Monday, April 19, 2010

Today I've Been a Mommy for 16 Years!

B arrived after a miserable pitocin induced labor and no anesthetic until the anesthesiologist finally arrived from his afternoon golf game (my theory) to give me an epidural when I was in transition and ready to push-after screaming myself hoarse for a couple of hours. Pitocin contracitons and lamaze simply don't mesh. Consequently it took me 2 hours and 13 minutes of pushing and fear induced by the threat of foreceps to get her out of my rather beleaguered body.

B arrived with a head full of dark brown hair, at 9 pounds, 9 ounces. And I promptly passed out. After I came to, she was in the nursery for the requisite 4 hours. When that time was up, at 10:30 pm, I called and asked to room in with my baby, whom I'd not really even met yet. They told me I couldn't have her-Couldn't have her!until after pediatric rounds the following morning. !!!!! So my squeaky objections got me a half an hour with my daughter (the curse of having a high squeaky voice. I'm always getting confused for my kids over the phone and I think it's why the most common thing I get called by affectionate non family members who don't know better is "kiddo", as if I were Luke Skywalker, or in my early 20's or something.)

The whole thing inspired me to seek a home birth next time. But that's a story for two weeks from now when it's "next time"'s birthday. ;-)

Good times had by all today as we went to the zoo with my sis, BIL and their two kids.

On B's cake, this morning, we got number candles: 10000-which is 16 in binary. Big laugh over that one. It's been a good and blessed day and I'm blessed beyond belief to be B's mother.

God grant you many years, my darling!


Michelle M. said...

Many Years to B!

Tabitha said...

Sounds like a great day, today, as opposed to 16 years ago, which sounds pretty awful! Happy Birthday, B, may all your birthdays be more relaxing than the original.

elizabeth said...

Many Years! My love and prayers!

Victoria said...

Ha ha! Age in binary! Very fun. Happy birthday and God grant Bethany many years full of rich experience and happiness.

Alana said... was just a birth. I've never thought of it as awful on the whole...but rather only in the details. Because my child was born it was a good day.

Mimi said...

Many Years to B!!!!! Happy Birthday.1

Jennifer said...

The last time I saw you was when you, Wes, and B came to my wedding in Russellville, Kentucky. B was only a few months old. One day when I was praying, God put you on my mind and heart, wondering how you are and where you were. I typed your name on the internet and up popped your blog. I have been reading the entries starting from 2006 to get kind of caught up with what is going on with you. I have been praying heavily for you and the needs of your family. My email is If you have time, I'd like to hear from you.
Jennifer House Leon