Thursday, August 21, 2008

Little Man Has Arrived

The most amazing this has happened.

I am a mother. My husband is a father. We are parents and we are so in love.

Just a few hours after I wrote that last post, I woke up to the gentle sensation of what I was pretty certain was my water breaking. It was 3:24 am. I called L&D and told them what had happened and they told me to put a pad on, lie down, and see

I had my first contraction at 4:00 AM. By 5:00 AM, they were five minutes apart and I had soaked two pads.

We got to the hospital at 7:30 AM and I was 4 cm dilated and my water had broken. We were admitted and the epidural was in by 9:oo AM.

We had the textbook labor, dilating one centimeter an hour until we were fully dilated. Then, the train went off the tracks a bit. The baby's head was tilted sideways and he was facing the wrong direction. I pushed for three hours and he would just not come past 0 station. Finally, in tears, we agreed to the doctor's suggestion of a c-section.

Things went fast after that and our dear sweet Little Man was born at 7:34 PM. He weighed 8 lbs, 6 oz and is 20 inches long. He has the sweetest little dimple in his chin, chubby little cheeks, and his daddy's nose. And I can vouch for the wives' tale of heartburn = head of hair.

I hope this makes sense, as I am on a lot of morphine and some other things, too. I just wanted to post this update and thank each and every one of you for your support along this wild journey. We are about to start a new phase of our lives and I would be honored if you continued to follow along.

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I am sooooo happy for you and your family.

God Bless.

Melissa said...

Woohoo!!!! I am so thrilled for you! Isn't it amazing...one moment you are waiting, waiting, waiting...and in the next moment...you are a mother. It's profound and life changing and beautiful and I so thrilled that you are finally blessed to be able to experience it! Congrats!

Fertilized said...

Katie - Congratulations to you and family! I am so excited and happy for you. You will enjoy every minute of this (even when it seems like it is stressfully tiring)

JuliaS said...

Congratulations! Glad to hear the little man is here safe and sound.

Enjoy yourselves!

In Search of Morning Sickness said...

OH!!!!!!!!! This is the HAPPIEST day!!!! Put up pictures when you can!

Baby Steps to Baby Shoes said...

Congratulations, mommy! Sending many, many blessings to your family of three!

Gibson Twins said...

So so happy for you! Congratulations!!

kprabha said...

Congratulations!!! Enjoy this phase and cherish every bit of it.

BrownEyedGirl said...

AWESOME!! Welcome little Man!!

Congrats Mommy and Daddy! :)

Jen said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news! Welcome, Little Man!

Tracy said...

FANTASTIC NEWS!!!

I am so happy for you and your family. Man, there are a lot of babies coming today!

A'Dell said...

I'm so excited for you Katie! Congratulations! Post pics soon!

Kathy said...

WAHOO!!! YAY!!! YIPEE!!! HE'S HERE!!!

Congratulations Mommy and Daddy!!! Welcome to the workd Little Man!!!! Soooooooo unbelievably happy for you, I am in tears!!!

Having a busy day, but something told me to check your blog (just in case)... You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to life as a family of three. (((HUGS)))

I am sorry you ended up with a c-section, after a textbook labor. Believe me, I know that can be dissapointing (though I didn't have the text book labor part prior to it, just a long one in which I didn't progress enough). Anyway, of course I will still follow your blog and again, I am so happy for you and your sweet family of three (and of course those angel babies watching over you all from Heaven). Take care and God bless.

Jen said...

Congratulations! You're a mom! Despite all those frustrations and moments when it seemed impossible, the day has finally arrived. I'm so very happy for you both, and I cannot wait to see pictures of your little man.

alison said...

YAY!!! Congrats Katie!! I'm so excited for you and your hubby. I'm glad everything turned out for the best. Big hugs to you! :)

Maria said...

YAY!! CONGRATULATIONS!! I have tears streaming down my face! I'm so totally thrilled for you guys. You're Parents!!

I'm so glad that you're doing so well and that Little Man is perfect. I can't wait to follow along in the next part of your journey.

Kim said...

O.M.G.. NO WAY! I sooo didn't expect THAT! I even thought it was a joke at first! No wayyyy!!

I'm soooo excited for you! Woo Hooooooo!!! I bet that Little Man is just gorgeous. I can't WAIT to see pictures!

P.S. Aren't you glad that I warned you to be prepared for a C-Section now? Ha! I have felt badly since I said that, I didn't want you to fear the whole labor process. But now it's like a huge weight is lifted off of my shoulders... haha.

Polka Dot said...

congrats!!! How exciting!

Welcome to the world, lil man!!!

the d'angelo family said...

CONGRATULATIONS Katie! I've been a lurker on your blog for a while now and couldn't let today pass without finally posting!! I'm so excited for you and your husband! Welcome Little Man - there is a great big world just waiting to meet you!

Ally said...

Oh, Katie, what beautiful, joyous news! Congratulations to you and your husband! I wish you so much love and happiness that your hearts overflow!

Waiting Amy said...

Welcome Little Man! You have a beautiful family!

I'm sorry about the 3 hours pushing. The same happened to me with The Snake. After all that work, he was suctioned out -- and believe me (having now had the C-section), I think I'd have preferred the C-section.

Speedy recovery and Congratulations!

RM said...

I am thrilled that he is here safe and sound!! And with all of his fingers and leg bones, right? :)

Take care! We are all so excited for you!!

soapchick said...

