Friday, March 30, 2012

Rivers is Here- Part 3

My epidural had worn off some.  I was feeling every contraction but still being guided by Melinda on when to push.  My nurse told me I would be probably be pushing for at least an hour and a half.  After pushing 5 minutes I knew this was going to be difficult. Not to mention the vomiting I was doing! Poor Russ held the pan and would empty it each time.  I have never been that sick.  I think it was just a combination of the drugs, the epidural, and the intense heartburn I was having.  I vomited from that point on and was even still going once we got our alone time with Rivers. I was feeling a little sorry for myself until she told me the vomiting was pushing him down more than my pushes were doing.  I truly believe that is how Rivers came out so quick.  At some point, my body took over and I was so determined to get him out.  I could feel the contractions, therefore I knew when I needed to push.  About 35 minutes later, he was almost ready to make his debut.  As I am pushing, in walks Bernese, the lady who had told me that morning that I would still be there when she came back on shift.  Unfortunately, she was correct but having her in the room was a trip!  She had someone take her place in a c-section just so she could be there with me.  She cheered me on as Dr. Young did his thing.  A few minutes later, our sweet precious gift was laid on my chest.  Russ leaned down and whispered how much he loved us and we sat staring at him, with tears in our eyes.  Rivers was so wide-eyed and taking in the sights and sounds of his new home. We were allowed over an hour to spend with him. I held him in my arms, skin-to-skin, and let him get comfortable with his mommy. He tried to nurse but mostly just stared at our faces. I could tell he recognized our voices. Of course, sweet Russ was still holding the pan for me as I constantly got sick.  But it didn't matter.  Our sweet boy was here. At around 1:45 am, our family who had been waiting ALL DAY got to meet him.  They were in love as much as we were.

Dr. Young and Rivers

Melinda - who stayed until 3 AM (should have gotten off at 7 pm) to help me deliver.

William Rivers Polsgrove
December 14, 2011  12:35 am     7 pounds 12 ounces     20 inches

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, RIVERS of living water will flow from within them.  -  John 7:37-38

1 comment:

Emily Ferris said...

Anna, the verse made me cry! I know he's been here for a while, but hope y'all are still adjusting well.