - really happy for you! Have a very Merry Christmas with your family! :)

Amanda said...

Congrats again! It seems like those who want the epidural don't have time to get it, and those who don't want it are told they NEED it!

Shellsea said...

What a precious picture. I love when they curl up like that. He's darling.

Our Little Bubble said...

Congrats!!! I can't believe I missed this post! He is beautiful! My first son was el'natural (not by choice :) I went tooooo fast) but I have to say, Yes, it is a different experience and nice to try once :) Looking at your pics.. I am SO excited to have a little baby in the house again!

Jessica said...

Congrats! I've been offline for the holidays and today it occurred to my while I was hanging clothes that you had to have had the baby by now. What a beauty!

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