Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kesler Ryan Nickels- He's Here!

The second son of the Nickels family has arrived! It was a whirlwind of an event, but boy are we happy with the results.

With a name soon to be decided, it has been a fabulous last 24 hours and we'd love to share the story. Tuesday October 26th was my official due date and we were feeling ready. All of the errands had been done, Soren had taken off Monday to get his list of to-do's done, the house was clean and the bags were packed. Easton was born the day before his due date so we had good reason to suspect this little one would keep the same plan. On Friday I had been dialated to a 2 and had been contracting for weeks.

Tuesday morning I sent Soren to work, but about 9:30 am I started getting contractions in my lower back. This was exactly how Easton's 5 1/2 hour labor started, so I felt fairly certain things were moving along. I called Soren and he came home from work ready to go. Unfortunately, nothing happened. Things stayed in the same place with no real progression all day. I had consistant contractions, but they were sparce at times and weren't getting any worse. We tried going on a long walk, getting on the elliptical, doing laundry and vaccumming and nothing worked.

To some degree I was okay with this because Easton was having a hard day.  He wouldn't nap with Dad home and when he finally did at 4 pm, he woke up in a terrible mood. It wouldn't have felt right to leave him with anyone at any point that day. So we just spent the day together and wondering when this baby was going to show!

At around 9:30 I showered and my contractions started coming on harder. I was in enough pain to stop what I was doing so we decided to call the hospital. They convinced us to stay home for a while longer and I agreed when I realized that getting to the hospital wasn't going to make the pain go away. (I was planning on another natural delivery.) We started a movie and packed the car up. At 11:00 pm our neighbor came over to spend the night with Easton and we headed out. My contractions were about 5 min. apart and I had to kneel or get down on my hands and knees to get through them. We pulled up the car at the hospital at around 11:20 and left it at the curb.

Soren helped me in and they gave me my gown to change into. During a contration in the bathroom my water broke and went everywhere. I was really glad we weren't still in the car for that! I made it back to triage and they checked me. I was already dialated to a 7! This surprised me, but not for long because the contractions really started coming then. They called for about 6 nurses and my doctor once they saw how fast things were moving. We made it to the delivery room and they tried to get my monitors hooked up. I was in a LOT of pain by then and the breaks between were getting shorter and shorter. I finally got one I just couldn't take anymore- I started yelling/screaming through it and nothing was relaxing. I knew I had to start pushing and could feel him coming. Soren could already see him. After that one long contraction of death, I had one more and his head came out along with the rest of him! Three nurses delivered him; my doctor was halfway to the hospital listening to me scream over the phone. They pulled in a random doctor down the hall to help finish things and we were basically done.

Baby was born at 11:54 pm, about 30 minutes after we arrived at the hospital. He was 7 lbs. 7 oz and 19.9 in. long. (A pound and an inch smaller than Easton- no wonder he slid right out!) It was the best and worst experience of my life. The condensed pain was the worst, but such a short labor is the way to go!

No one could believe how fast things went, oh but I was glad it was over. So, so glad.

We spent the night getting things washed up and checked and even got a little sleep. Soren went home before Easton woke up and even knew we were gone. That was a big stress relief and blessing for me. They came back later that morning and Easton met his little brother. So far, so good. Easton was very curious and kind. He tried to give the baby his binkie and was concered about the band-aid on his foot.

My mom is flying in tonight and will be with us for a week. We get to go home tomorrow morning as long as we all look healthy. I can already tell this recovery is going to be cake- another bonus to a short delivery. I feel great and couldn't be happier.

I love bath time photos!

Dad's first time with him.


Snuggling.

Friends already.


We are so happy to be a family of 4. New babies are so wonderful; I just wish you all could squeeze him and touch his soft little cheeks. We'd love any and all visitors so feel free to come see us.

22 comments:

Brittney said...

What a beautiful and wonderful story! Welcome baby boy!

Griff-Fam said...

