My mom got here about a week before Oliver was born, and my dad got here 2 days before. We were expecting him earlier but it was so nice to have her here to help get ready for his homecoming. We did some scaling back of unnecessary stuff around the house. I was so worried about keeping everything clean, but trying to just take the time to relax before he arrived.
Here are some pictures of Oliver's Antique Travel Nursery ready for his arrival. I love the theme, and there are so many special items that were given or created for him.
Thursday, April 3rd, we had friends from Idaho coming by for the day. I spent the morning cleaning...again... and spent a little time with my parents. We went down to the beach and just hung out for most of the day. They were planning on starting their drive back home that evening, but when I got a text from Caryn, they decided to wait and see what was going on. We all would have been sad if they would have missed Oliver by only a few hours.
Caryn's account of the night is on her blog HERE. If you haven't read it, you can take a min a read now, because my account is not as detailed of the specifics.
Caryn text me the afternoon of April 3rd, letting me know after talking to a friend of ours that is a doula (that has been amazing with advice for Caryn especially towards the end of the pregnancy), that she thought her water might be leaking. We decided to go in and have her get checked out. She wasn't having contractions, and we were picking up dinner with our friends, so we decided to wait till she finished dinner with the kids. Just Caryn and I went in, just to see what was going on, and would let Brian and Carlos know if anything progressed.
They hooked her up to monitor her for about "20 minutes". About 7:45, they checked Caryn, to see how dilated, and she was a "tight" 4cm. The doctor that was on duty, knowing Caryn had already had her membranes stripped, tried to do it again, but wasn't able to. They tested the fluid, and it wasn't the water, so they would have released her at that point. However, Oliver had a couple minor variations in his heart rate. Nothing serious, but just something to keep an extra eye on. So, they decided to monitor her for an extra hour. During that time, Caryn was starting to have painful contractions, and Oliver's heart rate still wasn't perfect, so they decided to admit her.
I called Brian, Caryn called Carlos, and we made sure the nurses/doctors were calling Lt. Dell, because she said that she wanted to be there to deliver.
The contractions were getting worse, but when they finally checked her again at 9:50, she was 8 cm, so they were not going to be able to give her any pain meds. I didn't know what I could do to help. I just felt so bad that she was in that much pain. Finally Brian got there, and Carlos got there shortly after. She wanted to push so bad, but it just wasn't quite time yet. Her water still hadn't broke yet either. Finally, they broke her water, and it was just about time, so they started to get everyone in place. Just at that moment, Lt. Dell walked in, threw gloves on, and asked some questions. The plan was for me to get Oliver right away, and be able to do skin on skin. She had me pull a chair way up close to her. After Caryn had a couple pushes, at 10:35pm, Oliver was out, and in my arms! Brian cut the cord, and we were parents!
This was such an amazing night! I will never be able to put into words all that I felt.
So happy my parents were here to share this night with us!
And of course, the woman who did the hard work! I know the 2 phrases "I'm sorry!" and "Thank you!" went through my head a million times. I hope they actually came out of my mouth half that number.
This post is specifically about the amazing gift Caryn gave us. But I have to thank everyone who is reading this now. Each of you helped make this happen. Obviously the financial aspect that has and continues with the cost of this "out of the box" way of becoming a family. But also, the prayers and just constant words of encouragement and excitement for us has helped push us each step of the last 2 years. (I just looked, and my first blog post was April 28th, 2012!)
|We thank you THIS MUCH!!!|
|Oliver Lucas Stone|