Friday, June 20, 2008

Elvis has left the building...

That's actually code for...The ark is vacant! Yep...its true...FINALLY! The X-man made his grand entrance rather fast and certainly furious late last night just before midnight.

Here's how it all went down... (so to speak)

The Queen was scheduled for check in at 6:00pm last night at the hospital...well, not in a huge hurry we lollygagged getting there. We casually strolled into the L&D nurses station at 6:15 where no less than half a dozen nurses looked at us all at once, after a second or two of awkward silence The Queen says..."We're here to have a baby!" Everyone was all smiles after that. We found out later we were actually supposed to be there at 5, so they had kinda given up on us showing up...of course, they had enough to do already.

After getting checked in and dragging all our gear into a room approximately the size of the glove compartment in your car, we settled into a College World Series game. About 7:30 Chili's was calling...well, ok...a Shiner was calling and we hadn't eaten dinner so the best place to get a good dinner, and a good frosty Shiner was the local Chili's. I got it ToGo. I so wanted to bring back The Queen a cold frothy but since the plan was to work in some Cervidil to see if that could maybe get something going...and if not...the dreaded Pitocin, to induce labor come morning, i didn't think that would mix well, ya know?

She had been having some pressure and contractions most of the day so when the Cervidil started working, things started picking up speed and intensity. By 8:30 a nurse had come in to check on The Queen with a inquisitive look..."You OK?..." (she had evidently been watching the monitor too).


The Queen breathing through a contraction..."Yeah, doing great...they're gettin' strong enough i've had to start breathing through some of them."


To which the nurse replied, "Yeah, i noticed that! Let's take a look..."


Nothing to get real excited about really, she was just plugging along. In fact, after that, she sat up and everything basically stopped. No contractions, no pressure...nothing...zip. I jokingly said..."Lay back down!" Little did i know...


She sat up a little while, went to the girls room, and came in and got comfortable for the rest of the night...and then... about 10:30 her eyes got a little wide and she looks at me and says..."OK, i either just peed myself or my water just broke." So i take a look and...lemme just say...it weren't water. So off i go to the nurses station where i find the Dr. feverishly scribbling to catch up his paperwork for the night (there were four babies born within 5 hours)..."Hey Dr. i think my wife's water may have just broke...or something..."


"OK...i'll have a nurse come down as soon as possible, we've got another giving birth right now..."


"OK, thanks." and i walk back to the room. The nurse shows up just a few minutes later and asks the questions, prods, and pokes. You could tell she was a bit concerned when she saw what i saw, and retreated to get the Dr. Needless to say, he was a little busy. So they made the executive decision, as good nurses do, to move The Queen into a delivery room. So i tote all the gear, again, down the hall to a nice big floodlighted delivery room. After some preparation of the room and procurement of a bed, they roll her into LDR2 just before 11 p.m. i could tell that things had progressed in just a few minutes with The Queen, she was starting to show all the signs in her face of...ahem...discomfort. The rodeo had officially begun.


A little under 10 minutes passed and the soft-spoken, smiling Dr. came in to find The Queen working into a sweat... and he immediately assessed the development and rocketed into very smooth, very efficient action. His orders weren't at all gruff but they were quietly resolute.


The Queen plaintively called for an epidural wanting to enjoy this last one. The good Dr. again, assaying the course of events quickly unfolding and replies in a taciturn voice, "Ummm...i...uhhh...don't think we'll have time for that to take effect." This dude was frictionless.


As Queenly as possible under the elevating circumstances grittingly, "OK well could i have something to take the edge off!"


"Yes, we can do that..." At that point i'm standing beside the Queen having been doing the husbandly duties of encouragement, prayer, and trying to keep the fingers from being crushed...look down at ground zero, where my eyes went wide at a crowning head..."Baby, i don't think we're gonna have time for...I SEE HIS HEAD, HE'S ALMOST HERE!"


The Doctor was working very quickly, very expeditiously just bare seconds ahead of each elevating step...


"I GOTTA PUSH!!"


He was trying so hard to just get everything in position and was slightly delayed in seeing what i was seeing...as he turned to look his eyes widened and gave a little jump towards ground zero himself..."No, you can't push yet, i know it's difficult but you cannot push. I need you to move down towards me..."


"I CAN'T...I'VE GOT TO PUSH!"


"Do not push yet, we've got to get you into position, can you slide down here..."


