Friday, June 5, 2009

A Baby Story.

A week ago tonight I was in a hospital bed taking doses of Cervadil every 4 hours. I had gone in for a BP check at the Doctor's office earlier that morning and much to my surprise, she saw that it was 147/92 and said, "I want you to go to the hospital tonight at 7:30 to be induced."

So, that's what we did.

Mom brought me to the appointment because Husby had class. We wondered if something like this might happen, but thought they would probably wait through the weekend. Mom and I ran a few last minute errands, stopped for my favorite chicken salad and then went home to fold some laundry and grab our bags.

Husby came home, we ran through Chic-fil-a for some nuggets and then off to the hospital. I didn't get the lavish delivery room that I had once before, but that was okay. After all, it was the room I would see my baby in for the first time. My precious baby.

The night was long and drawn out. I had monitors all over my stomach to keep up with contractions and Levi's heart rate. I couldn't sleep since they were inserting cervadil so often and I was hooked up to so many contraptions. I prayed hard that I wouldn't have to have 3 rounds of cervadil. I prayed hard that my water would break on it's own. I prayed hard for my precious Levi.

I woke up around 4, which was supposed to be my last round of cervadil and as I walked to the restroom, my water broke. Praise Jesus! I informed the nurse and they started my pitocin quickly after - four hours sooner than planned.

After the pitocin pumped through my body, the contractions started coming harder and faster. I requested my epidural around 9am, and as he pricked my back I felt a shock go through the right side of my body. He had hit a nerve and had to go more to the left. As he did, I still felt every single thing in the right side of my body. Minutes later, I felt everything on BOTH sides of my body. I asked the nurse if my legs were supposed to go numb and she said yes. I told her that they hadn't and I could feel every contraction and every pain. She told me "some women feel more pain than others - even with an epidural."

Great. Of course I was one of those women.

Three hours later, as the contractions got closer together, I was in immense pain. I felt the intense need to PUSH. With every contraction, I had to fight my body from pushing. I told my nurse and was in tears. I wanted to SCREAM! I had Husby by both hands and was trying with everything I had in me NOT to push because they told me I wasn't ready. But I could physically not help it. At that point, she called in a different anesthesiologist and he took a look at my epidural. It hadn't taken, and I had been experiencing NATURAL CHILD BIRTH FOR HOURS!!!

It was awful.

He fixed me right up and gave me a new epidural and almost immediately my legs went numb. What a fabulous feeling!!! I was finally at ease and ready to get the show on the road.

At 12:15pm, it was time to push.

They backed my epidural off a little bit so that I could feel the need to push, as I had before, just not as intense. I pushed. And I pushed. And I pushed. For two and a half hours.

Husby had talked to the Doctor before hand and asked if he could help deliver. She told him of course, threw him a gown and some gloves and immediately started shouting out orders to him. Push this, twist that, turn this, catch that, suction this, cut that - whew, he works well under pressure! How preciously sweet that he got to deliver our son. What a moment.

Finally, the Doctor decided we would need the suction device to get this little guy out. She had to suction his sweet little head four times and with a few more pushes, he was out! They threw him on me and I was in complete awe. I could not believe I was finally meeting the little boy of my dreams that I have prayed for, for so so long. I was overwhelmed with emotion and could not believe how absolutely precious he was! I held him, kissed him, and thanked God for him. What a little miracle baby - my love, my love.

The suction really hurt his little head. It looked so bad for a while, but now is just a round bruise on his little noggin.

I can hardly believe he is a week old tomorrow. It makes me so sad. I am not kidding when I say I want him to stay like this forever. He is absolutely precious and I can not get enough. Never in my life have I ever felt this way about another person. The love I feel truly can not be explained. It is incredible.

Happy week birthday little boy. Your daddy and I are head over heels for you.






