8:45am on Jan 16th I started contractions. They were about 1hr apart and not very consistent. I was still in denial that this kid was ever going to come anyway. They lasted like this until about 3:00. Until then Ryan detracted me in between having contractions by playing games like Settlers of Catan, Connect Four and Monkeys in a Barrel. It really helped to keep my mind off things and was actually a really fun morning. Nice and relaxing with my family.
About 3:00- My contractions were getting really close together so I called my parents and told then. I was also super hungry so Ryan was making me a pizza. I told my parents to send Jason and Ashley over to watch Aubs just in case. I called them back 2 min later to tell them my contractions were 2 min apart so my Dad told me I better call Labor and Delivery before I eat pizza. (I did get a few bites before going in to the hospital.)
3:30 we checked in and my contractions where so close I was afraid I wouldn't get an epidural. But when I got there they said I was dilated to a 4 and since my contractions were so close together they were going to let me stay.
I was pretty determined to go as far as I could without the epidural because I didn't want my labor to slow down like it did with Aubrey. I was pretty proud of myself that I made it to 6cm before receiving my epidural. They game me the epidural and then right after that my water broke. I was dilated to 7cm in about 5hrs. Way faster than with Aubrey!
They took a picture of me in the middle of a contraction. Nice, huh?
I think by about 3:00am I was dilated to a 10 and fully effaced. They kept asking me over and over, if you feel you need to push let us know. I waited and waited and never felt the urge. The doctor checked and told me his head just wasn't coming down, and that I had an infection (just like with Aubrey). She said his head was also facing the wrong direction. That is when they said I might have to consider having another c-section. The weirdest thing of this whole experience is that the doctor that did my c-section last time was in labor and delivery. (Huge blessing) All the doctors and nurses left the room for Ryan and I to make a decision. We prayed about it and decided that since my body went through so much trauma the last time with Aubrey, we should start out life with this baby better. Then hopefully nursing would work out better, and I would be less exhausted for recovery.
We told them to go ahead with the c-section at that point (not without a LOT of tears) I felt very defeated and felt that I went through all that work for nothing. It was a very hard lesson for me to learn.
The whole c-section took a lot longer than it was supposed to. I remember a lot of pulling and tugging, which was very uncomfortable. I also shook most of the time which they thought might be because of pain anxiety(which I have never had before) Once they finally took Ethan out he didn't make a sound. I was looking to Ryan for some answers that he didn't have. I started freaking out when they took out the oxygen pump to get him to start breathing. Finally I heard him cry. That was really scary. They gave him to Ryan really soon after that, and he brought Ethan to my head.
They then began to get me put back together. After it was all over the doctor said I had a ton of scar tissue from the last c-section. It took a lot longer because they had to fix a lot of the scar tissue.
This time it was very important to me to see him have his feat stamped and his first bath. All that good stuff. I was there for it, and got to hold him before all that as well, which was really special.
In the end he was too big to get through the birth canal, just like Aubs. We made the right decision doing the c-section again. I am also glad I tried the normal delivery as well. I needed to feel like I tried! I also found how strong I could be through contractions, which made me a stronger person. It was a hard lesson to learn, but I am glad I learned it. Ethan is really healthy and so am I. He is beautiful and I can't believe how much I love him. Nursing has been going great and he is such a great baby!
So the cutest thing happened tonight. Ryan wanted to stop by Dick's Sporting Goods to get Jiggs for fishing. Well of course the place is decked out in Oregon State stuff because of the big game on Monday. Right when you walk in the doors they have a HUGE blowup football player in tackle position with knuckles on the floor. Aubrey kept saying, "Hi Boy" to him. Well being the mom I am, I wanted to get a picture of her with it on my phone so I could send it to Jason, my bro that LOVES the Oregon Ducks. Aubrey was so freaked out when she got near it. Even when Ryan was holding her. The rest of the way home she said, "Scared of Boy!" over and over. Well we got home, put her in p.j.s and read scriptures. We knelt down to pray and I have been trying to get her to say some of the prayer at night. She so sweetly said to Heavenly Father, "Scared of Boy." It was actually really sweet but extremely funny at the same time!
PS. On the way home Ryan told her he didn't object to her being afraid of boys. He told her she should just stay away from them.
A few weeks ago I decided I wanted Aubrey to get a haircut. Some of the reasons being, first Ryan's sister Rachelle was in town before heading back to BYU Hawaii, and I though it would be really special if she did it! Second, I never put Aubrey's hair down because everyone (mostly Ryan) says it looks like a Mullet because it is so uneven... Thus, we cut her hair. I was really nervous at first and thought I might even cry. But now that the deed is done I LOVE IT!! Aubrey sat so still for Rachelle, and even did a little boogie afterward. We will see how it looks on her today when she wakes up with Bed head! haha.
It was hard to get a close up Smile. haha! So these were the best two.
Then I decided to put red highlights into my hair for some fun!
While we did that, Aubs and Grandma decorated cookies!
Here is the end result. It made my hair look a lot richer I think. Not a drastic change, but fun none-the-less!
Here is the Boogie I was talking about Earlier. I have to add that the big bag Aubs pulls out of Rachelle's suitcase is full of fruit snacks. She knows where the goodies are at!