Wednesday, June 24, 2015
A Baby Boy
We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little Ike. I was especially ready because while this pregnancy didn't have any complications it has been really hard because I have been so sick. When I went to my routine appointment on Thursday I had already progressed quite a bit and Dr. Cooper suggested that I head to the hospital on Saturday morning so that we could get things moving.
As mentioned, I was kind of over being pregnant but the main reason that I agreed is that the delivery of my last two girls had gone so quickly. For the last month I have been terrified by every contraction thinking that I would have an accidental home birth.
When we got to the hospital the doctor broke my water around 9:30. Brandon and I took a few laps around the hallways trying to get things moving and spent quite a bit of time looking at the bulletin board. Parents can write the names of their new babies on a flower and stick it to the paper tree. We found some pretty interesting ones including Khaleesi which due to the popularity of Game of Thrones has recently grown in usage.
At that point my two amazing friends Sara and Katie joined us. Sara is a douala and the two of them combined forces to support me. For the first couple of hours we walked and walked around and I bounced on the yoga ball and nothing at all happened. Well, Brandon almost fell off the couch which was really a bed mascarading as a couch and that filled a few minutes with a laugh.
I chatted with my friends and Brandon worked on making a mix-CD. Just so nobody in the future when reading this making a mix-CD is an art that has already become outdated, but Brandon likes to keep things fresh.
The doctor came in and suggested that we try a little Pitocin but I kind of had my heart set on not using it. He promised that he would only give me a "whiff". Sara and Katie ran down to get some lunch before things got to wild. They came back in at 12:30 just as I was having my first contractions. A few minutes later Dr. Cooper asked if they were painful and I still had to say no. The contractions continued to get longer but it still seemed manageable. Then all of a sudden they were extremely painful and I was crying and Sara was helping me breathe. Someone suggested that I try to get into the water to ease the pains and Katie started to test the water.
I was crying and thinking I was going to die and someone said, "She is pushing." The nurse literally ran out of the room, somehow I got on the bed and I heard the doctor say, "He is right here."
Next I heard Katie's voice say, "HE REALLY IS RIGHT THERE!!"
I pushed and screamed and the baby was born. I opened my eyes and Katie and Sara both had tears in their eyes and Brandon had a giant smile. All I could think was, thank goodness that is over!
The doctor told me that he figured I was only in active labor for about 10 minutes. Let me just say that 10 minutes was more than enough time for me. I was in shock and Brandon said that I didn't even look at the baby for 15 minutes but when I did I saw the most beautiful boy.
Isaac Grant Rigby
Born June 20, 2015
7 lbs. 13 oz.
Delivered by Dr. Cooper
Assisted by Sara Harkness and Katie Cave
at 1:18 P.M.
Posted by Marci at 8:14 PM