May 8, 2009

It's true!


Oh such a busy week. This is seriously the first day I've been able to sit down to the computer and announce the news! So last week, when I thought I was contracting, well, I was! It was actually a really funny thing that it all happened when it did.

Let me go back. This was me on the 25th, my original due date. When we were trying to get pregnant, I was on clomid and calculating everything, so when they set my due date back to May 8, I kinda knew that I wouldn't last that long.

On Tuesday the 28, I was cleaning the living room and told Thom that I kind of thought I would have had the baby already. I was helping Izacc get ready for bed and decided that I needed to take a bath as well. I shaved my legs and put on some yummy smelling lotion and just took it easy the rest of the night. I had a Dr. appt the next day at 11:45 and I knew he was going to check me to see if I was dilated, so I figured I'd better at least shave the ol' legs and be presentable.

We went to bed and put in a Friends dvd and at about 11:30 pm I started noticing some crampy pains. I didn't really pay much attention to them until about an hour later when they were still going on. They were about eight minutes apart. I started to panic a little because, of course, it would be in the middle of the night and I had no local babysitter lined up for Izacc, just my in-laws who were two hours away, and I wanted my mom to be in the delivery room and she was a good four hours away.

I tried to relax and just go to sleep. I figured that maybe I could just make it to my appt the next day and talk to the Dr then. I fell asleep around 1 am, but then my beautiful son Izacc woke up at about 2 and wanted to come get in our bed with us. I'm almost positive he knew something was going on because he was wired and would not sleep. He laid there with me and we talked and read stories and I was contracting away. Six minutes apart.

I asked him if he was excited to be a brother and he said he was. And I asked him if the baby was going to come today and he said "Yes, Baby Dude will come a see us today when the sun is up." And I said really? The baby is coming today? And he said "No not the baby, Baby Dude. Baby Dude comes when the sun is up."

So we sat there and we watched more Friends and Daddy grumbled and told us to go to sleep and threatened to go sleep on the couch. Five minutes apart.

I got up at about 4 am and walked around the house, tidied things up, picked up the couch cushions that Izacc had lined up on the floor, cleaned the kitchen and still the contractions were coming. Thom got up and got in the shower around 4:45, I called my mom and then the hospital. They said I should probably come in and at least get checked. By this time they were three minutes apart. Thom then called his mom and let her know, she was going to come down from Casper and watch Izacc for us. We gathered a few last minute things and got dressed and headed out to the hospital.

It was about 6 when we got to the room. Thom and Izacc sat there patiently while they did all the hospital duties, you know, gown, iv, blood pressure, blah blah. I actually had a minor anxiety attack apparently. My pulse was racing and I was a little dizzy so they had me hooked up to oxygen for awhile. Weird because I didn't necessarily feel like anything was wrong, I was just a little dizzy. Anyway then she checked me and I was dilated to a (drum roll please) seven! I couldn't believe it!

Izacc was going a little stir crazy and so Thom called his parents to see where they were at and they hadn't even left yet! Nice. So we had to think quick and thank goodness for our friends Mike and Christine. Mike's parents live in Riverton and have watched Izacc a couple times. It was Martha to the rescue! She was the first one we called and she said she could take Izacc until the in-laws got there. Whew!

So Thom left to take Izacc to Martha's and I was all alone, chillin watching me some VH1. It was funny because the nurse came in and asked me how far he had to go because when she checked me I was at a nine. A NINE! It was all going so fast! I called my mom to tell her and see where she was at, she was still going through Teton Park and had at least two hours to go. I really wanted her to be there for the birth, but I didn't think I could hold this kid off any longer.

Thats me at 8 am. It all went really fast from there. They broke my water about 8:15-ish and it was go time about 20 minutes later. I really only had to push a few times and Ian Reed was born at 8:50 am. He weighed 8 lbs 8 oz and was 21 inches long. He was a carbon copy of his older brother, it was weird to look over at him and see Izacc's little face!

Like Izacc, I had him completely natural, no pain meds or anything, but with Izacc I was induced and the whole experience was COMPLETELY different. I could actually rest a little between contractions when pushing. With Izacc the Pitocin makes them come right on top of each other. It was such a great experience! (No I'm not on drugs right now!) No tearing, no stitches, and I was really grateful to get the majority of it over with at home. It was simply amazing and a lot more comfortable!

Ahh brothers. Izacc is NUTS about his little brother, always wanting to touch him and love on him and carry him around...

So sweet looking up at Daddy.

Almost a sweet little smile

Ha ha! This face cracks me up!

Izacc had a shirt that said "I'm the BIG brother" and Ian's jammies said "Baby Dude", that's what Izacc called him.

Look at them both, already annoyed with Mamma's picture taking.

So as I said before, i think these two kids look so much alike. I'm sure all parents think that, maybe, but honestly.
Izacc, six days old.

Ian, 3 days old.


Thanks everyone for all you well-wishes and happy thoughts! So sorry it took so long to get these up. I've been kinda busy...


Betsy Sue said...

Oh my gosh Camie, he is so precious and can't believe how much he looks like Izzac!! I love the name BABY DUDE!! You should really reconsider naming him that!! Izzac is such a cute brother. Congrats! And you have inspired to me to have my next baby naturally! Seriously! You are awesome woman!! Love ya

Betsy Sue said...

He was the same size as Jeremiah! AWW!

Jamie said...

Wow Camie- He is so cute and you look amazing! Congratulations!

Arya said...

Congratulations! That is an amazing birth story, the kind that make me want to be all-natural. Nice work. It sounds like you were super calm and everything went relatively smoothly.

French Family said...

Congrats Camie!! What a doll! Izacc looks like he's in heaven with the whole big brother business :)

Tara Ann said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And by that I mean both you and the baby!

Congrats again!

Brooke said...

Oh, I'm so glad I was able to love on the little "Baby Dude" yesterday. He really is perfect. Congrats! I love you - ya know? Oh yeah, I almost forgot to say you're AMAZING!!! You really are. Don't forget it either!!

Justin and RaeLyn said...

Camie, Your kids are SO cute! My favorite thing is to hold a new baby wrapped as a burrito. Congrats on the easy birth, I wish mine would go so well.

Miss ya,

Lisa and Jacob said...

Congratulations on Baby Dude :) Glad its all done!

Teddy said...

Natural! That is awesome. Congrats:)