Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ever's Birth Story: Part Two



Fluid was leaking down my legs and worse, collecting into a puddle in my shoes. At that point in my life I had never felt more physically uncomfortable.

I take that back. One time when I was a missionary I went door-to-door talking to people and had a really unfortunate, almost painful situation with a pair of panty hose. As personal as a birth story may be, I could never, never share this particular panty hose story with the world. Yikes what a doozy.

Here were my internal thoughts at that moment:

I am pretty sure that was my water breaking.

Ugh. Squishy shoes.

I need to turn around and get home.

How am I going to walk home?

How am I going to convince The Chief we need to turn around?

At this point, what is going to require more energy--getting the The Chief to turn around or finishing the walk though it will take twice the distance?

"Honey," I said in a voice like a calm mother whose water didn't just break. "We need to head back home."

"No. Way." Said my son back to me, lifting his head from sniffing the flowers. Pointing to the sharp incline ahead of us.

Somebody taught my son how to say "way". This word has liberated him from a limited vocabulary dependence. "Way" means MY WAY OR THE FRAKING HIGHWAY. Daily I try not to hate the person who taught my son how to say "way." Hate, repent, hate, repent--all day long.

Fluid was still trickling down my ankles.

And so I made the brave decision to continue the walk. No matter how gory this story gets, please know I consider continuing the walk the most brave thing I did all labor long. I turned the corner and, while pushing the empty stroller, walked up a very steep hill until we rounded out the block and were headed home.

The pain, the anguish, the waddling it took to accomplish this feat was instilled inside of me in the pre-existence because nothing in my mortal past could've prepared me for that long walk home. Every fiber of my corpse ached and protested.

Plus squishy shoes.

Around seven o'clock Chup walked in the door.

He hugged and kissed me. He took me to eat Mexican food. I just wanted something immersed in guacamole. And a Vanilla Coke too please.

It was at the end of our meal, when Chup was signing the check, I got my first real contraction. We came home and put The Chief to bed. Contractions were coming every ten minutes. They felt like my uterus was turning to concrete--churning and hardening--and melting. Repeat.

For the two weeks previous I had decided what I'd do when I went into labor. One, was to fill my house with tons of food. Fruits, chips, dips, candy, quality chocolate, baked goods, vegetables, drinks in a large variety, and a large tub of spring mix salad. Two, was to call Ashlee, my hair therapist to give me Labor Hair.

I didn't have time to go grocery shopping at that point, but one text to Ashlee--and while counting contractions--she gave me the most incredible display of braids and twists and hair sprayed it to withstand even life's biggest moments. All of this from the comfort of my own kitchen. Inspired by Jessica Simpson on The Price of Beauty.

(I love Jessica Simpson.)

(And it all matched so well with my Labor Earrings.)

I texted all my sisters and told them to come by and throw their last bits of advice. Page showed up an hour later and we went through the game plan.

"I know technically I should have this baby within 24 hours." A bit of trivia I remembered when I had The Chief. My water broke, but because of his posterior self, we didn't have good contractions until we went to the hospital for a healthy shot of pitocin. It was 48 hours after the water breakage and Everyone And Their Scrubs were worried about infection.

"Right. You want to keep these contractions going stronger and stronger. Call the midwife when they start lasting around a minute." Directed Page who then offered to rub my feet.

Labor Hair, Labor Earrings and a Labor Foot Rub?

AND Labor Guacamole.

By the time she was done my feet felt fantastic, we solved a few of the world's problems (i.e. let it all go) but my contractions had vanished into the spring night.

I had less than 18 hours to go.

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Awesome:






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I am c jane and this week I am writing down the birth story of my new daughter, Ever.
contact me:
cjanemail@gmail.com


70 comments:

Erin said...

I am LOVING this story, Courtney. Looking forward to part three!

Jamie said...

I am so enjoying this story, drawing it out is killing me, all the while making it even more fun! That's a little twisted, I know. But even better than the story is that amazing labor hair do! A masterpiece for-shure!

The Boob Nazi said...

I can only imagine how terrible the pantyhose store is. Yikes.

Burgess said...

I LOVE the name Ever! I would've never thought of it before, but it sounds so feminine and lovely!

ami-lee said...

Its so suspenseful! Like a book that you just CANT put down!
P.S She has the perfect name :)

Liz said...

