Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Henry Tate's birth story

Last Thursday (5/19/11) I was 39w 3d pregnant. i had been having braxton hicks contractions and that was about it. i had my 39 w appt and we knew going into it that my blood pressure had been getting higher and higher each week and that we had a pretty good chance that it was going to be pretty high by this appt. So the night before the hubby loaded up the car and got us all set just incase my blood pressure wasn't good.

So I dropped Jakson off with my dad and josh and i headed in for our appt. I got my blood pressure checked and it was WAY too high- 172/100- which is no good. Midwife came in and said well i am glad you hung on this long but it is time to get that baby out. That blood pressure isn't good for either of you. Thankfully i was already progressing on my own and she said that it would be an easy and quick induction bc Henry was already starting to make his way. So we made our phone calls to tell everyone the news and headed into the hospital.
We got in our room around 4:30. The doctor had to come in and do an ultrasound bc when the nurse checked me she thought she felt his head but was also feeling somethihng else. Turns out the little booger had his hand on his head :) Since our appt a couple of hours before that i had already progressed a lot on my own, so we knew it should be a fast process. they broke my water and gave me the lowest dose of pitocin. and the contractions were coming on strong. i tried to hold out until i couldn't take the pain any longer and asked for the epidural. ahhh, relief :)

i just laid in bed and enjoyed the company and excitment in the room. it was me, josh, my mom, and my two sisters. i was SO excited that they were all going to be there to witness Henry's birth and so were they. Our nurse was AWESOME and let us break the rules and have one extra person in the room during delivery. Dad brought jakson up to see me even though it was past his bedtime :)
we didn't think that jakson wass going to get to meet henry that night but it was about 9:30 and the nurse came in to check and said that i was ready to start pushing-- i told her to "shut up" bc i was so shocked that it was really here..i was going to meet my precious Henry that i had been praying for and dreaming about for 9 months.

We started pushing and 4 pushes later-- Henry Tate came into this world- 9:54pm. 7lbs, 5oz, 20.25in and perfect :)
It was amazing. I fell in love with him with just his first cry and then i saw him and was totally IN LOVE. nothing beats that feeling...NOTHING.

i was so happy that my mom and sisters got to experience that moment with me this time. they are my best friends in this world and it was an inceredible moment. we all cried and ooed and awed over my sweet little boy. and let me tell you, he looked SO much like his brother.
Jakson got to come in and meet him and it was so precious. he looked at him and was saying, "hey" over and over again :) melts my heart. PURE JOY, that is all i felt in that moment, pure joy!
Thank the Lord, our hospital stay this go round was quick and painless. Besides my blood pressure, we were all in great health. Henry showed no signs of jaundice and slept and ate like a champ :) He is a wonderful baby just like his brother. He eats, sleeps and poops and occasionally lets out a cute little whimper.

Jakson is loving his brother. All he wants to do is kiss on him and he enjoys pointing to his nose, ears, mouth and toes.
jakson just learned to give knuckles and says "boom", haha, it is hilarious. He also said "i love you mommy" in his giberish the other night and of course i cried. he repeats everything these days. he is growing up SO fast!!
We are LOVING being a family of four. it can get a little crazy but i wouldn't change a thing!

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Chrissi said...

i love your growing family! i will forever be thankful for you and josh allowing me to share in such a special moment. XOXOXO, sis

A-town said...

so happy for the four of you. Love you!

Ashleigh said...

so sweet!! I cried reading this. You are right.. nothing beats the feeling of meeting your baby for the first time.

Lindsey said...

Congratuations!!! He is precious! So happy for your little family!

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