a birth story

“little did he know… i could write books on ‘little did he know!'”
-stranger than fiction

 

boston nyle clifford
born february 28, 2011 @ 1:06pm
7lbs & 19.5in
the story:
all of the worries and discomfort and effort to get B to turn came down to Sunday night.
i knew he wasn’t going to,
so we started to get excited that we were going to meet our little man in less than 24 hours.
sunday night
we had friends over and watched the oscars, ate yummy dinner,
 and made a “birth” day cake to celebrate.
we were otherwise all packed and ready to go- it was a much-needed distraction.
.
monday february 28, 2011
we both got up early,
finished getting ready,
i even had time to blog some to pass the time…
it was a beautiful morning,
and we had a quiet drive up the coast to the hospital.
by the time we arrived,
we realized i had been having pretty regular contractions
maybe 8-10 minutes apart, but not very painful…
it was comforting to know that boston was ready to come either way…
the nurses that greeted me when we arrived were the same two from when we came for the version- and they lit up when they saw us.
 one pulled me into our room and told me
that they were planning on staying with us and the baby the entire time-
even in the recovery phase when normally babies go down to the maternity ward.
tender mercy #1.
the doctor came in and asked how i felt before anything started.
i told him about the contractions so far and he asked if he had moved yet…
“so we would have ended up here anyway” he reminded me…
after the spinal, i remember thinking how great it is that this is
“just another day at the office”
for these people.
they came in one at a time and talked briefly about their weekends…etc.
meanwhile, a huge, nude, pregnant woman
  is spread eagle on a table getting a catheter put in…
no big deal- just another day…
chris was led into the room and sat right by me- by then it felt like i couldn’t breathe because the medication goes all the way up to the chest- i felt dizzy off and on,
but otherwise just anxious for this to all be over.
the doc asked if cc had a camera- cause this was about to go down,
apparently they had already started and he was seconds away.
thank you dr. kromhout, for not giving me a play by play of the action.
tender mercy # 2.
i could feel the tugging on my insides as they maneuvered Little Man out of his man cave
and within seconds:
 
 boston sprang into life.
eyes wide open, and legs in the splits like he was cheering
his legs were on either side of me, head up, butt down.
he would never have come on his own,
and no one would have delivered him vaginally.
thanks, boston, for being smarter than us all.
tender mercy #3.
(his favorite position- legs wide open)
cc, all in his doctory get-up, cut the cord
{yes, they cut it before-hand, but they let him finish the job}
they brought him over right away and put him on my chest.
the emotion was just as i could have imagined it would be.
 
and then there were three…
we went straight to recovery,
where the nurses put boston on my chest and he nursed right away.
i still think its a miracle that my body had a clue what it should do..
especially when it took another 3 hours to feel anything in my legs…
 
i couldn’t stop calling him froggie,
 cause his little eyes were so puffy,
and his little kermit legs flopped out and in…
for a few days we kept catching him like this:
 apparently its what he’s used to…
{i like to think he was giving me a huge bear hug inside.
or maybe he just got stuck doing a cartwheel.}
the hospital puts this tracking device on babies…
 so you wont steal him…
somehow, we convinced them to let us keep him.

 

and that is just what we plan to do.
thanks again for all of the prayers and love and advice.
i am so grateful for the love of a Heavenly Father
to let us care for this little guy.


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I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at colormemegblog@gmail.com to work with me!

19 comments on a birth story

  1. angieinpink
    March 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm (7 years ago)

    bawling. so beautiful. just like heaven-style. congratulations!

  2. JessiLeigh
    March 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Amazing! He is beautiful, and I can see and feel the love! Thanks for sharing, Meg! HUGS!!

  3. Steve and Erin Larsen
    March 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm (7 years ago)

    Congratulations you guys! He is precious! I love that he lays there with his legs spread open! He looks very flexible! 🙂 Hope you are feeling well.

