Thursday, May 17, 2007

Happy Birthday Red!

Two years ago today I was holding my little boy and I mean he was little! It was a Monday May 16th and I was working as a teacher's assistant and I felt like I was peeing my pants but when I went to the bathroom I couldn't get anything to come out. So I called my midwife and she told me to come in to the office. They checked to see if it was amniotic fluid and it was so to the hospital I went. It was about 2pm when we got there and settled into our labor room. I was NOT in labor at all but he *had* to come out for his safety. We made all the calls we needed to and GG and Monkey were watching a movie in my room. At about 5pm my midwife got there and they started the Pitocin shortly after that. About 4 hours later after my body not progressing and the pain was terrible I decided I had to get an epidural. So they called the anesthesiologist and about an hour later I was pain free. I remember looking at the clock and it was 10:30pm when the meds kicked in, so then they broke my water. She let me try and get some sleep because when the epidural went in at 10pm I was only 3 centimeters dilated so she thought I had a few hours before I could push. At about 11:45 I told them I felt weird and they checked me and it was TIME. I had to wait for them to find the midwife who was checking in on other patients. When she got in there she told me to start pushing when I had a contraction, the only problem was the epidural didn't let me feel my contractions. So I had a nurse watching the monitor to tell me when to push and 3 pushes later at 12:23am May 17th my little Red came into the world. He was 5 weeks early. He weighted 6lbs 2oz and was 19 inches long. We had some minor complications those first few days, such as he had to be in an incubator because he couldn't keep his body temperature up on his own. I am just so happy to have him in my life. He has been such a joy and blessing these past 2 years and I can't wait for more years with him.

Last night I decorated his room per our family tradition and this morning he was so excited! I don't think he remembered last year. I took a picture with my new Mother's Day camera but I don't know how to get them on the computer yet but J and I plan on figuring that out today. For the rest of the day we are going to be getting ready for the party tonight and for lunch we are taking Red out for his birthday lunch another birthday tradition. Oh yeah we measured him last night and he is exactly the same height as GG was at age 3, which means he is only a 1/2 an inch shorter then Monkey at age 3, crazy big kid. Can you tell we make big deals about birthdays?


Anonymous said...

HHHHHaaappy b day tanner!!!

sarahgrace said...

Wow! Sounds like being five weeks early didn't affect him a bit! Happy birthday to your big little guy!

Tee said...

Awh! Happy Birthday, Tanner! This would be a nice thing to print and put in his baby book if you haven't already! :)

Tonya said...

What a great memory and what a neat tradition to decorate their room! You are a busy, busy Mom to have the family you already have and about to add to it. Sounds like you are feeling great and a great party was had by 38 people - whew, makes me tired writing that!

Have a great day!