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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
My parents came and picked up Eva to stay with them overnight.
I had been up a lot in the last few nights with contractions.
They offered to give us a break.
We almost said no.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
4:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Contractions off and on.
Uncomfortable, but not super painful...
but really, really tiring.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Nap time.
I slept and slept.
It felt great.

When I woke up, I headed outside to water the garden.
It was over 90° outside and I was sweaty.
So I decided to head to the mall.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
I walked the mall.
Climbed flights of stairs and walked some more.
I was having a few contractions, but nothing in a pattern.

There was this tight feeling that had been there for days.
Like I was wearing way too tight pants.
I decided to call it a day and headed out.

4:15 p.m.
In the parking lot, my water broke.
I stood by my car for a bit...
thanking God that it didn't happen in the middle of the mall.
I was also waiting to see what happened.

I felt a ton less pressure and more comfortable than I had in over a week.
I decide to get in the car and head home.
I called Michael on the way...
I didn't want him to tell me not to drive so I started driving first.

4:30 p.m.
I hoped in the shower and Michael came home.
Loaded the car and called my parents.
Told them to turn around...
they had been on their way to bring Eva home.

I was so relaxed.
We were not rushing around like I thought we would be.
I felt great.

5:00 p.m.
Triage in Labor and Delivery.
I was still dilated to 3 cm.
Same as the last two weeks.
That scared me.

I was still not really having contractions.
I started worrying.

I just wanted things to happen on their own...
and I knew that I had a ticking clock since my water had broke.

6:00 p.m.
I made a plan to walk the floor.
I walked to my delivery room.

I got to the room and I had a big contraction.
Finally, I thought, something is happening.

Then I had another and another.
They were right on top of one another.
I never walked the hall.

I was barely holding it together.
Breathing was hard.
At some point the nurse checked and I was 7 cm.

I had planned on an epidural at some point.
There was no time.

Michael was holding me up.
Rubbing my back and reminding me to breath.
I felt like my body was turning inside out...

7:00 p.m.
I felt "pushy"...
My nurse went into high gear.
Don't push was my only instruction.

That was the hardest thing I have ever done...
the not pushing.

All of the sudden people were every where and I was in the bed.
Complete and ready to push.
Pushing was the best thing ever.

7:11 p.m.
Theodore Michael was born.
Two hours and 11 minutes after walking into the hospital.
It was crazy, but so very awesome.


Carissa said...

What a sweet blessing to have a short labor, I bet you were pretty stoked about that.

And good golly, what a handsome little fellow! So, so many congratulations and joyous cyber hugs to you and your lovely family! I seriously can't believe he's already here, I feel like it was just last week you announced you were pregnant with him. Gah, so exciting!

Welcome to the world, little Theodore!!

Beard said...

Got it done, turbo birth fo' sure. Glad everything went well!

tinajo said...

Awesome indeed - he´s so cute and I´m so happy for all of you! :-)

erin said...

Goosebumps! I love birth stories....everyone beautifully unique!

Adrienne said...

He is just beautiful! I love that you "started driving first!" and that in the picture with Michael you can see the clock. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into this birthday!

Sara said...

So happy for your expanding family! What a beautiful baby boy. Congrats!!

Erin said...

Wow, that is CRAZY fast, considering you were only at 3 when you were admitted - nuts!! So glad everything went well!

Gretchen said...

Eek! CONGRATULATIONS! I love the simple, but real breakdown of his birthday - it's perfect, just like him :)

Nikki said...

Wow! That was fast. He's so cute! Congrats.

Adriel (The Mommyhood Memos) said...

Oh yay!! What a beautiful series of birth photos. LOVE. and your labor and delivery sound amazing. what a blessing - healthy mama and gorgeous theodore. i'm so pleased to read this. xx

Janel said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful, natural, healthy birth and SWEET baby boy! Blessings to one and all!!

Rachel said...

Oh, I LOVE this story! It sounds just perfect. And Theodore is adorable. So glad things went so well for you.

Mallory said...

I can't believe I have been away from you blog so long that I missed this. I had to go all the way back to Theodore's birth after I saw his sweet face in your latest post. A huge belated congratulations to you an your family.