Friday, June 18, 2010

Flashback Friday!

Remember when...?

We look so happy and innocent! We had no idea what would be happening to our little family of 2 turning 3....did we!?!?!

Benjamin Michael Bertram came into this world as easy as any first-time mom could have dreamed of!

October 19, 2006 I was 38 weeks along. I had mild Braxton hicks contractions throughout the day-totally sporadic and nothing that was really needing timed. I spent the day working along like nothing was really happening. In fact, I don't even really remember telling James about them, because I was afraid he would go into "first-time dad freak-out mode"!

I had my 38 week appt. scheduled for 4:00 thatt afternoon. James and I headed to our appt. expecting to just get weighed and told that we probably wouldn't be meeting Benjamin nearly as soon as we wanted to!

Jullie, my OB's assistant did the checking that they do and surprisingly said, "Wow, you're already 5 cm dilated! Oh wow, I can feel the baby's head! You're 100% effaced! I thought for sure you'd be going late! I'm going to send my nurse in to hook you up to the monitors and we'll observe your contractions for a while."

During my 40 minutes of being observed I definitely was having contractions. They really were nothing more than Braxton Hicks contractions as far as I could tell (on the pain scale I was imagining!). Jullie decided to send us home to get our hospital bags and then get to the hospital. She wanted the labor & delivery nurses to make the final decision. We got very excited, anxious and nervous in about 1 1/2 seconds! We asked Jullie if we could take our time so that we could call our family before heading to Methodist. She said of course!

So there we were at home getting our bags, calling our family, and stopping long enough for a banana and granola bar! It was all kind of a daze as we were so excited to finally get to meet Benjamin. We spent about an hour at home taking our sweet time.

By the time we arrived at Methodist, around 6:30 p.m., I had already progressed to a 6 1/2. The nurses decided that I was really in labor and that I needed to stay! Wow! They get me all set up and relaxed. I really was VERY comfortable. Honestly, didn't feel a single contraction. So they hooked me up to pitocin to make my contractions more regular and stronger (what the heck!?!). About 12:15 the doctor that happened to be on the floor came in and broke my hour and one minute later...

Our sweet Benjamin entered this world. He came fast and easy! I can definitely say that the last 3 1/2 years has gone fast...but it hasn't always been easy. But God is good! Benjamin has been a great blessing to our family! He is my joy! I can't wait to see what God has in store for him in the years to come!

Why don't you add flashback friday to your blog too!!!

All our love!


Alicia said...

Okay, you are officially the labor queen!!!!!!! Wow, you did all that at 5 centimeters?????? You're amazing. Your pain threshold is off the chart!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Love reading birth stories :o) And yay to fast ones! Our first one was 2 hours from when I was admitted...2nd child was 40 minutes...and our 3rd was 6 minutes from when I told them to please break my water! :o)
What a sweet bundle pictured with you and your hubby.

Blessings & Aloha!