S: When I Was Brand New--Brenden James Freeman
FC: When I Was | Brand New | Brenden James Freeman
1: February 3, 2011 | 5:24 p.m. | 20 inches | 7 lbs. 5 oz.
2: Waiting for Baby
4: Brenden James was born on February 3, 2011 at 5:24 p.m. Weighing in at 7 lbs. 5 oz., and 20 inches long, I think he is absolutely perfect! The night of February 2nd I was having some contractions and they were about 6 minutes apart, so Chris and I decided to go to the indoor track and do some walking--maybe 30 minutes. I was having to stop pretty frequently. So we went home and decided to play some 100 pin Wii bowling. So we were timing contractions, I was sitting on the birth ball and bowling. And the contractions kept getting closer and closer together. When they were about 4 minutes apart, we decided to go to the hospital. This is right before midnight. We get there and they're looking at contractions. They're there, they're just looking a little inconsistent. And I was only dilated to a 3. So they told us it would be better for us to go home, that I would be more comfortable, take a bath, and be able to sleep. Chris and I went home and, through the course of about 5 hours, I took 4 baths and got pretty much no sleep. The contractions were just too uncomfortable. Around 6 in the morning I told Chris it was time and that we should go back to the hospital. And of course, with all of our hospital visits that were false alarms, he was quite hesitant. He called and told the nurses that the contractions were now consistently about 2-3 minutes apart, and they told us to come in. While we were in the exam room waiting, Chris was freaking out. He would have been so upset if we weren't any further dilated. Well, I got checked and was dilated to a 6. Woo Hoo! No one tells you that you can be dilated at a 6 for 7 hours, though, Thank you. It wasn't too bad, it was just unnerving and uncomfortable to know I was that far along and to still be waiting and not progressing. They put me in the tub, made me walk, put me on the birth ball, gave it some time, and absolutely nothing was happening. So around noon they decided to break my water. The breaking of the water didn't really help to progress anything. Dang it! So around 2 they gave me some pitocin, which is the drug they use to induce labor. And also some IV pain medication. Never again. That stuff made me so loopy for the next couple of hours. There is not much I remember. I dilated a whole 2 centimeters in the next hour or so. Around 4:00 or 4:30 they gave me an epidural. Didn't hurt at all. Granted, at this point the contractions were so close together, I was going through one the whole time it was being administered so I was kind of focused on that. After that I continued to push for the next hour until Brenden was born at 5:24. Way too much pushing for me. Brenden came out and we had to cut his umbilical cord right away. He was dangerously blue. His cord was in a knot. For some reason they call it a true knot. It was about 4 inches away from his belly button, so he just wasn't getting any oxygen. After Chris cut the cord, they took him over to the table to get him breathing and clean him off. After the initial scare of my child coming out blue, everything went great! It is great Baby Brenden is here! | Brenden's Birth Story--as Told on Mommy's Computer Blog
6: "The moment I saw you, I wanted to hold you and keep you warm on a cold day's morn. The moment I held you, I wanted to kiss you and welcome you here on the day you were born."
9: Ours to Keep
11: Home at Last!
13: Oh, too many photos!
14: Off to see the doctor
15: I have two little hands folded snuggly and tight. They are tiny and weak, yet they know what is right . . .
17: Li'l Pirate
18: Reading | with | Daddy
20: Oh So Cute!
21: Life is to be taken Seriously!
22: Naps | Love
24: My Blessing Day February 20, 2011
26: Ten | Tiny | Fingers
27: Ten | Tiny | Toes
29: Sleep, Baby, Sleep
30: To Brenden from his Gran, with Love.