Thursday, June 12

Arrival of Miss Eliot Jayne


Monday morning I woke up and was having contractions. They weren't very strong and were about 15 minutes apart. I continued about my business (grocery shopping, dyeing my hair, etc...) and noticed that throughout the day the contractions were getting stronger and closer together. By the time Tyler got home from work at 7 pm, The contractions were about 7 minutes apart. Tyler was thinking that maybe I was being just a bit too eager to have the baby and perhaps they would just stop (MEN!). At 8, I told him that I wanted to head to the hospital. He just put on his shoes and said he was ready. I asked if he wanted to grab a toothbrush or a change of clothes and he said he didn't because he was quite sure they were going to send us home.


By 9 pm we arrived at the hospital. I was dialated to a 5. I was really starting to hurt. I had a bit of a panic and started claiming I didn't want any more children. As they got stronger, I claimed I couldn't do it. As they got even stronger, I claimed I was going to die. Then, an angel from heaven showed up. Yes, her wonderful gift is sticking a huge needle into my back, but she took all the pain away. I think I'm going to add her to my list of people to buy Christmass presents for.


Meanwhile, in the sky, my mom was flying in from Denver. She was origianlly scheduled to arrive the day before my due date. I called her during the day and told her that I was thinking that I was going to probably deliver on Tuesday and perhaps she should schedule her flight for that morning. She decided so wisely that she should probably come in Monday night in case I went faster. Thank goodness she did so because she arrived in my room about an hour after I was admitted. She helped me through the contractions where I thought I was going to die and then she stayed up with me while the wonderful magic of numbness helped me to relax to a 9.


About an hour later I started pushing and an hour after that we had a beautiful baby girl. Tyler was such a wonderful help during the whole thing. One thing though, as I was being told to push, he started singing the Salt 'n Pepper song "Push It"... you know, the one that goes, "Push it, push it real good..." He had me laughing in the middle of my pushing and the nurse laughing in the middle of her counting and it was actually quite fun (thanks to the epidural).


It's all been such an experience. I love her sooo much. Tyler has been so wonderful and cute to watch with her. He is a master swaddler and diaper changer. I just don't know how I waited so long for her arrival.

8 comments:

Logan and Emily said...

You are such a beautiful mom! Your hair look fabulous as always. She is so cute and she has so much hair! Yay for you! Her name is adorable and I think it fits her perfectly! I absolutely love that Tyler was singing while you pushed. That's hilarious! I hope your recovery goes well. I was an absolute mess for three weeks...no one ever told me how real baby blues are. I wish you luck, sleep, and cry-less nights!

ty & megs said...

yea! she is so darling! and look at all that hair! she is going to be wearing bows and pigtails before ou know it! you look great steph. happy recovery!

Audrey said...

How come I'm not surprised your dyed your hair for this occasion? I can NOT believe how much hair she has!!! Just don't dye it okay?

Alyson said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! You look so good in the pictures! I hope everything goes well in the coming weeks. Also- congrats on the new house. I am very jealous. I can't wait for James to finish school.

Sarah Jayne said...

I'm so happy for you guys, Steph. It sounds like everything went great! It's nice having Mom there to help out, isn't it? Well, you look awesome and happy and Eliot is beautiful!

emilyandreid said...

Steph, i couldn't be happier for you! I love how much you already love her, and love watching Tyler with her. I can't wait to see more pictures, and to read about your experiences as a new mom. And btw, I felt the exact same way about my anesthesiologist--an angel who should be on my Christmas card list!! congrats, you two!!!

Jeff said...

Well done, Stephanie. This is your cousin Jeff, by the way. Congrats!

The Busby Family said...

Congrats guys! She is soooo beautiful. I love the name also. You look great! I'm glad everything went well. Hopefully we'll make a trip to Arizona soon to meet her.