Friday, September 19, 2008


Wow. Simon is 10 weeks old today. I finally feel like I'm coming out of that "sleepy-fog" that overcomes you when you bring your newborn home. Here's what I CAN remember.

Simon's delivery was by far my easiest. All the more reason that he should be my last.

Madison was born 2 weeks early, labor was only about 7 1/2 hours but I was pushing for 2 1/2-3 of that. NOT fun, and exhausting.

Molly was fast and furious. I was dialated to a 4 for about 3 weeks, and by the time we made it to the hospital in the wee hours just a day after Madisons 2nd birthday, I was already an 8. I begged for an epidural and she was born just 30 minutes later.

Whitney was my longest labor, 11 hours. I'm not complaining, I'm fully aware women are in hard labor for much longer than this, but for me, it WAS my longest, hardest labor. She was a sunny-side up baby, making for some great back labor. She finally rolled over and decided to come out and see us.

So, Simon. I was again dialated to a "good-3" for about 2 weeks. I actually was able to convince my midwife to induce me. (The stars aligned!!). She broke my water about 9am, and I walked and walked, and walked AND walked. Just after lunch I was a little more uncomfortable, about a 4-5, and my nurse asked if I wanted my epidural. Honestly, it wasn't bad yet, but we decided, why wait until it's bad?? Let's get that epidural on board. So my midwife finished up her appointments and came right over about 1 to hang out and wait. Just when we were ready for some pitocin to keep the party going, I was complete. After about 4 pushes at 3:48pm our baby boy was here! It's amazing all over again. I remember saying to Matt that "we KNOW there's a baby in there, but when he's right there in front of you, it's a complete miracle!!" Matt's sister Tyley was there videotaping (my view only please!), and she had made it BARELY in time. Matt's mom made it just a few minutes later. She had been watching the kids and was going to take them to a friends and come up, but we called and said "you may as well just come up here with them, he'll be here in a few minutes!!" The girls were in the waiting room, so they got to come and meet Simon just a few minutes after he was born. One of my favorite things that my midwife does is that she brings in a little tub and helps Matt give the babes their first little bath. I get to just sit back (and take photos) and watch my amazing huband interact and bond with our littles ones right away.

Coming soon

Hah, you just THOUGHT you were going to breast-feed!

Oh, no, it's a "Whitney" all over again.

How many different meds does it take to cure reflux?

Are you SURE it's even reflux?

Why did you leave me all alone with a newborn and go clear across the country?

"if you see any sanity at the store, go ahead a buy that too."

Don't worry, he won't be newborn forever.

Sounds fun huh?

Oh, and a teaser of what Simon looks like now! Givivg a cute little smirk!


Deb said...

Ah, what a lovely post. So glad to hear that the fog is clearing. Isn't it crazy how much you forget? Simon is SSSOOOO cute and I'm glad to hear he was the easiest. (The youngest always have it the easiest!) ;)

Loved your announcement, by the way!!!

Julie Ramsay said...

Adorable picture. I was hoping to get to see more of him. Who does he look the most like?

Can I Have This Dance.... said...

It is fun reading about your cute family. We got your announcement today and we all loved it!!
It was so creative!

Rachelle said...

OK -- your announcement is the cutest thing!! I love all of Tiff's pictures! And the idea is so clever. Do you have all those beautiful pics hanging up around your house?! How do you pick which one!!??? SO CUTE!
And who is your midwife?
Mine was Jerlyn Schomacher (sp?) when we lived there. love, r.