So, we went to bed and tried to sleep! Crazy enough, I slept pretty good!!! Our alarms awoke us at 3:45 a.m. to call the hospital to make sure there was a bed available for Baby Quinn and me...and there was! Matt and I (and our families that had arrived last night) got up and started getting showered and ready for our baby boy's birthday!
The drive to the hospital was fun! We talked about how crazy it was that Baby Quinn was going to be in our arms today! We listened to Frank Sinatra and videoed our ride. We arrived at the hospital a little after 5...and up the elevator we went to the 3rd floor.
When we got to our room, they greeted us by name and took us immediately to our plush delivery room. My sweet nurse, Mary, asked me lots of questions, had me sign some papers, handed me my gown, and told me to get changed! We did some blood work, signed some more papers, got an IV and started the induction by about 6:30. It was crazy to me that I was being given medicine that was going to make me hurt very badly...but, in turn, bring my little man into the world!
We had a full room from the very beginning...Matt's parents, my parents, Sarah, Molly, Dave Dryden, Randy, Steve, and more! It was a party! I was feeling good..talking to people on the phone and eating my gourmet ice chips with a spoon. We took pictures, laughed and had a good time!
My favorite part of the whole experience (pre-baby, of course) was hearing Quinn's heartbeat the whole time. They had me hooked up to a monitor to allow us to hear the sweet sound! We could watch it change and wonder just what he was doing and thinking! My least favorite part was when the contractions came on! At first, they weren't so bad. I could take them with a smile, keep chatting with my friends/family and watch the screen as they passed. But, as time went on...the smiles got more and more fake! The nurse would do 'checks' frequently! I started at 2 centimeters...almost 3... and went to a 4...almost 5 by about 11. That's when things started to pick up! At about 11:30, I decided that "being tough" wasn't necessary anymore (actually, I think Matt decided it!) and called for my epidural. The doc came in and, by the time he left, I was feeling MUCH better! Matt and I decided that we wanted to take a little cat nap. So, with everyone kicked out, we rested for about an hour. After the hour was up, Mary checked me again and I was at a 7!!! Everyone was surprised at how fast it happened. I was starting to feel a little more pain, so the nurse called in for more meds in my epidural. When I got them, I was feeling great again!... About 30 minutes after that, Baby Quinn's heartbeat started to drop. People weren't panicking, but were definitely being proactive. I was panicking!!!! I didn't like seeing numbers so low when they had been so high. Apparently, Dr. Webster was called (out of a surgery) to check it all out. When she got to the room, I was at a 9...but, the bad news was...they had given me too much medicine in my epidural and I had NO feeling from my tummy to my toes. They put me on oxygen for Baby Quinn and because I was shaking so horribly. I thought that I was just nervous, but the doc said it was a side effect of the epidural.
After checking things out, Dr. Webster decided that we were going to wait for about an hour to let the epidural wear off a bit so I could push. But then, she stepped back, looked at the monitor for a while longer, and said that I could do it...she wanted to get him out now and wanted me to push with NO feeling! .... So, with Matt holding one leg and Mary holding the other, I began to push! In less than 30 minutes...and NO PAIN...because I was numb...thank you Jesus...our sweet baby, Quinn Davis Poe, had entered the world!
Words truly cannot describe how I felt the second I saw him! He was perfect!!! More perfect than we ever could have dreamed...and, just seconds before, he was in my tummy! What an amazing miracle! They cleaned him up and then Matt and I had our special time with him before we called in our family! He just looked at Matt and I like he had known us forever and was so peaceful. We cried and laughed at what had just taken place.
After some time, Matt went out in the lobby to tell everyone the good news. There were so many people waiting and knowing that made me feel so good! Matt was such a proud daddy! The proudest I've ever seen!
And then the visitors came rushing in!!! First our families...Grammer, Slickpaw, Nana, Papa, Aunt Bethanie, Uncle Derin (Baby Quinn's only REAL aunt and uncle) ...then some of my very best friends in the world!!! What a blessing to have Auntie Sarah, Auntie Molly and Aunt Shannon there right away! Seeing their reactions to our precious baby boy was priceless!
After some time, Quinn was whisked away to get cleaned up and Matt and I were sent to the next floor to go to our room. That's when the fun began...visitors, visitors, visitors! The pride we felt to be able to show off our little man to our dear family and friends was a feeling I can't describe. Of course, Matt and I think he's the most beautiful baby in the world...and having people that agree felt wonderful!
Mimi...Quinn's great-grandmaUncle BrooksUncle Brad
The Boon first grade teachers
What a day!!! What a picture perfect day!...Our son's birthday! It is a day that will forever be replayed in our hearts and minds! We are so blessed and so thankful that our Quinn Davis Poe...the little body that is 1/2 of me and 1/2 of Matt...is finally here! (Our first nose picture....Happy Birthday, my baby!)