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Jaxon, or J Bear made his entrance into this world on Tuesday April 12 10:44 pm. It was a week before my due date and Josh and I had been toying with the idea of take in castor oil for the past week but never really felt good about it. Finally on this day we felt like it was the right time and Josh cleared his schedule for the next couple of days so he could be with us. I started the castor oil at 12:30 pm but didn't feel it's effects until around 3:00 pm. Josh came home from work early to see if things started to happen. I was having some contractions but I was worried that they were not strong enough. Finally around 6 we called the hospital and decided we would go in. On the way to the hospital I only had two contractions which meant they were slowing down so I was afraid we would be sent home. We went to the water birthing center in Women's Hospital because even though I received epidurals with all my other children I really wanted to do a water birth with Jaxon. They showed us the suite and it was huge with a king size bed, flat screen tv and birthing tub. I was hooked up to monitors to monitor the contractions and the nurse left. Well the contractions were getting weaker and weaker and I was sure we would be sent home. A nurse came in and said that the monitor must have moved because they weren't getting the baby's heart rate. She began to move it on my belly and then the panic set in. She began to call all the other nurses, requesting a gurney and yelling for me to get on all fours. She said the baby's heart rate was in the 60's and 80's. At one point she couldn't even find it! They hooked me up to oxygen and we were off. They were yelling at people in the hall to get out of the way. They said they were taking me up to the third floor but I didn't know if that meant c-section or what. When we got there they hooked me up again to a different monitor and there it was a normal heart rate. He was just fine. Now whether it was a technical problem or what I don't know but they weren't going to send me home in fear that he was having problems. Now my sweet midwife Wendy wasn't on call that night but it turned out that she came in and covered some one's shift for a couple of hours. When she found out I was there she went to bat for me to go back downstairs for the water birth but they wouldn't budge. They said I could labor in the tub they had upstairs but I couldn't do a water birth because of the heart rate episode earlier. They wanted to be able to monitor everything. So around 8:30 pm they broke my water because the contractions were slowing down. I labored in the tub most of the time except when they had me get out to monitor his heartbeat. Wendy was suppose to get off at 9:30 but stayed saying the Directv was out at her house so she might as well stay! I was doing well with pain management until I had two contractions right in a row with no breakin between. At that point I asked what my pain options were and Wendy checked me quickly and said I was a 9 and asked if I felt the urge to push and if I did to go for it. Well I wanted to end it quick so I began to push and in one push he was out! In fact she had to tell me to stop because they weren't ready!
He was 8 lbs. 11 oz. and 21.75 inches long. He is such a good baby! After the last two I know that the Lord must have seen that we needed an easy baby. I had him without any drugs. For those who want to know if the recovery is faster without drugs I would say for me it was the same. The only difference was that I could walk right away if I wanted to but they still have you lay there for about an hour anyway. With that said I was glad I had the natural experience.
Some of you may know that he was a surprise. We thought we would have another baby but not at that time. In fact there were times during the pregnancy when I really didn't want another baby. But he was meant to come at this time. That was expressed in a blessing Josh gave me when we found out I was pregnant and I know that it is true. He may have entered our family at the most inconvenient time ever but he came at the appointed time. He has mended broken hearts and brought a special feeling to our home. It's hard to imagine him not here. I love that little boy!
He is my miracle baby because he has worked a miracle in me!
I've never been a big fan of me pregnant and I'm still not. My friend Tammy convinced me that since this is our last baby we should get some pictures to remember it. She did a great job and you can visit her at http://www.staleyphotography.com/. Josh was a trooper and even participated. So here I am all fat and pregnant! Enjoy!!
Here is our family before baby Jaxon Robert Bear Carpenter makes his entrance into this world. By the way, yes you read that right. His name is BEAR!!!!!
We had so much fun in Hawaii. We went to Oahu and stayed on Waikiki Beach. We can honestly saw it was the best Thanksgiving Ever! We hit the beaches, PCC, Pearl Harbor, The Big Island for a volcano tour and many other things. Hope you enjoy the pictures!