Monday, June 06, 2011


So I guess all my excuses for not updating the blog out way the reasons why I need to. Now that Stan finally got our pictures off a dying computer and I can access them now I need to document the last year. Too bad I feel very overwhelmed by that right now.

So I will just update those that read this on the newest addition to our family. Eli Henkel Skeem. If you don't like birthing stories you can skip the reset of this post.

This pregnancy was very different from any of my others and he still is very different from my other children. Since I was GBS positive I had to have antibiotics giving 4 hours apart once in labor. My midwife and I decided to induce me to make sure there was enough time to give the meds before the baby came because my labors are pretty short once I get started. The hardest part about being induced was picking a date. Sounds funny but it was really hard for me. See my birthday was on the 3rd. The choices they gave my for induction was the 2nd or the 3rd. We chose the 2nd so Eli's birthday will come first and take most of the lime light.

Sunday, May 29, I had 8 hours of contractions and thought we were going to have this baby on my own. Much to my dismay after a walk the contractions stopped. I was disappointed but knew the baby would come later that week one way or another.

Well, June 2nd came around and Stan was working from home and his jaw started to hurt. He has had a bump for awhile but it didn't hurt and he had an appointment with the dentist later in the month but since it was hurting he didn't know what to do. I am thinking that is was perfect timing. He was able to go to the dentist that morning after dropping my off at the hospital to get the baby process started. I was freaking out a bit but I wanted him to figure out what was wrong before it got worse. Luckly he was back before I got too far.

I was started on Pitocin and the antibiotics by noon and the contractions started right away! The midwife was wanting to break my water at 1pm but was worried how fast I would go and whether or not I would have time for the second dose of antibiotics, so much to my dismay she waited til 3:30. When she broke my water I was still at a 1 and the baby was still kinda high. I was devastated and worried this was going to be a LONG labor. I also was worried about my decision to not have an epidural and if I would be able to handle the pain. The midwife checked me at 4:45 and I was at a 6 and the baby was in the birth canal. I was happy about this because it meant the baby was almost here. Some day the doctor/midwife will believe me when I tell them that the baby will be here in less than an hour. The contractions started to hurt really bad and thanks to my mom and Stan, I was able to make it through them. After I had one contraction that did not want to stop, we knew we needed the midwife because I was going to need to push soon. We didn't even have time to finish calling her before I had to fight the urge to push. It was crazy after that. I don't remember much other than the midwife running in with the cart and trying to keep everything on it while getting gloves on and telling me not to push. If you have not had an epidural, you know that is next to impossible to do. After 1 1/2 pushes he was out and immediately put on my chest. Everything happened SO fast that I was in shock that Eli was here. Because Stan was not sure that the baby was a boy he asked the nurses multiple times if the baby was indeed a boy before the nurses thought to look. He was having problems breathing and they had to take him away pretty fast. Eli had swallowed amniotic fluid on his way out and had to have it sucked out before he was able to breathe right. It was kinda scary the way everything happened so fast. I am glad that things did go well and Eli is healthy. Some time the doctor/midwife might actually listen to me and be prepared for how fast my babies come. Eli was born at 5:20 pm. He weight 7 lbs 14 oz and was 19 1/2 in long.

He is such a joy and the kids just love him. It is hard to keep him away from Emma. She always asking if she can hold him. Lily is very concerned every time Eli cries or makes a noise. Tyson wishes he was older so he could play with Eli. It is really fun to see how they interact with Eli.


Leslie said...

Congratulations! Eli is darling. Hope your recovery is going well and that Stan's trip to the dentist relieved his pain!

Cornett Family said...

Congratulations Heather! What a handsome little guy! We need to get together soon and catch up!