August 19, 2008

And Then She Was Sent Home

The morning I went into labor with Noah, I was excited and I was pretty sure I was going to have a baby that day. It was my first, so I really wasn't sure if this "was it" but I was hoping it was. It was a few days before my due date and contractions were coming pretty steadily yet, as I'd soon find out, they were not like REAL contractions.

Hubby went on to work and I was to call him if this was really it. I got on the phone with my friend Lori who just had her first baby two months before. In a couple hours I decide we should head to the hospital and off we go. To have our first baby!

We got into our room and all strapped up to the monitors and such. We were there maybe an hour when the nurse came in and told me what no woman "in labor" wants to hear. The doctor thinks you should go home. We were told that my labor would probably speed up there and so forth. And so we left.

It was just a couple hours later when I was really feeling the pain and hubby and I were on our bed praying as I was laboring away, still not believing that I was sent home from the hospital! Then I heard a "snap" and my water broke! There on the bed as Jeff read from the Bible.

We knew we were allowed to head back to the hospital now that my water had broke. I had my focal point (a picture of my dog) and did very well with my Lamaze breathing. I had planned to go all natural but did accept an IV with stadol "to take the edge off." It made me drowsy but I was still able to concentrate on my breathing. Within about an hour I was feeling the pushing urge and had Jeff get a nurse. Our doctor was on his way and was literally throwing on his gloves as Noah was making his entrance.

Noah Jeffrey was born at 4:14 pm, 7 lbs 7 oz on February 16, 2001.

Noah, 6 weeks

Our first son, our peaceful one. It was literally love at first sight.

Noah, 7 1/2 years

34 comments:

  1. I'm sure you're amazed how 7 years have already gone by...I feel that time has flown with my 2-year old. What a sweet little baby picture of your firstborn. It's so special to be able to look back and still have such sweet memories like they were yesterday. I don't think I'll ever forget meeting my little ones for the first time.

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  2. Wow - time flies! What a beautiful boy!

    That being sent home from the hospital is a pain! I went to the hospital the day before I actually checked in for the real thing - because I hadn't felt the baby move and my mother was pressuring me. I was so annoyed when everyone started spreading "false labor" stories about me.

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  3. Beautifully written as always!

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  4. Hi - I happened upon your blog today and love it! It has given me even more motivation to wear my wee girl.
    Thanks

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  5. I was amazed at how strong, pure and immediate that rush of love for my child was. Abstractly I knew I would love her, but I had no idea what I was in for...

    How quickly the time goes by when you're raising sweet babies! What a precious little boy!!

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  6. I love birth stories!!!! Noah is so handsome in the last pic!!!!

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  7. They tried to send me home with my first, too, because they didn't believe me that my water broke. That was such a frustrating feeling.

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  8. Love that story and that picture! What a chunker! I too got sent home with my first.

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  9. Oh, this brought tears this morning. Noah is such a blessing and I can't believe he is starting 2nd grade.

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  10. They gave me stadol with Samara and as she injected the drug into my iv i rolled over and said, "if i were an intravenous drug user, this would be my drug of choice"

    of course it didn't last long enough and eventually they could give me my epidural... because i'm a wuss. I don't do pain.

    At all.

    I admire you for going natural and doing it at home!

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  11. I bet that was frustrating to be sent home and then turn around again and go. Your experience this time around will be so valuable-and good to know you won't get "sent home," since you'll already be there.

    Noah is so handsome.
    Jen

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  12. Oh, I have a girl that age. I just cannot believe how time goes so fast.

    Sweet boy you have there - great photo.

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  13. oh i love birth stories. beautiful!!

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  14. Oh what a great birth story! Such a beautiful baby, a sweet boy!

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  15. The same thing happened to me with my first. Sent home "to rest." Yeah, right! Like we can "rest" through labor!! :)

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  16. I always like hearing birth stories. Everyone's are always so amazingly unique. My water has never broken on it's own. Wonder what it will be like this time.

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  17. I've tagged you in my latest blog. Stop by and see what it's about. :)

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  18. Wow your oldest is only a month younger than my oldest. Time sure does fly fast doesn't it? Can't wait to hear you birth story for Ivy being at HOME! So jealous.

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  19. Nothin' like an upcoming birth to make you reflect on the previous ones!

    So sweet--love the pics!
    Blessings!

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  20. Aww. That is just precious. Those pictures! Perfect.

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  21. It's funny to me how women want so badly to go to the hospital. I think they believe the sooner they go to the hospital, the sooner the baby will come. I know I would've been a tiny bit disappointed had my doctor sent me home, but then again, it would've meant less interventions!

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  22. Pretty baby...

    I can't wait to see what your daughter looks like!

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  23. I love reading birth stories. So sweet.

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  24. He is such an adorable boy...then and now. He does seem like a peaceful soul.

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  25. I can't it explain, but my own birth stories are the best memories of anything I've ever experienced. The good, the bad - everything. I can't think of the stories without getting a feeling in my heart that I've never felt before. And it just makes me long to feel it all again. Great post!

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  26. Sounds like that nurse didn't know what she was doing! What a beautiful boy!

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  27. Oh, it brings back memories of my labor with my daughter...I wish I could go back and live it again (I know most mothers wouldn't say that, but I really do!)

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  28. Oh how sweet. Love that recent picture.

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  29. You were pushing within an hour of getting to the hospital (for real) with your first?!? Do all your births go that fast? If so, I'd say it's a good thing you're planning a home birth this time.

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  30. Ew... they gave me stadol when I was laboring with David. Never again. I was loopy and couldn't communicate!

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  31. Our oldest babies are one month and one day apart! I can't believe 7 years have flown by.

    I hope you write one of these for each of your children. I would love to read about each one!

    Noah is precious, btw.

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  32. What a beautiful boy! I love that you called him "peaceful"

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  33. What a sweet face! I love hearing birth stories!

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