So you have heard Erika’s side. Well, maybe my side is getting printed first I’m not quite sure yet. Anywho back to the task at hand here. My side of the story. First, Eloise is the cutest EVER and I’m not 100% sure how I pulled that off but I am sure that she gets it from her mom. Well here is how it went down.
Erika woke me up at 7:42 am to let me know she had either peed her pants or her water had just broken. Given the fact that she went on to fill 2 pads within the next hour we figured that yes indeed her water had broken. Now, Erika says that she tried to wake me up 5 times before I actually woke up. I haven’t been able to verify that so I’m not sure what went on there.
After I was pretty sure (which consisted of me looking at her underwear and saying woah you didn’t pee for sure) her water had broken I popped in the shower to get all cleaned and ready for the big day (k I put some serious thought in to what I was going to wear that day but I didn’t decide until the day of what it would really be). When I got out of the shower Erika was painting her toenails yes her water had broken about an hour before but yet she was still painting her toenails. After a slight reprimand haha I got dressed.
Now along with running around like a chicken with our heads cut off we had to get the dogs ready to go too. Whom didn’t seem to pleased that we were up this early on my day off of all days! Once we had everything we thought we needed packed which turned out to be quite a bit more than I expected us to have we were in the car. We took the dogs to Grami and Grandpa’s house and then headed to the hospital. Not before we made a stop at McDonald’s. Erika realized because she is the smartest girl in the world that she wouldn’t be eating until much much later so she had to get her egg, bacon and cheese biscuit (side note Erika hates bacon but yet she loves bacon, egg and cheese biscuits…. it kind of weirds me out). Well back on the road now we got to the hospital and Erika was having little contractions but nothing like punch me in the face for doing this to her quality.
When we got to the hospital we checked in at the front desk and the lady asked if Erika had a towel between her legs because of her water breaking it should be pouring all over the place. They didn’t really believe us that Erika’s water had broken. Well onward the lady as the desk asked did you pre-register? (flashback one week earlier
Erika: You know I haven’t pre-registered I should probably do that.
Tyler: Yeah we need to do that on my day off this week.
Erika: Yeah no rush we aren’t going to have her for like 9 years anyways.)
No we haven’t pre-registered yet (woops). Anyways we started going through all the questions and she asked what Erika’s middle name was since she only had it as N. Erika let her know it was Norma the lady stopped and looked at the screen for a minute and then said “My mom’s name was Norma. I’m going to get you the best room in the hospital.”
We got in a little room and Erika was asked to change in to one of those stylin’ hospital gowns to see if her water had indeed broken. Erika got some paper test…. it was a glorified ph test if you ask me which will probably cost 600 dollars just for that piece of paper haha. Shockingly enough Erika’s water indeed had broken. We moved over to her room which indeed was glorious Sweet 16 was what it was called… yes it is indeed Sweet 16 not suite 16. Erika got all hooked up on the iv and such and we heard from her doctor who was going to come check on her in a couple hours. They wanted to start her on pitocin to get the ball rollin’. Erika dreaded getting put on pitocin because as she put it it makes everything fast and hard.
This is where we started to wait (queue music to pioneer children….. they waited and waited annnnnd waited.) Dr. Judd came and checked her and she was only a 1 and 1/2 cm and 30% effaced. They put this rope in Erika ok it wasn’t a rope but it looked like one of those lanyards that you made in elementary school and put them on your key chain! He also screwed this tube in to Eloise’s head to monitor the contractions and her heartbeat. Erika said she could feel it moving around every time Eloise moved. Ok now back to waiting. Erika you could tell that she kept getting more and more uncomfortable and that she didn’t want to feel the pain anymore but she was afraid to ask for an epidural because she didn’t want it to wear off before she started pushing. The nurse came in and checked her and she was now 3 cm and 50% effaced. More waiting… at this point I got a little bored and wanted to watch t.v. but we figured out it was broken. Well it wasn’t really broken it took me a long time to have my gamer mind kick in and realize it was probably on the wrong input (it was…. nerd). I noticed Erika getting even more uncomfortable and I asked her if she wanted an epidural but she refused. The nurse came in shortly after and said do you want an epidural? She accepted.
Erika was disappointed in the process of the epidural because it was NOTHING like they show on t.v. We are always disappointed with things like that. When we closed on our house it was NOTHING like House Hunters and we were disappointed. Back to the task at hand. The anesthesiologist had about as much personality as an empty pizza box and I believe the only words he said to me is “Can you move all this stuff?” The stuff he was referring to was on Erikas little roller table. I obliged since he would soon be plunging a large needle in to my wife’s spinal column.
After the epidural Erika seemed to be a lot more relaxed. The only problem was we were moving at snail pace dilation wise. The next time the nurse checked she was still a 3 but she was 90% effaced. Now Erika was starting to get livelier because her pain had gone from a 7 down to a 0 woohoo! I believe the best side effect of her epidural is Erika has uncontrollable gas. She would be sitting there and all of a sudden she would toot. It was great (in other news I’m probably going to get in trouble for talking about that.)
The next time the nurse visited we were over the hump she was 100% effaced and 5 and 1/2 cm! At this point we also changed nurses. Our new nurse was Susie… I guess if we were affectionate towards each other we would have called her susie q that indeed was not the case. She was frightening. Luckily enough we had another nurse to her name was Zandy. SHE was amazing! Again let us wait. Erika after about 2 hours was wondering why nobody had come to check her and so I called and asked if Erika could be checked. Susie was not happy about this… however in our defense Erika was now at 10!!!! WOOHOO!! Show time.
They let us know that dr Judd liked us to wait now about an hour so that the baby could work herself down the birth canal and make it easier on Erika pushing. They came back in about 20 minutes later… so much for waiting an hour Eloise was ready to make her appearance (understandably it was the middle of the giants game and she wanted to watch her boys win… which they did 7-2 in her honor…. ok I made that part up.) Eloise indeed was ready though and they started setting the room up. They pulled the front of Erikas bed off and at this point Erika was crying because she was scared (I don’t blame her she was going to push a baby out!) She let me know that she was tired and didn’t think she could do it. I informed her she didn’t have a choice and that she would do it (ok it sounded a lot more lovey dovey then that but you get the idea.) Dr. Judd showed up and was ready to go. The thing about Dr. Judd is he reminds me of the California surfer guy (heeey dude what’s going on!) We started the show at this point and we got a couple pushes in. Ok so at this point the only thing you could see was a curl! Yes a curl from my little girl! Oh freaking man she is right there I thought! Erika only needed a couple more pushes before our baby girl was there! (Erika got an episiotomy…. yuck because that was gross and it sounded like somebody cutting card stock!) I couldn’t believe it and I didn’t know what to do. I stayed with Erika to make sure she was ok and she got mad and told me to go look at our child.
Eloise was BEAUTIFUL and of course she still is. She has my nose and I’m pretty proud of that. After she got all the cottage cheese off of her they weighed her, measured her and handed her to mom for some skin to skin. Eloise breast fed for the first time and Eloise turned purple. We had to take her down to the nursery for a test to see if she had oxygen problems and I got to go with. Eloise was just fine and who knows what had happened. We also gave her a bath and then I had the large task of putting a shirt on her… geez I had never been so nervous! It was scary and I did a good job but it did take me awhile. I also selected her bow and we had to do 2 bows because they were going to be put just an ugly purple one on… my girl was not going to wear that our…. so we double bowed.
Well that is the story of my little girl…. if I omitted anything I won’t be held responsible and I’m sorry in advanced for that. I hope you enjoyed it and I know it’s not half as good as Erikas.