Caleb Byron Broderick
One Week Old
We had a little surprise join our family on September 13th! Well, I guess it wasn't too much of a surprise. We knew we were having a baby, and we knew it would be a boy - but we weren't expecting him until October 9th! So when my water broke at midnight on the 13th - I was more than thrilled to be done with the pregnancy!!
Here is the story, if you care to read, if not just look at his cute pictures! This pregnancy really was a fast one for me. When I originally went to the doctor, I only thought I was about 6 weeks along. I had a hemorrhage that bled for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, which is why I was shocked to find a positive home pregnancy test. Anyway, when the doctor took a look at what I thought was 6 weeks, he said, "That baby is much too big for six weeks!" They measured and sure enough, he was 10 weeks along, which matched another "start date". Baby measured exactly on with the October 9th date throughout the rest of the pregnancy until August....then we both started getting big.
Regardless, baby came when he was ready. The doctor's have been/were treating him as 36 weeks gestational age, even though he weighed in at 8lbs. 1oz. and 21 inches long. He is doing great and so is mom. So, here are some fun pictures.
Later that morning, I started to not feel well and by 3pm that afternoon, I called up my friend and told her I needed help with the girls. She came and picked them up, cleaned up my house and left me to sleep in peace and quiet. With Shawn out of town, I was very grateful for her willingness to help. The girls ended up sleeping over that night and I called her about 10:30pm and said, "It's probably not good that I'm alone, I've been having contractions." So, she came over and we started timing contractions. They were every minute and a half for about 5-6 hours. We ended up going to the hospital at 1:00 in the morning. I received IV fluids for dehydration and the contractions finally stopped. We came home at 3:30am.
I was then waiting around for Thursday, the 13th, my next OB appointment. I was anxious to try and pin down an induction date, so that my mom could buy an airplane ticket to come visit. We had a pretty good week, but it was long and slow. Wednesday night, I was excited because I had been invited over to a craft night and was ready to get out of the house. I decided I would make baby a binky clip and the girls a bracelet. We had a good time and I got home around 10pm. I wasn't tired, so I stayed up until just before midnight and thought, "I better go to bed so I can get up with the girls for school." As I was preparing for bed, I went to the bathroom and that's where my water broke. Nice and easy! I woke Shawn up, which is always fun. He gets much more nervous then I do when it's time for babies to come. Me, I was just walking around, gathering things, called and arranged with neighbors to come sleep with the girls, etc. We made it to the hospital just after 12:30am and got all registered and settled in by 1:00am.
This is the 2nd time my water broke (before with Andie) and I don't have contractions when it does. They started me on the pectocin to help induce labor. I received my epidural around 3:30am, which I told Shawn was kind of disappointing and non-dramatic. Usually, I am so excited to receive and epidural and be put out of my misery! This time, the contractions had just started to feel a little intense. She nurse laid me back and they backed off big time - I was comfortable and feeling great. However, she was anxious and had already ordered the epidural. So, they came, inserted and I was numb. I maybe endured 10 minutes of pain with this labor. It was great. I didn't get much sleep, off and on and around 7:15am, I asked to be checked again and I was near a 10 and so the nurse said, "Let's start pushing." She asked me to push, I started and she said, "Stop, stop, stop!" She saw baby's head and said, "let's call the doctor." So, we waited about 20-25 minutes for them to get all set up and for the doctor to come in. Caleb was born at 7:43am after only pushing twice. :)