Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Birth Story... Five Months Late

Cade is laughing, rolling, and getting ready to sit up now!  Oh wait... did I even mention that we had him?

 Hmm. oh wait, no I didn't.  I have gone missing on our blog recently because, well, first I had to learn how to be a mother (Did I mention that was pretty hard? It is.)  and well I'm still learning everyday.  I do want to get caught up on our blog though because my new plan is to start printing it out every year for our "yearbook" instead of trying to remember it all and missing so many great stories!  So here I go clear back to almost five months ago...

It was time.  I mean, look at these pictures.  It was obvious I needed to have my baby outside of my oversized belly.  After getting these awesome maternity pictures done by Kelli, Attica Photography I felt all ready, or so I thought.  Then like I mentioned before we waited and waited till one week after my due date.  Cade was measuring big and so there was a lot of talk about have a C-section but I figured why not at least try and go for it?  We made our guesses for the weight, packed, and drove to the hospital.  (Kenny ran a red light just for the sake of it all)  So we went into the hospital on September 16, 2012 at night to start the whole induction process.

The doctors were going to start me on Pitocin in the morning after being on a softener all night so I thought we were in for a nice relaxing night but I was SO wrong.  After one hour of being on the softener I went into labor.  To be honest, I thought I was going to be all tough and get the epidural the last minute.  HA!  I could not believe how intense it really was!  For all you that know me really well, I really don’t tend to swear at all but you better believe I had words flying right out my mouth.  Kenny said he really enjoyed that part.  I kept trying to breathe through them but the contractions were already so close together I could barely get through one and then another would start!  So so crazy!  I look over to see if Kenny is just as miserable as me and I see this…

Some nurse thought it would be a great idea to give him a sleeping mask so he could sleep better in the hospital.  Thanks nurse.  I really owe you one….

This went on for about five hours till I gave in and got the epidural.  It did not hurt at all and I was so loopy and tired then I kept telling my “epidural guy” that I loved him and he was my new best friend.  After I got the epidural, life was so good and I got to enjoy the rest a lot more.  (Props to all the ladies who do birth natural, I seriously think you are amazing!) 

We got to talk more about baby Cade coming…

We had more time to get more nervous… Kenny had to borrow the oxygen mask for a little bit…

And I had more time to refuse more pictures…

After morning came they broke my water and everything went so fast.  I quickly dilated and could tell  Cade was coming and so fast! 

My nurse, Lori, led me through the first couple pushes.  She was so good about pumping me up and because of all the adrenaline I just felt like saying, “YA! Get that doctor in here and let’s do this thing!”  I felt all the nervousness leave my body, I was just so… excited!!  After these first pushes, Kenny looked at me and told me, “He has lots of dark hair!!”  For some reason this gave me so much motivation and I pushed like crazy!  I wanted to see your hair, I wanted to see your cheeks, and kiss your forehead!  Less than an hour later our doctor came rushing in.  I was not aware of it at the time, but they were worried that Cade was going to have breathing problems when he came out so a couple extra doctors were in the room.  I just thought it was more fan coming to cheer me on, so I was just like, “Yeah, join the party.  I love random people seeing me half naked!”  After all the doctors were present, they really let me start pushing hard.  I pushed and I pushed.  I remember praying at this moment so hard to give me strength to get through this moment not just physically but also emotionally.  I was about to see my son and all this realization was hitting while I was supposed to be pushing so hard.  I pushed one more time and the room seemed to hush and settle.  I pushed again… and heard a little cry.  Cade was here, finally here! 8 pounds and 8 ounces!   I saw them carry him across the room, and I just watched the little baby in amazement that he was mine.  He was so cute and already so funny! He immediately put his hands together as if he was saying, “Please put me back in!"

  The doctors had to check him out, so I didn’t get to hold him right away but I think what I got to see was almost even better.  I watched Ken lean down over Cade’s small perfect body and stroke his dark hair with tears in his eyes.  He kept telling him, “You are MY son, I love you”.

  I just kept thinking to myself- that is what love really looks like.  I was so happy I was able to watch Kenny fall in love with Cade.  Finally after they made sure everything was just fine, Kenny got to bring him over to me…

 and we became a family.

 We just cried together. We were so in love.   

We took him home a day later and wow, that's when the journey really begins. (TBC)


  1. Love Love Love this Andrea. I am so glad that you got to experience this in the way you did. This is you own special, unique story... that made me all teary:)

  2. Man, I love your story! The of Kenny sleeping is my favorite! Crazy how having a baby changes the perspective and makes your heart grow :)

  3. Andrea, this story made me laugh AND cry! (well... you know, my version of crying) So, so sweet! My favorite pic is the one of the three of you and Kenny is all teary-eyed! *I die!* Love your family!

  4. Im glad I saw your blog post on fb. This birth story was so touching! I was laughing and *almost* crying too lol!

  5. Yes-I laughed and cried too! Ahh I love hearing how special it is each time! Him clasping his little hands together is the cutest thing ever-I "oooo-ed" over that one lots :) and YES yes yes-keep updating you will be so happy you did when you print your books! Haha, that's the only reason Kevin doesn't complain about all my blogging/writing!

  6. Love this post! Like everyone else I cried and laughed! He is adorable! Better late then never :D

  7. Thanks so much everyone! I was so hesitate to publish this but you all made me glad that I did!

  8. Cried my way thru this post. Birth is such an amazing thing. Way to go!


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