Normally, Labor Day isn’t a big deal for us. We usually cook out with family and spend some time outside as it, thankfully, marks the end of yet another sizzling Oklahoma summer. This year, you had other plans. Bigger, more exciting plans. Here is a look at your first official birthday less any details that boys (and the general public) simply don’t want to know about. 🙂
Since your due date was coming up (but still almost 2 weeks away), we wanted to take Elisa to visit Nana and Papa in OKC for the Labor Day weekend. We headed up Sunday and enjoyed the afternoon. After ending the night on the couch glued to another HGTV show, we decided to go to bed. Around 1:30am I headed to the bathroom because that’s just what women constantly do in the third trimester. While I was up, you decided to break my water. I stood there. In awe. One of those moments you see on tv or movies but never actually think it’s going to happen quite like that. Especially since I felt normal. So weird.
After a slight freak out moment with your Dad, we decided to roll the dice and head back to Tulsa leaving your big sis sleeping in the next room. Hank and Terri brought her back to Tulsa the next day to meet you. I called MuMu and told her what happened, so she could get ready to drive back to Oklahoma.
In hindsight, it’s a little scary that we went ahead and drove back to Tulsa. Since I wasn’t contracting and felt fine we decided to hit the road. Yikes! We made it just fine though. And your dad made record time from Moore to Tulsa. 🙂
We quickly ran by the house to pick up what we needed and then headed to St. Francis and got checked in. Your dad and I chit-chatted and joked around in the lobby. I was still feeling just fine.
After getting checked in and blowing the nurses’ minds with the fact that I wanted to have you naturally, your dad and I walked laps around the hospital. I’m not sure how the conversation started but your dad started telling me about this Flight of the Navigator movie that I’ve never seen before. I can’t remember what it was all about, but it was interesting enough to keep my mind off the fact that we were on our 306th lap around the Labor & Delivery floor. Grandpa Dan joined up for our walk a little bit later and brought Josh an Americano. We just walked and walked…and walked some more.
You apparently decided to just take a break from the whole labor thing. Maybe you realized the point of Labor Day is that you’re not supposed to have to work. You certainly stopped working to get out.
A little after 10am, my doctor called in requesting that we use the lowest possible dose of the oh-so-dreaded Pitocin to get things moving. After a few more hours of walking and upping the dosage a couple times, you decided to wake back up and finish what you started at 1:30am.
After a little over an hour of painful contractions and only 3 pushes, you made your Labor Day debut! You were absolutely perfect. Daddy cut the cord, MuMu ooohed and aaahed over you, and I was so happy to hold you right away. I didn’t get to do that with Elisa.
You were born at 3:04pm on September 1, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. You tipped the scales at 6lb 8oz and were 19 1/2 inches long. Oh, and you were almost 2 weeks early. 🙂 Stinker. Not gonna lie…I’m glad you weren’t any bigger.
Tons of family members patiently waited in the lobby to greet you. We also had sweet friends that came by the hospital to see you.
You are already so loved.
We got in lots of snuggles during our hospital stay. You are pretty easy to snuggle and kiss. That’s for sure.
You definitely surprised us for Labor Day! And taught us a valuable lesson in NOT traveling the last 2 weeks of the third trimester.
Love you so much Lil Man.