Wonderful news!!! Congratulations to you and your hubby on the arrival of Little Man. I'm so happy for you. Can't wait to see his picture! Take care of yourself!

K @ ourboxofrain said...

No way!!!!! What wonderful news! Your post actually brought me to tears. Hooray for your family, now one member bigger!

Congratulations, Katie! And welcome to the world, Little Man!

Newt said...

Wow, congratulations! Welcome to the outside, Little Man! Can't wait to see pics, and hear all about your amazing little life!

Kam said...

Yay!!! congratulations Mommy & Daddy and WELCOME to the world Little Man!!! I can't wait to see pics and find out what you have named him!! Yay!

Nicky said...

Congratulations!!!

Mrs. B said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

I am so very thrilled for you.

Welcome to the world little man!

My Reality said...

Huge Congrats!!!

gracechild said...

Congratulations. You deserve all the happiness this brings

Amy B said...

Congratulations!! I am so happy for you both. Enjoy every minute!!
HUGS

Laura said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your husband! I got chills reading your post.

Mel said...

OMG
It finally happened!! I am crying tears of joy for you right now, girl. I am so excited and cannot wait to see photos.
Take care of yourself and that baby and love every moment.
*hugs*

m said...

Congratulations!!!!

Christy said...

Congratulations! I'm so very, very happy for you and your family! Can't wait to see pictures, and I wish you a speedy recovery.

Leah said...

Congratulations on your new blessing!

Stephanie said...

I've been reading your blog for about a year -- delurking to say congrats! I am so happy for you!
We had our little man in july - and so far its been quite a ride. It only gets better from here! Wishing you, your hubbie and the baby the best.

Anonymous said...

Oooooh.....congratulations!!!! I'm very excited and happy for you. Best wishes.

Anna said...

Delurking to say congrats!!!!

Mrs. Piggy said...

Oh my god, I was not expecting this. I am so overcome with emotion! And as my twin, you naturally had to have a c-section. Keep hittin the button for those meds. Dont be brave and think you feel alright and to cut back on the pain meds, not a good idea, I learned the hard way. Pain meds all the way. I hope walking isnt too horrible, but I'm sure it is.
Oh and the pushing on the stomach. Ouch.

I cannot wait to see pictures. Oh my god!!!! Congrats Mom!

Ange said...

This is absolutely wonderful news. Well done and enjoy your gorgeous new little guy.

wanttobeamom said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you! I hope you have a speedy recovery. Please post pictures when you get a chance.

Becky said...

Congratulations!! I'm SO happy for you... I bet he is beautiful:)

Annalien said...

Kathy, huge congratulations to you and your family. Welcome to the world little man!

Debby said...

hooray! i can't wait to see pics! be sureto take advantage of all the help in the hospital so taht you can rst and take care of you.

Ms. J said...

YEAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Flippin' happy for you!

YOU AND HUBBY DID IT!!!!

Samantha said...

Yay! So thrilled for you!!!

On the the next stage of your life with your family!!

Deborah said...

Welcome "Little Man"! Congratulations!

Julie said...

Katie,

Congratulations! I am so happy for your and your dh! I am so glad that you finally have your little man in your arms and that all is well!

How simply wonderful!!!!
Congrats!

Amanda said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

this one said...

i'm crying at work. i've only recently lurked on your blog but i'm so thrilled to see a happy ending (beginning) for you!

Katie said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you

Joy said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! Maybe the nurse practitioner stripped your membranes (it can cause your water to break). You should ask! They will do it without telling you (happened with both of my girlies).

Can't wait to hear more, see pics (if you'll be showing pics) and hear his name (if you're sharing it)!!!!!!!!!!

Searching said...

Congrats, momma!!!

Geohde said...

Oh Katie sweetie,

I'm so very very happy for you. Enjoy your little man, your morphine and your first few days together. ANd try to get a little sleep- I was so high from birth I didn't for days :)

Then post again,

xx

much love,

J

Cari said...

So awesome!!! I'm beyond thrilled for you and your family....I've been following your journey since the early days. SO INSPIRING for the many of us who have suffered multiple losses. I'm so excited that it all went so well and that the liitle guy is here!!!

Congratulations....enjoy!
Cari

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I have followed your journey for so long now, and as I sit here with tear streaming down my cheeks, I am so happy for you, as I have waited so long to read and enjoy this amazing occasion with you! I am so happy for you all. God Bless your new family.

Rachel said...

Congratulations!!!! It's so exciting that little man is finally here. I'm glad that all went well with the delivery and you're already up to posting.

Kristen said...

Congratulations, Katie! I'm so so happy for you that your family is now complete and you are officially an IF survivor. Be sure to share pics when you get a chance! XOXO

chicklet said...

Congratulations, it's about time:-)

luna said...

congratulations katie and family!

Yoka said...

Congratulations, Katie. I am so excited for you. After all the heartbreak you have experienced finally you have your little one. I can't wait to see some pictures. I hope you can get some rest and the nights are not too bad!!!

Polka Dot said...

I realize you're busy with little man and all (I hear babies are alot of work lol), but if we don't get a picture soon I fear I'll be forced to start holding my breath ; )

I hope it's all going better than ever expected and that you're not too exhausted *hugs*

theclam said...

Congratulations Katie! Welcome to the world little man :)