Friday, November 12, 2010

I'm BAAACK!!!

Sorry, sorry, sorry and thank you so much!

Sorry for disappearing recently and for such an extended period of time without really letting you know what was going on... And thank you all for your concern-- it makes my heart swell and it's very humbling at the same time to know that your thoughts and prayers were there for me during this last month.

What happened? The short answer: I had a baby. That would be baby number 8. And no, we did not name him Ocho (for all you non-bilingual folks, that means eight).

Oh yes, I did say him. And his name is Jasper Rush. He came to us on November 11th, three days after his due date. He weighed in at 8lbs 11oz and 21 inches long. As he exited the bat cave, my husband's words were "that's a big baby". What a goofball! Even in my state of exhaustion, I had the presence of mind to ask him, the doctor and anyone else listening, "Well, what is it?"
Then, (after quickly examining the exterior equipment) he blurted out, of course, that it was, in fact, a boy.

Going into this pregnancy, I had decided upon a few things: 1. We would not find out the baby's gender. 2. I would not be induced. 3. I would go all natural-- NO EPIDURAL. However, since I had gone past my due date, I was dilated to 3cm and my contractions had begun (although inconsistently), my doctor felt that induction would be the best course to insure the safety of the baby. As I said, this was not what I wanted to do, but after discussing it with my husband and praying about it, we thought that it was the right thing to do. I did get an intravenous pitocin drip to move me along-- I was at 4cm. The doctor broke my water at 2:10pm, I began to have more consistent and intense contractions for the next hour, and by about 3:10pm, I had had enough. For me, it was really difficult not to quit and just get the epidural. It was probably the most physically challenging and painful thing I've ever done. Thankfully, my husband was right there to encourage me and hold me steady on course. I guess I'm happy for his ability to focus on what I had committed to do and not let me off the hook. He kept saying, "You can do it. You're almost there" even when I was already thinking, "I can't!"

Did he make me do it? No, but he made me do what I wanted to do. I guess that that's what makes men the way they are. Although next time, I wish he would have to push a melon out of his private area instead of me.

So 2 out of 3 ain't bad. Yes, I did it. After 7 births aided by the epidural, I was able, with God's help, to have Jasper naturally and without complications. I'll tell you what-- the physical toll on my body seems to be significantly less than when I had the epidural. The soreness and the side effects just aren't there. I'm not saying that it would be the same for every woman, but that's how it was and is for me. Take it or leave it. I've now been on both sides of the equation.

Oh-- by the way, during the last several weeks of my of digital disappearance, I became fixated on two things: Keeping my house clean at a level beyond just the superficial and keeping my kids on track with their schooling. Yes, my husband helped with both of these things whether by actually getting his hands dirty and doing the actual cleaning himself or by taking care of all the little things that make the household function so that I could be freed up to clean up to MY standards. Yes, I became a cleaning maniac, trying to continuously maintain a sanitized household over the last weeks since I had no idea when our present would arrive. I don't think I'll go into exact detail concerning the extent of my crusade, but let's just say that my husband and kids were getting a little weary of the whole thing.

For the most part, we've remained on schedule with our homeschooling helped by my husband coming home during his breaks at school to crack the whip (not on me!) and keep the kids in line. Even if he didn't do any actual school work, just his presence in the house or the kids knowing that daddy would soon be home was enough at times to keep the ship pointed in the right direction. This doesn't mean that every lesson was followed perfectly or that the kids weren't involved in independent study at times, but I just thank God that we've been able to stay focused.

I'm in the hospital right now. It's been a day since the birth and I'm ready to go home. 24 hours later and I'll be back home after we've been discharged. We'll get a jamba juice on the way home for the deserving mommy (for nutritional value, of course!) and Jasper will get to meet his great big family complete with lots of built-in friends, playmates, cheerleaders, huggers and smoochers. What an exciting time for our family...

Thanks again, stay tuned.

Pictures to follow later....

19 comments:

Susan B said...

Yea!!! a baby boy!! Congratulations!! Love the name!! Now I can breath easy again... thankful for the safe arrival of Jasper and for the good health of mama and baby!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I love the name Jasper, what a wonderful addition to your family.

Tami said...

i knew it!! i knew you were busy having the baby and i knew you were having a boy!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! get some rest!

Danna and Kirk said...

Congratulations!!! How exciting and I love the name!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Congratulations Wendy and Family!

Welcome to the world Jasper! May you be a mighty man of God and serve him all your days.

Josh and Kelly said...

Congratulations!!! And way to go on going natural, I would love to but am sort of chicken. Glad to hear everything went well.

stiner0305 said...

congrats!! can't wait to see him!! enjoy mama

Marla said...

Yeah to Mommy!so proud of you! I figured you must be having your baby. What an inspiration you are for us all!Blessings,and enjoy!Marla

S said...

Congratulations to you and your family! Looking forward to seeing that new, sweet little man in your life. Take care!

Branch Of Wisdom said...

Congratulations and what a beautiful Thanksgiving blessing!

Amy Jay said...

Hooray! Congratulations to you and your family. God Bless! It's funny that we voted 2 to 1 that you were having a girl! :)

Kelly said...

I'm so glad it went as well as it did! I had the same experience as you: easier the natural way instead of with the epidural. I guess that's why I kept going back to natural....it just went better for me overall.

I've been waiting patiently for this post; just knowing that you were having the baby! So glad for ALL of you! Welcome to my little cousin Jasper!

Kelly said...

Wonderful news! Believe it or not, I was just thinking about you earlier this evening wondering if you had had the baby! Can't wait to see cute Jasper :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!! So happy for you!!!
Kay from OR

thechattymommy said...

Love The Name!
So exciting!
Congratulations!
I can't believe he is here!
I can't believe he's a he.
So thought a girl.
But Can't wait to see baby Jasper.
Have you thought about J.R.?
so cute.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mommy and Daddy!
So happy that all is well, I was getting quite worried!! Cannot wait to see Jasper's picture. Blessings to you and your entire family!

Laura B.

Kim said...

Congratulations!!

I KNEW the name you chose was Jasper, I think I figured it out when you mentioned seeing it on the back of a van (the family one). Um, we just named our new kitten Jasper, sorry ;)

And your Jasper looks like a boy! I saw the photos before this post, and I said "Oh it's a boy!" So so so happy for you!!!!! Congratulations again!

Lori said...

Congratulations Wendy! I wish you the very, very best. Such a delightful addition to a already beautiful family. Try to get some well deserved rest!! Can't wait to hear about Ruby and Jasper! Love, Lori

passion4pink said...

Fantastic!!! Congratulations!!!! You must be exhausted!!! Gorgeous name , Jasper and fantastic photos!