Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Arrival of Miles Clyde Denney


Miles Clyde Denney arrived Thursday, June 14th at 2:06 pm.  I was able to have a successful Vbac, and although it was a long labor and a little scary, it was totally worth it!  It was such an amazing and miraculous experience, and I'm so grateful Brett and I got to share it together. Plus, my recovery has been a breeze compared to having a C-section! 

Since this was my first experience with a vaginal delivery, I wanted to document it...if you're not into the deets, just skip ahead to the pictures! 

(first family photo)

I started having contractions Tuesday afternoon and by Wednesday evening they were 5-7 minutes apart and unbearable, so we headed to the hospital.  After being there for four hours and getting some pain medication, I wasn't dilating and got sent homeI cried. I couldn't go home in this much pain.  I was sure I was have a baby Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.  But boy was I wrong.  So I labored at home all through the night and by seven in the morning went back in. I was dilated to a 4 and 90% effaced.  Whew...I was staying. 

And then I got that beautiful thing called an epidural! I was on cloud nine...and labor was like a party.

Over the next four hours I didn't progress much at all and my contractions were slowing down.  My doctor and nurse were monitoring baby Miles closely as his heart rate would occasionally drop after contractions.  At one point, his heart rate dropped too low for too long.  Hearing that slow of a heart beat was the scariest thing.  And having doctors and nurses rush into my room in a panic and prep and rush me to the OR for an emergency C-section made it even more terrifying.

But by time we got to the OR and baby hooked up to monitors again, his heart rate picked up.  For the next half hour it stayed up so I was wheeled back to my room to deliver. My body was shaking and trembling, but within an hour and a half my sweet baby was here.Everything progressed quickly that and I had a beautiful, healthy baby boy in my arms! 

Owen opening his gift from Miles (superhero toys of course)

Owen wanted nothing to do with me- I think seeing me in a hospital bed was a little scary- but he sure warmed up to baby Miles right away.

My mom watched him while we were in the hospital but first thing in the morning and throughout the day Owen asked her to go see baby.

Ready to go home!

Miles is just over one week old and we are eating him up! My mom was here helping me for a week and I can't imagine doing this without her.  She was so good to play with Owen and take him on little outings.  It meant so much to me for him to feel special too while most of my attentions was on Miles, and she did just that!  Plus, she was a huge help with meals, laundry, and cleaning! 

Next week, I might just fall apart without her.


Brad and Hailey said...

I'm so excited that you got to have a VBAC! I'm sorry it was so scary though! Miles is adorable. Congratulations!!!

Joo Lin said...

He is a cutie! Love your family picture. Owen is getting so big! I forget how tiny newborns are in their little carseats. I'm so glad things went well. I know exactly how it is to be sent home without a baby - so emotionally difficult (at least it was for me). Have fun!

Laura said...

Congrats again on sweet baby miles. Lve seeing photos of him and O

Colt 'n Tami said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved the story glad it all went so well for you!!!!!! You deserve it and you look dannng hott in your fam photo! I love the present from Miles to Owen! Too sweet!

Dave and Rashelle said...

Congratulations! What a sweet litlte addition to your famliy! And amen about epidurals! Best thing EVER! Glad you guys are doing well!

Mitch and Alex said...

Congrats!! I'm glad you got to have a vbac and so glad that Miles was a tough kid during it all!! Love the pictures! Both boys are so so cute! You look amazing in that pic...and cute earnings!! You put me to shame in my hospital pics! Ha. We've been out of town but would love to see you guys soon!