August 21, 2008

The Big One!

The morning of Carter's birth day was like any other hot July summer day. I remember playing outside with Noah and distinctly recall sitting at the dining room table eating green grapes and when I got up, my chair was wet. I seriously thought I was having some, ahem, bladder issues.

When hubby came home for lunch that day and I had sat down to eat with him, I found that I was "leaking" again. He suggested I call the doctor's office to see if maybe my water had broke, but I remembered what it was like when my water had broke with Noah. I felt in no way that I would being having a baby today. Definitely wasn't having contractions and my due date was still a few days away.

I continued about my day and was still leaking. So finally before 5 o'clock rolled around I decided (at hubby's constant urging) to call the nurse. She said to get to the hospital and have them check me to see if it was amniotic fluid. I seem to recall being a bit flighty about this and sure I wasn't in labor. But I was now hearing horror stories from people online and from
hubby's office about waiting too long if it really was my water breaking. So, off we went.

We arrive at the hospital around 5 pm and sure enough, it w
as my water that had been leaking all day. So, they were keeping me. And said I'd probably be having a baby by that night. I thought that was pretty funny. But it was exciting all the same!

Me, in labor

Since I wasn't feeling any contractions and they weren't sure how long my water had been broken, I was hooked up to pitocin to increase the contractions and then did go ahead and accept stadol as well. I did very well with my Lamaze breathing again this time and I think was a little out of it from the stadol because I realized I was pushing before I had Jeff go get a nurse. When she came in she knew she needed to page the doctor immediately. They tried to have me not push, but my body had other plans! My doctor was at the hospital in a meeting, so he made it into the room just in time for Carter's arrival. I did have to push a bit with Carter which was different than when I had Noah. I think there was about 10-15 minutes of good pushing and we soon found out that this little guy wasn't so little.

Carter Wilson was born just after 8 pm, 9 lbs 12 oz (yes you read that right) on July 10, 2002.


He was definitely my largest baby and possibly has the largest heart and largest zest for life of anyone I will ever know. How largely awesome it is that I get to be his Mom.

41 comments:

  1. Aw! That last picture is adorable! By the way, you look fabulous for just having had a baby after pitocin & stadol!!!

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  2. Congratulations to you! Carter looks great. Glad you two are both doing good.

    Enjoy baby- mommie! :-)

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  3. You look really fabulous post-baby. And wow, he was a big boy! Luke was nine pounds even...I think nine pounders are pretty great.;)

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  4. Ah, leaking......reminds me of when I was at the mall and realized I better get to the hospital. Mark was coming! =)

    SWEET SWEET POST!

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  5. AHHH! my oldest b-day is July 10 too! And if that is you in labor I am jealous!

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  6. Wow, such sweet memories! My water broke both times in such a way that I heard it. I was the classic movie/television stereotype. I have to say it certainly made knowing if I was in labor easy ;)

    May the next labor go quickly and smoothly with your baby girl.

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  7. You'll excuse me if I dislike you just a little for looking so good while in labor and after popping out a baby :)

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  8. I love these stories. I especially like how you ended this one with the picture of his first day of school!

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  9. Look a the chubby cheeks on his little newborn face!!

    Thanks for sharing your story. I love reading them...

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  10. I leaked with my first baby and thought I was just wetting my pants. AGAIN. This story brought back memories.

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  11. great story...love the current pic of carter...he's a cutie for sure!

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  12. awesome happy day!!! Your babe looks so perfect lying there. Thank you Lord for this perfect blessing!

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  13. My second was 10 lbs 10oz (yes, you read that right too) :)
    I'm still kind of sad that he came c-section, but in the end, he's here! And he too has the biggest heart and zest for life (hmmm, interesting study- big baby=big personality-how common is that?)

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  14. I'm loving all the birth stories. Can't wait for Ivy's. You know they tried to get me stop pushing with Hunter too but I wasn't really pushing. My body was doing all the work and I couldn't stop it.

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  15. I will never forget after they weighed Carter and Jeff and I stood at the window and couldn't believe how big he was. He does have the biggest heart...Love him!

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  16. I love your posts about your births -- that last pic of Carter is adorable!

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  17. I can't believe how pretty you looked in your labor/just delivered pics. It looks like you had someone come in to do hair and makeup! And to think you just squeezed out a nearly-10-pounder!

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  18. Your kids are the cutest! I love how you share their stories with us!

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  19. Wow times does fly by!!!! first day of first grade how exiting!!!

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  20. Isn't it amazing how each labor can be so different? So crazy!
    Those pictures are absolutely precious. That last one? Ugh. So sweet!!!!

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  21. The picture of Carter on his first day of first grade is TOO CUTE! What a great smile. He truly looks full of life.

    I didn't believe I was in labor with my second either. I was having contractions four minutes apart, and I was already dilated to 5cm. But I was JUST SURE they would stop if I got into a hot tub (at the nurse's somewhat nutty advice). Connor was born 30 minutes after we got to the hospital.

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  22. Wow, you looked amazing, I am jealous. Carter is such a cutie pie. My little girl was 9lbs 4oz. Woo, someone else with a big baby ^^

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  23. Have a fun year, Carter!! He is such a doll. And you beat me with birth weights. My biggest was 9'5"...

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  24. How amazing you look while in labor and giving birth! And to such a big baby! Mine were little - 5 lbs 8 oz and 6 lbs 1 oz. Tiny tiny. I'm thinking about you today :)

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  25. your boys are so cute. apparently even as squishy newborns! can't wait to see ivy!!!

    are you going to get a newfangled designer hospital gown for the home birth?

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  26. Mind is going to first grade, too! Congrats!

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  27. I love hearing birth stories. Every story is special. I remember feeling Carter kicking on the 4th of July at the fireworks.
    Mary Ann

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  28. I love a big baby. Maybe because mine are big too. lol

    You look great in labor ;) Can't wait to read this baby's birth story.

    Carter is adorable too with his first day of first grade sign.

    Nell

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  29. Oh, what a sweet post! Yet again, you are making me want more!!!! (do you have a spare in there for me? :) )

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  30. gretchen from lifenutAugust 22, 2008 10:49 AM

    Carter is adorable!

    What a great birthstory, too.

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  31. I can't believe first grade already for Carter.

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  32. awe, how sweet, I hope he had a great first day of first grade!

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  33. Aww you both look so good in that photo!

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  34. Ah, what great memories of a birth day! So fun to remember.

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  35. Carter is just adorable, and how great did you look right after he was born?! Oh to be so lucky the second time around - a girl can home, can't she? :)

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  36. aw, great birth story :) he is a doll! my last baby was 9 1/2 pounds too. i LOVE chubby babies! :D

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  37. Let's hear it for the 9 lb+ babies! (Got one of those here, as well.) I loved your birth story-looking forward to hearing about Ivy's arrival.

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  38. I love pics of BIG babies! Mine were big too. My were 8.8, 10 lbs even and last one was 9lb 12 oz. Xander was 10lbs and looked like a little sumo baby. he..he...

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  39. What a whopper! :-)

    You look so happy in labor! I would've had HH take a picture of me in labor, but he was asleep. I won't let him forget about that one!

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  40. What a big baby, and sounds like an incredible boy!

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  41. What a sweet little boy. Happy belated birthday to him!

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