Congratulations on having Ever. She is adorable. I just found your blog via a friend. We lived in Provo while in school, and I have enjoyed your humor and wit while reading your blog. Good luck with two kids - it just get more and more fun!

Sarah said...

Wow I cant wait until tomorrow!! Love Ever's birth story already! :)

Candice said...

I would definitely want something immersed in guacamole. Mmmmm! And you're pretty much amazing for continuing to walk after your water broke. :)

Laura said...

Walking up a hill with squishy amniotic fluid filled shoes? Oh cjane, you are a better woman than I.
Kudos. Can't wait to hear the nxt installment!
PS she is gorgeous, but you already knew that.

Cindy said...

Love the name!;)

Rachel said...

Huh. Apparently waiting for the next installment of thes story is more excruciating than I thought it would be! And I love your labor hair! My labor hair both times was Not Pretty.

Ivana said...

I could talk about my 2 birth stories all the time :-)!!!!

I love the way that you are feeling right now- amazing mixture of happines and pride!! Enjoy it!!

I can't wait to be pregnant again!

Braids are perfect!!

Ivana, mamma of beautiful boy (4 yrs) and a girl (22 months)

Elisabeth said...

You're killing me, Smalls.
(name that movie, and congratulations :)

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

oh my... 18 hours?? Love the hair and Jessica too! Keep going....

Tara & Damon said...

Yay! I get to be the first, because I'm working nightwatch, and I've been eagerly awaiting part II... So excited for more! (though at this point I realize I'll have to wait like, forever, aka 24+ hours)

Thomgirl Jess said...

Ooooohhhhh it's getting gooood...!!! Can't wait for part troix!!!

Anonymous said...

I learned from a friend and her reflexologist that the feet and especially the ankles have some big connections to the uterus and cramping. Wonder if there is a connection between a foot rub and contractions stopping?
The suspense of this is going to kill me. I think I will have to come back and the end of the week:) I am one of those that can't put down a book and then instantly want the sequel.

Teachinfourth said...

Wow, you're a trooper...after hearing what Carol Burnett said giving birth was like and you kept up with the walk?

Of course, Tim Burton probably said it best, "[Childbirth] is the weirdest thing I've ever seen. It's like an 'Alien' movie. I started crying, it was so emotional ... I was there in the room but I wasn't planning on doing much. But then I see this blue pinhead come out and I think I said to the nurse, 'What the hell is that?' And then it turns into this round red thing in seconds. It's just shocking."

I think that probably sums it all up...

critical crass said...

SERIOUSLY? you kept walking??? i'm amazed. astounded? awed. wow. that's pretty impressive.

Sarah said...

Love these posts, Courtney! I didn't even mind when my daughter woke up at 6am since I knew I had some good reading.

You managed to go out for Mexican with your water broken? As a girl who walked into L&D with a handcloth in her pants I am amazed and slightly jealous. Once mine broke it just-kept-coming... That's why I have mommy diapers on hand when I am pregnant now. Just in case!

Elle said...

"Hate, repent, hate, repent--all day long." This is such a great line! I can totally relate. You DO have a way with words! :) Looking forward to Part 3.

Erin said...

At the end of today's post I was thinking tell me more, tell me more. I am now singing Summer Nights from Grease..."Tell me more, tell me more like does he have a car?" I will probably have this song in my head all day long. Way to keep us wanting more of the story.

Helen said...

This is awesome. Keep going!

Jocelyn said...

Looking forward to tomorrow!

There is nothing better than a labour foot rub! NOTHING. I love them.

Aprel said...

wow! I would have never made it through that walk home. You brave soul! (Once my water breaks it is over. I have less than an hour and that baby is out. I would have laid down on the side walk and had that baby! It is painful and scary to go so fast!)

I can't wait to read the rest. The suspense is killing me!

Anonymous said...

In France there is a much greater concern for infections after water breaking. Here labor is induced after 6 hours and tests are conducted for potential problems.Please be careful with your baby with the beautiful name.

Jenni said...

Loving this story! One request--MORE baby pictures please!! Can't wait to see more of that beautiful baby :)

Doty Family said...

Pantyhose are of the devil. Enough said about that. Oh, you are seriously brave to stay home. But how enjoyable to be home and be comfortable in your surroundings. I love that you had labor hair!! And labor guacamole!! I heart you Cjane! Your awesome. See ya tomorrow!

Laura said...

