I came across this picture of Miles the other day and holy cow! Zo looks just like him! Nancy has said that he looks so much like Miles when he was a baby, but I didn't truly believe it until I saw the picture. See for yourself!
Since I hardly ever update my blog, Miles suggested that maybe I use my blog as more of a family update. I agreed with him, so we'll see if I can keep this type of blog updated...
I thought I would start with Feb. 14th - the day Zo joined our family.
Saturday morning at 9am I started having what I thought were finally real contractions. They weren't too painful, and this time they were more in my back instead of all in front. So I started timing them and by about11am they were about 5-6 min apart. Miles wasn't sure whether I was feeling real contractions so he kept trying to get me to wait a littlelonger. But being a good husband he gave in and took me to the hospital. They monitored me for about an hour and then decided they would admit me. The contractions still weren't very painful, and I would just take deep breaths to get through them. By this time I was dialated to about a 4 or 5, and was still 75% effaced.
At about 3:30 they broke my water, and oh man that was weird! I thought it would be painful, but it wasn't. As soon as they broke my water the contractions got way more painful! I was thinking I was pretty tough, but now with these kind of contractions I wanted my epidural and I wanted it soon. (Now I was dialated to a 6 or 7.) It wasn't long after they broke my water that I received my epidural. Ah,what sweet relief! By about 6pm I was fully dialated and ready to start pushing. Well, they told me I was ready to start pushing. It didn't take long for the epidural to start wearing off. I could really feel all that pressure and urge to push, which is actually what I kind of wanted. I had no idea how tiring pushing is! I pushed as hard as I could for an hour and a half. By the end I was so tired and just wanted it to be over. I could feel the tears wanting to come as I was saying I didn't think I could push any longer. The nurse was using every trick in her book to get me to push correctly and to keep going as hard as I could. Who knew there was a correct and incorrect way to push!? The problem was, however, that I had a cold. So taking a deep breath in was quite difficult. Not only was I having a hard time breathing, but my blood pressure was high, my heartrate was into the 140's, and I was running a fever. So not only was I battling a narrow arch in my pelvis, but being sick while in labor. Not fun! While I was pushing, Zo got a little stressed and now there was meconium in the fluid. They didn't really worry about that too much because it happened when I was pushing. If it had happened earlier they would have worried, but this just meant that I wouldn't be able to hold him right away.
Finally it was done at 7:26, and Zo was born with the help of the vaccuum. I would not have been able to get him out otherwise. They immediately took him away and suctioned all that meconium out so it wouldn't get in his lungs. I felt so tired and so relieved it was over. I wasn't able to hold him right away, but Miles was, and he went to the NICU with him. It only took about an hour before he was in the well baby nursery. It was at this time I got to hold him for the first time, and oh how great was that! I immediately loved him so much and wanted to protect him. I couldn't believe that this little guy had been inside me and I had somehow gotten him out. He was so tiny, perfect, and completely innocent. He was the best Valentines gift I could ever receive.
Now he's almost 3 weeks old and still so cute. Last Friday he got circumcised which was really sad. I could hear him crying all the way down the hall. It's amazing how quick you can distinguish your baby's cry from other the other baby's cries. I wish they would have just done it at the hospital instead of waiting until his two week appointment. Anyway, we love him so much and are so glad he's a part of our family!
Miles is a great dad, although he already teases Zo a lot, which is kind of a good thing I guess because I get teased/tickled way less. Zo's nickname is "little windy". He takes after the Romney boys.