My birth photographer, Jenny got there around 6:15 and started getting to work. Dr. Nakamura arrived shortly there after, and the relief of seeing him was such a relief. Finally I could have this baby.
He checked me again at 6:56am - 6 cm, 80%, 0 station. Things were moving fast. Some point in there, I was sitting on a birthing ball and my water broke with a huge gush.
I was super uncomfortable during contractions and had started pushing with each contraction by 7:00am. I couldn't control it...or the noises coming from my mouth. Wow...birth is so primal!
Dr. Nak was sitting at the desk at the end of the hall...getting ready for a scheduled surgery at 7:30 am. I was extremely nervous that he would be in surgery when this baby was born and told him so. He assured me, he'd be there.
At 7:07am, the nurse checked me again...9cm, 100%, +1. By 7:08am, I was complete and pushing. The nurses frantically called for Dr. Nak (remember he was JUST at the end of the hall) but baby was coming quickly. They were able to grab another OB into the room. I could only hear all the frantic voices, basically telling me to wait until Dr. Nak was there (yeah right!) At one point, I yelled to the nurse, "Don't hold it in!" NO CLUE where that came from...clearly, I wanted this baby out of me! (This makes me laugh so hard now!)
Dr. Nak ran into the room, frantically trying to get his gloves on. He managed to get one glove on a few fingers as he and the other OB caught the baby. Wow. So intense...so fast...so amazing! He almost missed it and he was 500 feet away from my room!
The baby was beautiful, and I was able to pull him right up to my chest. Gerrit looked at me and said, "We finally got our little Vedder!" It was a BOY! Whoa. A boy! I was estatic. Vedder was here!!!
I guess I'd just assumed it would be a girl...not really knowing and only having Pearl in the past, but hearing it was a boy was so amazing.
The placenta was delivered at 7:15. His APGAR scores after 1 minute were 8 and after 5 minutes were 9. He. was. perfect.
The thing that got me through a hard pregnancy and delivery was the thought of that little warm body on my chest. The squirmy, soft, squishiness right against my skin. And suddenly he was there, and I was in my happy place. It is so unbelievable to meet the one that you've talked to, hugged, and dreamed about for all those months. And he was adorable, in such a squishy old man, kinda way. ;)
My baby shower had to be rescheduled, and the guest of honor actually got to be there, out of the womb. And my inlaws drove all night to get to us...arriving after nearly 44 hours on the road at the hospital! My own parents came that evening as well (they only had to come about 7 hours though!)
Four hours, ten minutes from the first contraction to his delivery. Just over one hour, twenty minutes from confirmed labor. Whoa baby. I guess my body knew what to do after all. I'm just glad I made it to the hospital in time!
Vedder Colin Bram's was inspired by a rockstar, and in honor of two of the most amazing men I know - his grandfathers on both sides. My dad - Colin and Gerrit's dad - Abraham, who was called Bram (Brah-m) or Bramy (Brah-me) as a boy. He has already brought so much joy and laughter into our lives and filled in all the little boy places in my heart that I never knew existed. I absolutely can't wait to see the boy and man you grow to become.
I pray you'll always be fearless, brave and strong, much like you arrived into this world. And that you come to know, trust and follow Jesus all the days of your life. I pray you do mighty things in His name. Happy birthday, Veddybear. Your mama loves you so much. <3
(HUGE thanks to Jeanette Lee Photography and Films for the amazing photos and video from this day! We are so grateful to have all these images and footage from this very special day! Also to nurses Jamie and Melissa who gave me notes from that morning so I could remember exactly how quickly things had gone!)
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