Labor earrings?! I love the idea and will definitely get myself a pair for when baby #2 arrives in October. Courtney, you are just too cool.

Ann-Michelle said...

My uterus is having sympathy labor. Its a very strange feeling.

Vicky said...

I don't know how you made that walk! You could author a book so easily!! I WANT TO READ THE ENDING NOW!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the world of mommy bloggers (wink)...you've sealed the deal with this week.....AND so you see, my dear, it's not so bad on the other side. (wink, wink.)

Erin said...

Great braids!

Rebecca Raye said...

Loving the labor hair! Think it would work for all kinds things, not just labor! Hope to try it myself when my hair is all one length.

Liz said...

Wow...what a story! Just found your blog, and I can't wait to read the rest! ;) Congrats on your sweet baby girl, and I've never heard of "labor hair" before, but I LLLLLOOOOOOVVVEEE it!!
Blessings!

Julie said...

I'm on pins and needles. Can't wait for part 3!!!! I just love labor stories! Isn't that funny how as women we just love labor stories. It must be a bonding thing for us!!!!! Anyways, I'll be checking diligently for the next installment!

Kimberly said...

I. Can. Not. Believe. You. Finished. That. Walk.

Wow is all I can say.

Veeda said...

Labor hair is brilliant.

Nancy said...

Okay I am laughing that you were so calm, you had your hair done and went out to dinner? I would be too worried that I would go into hard labor in the middle of the guacamole. You are a brave woman.

juliehayman said...

I'm not pregnant yet but I'm still adding "labor hair" to my prenatal necessities list.

ckkg said...

ohhh, this is just too fun to read! what a beautiful documentation that sweet ever will enjoy someday! she is absolutely perfect and gorgeous and wrapped up in newborn goodness! congrats and i'll be waiting for the next installment!

Mrs.Dr.Shot said...

I'm sneaking a read at work. This is so exciting!

Kacie said...

you are an amazing story teller. and believe me when i tell you Jessica Simpson's braided hair in the price of Beauty is CUH-razy AMAZING. excellent choice

madsta said...

i cant believe you can walk and go out to eat and all in labor! such a brave cjane, I love the labor hair! love it! i am really good at french plaiting (what we would call your braided hair) and am sooooooooo attempting labor hair for school! now, off to find guacamole....

Ash said...

Ahhh, I need part three. Where is part three?!?! I can't wait! The suspense is killing me.

I LOVE the labor hair...genius (and pretty)!

Beautiful baby girl...Congratulations!

Ash @ thehouseofdestephano.blogspot.com

Martha said...

you're killing me, cjane. how many parts does this story have?

Alexa Mae said...

I swear to you, I am so intrigued by this labor story. I love reading it in chapters. Did you manage to sneak in one of your stuffed quesadillas while in labor? Oh! I'm staying tuned.

I am so happy for you and your growing family which is now completely equal in the gender department. Your daughter is darling and you know how much I adore you.

Karen said...

I knew he'd make it with time to spare. :-)

And I think everyone who served in the CMM has at least one story as painful as childbirth. Although, mine doesn't involve pantyhose...

JenB said...

Gasp! That hair is amazing. I would ask her to style it every day :)

Amy Lindstrom ~ YourLifeUncommon.com said...

You know you are going to have to share that pantyhose story! We all have good imaginations and likely it is MUCH worse in our minds than in reality....unless it's not...then BY ALL MEANS, keep it! :) HA!

I can't believe you finished the walk! You are some sort of wonder woman! That is AWESOME! And insane...all at once!

Amy Lindstrom ~ YourLifeUncommon.com said...

OH! And don't you just LOVE "The Price of Beauty"?! That Jessica Simpson is winning me over!

Dandy said...

I can't take it!

KroonFamily said...

Ahhhhhh! You're killing me... I just want you to blurt it all out at once. I can hardly deal with waiting for the next installment...sheesh...forget about nursing, awake every two hours, blah blah blah... I have needs, NEEDS I TELL YOU! I can't wait a minute longer to hear the rest.
Ofcourse I'm kidding... really, I can't believe how coherent you are. I am praying for sweet rest and snuggles with the Chief and stamina because I know the exhaustion of birthing a baby to a household of a 3yr old... yep, it is lovely and exhausting and funny and exhausting and I cherish the memories of those days! Be Blessed Mommy... ps. Ever, EVER seriously?! That has to be the BEST NAME... EVER... you cause me to sin friend... I covet your naming angel's creativity!!!! LOL.

the consummate generalist said...

