Jared's birth story took longer to start than I thought. After I made the last post I thought I would be having a baby any day. I was at a three and having contractions, but nothing consistent. Last week my Mom came to town and I had an appointment and was at a solid 4 almost 5cm. The Dr. said to make my next appointment, but she would probably see me at the hospital before then. I thought again I would be having a baby any day. Eric and I were asked to speak that Sunday and I said I would speak, but may have a baby by then. Also, Eric's younger brother and sister were going through the temple on that Saturday.
After the temple, we had a celebration at our house, and had birthday cakes for Eric and his Dad. Eric turned 30 this year and I had the best of intentions to do a big party for him. With moving and the baby and his externships, he got a birthday cake with 30 candles on it! Eric is so great! He has been so good and taking care of the rest of the kids and letting me get rest.
Eric has made himself a Crossfit gym in our garage. The kids are good helpers.
Anyways, back to the birth story. I made it to the temple and was able to speak on Sunday, and had my appointment the next day (Monday). I had been having contractions this whole time (the last week), but nothing very consistent. I had been feeling kind of crappy. At the appointment, I was at a solid 5 and the Dr. stripped my membranes. After this my contractions started changing, they didn't hurt, just felt different. I started getting them more consistent and so we headed to the hospital that night at around 7. As soon as I got to the hospital, my contractions pretty much stopped. The nurse hooked me up to the monitors and checked me. I was now at 6 cm. She said they would watch me to see if I would go into labor. The Dr who was on call came into my room soon after because she couldn't believe how far dilated I was without being "in labor." I really hadn't had any contractions that had hurt and the Dr said she thought I was at a 7 now. She told me she would like to put me on pitocin and break my water, since it wouldn't be too safe to send me home so dilated. She told me I could get the epidural as soon as the Anesthesiologist could get there. The nurse started the pit and I got the epidural a little later. The Dr then came in and broke my water (9:30ish). I started getting pretty regular contractions for the next few hours. My Mom and sister were able to come to the delivery since the kids were already in bed and our good friends were willing to sit at our house. The nurse decided to check me around midnight and I was at a 10. She told me push a little with my next contraction to see how close the baby was. As I pushed the babies head started coming and she told me to wait till she could get the Dr. The Dr came over as soon as she could and Jared came out with one and half pushes. We didn't know if Jared was a boy or a girl, so as soon as he was out they all screamed, It's a boy! The delivery was really smooth. My recovery so far has been tons easier. I am feeling good and am hoping that breast feeding goes smoothly too.
Jared weighed 6lbs 15oz. He was covered in tons of white stuff.
Eric was able to cut the umbilical cord. This was pretty soon after the delivery.
The kids came the next morning to meet their baby brother.
They love holding Jared as much as they can. Tanner's first time holding Jared.
Aubree, Tanner, and Travis came to the hospital one night for our celebration dinner. Aubree is a little mom. She was holding Jared and told us she would take care of the kids while I showered and Eric ate his dinner. She is really funny.
We have been so blessed! Our life is crazy!
Andrew seems so big now. He has no idea what is going on.
Aubree's first time holding Jared. Love Aubree's headband.
First time I held Jared after he got cleaned up.
Travis always wants to hold Jared. He is always calling him, "my baby." He is always calling him Jerry. Tanner calls him Jareed. It is pretty funny.
Eric took the kids for a walk this evening. They were needing to get out. It was raining pretty good. They love walking with their umbrellas.
Eric is such a good dad!
Aubs with Jared.
We are so grateful for Jared. He is such a nice boy!