Sunday, September 23, 2012


Boy, were WE surprised when we got a boy!  Thank goodness I bought a back-up blanket because I sure don't need the purple on that I so carefully knitted :) 
Ethan Edward Jacobs
Born September 22, 2012 at 8:24 a.m.
7 lb 3 oz, 20.5 inches long
And cute as a button

I suppose I went into labor at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning when my water broke, but I didn't have any contractions so I grabbed a towel and went back to sleep until 6:00, when contractions got rolling. Like Caroline, they got intense QUICKLY. Our friend stayed at the house while we drove to the hospital where Kari met up with us.  Also like with Caroline, I was already at 9 cm by the time we arrived in delivery and got to complete in about 15 minutes so had this been Caroline's delivery it would have been 2 contractions of pushes and done! 
But it wasn't, it was Ethan's delivery and was wildly different.  He was posterior (head down but facing my front, not my back) and stubbornly refused to turn around, so it was MUCH more difficult to push and ended up taking 90 minutes, not 90 seconds.  Needless to say, I was not a happy camper during delivery.  Labor, though, wasn't so bad, since getting to 10 centimeters was really quick and I kept thinking of something Kari said after she had Addilyn without any pain medication, that she thought contractions would get worse and worse but once they got to a certain point they just sort of stayed that bad, and then it was time to push the baby out!  So while my contractions were very painful I thought "well, that's okay because this is as bad as it gets and then I push the baby out!"  Too bad pushing was horrendous and made me SO SORE (yeah, all that, but also my arms and legs are sore from all the pushing and pulling I had to do to get leverage!).  If I thought I screamed bloody murder during Eli's and Caroline's deliveries it was nothing compared to this.  Just be glad you weren't there to see (or hear) it!  Anyway, the doctor eventually gave me some pitocin to help the contractions get stronger to get that baby out, which I did right around 8:30.  Not too bad, really only laboring from 6 - 8:30, but I guess I got pretty spoiled last time  :) 
Today was a lot more fun, I got showered and dressed and put on makeup and had Kari come take pictures of me with my new, sweet burrito.

Now THAT'S a good way to spend 90 minutes at the hospital!  More pictures to come, I'm sure, but now it's time for bed.


Tante Sherrye said...

Welcome to the world little Ethan!
(I had the nagging suspicion a boy was underwraps the whole time!)
xoxo to Mom & Dad

Kathy said...

Such cute baby pictures! Sorry pushing was not so great. He is beautiful though!

Elsha said...

Look at the hair! I love it.

Kari and Jonathan said...

At one point when you were pushing you reached a scream/sing that was in Mariah Carey range. It was actually a beautiful sound for a second. You did a great job though! I just felt so sad for you that pushing wasn't faster.. Stubborn Ethan! Beautiful pictures. Oh yea, I took them! But beautiful subjects.

Jeanette said...

Oh boy!! Another boy! So excited for you guys. He definitely looks like he fits in. :-) You look great for having a more difficult delivery! Great job!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations guys! He looks so sweet.

Eric and Amy said...

What cute pictures!!