You do your hair and put on earrings before you deliver. Wow, that's serious self-care! :)

Steph and Zach said...

I know people always type "LOL" but literally, LOL!! I love that you had labor hair AND labor earrings! And I am amazed you finished your walk, I probably would have sat on the neighbors lawn and yelled until they came out. LOVE this story and love your blog! Best wishes to you and your family!

pret-a-party said...

i definitely need a hair therapist. gorgeous! i hope I plan as many cute things as you seems to think of when i get pregnant.

cortnieb said...

You finished the walk.......W.O.W! GO YOU!! I would have plopped myself down and started to cry. haha I'm a whimp!! Can't wait for part 3! You're killing a very impatient person here!!! :o)

Liza said...

I love the name Ever. It is so pretty, unusual but not contrived sounding. When I read you rpost months ago about hearing the name whispered to you wnd how it wasn't really a noun I was worried it was going to be "glory" or "praise" or something like that. But I can tell from your blog that you have amazing taste and the name is perfect.
Liza

PS I actually also thought it might be Honor, which is also a beautiful name for a girl.

Odri said...

Now I'm curious about this mysterious panty hose story!

Btw, I love the name Ever, it's very feminine and cute. :)

Beth said...

I ALWAYS had my hair french braided when I went into labor (all seven times!). My daughter is about to give birth to our first grandbaby and I need to sharpen up my braiding skills for the big day!

thorney said...

I can only imagine the pant hose story involves a control top that rolls to the knees? Been there/done that.

On to more important things--Baby Kendrick's arrival!!!! I am loving your birth story. Again, I am sitting in the law library at UW supposedly beginning a Complaint, and yet I couldn't think about it until I checked for Part II. Loving. It.

--Mari

Chili Bean said...

I can't wait to hear the rest of your story! I gave birth to my first son 23 hours and 45 minutes after my water broke. Phew.

Fabulous braids! And earrings. I myself prefer sagging hospital undies and Albert Einstein-hair while giving birth.

Christy Cropper Photography said...

Oh! That's the prettiest birth hair I've ever seen!
That Ashlee is a genius and you are a genius for enlisting her.

Kristin said...

Ah, I hate the cliff hanger. :-)
Congrautlations on the birth of your beautiful sweet Ever.

Jill said...

First, I am loving your story.

Second, I think you are incredibly brave to continue your walk. As the pregnant-mom of an 18-month old, I totally get it though. Toddlers have a mind of their own and you have to pick your battles.

Congrats on Ever's arrival! I love her name.

jennypage said...

Courtney, first congratsamisimo! I assume at some point in your future, as you decide it, Ever's name will be replaced with a 'Nom de Plume' like The Chief's. I just wanted to say, I feel bad for your readers who write and ask winsomely and wistfully 'what is The Chief's name?. I totally get that it's your family's decision to publish, or not, your kid's names as a public figure. I got on the CJane train early, thank Heavenly Father, because you have been a blessing, a balm, a source of great satifaction in my life and allowed me to follow the blogs of Azucar, La Yen and others.

So, I confess I feel bad when I see the sincere interest of your newer fans to know The Chief's name.)

SO I SAY TO YOU FELLOW READERS, PERHAPS A LITTLE LATER TO THE WONDERFUL LIFE AND TIMES OF CJANE, BUT DEEPLY INVESTED NOW: I say this...Be Vigilant!! Read the comments. At least one time in the last couple of months The Chief's name was in the comments and NOT deleted by the author. So, READ on and I bet you find it out for yourself.

Signed -- I'd tell you myself but it would probably just be deleted.

iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

ahhh I am loving loving loving this story - I am a lurker - never a commenter - and I just had to chime in and say she is beautiful and I hope the story continues some more soon!!!

PS - LOVE the name Ever

kelly l said...

i can't believe you went out to eat after your water broke. i could only sit on a towel and hurry my husband to the hospital.

Anonymous said...

I think I know how this story ends....but it's so addicting reading it! Congratulations to the K-4s. Elle

e and d said...

i went out with two of my friends tonight. somehow your blog was brought up (not knowing we all three read it. religiously). we all sat and chatted about this post and all agreed that you are the most loving mother in the world. i am amazed you kept walking for your son. i think i would have definitely snapped my son in the stroller and ran home, screams and all.