Thursday, February 24, 2011

Diesel Knox Isom

2/20/2011   9:25pm   8lbs 12oz   21 in

Finally some pictures!  Everything is great here!  Got induced Sunday in a rather slow-going process.  Usually I go in, they break my water, give me pitocin and the babies come out within a few hours.  This doc was pretty conservative - he started me off, put some pill in to get things going and said, "Ok, I'll come check on you in 4 hours."  My mouth fell open and I was like, "What? I thought this thing was going to be OVER in 4 hours!"  So after that first 4 hours I had dilated all the way from a 1 to a 2.  Oh brother.  So then he started pitocin, but still didn't break my water.  After another 3 hours or so, I had gone from a 2 to a 3.  I was dying.  So then he broke my water and I started having good contractions, enough to get myself an epidural, and after another 3+ hours he came in around 8:20pm and I had dilated from a 3 to a 4.  Now I was really dying!!  

At that point we started to worry that we were doing the wrong thing and trying to force out some baby that just wasn't ready.  That morning some resident had checked me and measured the baby as pretty small and told me it wasn't going to be more than 7 pounds (shows how much she knows) - and then Ryan was starting to question if I was sure I'd calculated my dates right.... So then we're wondering if we're trying to force out some runt that wasn't even ready....

So anyway, after the doctor left when I was at a 4, I called Ryan who had gone home to help put the kids to bed and sadly told him to just wait around at home and I'd just call him when something started happening since we'd had nice friends watching our kids all day and nothing had happened yet.  Later I checked the times on my phone - 12 minutes after that call, I called Ryan to tell him he better get back to the hospital - now.  Seriously, 10 hours to get from a 1 to a 4, and then 12 minutes to get to a 10.  Sheesh.  The nurse was in serious disbelief when I called her in - since everyone had left me alone at that point, Ryan was gone, and the doctor had gone over to another hospital to do consults.  (And my epidural had just stopped working on the whole right side of my body which I wasn't happy about.) She was like, "but he just checked you and you were a 4."  I was like, "I know, that's why I feel stupid, but I really think something is going on!"  So she went and found a resident, had them come in, and the resident was also in disbelief and said, "If you really are already at a 10, that would be like the fastest 4 to 10 in history."  She checked me and was like, "Ok, I guess I'm going to go page the doctor!"  So after she paged him she asked if I wanted to start pushing and I said I really kind of wanted to wait for my husband.  So Ryan made it, then I waited for the doctor - so I was sitting there at a 10 waiting to push for over 30 minutes!  It was pretty funny, but at least it added some excitement I guess. We were laughing at this planned induction business since we've never done it before. It was pretty weird to wake up and have the kids say, "Where are you going?" and to be like, "Oh, I'm going to have a baby. See you later!"  Anyhow, the baby came out with one contraction and it was all smooth.  I even felt kind of proud when Ryan told me it was my best delivery yet.  :)


Cash's reaction when we brought the baby over for him to see was super cute and he's been great with the baby, trying to talk to it in a cute baby voice. 


The twins were pretty much like this:     :)


Although every once in a while we can get them to acknowledge him.  Hasn't seemed to rock anyone's world too much so far. (And frankly our kids aren't used to getting that much attention from us anyway.  :)
The boys spent most of the time at the hospital like this.




The first thing I said was that I was so happy he came out with dark hair!  And he looks so much like Cash did, which makes me happy.  Now we can have two of each.

Naming the baby was a bit of drama. Every time the lady came in I told her we didn't have a name yet and to come back.  She finally said, "I leave at 3:30 today, and I need it by then."  I told her to come back at 3.  She came at 3.  We told her to come back at 3:15.  I wanted to name him Knox, Ryan (and the twins) wanted Diesel, and Cash really really wanted Keaton. (I really liked Knox while I was reading 1776 back in the fall - from Henry Knox, one of Washington's generals.)  I said I wanted to just give him three names and we could all call him whatever we wanted.  Ryan wasn't up for that.  So she finally came back and we were still totally undecided. So I said, "You tell her the first name."  So Ryan said Diesel.  Then he said, "You tell her the middle name, and I said Knox.  So there you have it.  Diesel Knox.  Yes, I feel a little bad Cash's choice got left out, but next time I won't make the mistake of asking our kids opinions.  :)  

They kept us at the hospital an extra day - they kept saying we were such a late delivery they hadn't really had time to watch the baby for 48 hours plus he had had a lot of mucus and his bilirubin levels were too high. Funny, we delivered the same time with the twins on a Sunday night and I was begging for an extra day since I wasn't ready to go home with twins by myself yet and they refused!  This one I felt fine and they kept us.  Whatever.  Too bad I wasn't at the same hospital as last time with the hot tub and the massage therapist....