  4. Shan
    March 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm (7 years ago)

    Meg, He's adorable! I'm so glad that everything went smoothly! Hooray for your cute little family!

  5. Kristyn
    March 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm (7 years ago)

    congratulations you guys! i laughed out loud seeing him with his legs all sprawled out! hilarious. enjoy every second of this amazing newborn stage! i know i sound like i'm 80, but it really goes by so fast!

  6. Quinn, Allison, Rylee and Cailyn McNamara
    March 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm (7 years ago)

    hahahaha! i literally burst into laughter when i saw the &quot;bear hug&quot; picture, and haven&#39;t stopped yet…that is too funny, i&#39;ve never seen anything like that!<br />what a cute little family you are. i&#39;m glad he&#39;s here – so happy for you guys. congrats!

  7. Jonny and Brittany
    March 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm (7 years ago)

    First off-he is perfect! Congratulations!!!! SO glad momma and baby are doing well-secondly, the picture with the leggs spread eagle is priceless. That is too funny!!!

  8. cammac
    March 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm (7 years ago)

    So awesome! It&#39;s amazing how fast it goes. And I&#39;m glad they kept him with you. I didn&#39;t even know they took them to maternity ward&#39;s anymore. (I&#39;m glad they don&#39;t as much.) I LOVED having mine right next to me. 😉 He&#39;s a beauty and we&#39;re so excited to meet him!

  9. salena
    March 5, 2011 at 12:15 am (7 years ago)

    congrats, i love his little legs spread, so cute! you guys are such cute parents, have fun! 🙂

  10. Amelia and Elliott Smith
    March 5, 2011 at 12:22 am (7 years ago)

    CONGRATS! I keep checking your blog to see when this little guy made his way to this world. How is the recovery going? Some say C-Section is easier some say it&#39;s worse. You&#39;re baby is beautiful. Good luck with these next few weeks, they&#39;re a roller coaster 🙂

  11. Scott+Tiffany
    March 5, 2011 at 1:39 am (7 years ago)

    Yay! Congrats you guys! He&#39;s such a cutie. Good to know on the tracking device. Scott is legitimately concerned that they will mix up our baby : )

  12. Rebecca
    March 5, 2011 at 3:10 am (7 years ago)

    Congrats Meg! I&#39;ve been a little out of the blogging world for a while trying to catch up! I&#39;m sooooo happy for you.

  13. Emily Moffat
    March 5, 2011 at 4:08 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations! He&#39;s beautiful! Thanks for all the pictures and videos of everything! So happy for you guys!

  14. SamaraR
    March 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm (7 years ago)

    Congatulations on such a blessing! No matter how he came into this world, I&#39;m sure you both are just glad he&#39;s <br />here. Wishing you three the best on this adjustment period. <br />Can&#39;t wait to meet the little guy!

  15. Shawn and Tasha
    March 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm (7 years ago)

    He&#39;s absolutely beautiful Meg! Congrats to your family for such a precious addition.

  16. MegRich
    March 6, 2011 at 3:22 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations Meg. He is so cute- I love that he&#39;s so flexible and likes his feet up around his ears. So funny! Hope you are enjoying every minute of it!

  17. In the life of Nikki and Gary
    March 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm (7 years ago)

    Beautiful. I&#39;m so happy you made peace with it as it&#39;s so hard to do. You inspire me! He is perfect and I can&#39;t wait to hear more about his amazing life. Congratulations!

  18. Jessica
    March 8, 2011 at 5:55 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations you two! What a blessing straight from Heaven and a handsome little guy. Keep the great pictures and updates coming.

  19. Amy
    July 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I know this is extremely after the fact (I blame it on the baby and finishing up grad school) but I wanted to tell you how happy I am for you and your little family. You are so beautiful, no matter how they get here. I ended up in an emergency c-section and though it&#39;s not what I wanted, I&#39;m glad they exist. Some little fellows just ain&#39;t coming out any other way.