Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Birth of Baby Warren

I can't believe it has taken me so long to post pics! Motherhood is very time consuming (duh, right?). I have merely minutes to post - mom is trying to keep Warren asleep, so I can post before I feed - so my words will be few:
I arrived at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 6:00 a.m. Within an hour and a half, I was in the labor and delivery room with the pictocin dripping, and I was waiting for doctor to come and break my water. Note: Hair and makeup was very important to me then - now, post delivery, not so much! LOL

Breathing through a contraction and text messaging! The doctor broke my water at 8 a.m., and I was dilated 3cm and 90% effaced. He came back at 10 a.m., just after I'd had the epidural, and I was dilated 4cm and 90% effaced. When he returned at noon, I was already 7cm...

So what was Roy doing during all of this? School work, of course!!!

Warren's heart rate dropped, so they put me on oxygen. He did much better after that, but I stayed on it the whole time. Around 12:30, only 30minutes after the OB said I was 7cm, I started to shiver and feel lots of pressure... the nurse checked me and I was ready to push!!!! A quick call to the doctor, and we were on our way.
Labor was more difficult that I had ever imagined. I used a mirror to help me focus and know if I was pushing. My body parts down there never looked so freakish (the image is still in my mind!), but it was a wonderfully fulfilling experience. It wore me out, big time! I only pushed for about 40-50mins, and at 1:48 p.m. our sweet little Warren was born. Unfortunately, on Warren's way out, I heard a crack. When I asked the doc what it was, he told me my tail bone had broken - ouch!
I was surprised to see all his dark brown hair!
The pic above was taken after Warren was weighed and measured - 7lbs even, 19 1/2in long.
Roy was awesome through the whole thing (he even told me my highlights looked great in the hospital lights!), and it was so sweet to see him hold Warren for the first time.
My mom was awesome through the whole labor and delivery, and I can't imagine having to have faced this challenge without her help.
A couple hours later we were moved to our room where Warren got his first bath - he doesn't like to be messed with!
Daddy consoled Warren with his soothing voice; it was quite obvious that Warren recognized both of our voices when he heard them.
Here he is, all clean and bundled, our son, Warren Van Garton.
(By the way, after being a mommy now for four days, I am figuring out how to multi-task. I mentioned earlier that my mom was trying to keep Warren happy, so I can finish posting, well, that didn't work, but I am posting anyway - I am breastfeeding Warren and typing with one hand!)

6 comments:

J Whitlark said...

Deb,
Warren is adorable!!! I am so glad that you posted the birth story. I love reading people's stories and hearing all about their birth experiences. I would love to come by this week and meet your sweet boy and bring you lunch or something. Can you email me your cell number?
Enjoy your sweet boy!!!!

kimnewland said...

Loved to read the story after hearing the play-by-play by text :-) Really enjoyed all of the pictures I hadn't seen yet. I can hardly wait to to see you guys! Love and miss you.

The Pereira Family said...

Breastfeeding and typing??? You're amazing! can't say I ever tried that. Take care girl!

the rushes of OKC said...

Congratulations you guys!!! Loved reading about your experience, and seeing the pictures. You will learn so much by becoming a mother, and "I believe" it makes you a better person! Hope your tail bone heals quickly. Look forward to seeing and hearing more about little warren and family!

Melissa said...

HE IS ADORABLE!!! And you look beautiful, Deb! Your highlights really do look good in hospital lighting! :) You did good, mama! Somehow it's stranger to think of Roy as a daddy than it is to think of you as a mama, but I bet he is doing great too! ;) Hope you're feeling okay and recovering quickly! Wish we were close so we could love on you guys! Miss you more than you know!!!!

Randy and Amanda said...

Congratulations! Warren is a handsome little guy! We look forward to meeting him soon