Thursday, October 23, 2008

The year in review: Happy Birthday Dean!!

It's a tradition in my family for my mom to tell the birth story at our birthday dinners. Since Dean ate his dinner of sweet potatoes before we ate our dinner, I didn't get to tell him his. So I'll settle by telling you. (And maybe, just maybe, he'll read it later.) I'll tell the condensed version. For the long version, you can click here.

I wasn't sure if I'd peed my pants or if it was my water breaking, but it really was just my water breaking. It broke at midnight on the 23rd.

I held out on getting an epidural until 9 am when Matt went for breakfast. Yeah, that meant I'd been in labor for 9 hours already.

By about 4 pm my epidural started wearing off and I could feel a lot of pressure. I was dilated to a 10.

TWO HOURS LATER!! The doctor (not mine) and nurses walked in and said, "Let have this baby!"

About 15 minutes later I was pushing, crying and hyperventilating (pretty much just totally freaking out because everything felt very wrong) and I heard the dr. yell "I see molding! The heart rate is dropping! Get [Dr.]Allen or [Dr.] Halderman here RIGHT NOW!" About 15 min. later my Dr. came. They let me try and push once more, but his heart rate fell again.

They rushed me to the Operating Room and gave me drugs. I could still feel them cutting on me. They gave me more drugs and I started to get real loopy. Next thing I knew I could barely open my eyes, my body was totally convulsing and shaking, and they were holding up this little guy: (6:45 PM, after 18 hours of labor and an emergency C-section)

Poor thing. His head got stuck and I just wasn't big enough for him to get through naturally. Luckily babies' heads are quite resilient and he looked like this the next time I saw him:
Phew! No cone head baby for me...

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October 23, 2008

Happy first birthday Dean!

I'm pretty sure you liked your pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.

(Even though Daddy made me write out ugly words on my cute orange cake.)

We were glad Grandma and Grandpa were here to celebrate!
(Even though you were TOTALLY freaked out by grandpa the first half of the day. I mean, that was pure terror I saw in your eyes and heard in your cries. Luckily you got over it...mostly.)

Here's a video of him eating sugar for the first time.
(Well, kind of...he's had very small tastes here and there.)


CASSIE said...

I can't believe its been a year already!! Happy B-day!! I love how he thinks of getting his hand dirty...but then resorts to the mouth cute! Have you started weining him yet? I am having such a hard time!!

Kristeee said...

Yay, happy birthday, Dean!

marzy dotes said...

Happy Birthday sweet little Dean!! It looks like he had a wonderful year. The cake looks darling and I bet it tasted pretty good too!

Wendy said...

Hey cool, he shares my birthday. I should have eaten my cake like that!!! Very cute post.

Jodi said...

That was some cone head!

Happy Birthday!

Erin said...

That was the best first birthday cake video EVER! And I don't think I've ever seen a cone head quite like that one.

Happy Birthday Dean!

Lindsay said...

Happy birthday, Dean! And congrats to you, too, Celia, for making it through the first year. :) LOVE the video. The way he nibbles into his cake? Classic.

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Cass, I haven't tried to wean yet. His first real sippy of milk was given to him yesterday with the cake. We'll start weaning after grandma and grandpa leave and we're on a better schedule.

Erin S. said...

Happy Birthday! It looks like that wrapping paper was just as good as the cake! :)

jana said...

Love the pictures of Dean! Hopefully I'll be able to meet him someday!

Juls said...

I forgot his birthday was so close to Sarahs! Loved all the pictures.

Juls said...

Did he ever really touch the cake? My first and third tore INTO their cake and the second one did just what Dean did. She is by far the cleanest eater (still!) You probably have a neat little eater on your hands :)

Erin said...

I really like your tradition. How fun. I loved the video, too. Nate had sugar for the first time on his first birthday,too, but he didn't like it at all.

Sands...Like Sands on the Beach said...

Happy Happy Birthday Dean! That is such a great post, and such a scary delivery...He seems totally worth it!! :)

Emily said...

Yikes! A whole year!

Happy Birthday Dean!

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

J, he didn't actually tear into the cake until Matt took out a section. He then went at it with his hands.