Friday, December 30, 2011

Elijah Jonathan

I know people like all the details, so here goes.

I never planned on going full term.  I have an "in" with God and all though, and basically I happen to know that for every time you puke, a minute is taken off your pregnancy.  Eli was born 2 weeks and 5 days early, so that's about right...

My other two labors both lasted under 6 hours from start to finish, so when I started having contractions on Christmas day at 5PM I wondered if we were going to have a Christmas baby!  But things progressed rather slowly, and by 3AM the next morning they were 5 minutes apart.  Which is traditionally when you're supposed to go to the hospital.  But it's really really hard to call someone at 3AM to take your other kids, so I held off until about 5 when Rust woke up and forced us to go to the hospital.  The kids were way more excited about being woken up because the baby was coming than when I woke them up the day before for Christmas.  

I was still afraid of a false labor and being sent home when my water broke in our friends' driveway!  I think I probably woke up her neighborhood when I started yelling (shouts of glee of course).  

So we got to the hospital, and I got an epidural about an hour later.  (So yes, birth plans are pretty awesome).  I spent the rest of the day just lying in bed, playing on facebook, and napping.  I hadn't been that comfortable in about 9 months.

Elijah made his grand entrance at 5PM that night, so 24 hours total (twice as long as my other two combined), honestly, I was very comfortable through the entire thing.  The last ten minutes hurt a little.  

Those are always my favorite labor stories to hear, so you're welcome.

Elijah Jonathan 
4:49 PM: December 26th
7 lbs 15 ounces: 20.5 inches 

By coming early, we avoided a potential problem.  The placenta was starting to rip away from the uterus, so we're glad he made it here safely.

For months we've considered the name Elijah, but Austin was never on board with it.  That's why we encouraged him to call him whatever he wanted.  He's called him "Batman" and "Legos", but I think due to the Christmas holiday and the fact that the only baby Austin knows about is "Baby Jesus", that is now what he calls Eli.  So before he left with Rust today, he gave "Baby Jesus" a kiss.

We like the tradition of naming our kids after our siblings, so that's where Jonathan comes in.  The 26th is also Jon's birthday (Rusty's brother) and his baby was born a few hours after Eli.  Jonathan is also the name of mine and Rust's 11th great grandfather.  We only think that's a little weird.

Ashlyn just loves him.  And will hold him for hours every day, but won't change his diapers and still doesn't want to be a mom when she grows up.

There are some jealousy issues with Austin, when we brought the kids to the hospital to meet Eli, Austin requested that the baby go back in my tummy so that "Daddy can hold me instead."

I feel really good.  I am pretty stir crazy though, this staying home thing is not my cup of tea.



Scott said...

Such a happy story! I may just have to read it every day for, oh, the next 10 weeks. :)

And I'm going to keep pushing the issue to keep having kids until you name one after me. Because we all know I'm waaaaaay more the favorite than Kate.


Dawn said...

Congratulations Bri and family. Glad everything went well. I started having labor with Sicily on Christmas Day (6 years ago) at 5 pm. She arrived 2 1/2 hours later though. I like his name and he has beautiful coloring. He arrived just in time for tax purposes. I could care less but McRay threatened to have Sicily induced if she didn't come.

Jessica said...

Wow, the day after Christmas. How fun for the holidays.
He is adorable and I love the name. It's awesome when names "work out" like that. Hopefully he's an easy baby too!

Linda Terry said...

A wonderful story. That little guy is the spittin' image of a typical Terry baby. And I don't say that about most of our grandbabies. I'm going to dig up some old photos to prove it. So happy for you all!

Rob and Crystal Hinman said...

Congratulations Brit! Love the name Elijah.

Kate said...

Love the picture, love the name, love the story. You have a way with these tender heartfelt life moments. :) Congratulations on your non-pregnant state.

Candi said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful.

Marla said...

He is gorgeous! Congrats!

heather said...

love the birth story :) he's adorable and love the name details :)

Jon and Becky said...

That's a decent-looking infant.

Beth said...

Yeah! Congrats to you and your family. I love the name you chose. Glad he is here safe and sound, the sweet little tax deduction. He is so cute

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