63 comments:

  1. What a great story! I have loved following your blog for some time now, and I REALLY love it now! Levi is precious! Praise the Lord that everything went great! I bet you are loving every second with him! Thanks for the updates and photos! I'm SOOOOO happy for you and your husband :D

    Melissa :D

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  2. Sorry that your birth was so painful! I know how it is for the epidural to not work!! But it is all so worth it and in a few weeks you will forget that pain.

    He is so precious!! Just keep loving him!!

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  3. I like his little smile in the third picture. And the little bit of drool coming out his mouth...haha. so adorable.

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  4. Aww you poor mama! No pain meds!!!! You deserve the BEST mom of the year award! Holy crap.

    And again, your boy is sooo precious and beautiful.

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  5. Congratulations! He is beautiful and so worth all the hard labor you went through. Thanks so much for keeping us updated on little Levi. He is precious.

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  6. Oh my, what a precious little baby!! I'm so happy for you and your husband :)

    Those pictures are amazing! Take as many pictures and videos as you can!

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  7. God Bless your heart sweetie.. what a crazy delivery..but thank goodness your lil man got here safe and sound! : )

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  8. you are such a trooper! and can i tell you how much i love the pictures with the milk drool! SO cute!

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  9. I just love how excited you are! I felt the same way, wanting my son to stay tiny and perfect forever. Take it from me, it only gets better. Ben is now almost three and an absolute BLAST!!

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  10. I loved your story! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Levi is so precious! Congratulations again to you and your husband!

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  11. Man , sorry the birth of yor son wasn't the best. He is well worth it though!

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  12. love those milk-drunk smiles! your story is YOUR story and levi is here and you're both safe and healthy. praise God! and come on, natural birth isn't THAT bad!! well, maybe it is when you're not expecting it! ;)

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  13. I can't believe you were going through it natural for a while because of the epidural! Eeek! He is so precious.

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  14. Congratulations Whitney! Levi is so very precious!

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  15. Levi is soooo precious! I can't wait for my baby Brennan's delivery in October!

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  16. Congratulations! He is so precious and perfect. I love the baby drool. So stinkin' cute!

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  17. congrats new mommy:) He is so perfect!

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  18. wonderful story!! you are a strong woman with a beeeeeaaaauuutiful baby!! :)

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  19. How sweet that daddy got to deliver baby Levi. He is sooooo soooooo sweet. Makes me want to just hug and kiss on him. luv ya so much

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  20. What a fabulous story, except with the pain! Levi is so precious and I am glad husby was able to help in delivery!

    Btw...what kind of specialty does husby want to do? Just curious!
    ~Elyse

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  21. wow.. you are a strong lady!! and your son is just gorgeous!! i am so happy for you and your hubby!

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  22. Aw, so SWEET! Look, he's got a dimple! What an absolute doll...

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  23. Aw, so SWEET! Look, he's got a dimple! What an absolute doll...

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  24. He is so perfect! Congratulations! There is absolutely nothing better and nothing that can compare to the way a Mommy feels about her babies...God is so good to allow us this!

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  25. Love the pictures of your little man! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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  26. congratulations Whitney! He is absolutely precious.

    Our sweet little girl arrived 12 days ago and my birth story is very similar to yours. It was rough! But now we both have sweet little angels and it was all worth it.

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  27. OH. MY. GOD. You poor thing! That's terrible about the epidural. But, the outcome was super cute! I love little baby noses!

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  28. Bawl bag...sniffle, tear - how sweet and precious and all things good and wonderful - so happy for you!!!

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  29. Good Job! And extra special blue ribbon from me to you for all that pushing!!

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  30. I'm SO glad you were able to have him naturally, no C section! And that daddy got to help, that is too sweet.
    Sorry to hear your ep. didn't take the first time, wow....
    Darling pics!

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  31. God bless you and your pushing! I pushed for 3hrs 15 min and finally got that baby out. Honestly, I walked like an old lady for 2 months. I had an epidural and labor was fine, but they had to turn it off for the pushing. Your little boy is so very sweet and I know you just feel so blessed...all the pushing was so worth it!

