Possibly more than you want to know

Possibly more than you want to know

As far as the birth story goes, you got pretty much the whole thing last post. It was pretty quick and straightforward, but here are some other fun little details, just for kicks:

The reason we got the spicy Indian food the night before was because I remembered that our friend Meg went into labor with her second child after eating some spicy Indian food. (I re-read the blog post on the event when we got home from dinner and was hopeful that ours would also be born within two hours of admission, which he was, almost exactly.)

Simon was sick the day before and not sleeping well that night. He woke up about the time my labor started and wanted to be with us the whole time. It wasn’t ideal, but we managed to handle the contractions and the sick, strangely cuddly child for the 3+hours of labor before we went to the hospital.

The driver of the car that picked us up kept turning the radio up whenever I had to breathe through a contraction. It made me laugh.

In the elevator on the way up to Labor and Delivery one of the other passengers looked at me and said, “Could’ve guessed you were going there. We can feel that one [the contraction] all the way over here.” That also made me laugh.

I pushed for 15-20 minutes, much improved from my last time of 2+ hours, and, thankfully, only Micah, my midwife, and my nurse were there for the delivery. One of things that I disliked about Simon’s birth was that it seemed like there were so many people in the room at the end and it was distracting and difficult for me.

As we left the L and D, all of the nurses/doctors/techs were saying things like, “Well, thanks for stopping by.” “Nice of you to drop in for a moment.” “See you in 18 months.” My nurse couldn’t say enough about how much she prefers the 2 hour labors to the 12 hour labors. I was glad I could do them all a favor by not clogging up their delivery room for too long.

Oliver weighed exactly the same amount as Simon when he was born, despite being two weeks later and an inch longer.

Overall, it is hard to compare this labor to Simon’s because Simon’s was so unexpected and I had so much time to anticipate Oliver’s. Micah says I did just as well the second time, but I kind of felt that Oliver’s was harder if only because of the anticipation. And maybe because my water was broken through the whole thing, instead of breaking at the very end like it did with Simon. And also because of the pressure to match Meg’s time of 2 hours from admission to delivery. Just kidding. Sort of. :)
And finally, Simon just put some popcorn way up his nose. He has never done anything like that before.

9 thoughts on “Possibly more than you want to know

  1. Your story makes me excited that the second time probably will be faster…and nervous – what if we can't get Sawyer to a friends house in time to make it to the hospital? Maybe we'll have the friends meet us there. 2 hours in the hospital sounds better than having the baby in the car :)

    Great job! glad it's over and you're all home and healthy- he's a cutie just like his big bro!

  2. Congratulations!! I just knew Preston was the (middle) name for him! He is absolutely adorable, just like Simon! I love your story, too. I love all the little details like that. Thanks for sharing! Did you get Simon's popcorn out? Must want some attention, huh? Too cute!

  3. What a fun story. I love the details about the car driver and the other things that made you laugh. I'm so glad that you and Oliver are both doing well and are healthy – yay!! Congratulations again!!

  4. I'm so glad that you were able to laugh at those things! Maybe it's because I have no idea what it's like to have a baby, or maybe the thought of the whole pregnancy makes me nervous, but I really appreciate these details! It feels like things shouldn't be as stressful as I think they will be!

  5. Wow! It reminds me of when I was in labor with Keane and trying to put the kids to bed at the same time. Conan was on the phone with Matthan, and since I'd been having regular contractions for weeks before, I don't think he realized how hard it was for me! I hope Simon was mostly cuddling his DAD. Was Simon there for the whole labor and delivery since he was sick?

    I'm glad you made it to the hospital with a little time to spare, and were able to laugh at those things… I'm not certain I would have been able to! I hated getting those comments from my OB etc… "boy I could do labors like yours every day! That was so easy!" Yeah, speak for yourself, Buddy.

  6. Your little boys are so cute. You better be careful about Simon putting stuff up his nose. I shoved a pumpkin seed up my nose when I was 4 and ended up needing my tonsils out.

  7. Oh, thank heavens, no, Simon was not there for the delivery. My mom was here, so we just left him at home with her. But we wanted to let her sleep, so we didn't wake her up before we went to the hospital. And he was definitely cuddling me more than Micah. He just wanted to sit in my lap the whole time. Thankfully, he was fine when I would say, "Hold on just a minute Simon, I need you to sit over here for a minute."

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