Rowen Thomas Easley was born this past Monday - October 24, 2011 @ 5:55pm. This day was one of the most exciting days in my and Brent's life! Rowen was due on October 28th so he decided to come 4 days early...his decision on coming early was perfectly fine with me! I was SO SO SO ready.
Monday morning around 4:30am I woke up with terrible contractions. I laid in bed for about 10 minutes just thinking that I was having false labor again. After a few sets of contractions I got out of bed and walked around to see if they would go away but they didn't...I knew this was the real deal! I was excited that the time was finally here. Brent got up after hearing my painful moans and he looked super excited and nervous. I will never forget that look on his face. After we timed my contractions for about an hour and a half, I decided to call the on-call doctor to see what she thought I should do. I will honestly say that the contractions at home hurt but weren't unbearable...little did I know that they would shortly become pretty bad!! I told her what I was experiencing and how close my contractions were and she told me to go ahead and go to the hospital...that made me even more excited b/c I knew that we would be meeting Rowen that day!
Brent was super supportive on Monday and was very attentive to my every need. He was obviously right by my side the whole day...such a wonderful husband!
After arriving at the hospital around 7am, we checked in and then went to a room where a nurse checked my blood pressure, heart rate, and the baby's stats too. After checking me, she looked up at us and said "You all are having a baby today"! I was already 4cm which the nurse said was great and unusual for the first baby. At this point the contractions were so intense that I couldn't really talk to Brent through them. The nurse also told me to slow my breathing down or I would pass out..haha! I definitely didn't want that to happen.
We then got taken to the labor and delivery room. This is where I would be staying until little Rowen arrived. The room was huge. I really couldn't believe how spacious it was. Shortly after I was put on fluids, I got my epidural. I was pretty terrified to be honest but the nurse reassured me that it wasn't bad at all and that she would be right there with me while the anesthesiologist was doing her thing. The nurses at Baptist are awesome...they definitely go above and beyond. I knew that I wanted an epidural at my first appointment with my doctor right after finding out that I was pregnant. Drugs to help me not feel a thing?? - YES please!! I didn't know how it would make me feel since I had never had one before. It's pretty crazy how it makes you completely numb from the waist down. I even had to get Brent to help me move my legs b/c they were so numb and heavy feeling! If you have never had one before it's like when your leg falls asleep times 100.
My mom, Brent's mom, and my sister in law, Kelli headed over shortly after we told them that I had been admitted and they stayed around for the whole day. I had Kelli reassure me of some things since she had done this not too long ago. I felt better about things when she told me that I honestly would not be in any pain at all. And I wasn't :) I'll quickly wrap this up and get to the pictures!!! I progressed pretty quickly and had a great experience throughout labor. By 4:45pm, my very sweet nurse, Tanice, said she was calling my doctor and we were going to get this show on the road! Dr. Kyzer arrived around 5:20pm. It only took me 35 minutes to get baby Rowen out! After delivering him, I looked at my doctor and said "Wow, that wasn't bad at all" and it wasn't! She laughed and said that's what they like to hear. My experience that whole day was very positive. Everything went smoothly and I had no troubles.
Rowen weighed in at 8lbs 10 oz and was 20 1/4 inches long. He was born at 5:55pm.
First family picture. One of the nurses( who was hilarious the whole delivery ) offered to take a few pictures of the 3 of us before our family headed in to see us.
This was about 5 minutes after baby Rowen arrived. My eyes were a bit tired :)
My mom - Nana
Brent's mom - Bebe
My dad - he is going to let Rowen give him a name
Billy - he did the same thing...Connor calls him "d-daddy" so that's what Rowen will call him too!
Kelli, Matt, and Connor with Rowen. Love how Connor is pointing to "Nowen"!
Kyle, Libby, and Kelli
well this blog post is super long already and I still have more pics to post...they will come later! One last one to finish this post -
On the way home :)