Our New Buckaroo has arrived

Caleb Gordon Holbrook

March 13, 2006

6:00 p.m.

9 lbs. 10 oz.

20 inches

Caleb Gordonís Birth Story


I had my OB appointment at 9:45 am.  Chandler and I waited for over an hour to get in to see him.  Finally I was taken back, weighed, urine sample, blood pressure all that normal stuff, then my OB came in to do the internal exam.  He checked me and told me I was dilated to 5 cm.  And that I could go over to the hospital and have the baby if I so desired.
At 11 am we arrived at the hospital and went upstairs to labor and delivery where they were patiently awaiting our arrival.  We told them who we were and they took us back to labor room 13 and started hooking me up to all kinds of fun things.  The annoying blood pressure cuff that yes I finally just got sick of and took it off altogether because the stupid thing kept sliding down my arm every time I moved.  Then you have your contraction monitor and your babyís heart rate monitor, oh yeah and the every so lovely IV.  Well, by noon they had started my pitocin and the contractions where regular but not very hard.  At 2 pm my OB came and broke my water.  I have never seen or felt so much water gush out of me at one time, it was just spraying out all over like a fire hose.  By this time I am at 7 cm and hoping that the labor will be over with soon.
By 4 pm my contractions where HARD and STEADY!  I couldnít believe how bad this was feeling but I did not want to get that epidural so I stuck with it, trying to breathe through the contractions.  I finally told Chandler (DH) that I wanted him to have the nurse come check me because after all having pain and contractions like this must mean I am ready to push!  Well she checked me and I was only an 8 and also more fluid gushed out and I am thinking how much is in there, but also I was so frustrated and hurting I didnít know what to do.  By 4:45 I was begging to use the toilet I had so much pressure and pain and  but everyone just kept saying that the pressure I was feeling was just from the babyís head moving down.   The nurse checked me again and said I still had a bit of a cervix left and I was in so much pain and discomfort that she game me half a cc of some kind of Narcotic in my IV (it started with an S, I canít remember the name of it though).  This just barely took the edge off but got me to a 9.5 where the nurse decided it was time to call my OB overÖ  At this point I am in tears and begging to push or for them to let me go to the bathroom.  Neither of which they were letting me do!!!!  After my OB got in his scrubs it was time to push!  I was pushing and pushing and finally my OB told me to stop while he got a Catheter and emptied my bladder.  This was NOT fun, I havenít ever had a Cath hurt so bad before not to mention telling me not to push right in the middle of a HUGE contraction!   Well, finally after about 45 mins. of pushing Caleb was born at 6 pm!!!  He weighed in at a WHOOPING 9 pounds 10 oz. and was 20 inches long with sandy brown hair and blue eyes.  I canít believe I actually pushed him out of me it all seems so CRAZY now.  I only had to get 1 stitch so that was good news and so far he is eating ok not the greatest but I think he will get the idea soon enough. 


Now on to the pictures

Before I get all hooked up.

My contraction/heart rate monitor.

Caleb is born!

Getting Caleb cleaned up and ready to see Mom.

Kim after giving birth and holding Caleb for the first time.

Daddy holding Caleb for the first time.

Caleb getting checked out in the nursery.

Caleb's First Bath.

My flowers from the Carbones, Langs, Reagans and Youngs.

Emma sees Caleb for the first time.

Ethan sees Caleb for the first time.

Emma, Ethan and Daddy visiting Caleb

Emma, Aaron, and Daddy visiting Caleb.

Emma, Chandler, and Daddy visiting Caleb.

Daddy visits us.

Caleb's Coming home outfit.

Kim getting Caleb ready to go home.

All ready to go home!

Huge snow storm to come home in....