"NNNOOOO, I CAN'T"


At that point the nurse on the opposite side turned around from what she was doing, grabbed an arm and a leg and i did the same and we moved her down. In seconds a bluish head appeared and the Dr. deftly unwrapped the umbilical cord from around the neck, smoothly cleaned out the nostrils and the good siren began sputtering. A few short pushes later, he easily turned the shoulders and out came our greatly anticipated hope.


By the Lord's help, The Queen does it again! With no artificial pain management whatsoever she births a 8 lb. 9 oz. bouncing baby boy! She earns a huge ATTAGIRL! for that! To which she says afterward, " I didn't think i had it in me."



Well, you do, you always have, you always will.


I can't really say anymore than the pics ultimately will...so enjoy the show.Happy Birthday X-Man! Welcome to The Court. We are so thankful you are here.




and last but certainly not least...


22 comments:

Bou said...

Congratulations!!! Oh he is so beautiful! Y'all make the most wonderful babies. All four of them.

Congrats and Welcome Noah!!!

Bou said...

I had my husband watch this video. I love it. He was laughing too at the excitement and happiness. Good Grief. I am so happy for y'all.

Deanne Neel said...

Auntie is so proud of you, Tam Tam!! Push him out with no meds! You are a saint. That video is so sweet! The girls look precious with him as well. What a beautiful family, Tam and Jay! Absolute angels!!!!!! Miss you all,
Auntie Dee Dee

Jerry said...

Came over from Bou's place.

Congratulations on the new edition!

Inquiries said...

Congratulations you proud papa!

No wonder she was big! That is a big baby! She was all baby!

Anonymous said...

.... congratulations to you and your missus!...

Eric

Erica said...

I just came over from Bou's. What a beautiful baby!! And your son, how he held out his arms in that sweet, giddy anticipation of finally being able to hold the baby...that was awesome...my heart just grew 100 times bigger watching that. Mazel tov to all of you!

diamond dave said...

Got the good news from Bou. Congrats!

And that video has got to be the cutest thing I've ever seen. The little guy so happy to see his new brother he's completely speechless...

RJ said...

Jay, that was so sweet. Loved the video of big brother taking little brother in his arms. And, my, how big that little one is when you see him in your little girls arms. Wow! Congrats to you and yours.

Morrigan said...

Congrats- what a smoochy! The kids looks so proud to have another in the clan- especially your son. I think he could have exploded with excitement.

Mrs. Who said...

What a beautiful baby...indeed, what a beautiful family!

All hail the Queen for a job well done.

h~ said...

"Life is Beautiful", as your son so excitedly displays in anticipation of holding his new brother. May your family always feel love's bond as you do in these precious moments. Congratulations!

Course of Perfection said...

Woo-Hoo! I speak blessings on this child, Jay.

All hail the Queen, indeed!

The Friendly Neighborhood Piper said...

Wow! Thank you all for sending your sweet sweet sentiments! The Queen was all smiles and "Aww that was sweet...tell them all thankyou!" when i read each of them to her.

Buck said...

Congrats to you and The Queen, Jay. Well done, all around! And the vid is SO cool!

Mike D. said...

totally fantastic. what a beautiful baby and family.

Bob said...

So how was the beer from Chili's? I can't believe you just let that story line die - leaving us all wondering how things came out!

Oh, yeah! Almost forgot. Congrats on the new baby and all ...

man2followJESUS said...

Uncle K & Auntie T are extremely excited to welcome Noah to the family! There is no denying that Noah is Jay's son....all you have to do is look at Jay's newborn pics. He's the "splittin' image of his Daddy! We loved all the pics of big sisters and big brother with their new baby brother, but the video..... THAT IS PRICELESS! To watch the sheer excitement of Jameson about to hold his new brother for the first time...WOW! That definitely ranks up there with your video of Madison when you filmed her and asked who she was and her reply was "A beaudiball Princess!" This is what memories are made of and these will live in our minds until the end of time.
Can't wait to see him and hold him. Welcome to the family Noah!

Rave said...

Wonderful work! He is precious and you two should be proud!

Congrats!

Deb said...

Jay...CONGRATS!!! He is super perfect and I LOVE the video. I just wanted to eat them both up with a spoon. I will be sending Doug to see the pics and and watch the vid also. Your babies are way too cute and God Bless your sweet wife for doing it with no meds. She is the bomb!!! Kiss your babies for me and hopefully someday we can all get together. Enjoy and sleep well!!! (sorry I had throw that last thing in cause u won't be gettin any sleep.) Deb

Jenny said...

Congrats!! He's pretty darn cute! Way to go mama!!!!

Bag Blog said...

The video is so precious, but I almost missed it because I was laughing so hard at P#2 picking her nose.