Oh my gosh...This is giving me baby fever! What a cutie, and a great entrance... You are lucky to have short labors...Mine were not as short as yours, but short enough to enable natural birth...Such a blessing, and really does make a difference in recovery! Congratulations, he is beautiful, can't wait to hear the name!

eden said...

that's wonderful! i'm glad it went so quickly for you. congratulations!!!

Kevin & Sarah Lockard said...

I'm so happy for you guys!! He is such a cute little guy. :) I wish I could come visit but obviously can't so maybe when you're feeling up to it you can come for a visit so I can meet you new little guy. :) Congrats you guys!

Stacy said...

Congrats! Glad to hear it was quick, even if it wasn't easy.

Heather said...

Congratulations on a cute little boy . Hopefully you can think of a name soon :) I am glad things went smooth and so fast for you, you sure lucked out with that. He is such a cutie!!

Courtney said...

Congratulations!! What a cute little boy. That's amazing your labor went so quickly. I hope your recovery goes well!

Katie Rod said...

Hey Kilee! I found your blog through facebook and just saw that you've had quite the exciting week. :) Congrats on your beautiful baby boy! And yeah, short labors are definitely the best/worst thing ever. My second delivery sounded a lot like yours (going crazy fast, a random OB from the hall caught the baby coming out, etc) and my recovery was amazing. You'll do great as a mom of two!!

Melissa P said...

Wow, I cant believe how quickly you had him after you got to the hospital! Soooo lucky you didnt leave your house a half hour later! He is such a cute baby! And it is encouraging to hear that he was smaller than Easton, I heard they get bigger each time which has been scaring me for our #2!!! I am glad it worked well for Easton being able to sleep in his own bed while everything was going on! Leath and I would love to visit one afternoon!

Staci said...

YAY!! Congratulations!! How exciting! What an awesome birth story. I hope mine goes exactly like that. :) Good luck deciding on a name... boys are so hard to name. And I hope your recovery is quick!

Modest Fashion Sense said...

I wish I could come visit! He is so little and sweet. I forgot just how little they are when they first arrive. You will have to tell me if recovery is better the second time around because recovery felt worse than actually having the baby for me! bwahaha, but I am a big baby so I guess that isn't saying much :)

Vanessa said...

Congratulations Kilee! That's awesome that your labors are so quick! You have such a cute family. We would love to come visit sometime, and we're buying a house right now- so maybe you guys can come visit us too!

theweederfam said...

Congrats Kilee! I, too, had a short labor! Such a blessing! Enjoy your new addition to the family!

John and Bethany said...

Thanks for all the details. It makes me feel like my delivery is around the corner and hopefully as quick as yours:) Way to go! Best of luck with adjustments, sleep, etc. You look great peeking behind your newborn too. Couldn't believe you just had a baby.

Jimmy & Amy said...

I would love to come visit but it will have to be a message. He is so stinking cute! I'm so excited for your family. What a sweet addition he is, you look so good and so happy! Congrats!

helena said...

Yay!!! SO excited for you guys! :) Short deliveries ARE the best! My second recovery was AWESOME~I'm glad you're feeling great too :) Good luck and CONGRATULATIONS on your sweet little guy!!! :)

Tharp Family said...

Thanks for sharing your special experience, we are sooo thrilled for you! This is a great way to share the news with everyone without having to repeat yourself over the phone a bajillion times. You're inspiring me, I think I can do the next one natural!

Seidi said...

I can't wait to meet him!!!! I'm so glad everything went well and fast! You make me nervous, though. I remember Easton was fast and now this one??? What does this mean for the next? You're not even going to make it to the hospital! Call me soon. Love, love, love you and the boys.

Steve and Alyssa said...

Congratulations Kilee! I am so happy for you and your beautiful family! And man, you are lucky to have had such a great labor :)

Laura said...

Congrats! Lilly's birth was fast too so I agree...natural and fast is the way to go!
So glad everyone's doing well!

jenny said...

Awww Congratulations Kilee and Soren!! He is so sweet. Easton is going to be the best big brother. I can't wait to meet the little guy. Miss you dear.

maryirene said...

yay for boys! hope you are doing well.