Ephriam’s Birth Story

Yes I know that I should have posted this a couple of days ago but on Dec 29 I was busy taking down a tree. On the 30th I had both kids at home while Chris was working so I had to make sure that they were staying out of trouble. I did try to post early from work but due to the WordPress update and IE (internet explorer) I got mad and didn’t fool with it but after doing some real work came back and I am able now to see my words as I type.

Anyway enough exuses and on with the story:

I am sure that I haven’t posted this before, although it still seems like yesterday that my sweet boy entered the world. 5 days prior to Ephriam’s birth a huge snow storm came through the area leaving us 24-28 inches of snow in one day. This lead to complications of Chris’ coming home from work and he ended up staying the night at a hotel over an hour away from home when there isn’t 2 ft. of snow on the ground. He wasn’t sure that he wanted to leave me home by myself but I told him that if anything happened I would call him and then call the squad to come get me. Nothing though happened. I remained at home pregnant. I was due to see the doctor that day but the employees made phone calls from home to say that the office was closed. Chris came home that evening even though it took him forever to get there. We then spent Christmas Eve outside shoveling snow off the driveway, well Chris did, I just dumped the salt. The roads were still really bad and hard to travel on. We proceeded though to have dinner with family and then Christmas at home. Chris was on vacation that next week so we spent the first couple of days together before going for my 37 week appointment. By then a plow had finally made it down the street enought times to clear the road but this ment Chris had to shovel the end of the drivway again. After that we proceded to the office to see the midwife Rachel. Once we got there we joked about another doctor I didn’t like being on call and the possiblity of haning a baby today. When I got back the room Rachel asked if I was having any contractions and if wanted to be checked and I told her no contractions but yes to being checked since last time I was already a fingertip dilated. When she checked me her eyes got  huge and she asked me again if I was having any contractions.  I told her no. She then told me I was 4 cm.  She then debated weather to do a non-stress test (where they place you on the monitor to see if you are having contractions and how the baby is doing) or to just send me to the hospital. She talked it over with another doctor and he said to send me. I called my mom on the way to prepare her for the drive from TN. She said to make sure I called if I was staying and if they broke my water.  When I made it to the hospital I was contracting every 2 minutes and I had no clue that I was even having one. Not long after we were settled Rachel was in for another delivery so she checked me and I was 5 cm. So she broke my water. After she left the room I called Mom to tell her to come because we were having a baby. She was in disbelief and said “I thought you were going to call before they broke your water.” I told her that she was checking me and decided to do it while she was there. She hung up the phone with me and the nurse informed me that she probably would not make the baby’s birth. I was shocked! I couldn’t believe that mom and dad weren’t going to get to see their first grandchild come into the world. I slowly got more uncomfortable and just when I thought that I would like some pain medincine Rachel came in and checked me to tell me that I was  complete and it was time to start pushing. It was only 7:30 just 4 short hours since I had checked in. Unfortunaltly for me the baby was not facing the correct way and I ended up pushing for 2 hours. Giving Ephriam a birth time of 9:29pm on Dec. 29, 2004. We stared at him in disbelief that we were parents.The nurse told Chris that he could go to the otherside of the room to see him. I also ended up with a cut in my bottom and a few stiches that I felt due to the local anastetic not working. Mom and Dad showed up an hour later to a healthy 5lb 9oz  19 inch long grandson only and hour after his birth.

Chris and I named him Ephriam after my paternal great grandfather and Michael after my dad. Something I told my parents I would do since Jr. High. Name my first born son Ephriam Michael. I couldn’t image his name being anything different.

He came into the world fast and furious. He wasn’t suppose to come for another 3 weeks but there he was, our beautiful baby boy. He was not a good breastfeeder. Actually it took him 11 weeks to be one. ( yes I worked that long with him pumping and bottle feeding till he got it.)

Now he is 4! I can’t believe how big he has grown and how much he can do. Even though he is behind for his age is doing more then he ever has and changing everyday. In only a few short years he will be going to Kindergarden. Yes I will cry when we get there. He is just growing up so fast. Every once in a while he will let me hold him for a few. Just enough to remember the small baby I once held. Now he runs, jumps, plays, talks, and sings. I won’t be long before my little man will be a grown man. I hope to cherish each moment I get with him. To enjoy the little things. I hope to remember all the little things he does that make him Ephriam.

