What is all the excitement about you ask? Well........
Here is a picture of me on May 20th.
And here is a picture taken on May 23rd:
Pretty exciting!!! Don't you agree? :)
Meet Cyrus Mark Kaufman. Born at 4:14am on May 23rd 2010. Weighed in at 7lbs. 15oz. and was 21" long.
So that was the short version of the story. Here is the long version for those of you who may be interested.
I always love to hear people's "baby stories" so here is ours...........
Cyrus was actually due on May 29th but I had a feeling that he would come early. For weeks prior to his birth I had been having a lot of contractions. A lot of nights I would be awake for a few hours because they were painful enough that I couldn't sleep. We even had about 3 hours of false labor a week before his birth. I wondered when he would make his appearance.
Then at about 12:45am on May 23rd I woke up with some pretty serious pain. 'Just more contractions' I thought to myself. I had been so frustrated by the false labor the week before that I didn't even try to time them. I figured they'd probably stop and so I tried to go back to sleep. But they kept coming and were getting stronger. So after a little while I went downstairs to use the restroom. By this time I was in quite a bit of pain. I decided that this must be it! I made it up the stairs and woke Jeff. We called my parents to come stay with Raine and around 2am we left for the hospital.
It was about an hour drive to the hospital but it sure seemed a lot longer!! Jeff drove as quickly and safely as he could considering that it was really foggy outside and he was pushing on my back to ease my pain. On the way there my contractions were pretty fierce. They were about 2-3 minutes apart by this time. I was getting a little worried that we wouldn't make it to the hospital in time! But finally we got there around 3am. We had to go in the ER entrance since it was after hours. Jeff got a wheelchair and wheeled me to the women's pavilion. They took us to our room and I got my gown on. The nurse examined me. I was already 7cms dilated. I told her right away that I wanted an epidural. (I didn't have one last time and wanted to try it this time!) They don't usually give epidurals after you are 8cms dilated so they had to work fast.
Once I had the epidural everything was a breeze!! I could not believe how it took the pain away!! After having one with no pain meds. it's really hard to imagine that anything could completely take away pain that intense, but it did! A couple minutes after I got the epidural the Dr. came in and examined me. I was completely dilated. He broke my water and told me I could push. I pushed 3 times and at 4:14am Cyrus Mark was born!