Friday, November 21, 2008

Sooooo Sweet

Here he is, Lincoln Miller!

My prelabor story

I have to tell everyone how Lincoln came to be born when he did. I scheduled an inducement date at my 37 wk. appointment for the 22nd of Oct., I decided to induce so that my Mother could be here for the birth. However, in the back of my mind I was a little unsure that that was what I really wanted. As I continued to go to my weekly appointments I was progressing well, from 1.5 cm to 3 cm, and effacing well, so that got me thinking. If I could go into spontaneous labor, maybe I could go without an epidural (which I have been considering since I had Max). From then on this was all I could think about (going at it natural), I would imagine how it was going to be and how I was going to handle the pain, etc. So at my 39 wk. (Oct. 20th) appointment I decided to change my inducement date to the following week because at that point I would be overdue, in the hopes that I would go into labor on my own in the mean time. However, on the way home from the appointment Ryan and I talked and decided to change my inducement date back to the 22nd (scheduling it just seemed to make everything easier), so I called the office to see if that was possible, they said that they would call me back to let me know if it was still available, but I didn't hear back from them that day.

That night was horrible, I still could not decide what I wanted to do, but after talking to my Mom I could see that in my heart I wanted to go into labor on my own, and try to do it without an epidural. I told my Mom not to come (she was scheduled to come the next day), and wait until I called her to tell her that I was in labor. But of course I was still uneasy because I really wanted my Mom there, I didn't even know if I could go naturally without the support of my Mother there, so on Tuesday morning, the 21st, I was going insane, should I keep the 22nd or what? Now, I still had not heard from the Dr. office to see if they were able to switch the date back to the 22nd, which was the next day. Well, while I was in the shower the Dr.'s office called, I only assumed that it was the lady who scheduled the inducement date, but when I called back I discovered that it was a nurse calling to tell me that the blood work that I had done on Monday showed that my blood platelet count had dropped within the last 2 weeks and it was of concern. The nurse called the Dr. to see if it was a problem, and in the mean time I asked to talk with the receptionist about the inducement date. It turned out that she had changed it back to the 22nd, but remember, now I wanted to keep it for the following week, so I changed it again. So I had made my I had thought. The nurse called me right back and said that the Dr. wanted to keep the inducement date for the 22nd (the next morning) because he didn't want my platelets to fall any lower. This news came as a relief, it was now out of my hands and I had to be induced. I immediately called my Mom to tell her she needed to keep her flight for that night, which meant she needed to leave in 3 hours from work and have my Dad pack her suit case (I felt so awful, but she understood, LOVE YOU MOM!).

That's how Lincoln Michael Miller came to be born on the 22nd of October. He was 8 lbs. 11 ounces, 19 inches long, thank goodness I went a week early. I was induced but my body took it very well so I was able to do it without an epidural, YEAH, I loved it (Ok, it was the worst pain in my life, but an awesome experience)! Thanks Mom, Angie and Tausha for your inspiration!

Things are going very well, the second is much much easier than the first! Now I want another one. How does anyone stop having babies? It is the best to have a baby in the home.