Stressed.

Okay I love Christmas time but this year it is stressing me out. I don’t know if adding going to school along with working or that there is a week less between Thanksgiving and Christmas or what. When I think off all the things that need to be done between now and and Christmas I just feel like there are not enough hours in the day. I am probably not going to get out all of my Christams dishes this year because by the time I do it will be time for them to be put away however I will get some of them out. Maybe next year I will think sooner to get them out like after Halloween. We will see. I think that the stress has been so bad that is why I am not sleeping at night very well and having weird dreams about family and friends. I also have a tention headache that seems relentless. The kids seem to be taking things in stride and going with the flow. However they can’t keep their little hands off the tree. I am forever putting ornaments back on the tree from them taking them off. Kendra’s favorite things are the count down to Christmas books that also hang on the tree. She seems to always have one in her hand no matter how many times I tell her to stay out. I am hoping that Christmas Eve is uneventful here. I am sure that we will have a great dinner at Matt and Heather’s house and that is usally relaxing. Christmas morning will be calm (if that is what you call a 2 and 3 year old open presents). I am however sad that this year we won’t be able to make it to Grandma’s house for Christmas on Christmas day since I have to work that night. So it will be a nice day at home playing with the kids. The day after however we will be headed to Grandma’s to do Christmas there and then do Ephriam and Raymond’s Birthday at Aunt Annie’s house. Well I should probably try and head to bed and maximize my sleeping attempt. Hoping to post more later.

Sunday Reflections

Okay so this is better late then never seeing how it is Thursday and I went to church on Saturday.

Joe always seems to have some sort of challenge for us when he speaks. This time it was about being either less cynical or less sentimental about Christmas. I am a pretty sentimental person when it comes to not just Christmas but everyday life. I enjoy the samll moments with my kids and like watching them grow. I have enjoyed the laughted and the cuddling during the tears. I like to watch videos of them when they were babies and think of how much they have grown in just a year. So I really took Joe’s challenge series and really try to not be so sentimental about Christmas. However, I think that I have become more cynical then he planned us to be. I think that idea is to have a good balance. I am totally mad that we as Americans spent the money that it would have taken to fix the WHOLE worlds water problems on Black Friday. Just one day worth of our spending could have given the entire world fresh drinking water. We spent that money on things that we will eventually throw away. While there are people all over dying of water born illness that could have been fixed over and over again. Not to mention that people ran a person over to get inside a store. Someone died because we didn’t have the patients to wait on them to get out from behind a door and no one stopped when they were trampled to death. How about people shooting each other over a TOY. Come on people it is just a toy and I am sure that you can find it somewhere else or that there will be more tomorrow. Life is worth so much more then the money spent on things. Things that we will totally not be able to take with us when we die.

I have also taken the time to think about how this little baby born on Christmas will also be the one on Easter who dies for us. He was born to take away are sins. No one else could take that place. It had to be this baby born at this perfect time to save the world. Most of the time I feel unworthy of such a gift. The only Christmas gift that will matter. A baby born in a manger over 2000 year ago to save sorry people like me.

Snow YUCK!

Yes I dislike the snow. I am telling you that it has till Christmas to get it all out of it’s system. I don’t like the cold weather so therefor I don’t like it to snow. Yesterday is the first that I have actually seen it fall from the sky. Kendra was a little taken back when it was in my hair and hadn’t melted yet. I had to tell her that it was just snow in my hair. She also thought that it would be great to yell inside it’s snowing outside! Look Mommy it’s snowing! You would think that the kid had never seen it snow. Last year she wanted nothing to do with it. She would stand in one place and cry when we took her outside in it. Maybe this year she won’t. Maybe she will be a regular kid and enjoy playing in it and making snow men. Today at least wasn’t so bad since it didn’t stick. Man you would have thought today that is was a blizzard the way people were driving. Okay so cut me some slack since I am from Nothern Ohio where is snows more so I am used to driving it in but really people I think you can drive at least the speed limit when it is just snowing with no sticking. So that is my take on Snow. Hoping to post more later tonight after school and laundry folding but we will see. Peace out.