Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Baby Emery's Birth

I thought today would be pretty low key.  I was going to leisurely pack for our Seattle trip during the day as we planned to leave late this afternoon.  Instead, I received a phone call at 5:30 am.  At 36 weeks along, my sister Kacy's water broke.  So, I got out of bed, took a shower, and packed bags for me and Pearl.  We kissed Jeremy goodbye and sent him off to Seattle alone.  Then we headed down to Salem to witness Emery's birth.
Pearl and I arrived at the hospital around 8:30 am.  Kacy was really nauseous and had vomited multiple times already.  She couldn't move around at all because it made her sick.  I remember pacing around the room like a crazy person between my contractions with Pearl pre-epidural.  Then I would hang over the back of the bed staring at some red light as the contractions peaked just to get through them.  Kacy couldn't do anything like that.  She had to sit there in bed and take them.  She took them like a champ.  At that point she was dilated to 4 cm.
She waited a couple more hours and got an epidural.  It seemed to help with the nausea as she didn't vomit again until she started pushing.  At around 1:00 she was dilated to 6 cm.  She was fully dilated at about 2:30 pm, but didn't have the urge to push so we waited.
Pushing started at exactly 4:05 pm.  Kacy felt nauseous and vomited after the first round of pushing.  She started needing an oxygen mask in between pushes.  That helped her a lot.  I held her left leg for a good chunk of that time.  Just by feeling her leg and watching her face, I knew she was pushing really hard.  Two hours later, relatively no progress had been made.
The doctor came in and took a look.  He determined that Emery was not going to make it through her pelvic bone structure the way his head was positioned.  He said the baby just wouldn't fit.  I was skeptical as I pushed for 2.5 hours with Pearl before she finally made her exit.  After seeing Emery's head later though, I feel the doctor was right.  They opted to do a c-section.
Everything happened really fast at that point.  My mom and Steve put on the outfits the nurse gave them, the anesthesiologist came in, and the rest of us headed out to the waiting room.  They told us that we would know when he was born once the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" was played on the intercom.  We waited a bit and cheered when we heard it at 6:50 pm.  Then we waited some more until we were able to see him.  Only two people were allowed in at a time.  My sister Kara and I visited them for only a few minutes since there were others waiting their turn.
Emery is so cute.  I squealed when I entered the room.  His little face is just perfect.  He has a miniature version of my sister's nose.  Even though he is mostly bald, Emery has little white-blonde hairs poking out of his head.  For being as early as he was, he is a great size.  Emery weighed 6 lbs 9.8 oz. He was also very bruised on the top of his head due to the issues with pushing.  Being born at 36 weeks though, he is very healthy and doing well.  Kacy was doing great post surgery when I left too.
I can't wait to spend more time with them both tomorrow.  I hope my sister gets the rest that she needs tonight.


  1. SO EXCITING!!!! He is so stinkin cute!! Congrats to her, and to you, auntie! Happy day!

  2. Congratulations!!
    He is so cute.
    My little guy was born at 36 weeks, too. :)

  3. Congrats to your budding and lovely family:)

  4. So sweet! Bless your sister's heart...I can't imagine having that nausea and vomiting during labor. How awful! Glad he is healthy and doing well. Great size! Although now I'm having heart palpitations thinking about if this baby decided to be born in 6 weeks. Eeeeek! I'm not ready! Haha ;)

  5. Loved reading your birth story, thanks so much for sharing. I also experienced nausea and vomiting during labor. Your little man is absolutely gorgeous, a huge congratulations.

  6. Yay baby boy! And how fun that you all are having kids around the same time:-) Cousin-best friends! xoxo

  7. When my mom was having me she didn't realize she was in labour because she was vomitting so much she thought she had the flu, crazy how everyones bodies manage labour in different ways. Glad to hear mom and baby are doing great!

  8. Thats great! I love reading birth stories!! That second picture is great!! the little scowl! GAH I love babies!!!

  9. How incredibly special to have been there for his birth! Kellie xx


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