Ready to go home:



Seriously I can't believe how much fun #4 is.  I think the first is so stressful, we didn't know what we were doing, I was in lots of pain everywhere, nursing was complicated, he was colicky....then with the twins there were just two and everything was complicated and exhausting.  By #4 I may actually be getting the hang of this enough to just enjoy it!  I'm not usually a huge one to dote on babies, but I could sit around and stare and cuddle this little guy all day.  It is really SO fun. I'm blissfully happy. And tired.  :)


Now if only I can avoid getting staph infections, yeast infections, plumeting estrogen levels causing menopausal symptoms, mastitis, blocked ducts, open wounds, and herniated discs (all which have happened with my past babies)...then I will really consider this my best delivery yet.  :)

(Delivering at my inner-city hospital is probably another story in itself, but hey, it's always comforting to have an exterminator called in to visit your room while you're there, right?)

32 comments:

katya said...

wow - beautiful baby and great blog :)... congratulations

Julie said...

YES! More pictures! We loved the one that Ryan sent from his phone but these pictures are great! We keep checking the blog but we realize you must be pretty busy! We are so excited. Now we will go back and read. We just hurried and looked at all the pictures.

Julie

AnnaMarie said...

Love the pictures. And I love the story, and it's very uplifting to hear you so positive about number 4. :) I'm glad it all went so well, and can't wait to see more pictures of him. Love the twins' reactions!

Julie said...

Oh he's just so cute. I could stare at those pictures all day long! I want to meet him in person! I want to hold him! Oh congratulations. So happy for you!

Julie

Richins Family said...

Oh my goodness, he is the cutest thing EVER!! So glad to hear that everything went well, we were thinking of you all day that day! Can't wait to meet this cute little guy.

Anonymous said...

He is SO adorable. I love it! I also cannot believe the twins have the exact same look on their faces (as each other), as I so often see them do (in the photo of you and all the boys).

So love him and all of you!

xoxo Grammy

lindsy said...

He is so dark and handsome! You look way too beautiful to have just given birth :) What is your trick? I always looks awful in hospital pictures. congratulations!!

Sam said...

Sooo cute!!! Love the name! I am looking forward to hearing all about the inner city hospital story..... Congrats!

Sharon said...

He is so beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

aww you are all so cute! can't wait to meet him. Love you all
Lacey

Jess said...

He is so cute! congrats!

Shannon said...

Jenn third time is a charm. He is beautiful. Happy to hear all is well. He looks the way I remember Ryan looking as my little baby.

Rochelle said...

He's beautiful! You're beautiful! Enjoy!!

Mike & Britt said...

Congrats! So happy everything went well. Can't wait to meet the little man. Isom boy #4, he is gonna have such a fun life!

Josh Brown said...

You like like you are ready to go out shopping instead of having just delivered a baby! Amazing. He is gorgeous. Congratulations!

Megan said...

Wow. I didn't realize that I was signed in under Josh and not Megan. Josh was not giving you that very inappropriate compliment. It was me. Completely appropriate and not at all creepy coming from someone else's husband!....MEGAN :)

Lewis Family said...

wow! He really is a cash jr.! He is super cute and I am so happy to hear you are doing fine! Can't wait to see the little man in person!

Chadlee said...

He is adorable. Yeah, he does look like Cash, especially in that first picture. You look awesome - makeup and jewelry and all smiles, I'll have to try that, too :). Congrats on having 4 kids and picking a cool name, too!

Lima Bean said...

Congrats friend. Glad it all went smoothly for you. You can say I am super jealous about you having him out of your body and me having mine still in for another 3+ months. Wish I was where you are. Enjoy!

camille said...

You look so great...and I LOVE that picture of your "oh so interested" twins holding the baby :) I've always thought if I could have a #4 after twins that I would totally enjoy every bit of it because it should seem so easy. Let me know how that goes. And your doctor husband is going to die when he reads about your "staff" infection, he he! Congratulations!!!!!

kimber said...

Jen he is SOO cute! I'm also so glad that you didn't have a dramatic delivery. One push is amazing!

SuburbiaMom said...

Congratulations!!! Can't believe he fit in your tummy--you looked too tiny :). Enjoy him!

todd & nicole said...

Congratulations! He is really adorable. Good to hear that #4 is easier, I'm just not sure that I'll make it to four. You're amazing.

Anonymous said...

Adorable outfit on the baby, by the way, and you DO look wonderful!

xoxoyour mother.

Tanya said...

He is so precious!

You look way too good in those after birth pictures, tell me it was the 46th hour right before you went home =)

And yes isn't #4 pure bliss after having twins?????? Chase is almost 1 and I still feel that way about him. Enjoy him!

Karen said...

congratulations, jen :o) what an exciting time for your family... soak it in!!!

H. said...

Congratulations to you all!! What a cutie patootie!

Melanie said...

He does look like cash! I laughed out loud at the picture with the twins "holding" the baby. Im so glad #4 is a fun and happy experience.

Jenilee said...

Yay, Congratulations! He is adorable. We miss you guys.

Anne Marie said...

Congratulations on your sweet little guy! What a beautiful mama you are. Wishing you the very, very best with your recovery.

Corinne said...

I know. I'm like the 31st comment but I STILL want you to know how happy I am for you. This is a great post - you're all glowing :) CONGRATS!!

Judy said...

He's a beautiful baby! Congratulations!!!!