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  32. What a doozy!!! Whitney, I'm so happy for you--he's the most precious little thing. He looks just like his daddy ;-)

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  33. Glad everything went well. All three of mine were natural with no drugs because I was concerned about effects on the baby. I have to admit that it wasn't easy though!! BUT WELL WORTH THE EFFORT!! Can't wait to see more photos.

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  34. Just de-lurking to say a big "Congratulations!" to you! Children are such a blessing. As the wife of a resident, I can sympathize with the challenges you'll face as a family in the medical world; but they're all worth it. :) Oh, and you'll think you can't possibly love your little one more than you do right now, but you will. And you'll relish watching him grow and learn. Congrats again!

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  35. Thank you for sharing your birth story, I am sure you would do it all over again for your precious little son! He is so cute! I can see how you cannot get enough of the little guy. Enjoy your new son! Congrats again the pictures are way to cute!!

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  36. I can't believe you were experiencing natural child birth!! You are so strong! Thank you for sharing your story! He is just precious!

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  37. Just found your blog and love it...congrats on such a beautiful baby! :)

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  38. He is just too precious for words! Congratulations to you both and I'm happy that you and Levi are safe and healthy!

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  39. Congratulations again! He's just beautiful. I hear ya on the pain. I had both my girls all natural. I was more afraid of the epidural than the pain of delivery. As soon as you see that precious little face and hear that cry for the first time, the pain just disappears. I remember both times thinking to myself almost automatically, "I cannot wait to do this again!"

    I"m just so thrilled for you.

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  40. Wow, that sounds so painful. I'm cramping up just thinking about it!
    I hope you are feeling better and enjoying that precious little baby. I love his smile! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  41. Congratulations! He's really precious. So glad it's all over and now you can enjoy him. I know you just want to sit and stare for hours on end.

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  42. Awww Whitney ~ little Levi is so adorable...I love all the pics, but especially the ones with the drool...too cute!

    Big hugz,
    Michele

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  43. Congratulations, Whitney! He is gorgeous. I hope you're getting to enjoy your time at home with your little one. Hugs!

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  44. what an amazing story! thanks for sharing!! So fun that husby got to deliver!! just wish the first epidural doctor (couldn't spell the real word) wish he was as good of a doctor as your husband is!

    the pictures of levi are amazing! he is so sweet and precious!! the smile is gorgeous!! yay for a whole week!!

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  45. Wow! What a story! I've been really trying not to psych myself out and freak out about all of the things that could go wrong - like an epidural not working! You are such a trooper girl. I'm glad you're home and enjoying your precious Levi!

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  46. Wow, you're a trooper!!

    And he's precious!!

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  47. Boy, you are a trooper, but what a sweet reward for your efforts! Baby Levi is precious. Hope you're getting some rest and healing well.

    How did your husbands exams go? Weren't they scheduled for Monday after Levi was born Saturday?

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  48. Love the pictures! The last one looks like he is already getting tired of his picture being snapped. Typical boy! :)

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  49. What a beautiful baby boy!! Thank yo for sharing your story!

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  50. He is so adorable! I'm sorry your birth was so painful, but I'm sure it's all worth it now! I totally think he looks like his daddy! :)

    Congrats!

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  51. He is so cute! I love the one of him yawning...

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  52. What a handsome guy!!
    Sorry to hear your epi didn't work the first time! I knew with working in anesthesia billing and having a friend who used to work in surgery, if that thing didn't work you tell them until it does! After I got my epi I could feel slight presure, but no pain. So I told the Dr. and he gave me more and I felt nothing for the rest of the delivery. I was tired of being in labor for two days though ;-)
    By the way, I saw your pic you took in your childbirth class (funny), it looks like my ob/gyn office! We must go to the same place!

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  53. He is soooo cute!! I'm glad mommy & baby are happy and healthy.

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  54. My word!!! I know you're so glad it's over and have such a beautiful boy in your arms! :)

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  55. Sweet little man! Great pictures!!

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  56. One of those pictures makes me think he's going to have the cutest dimples ever!

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