labor story

first of all, let me say thank you to all my wonderful nurses, my doctor, and my anesthesiologist! you were all so kind, encouraging, and helpful. thank you!

as i said before, we got to the hospital in the morning. my water was broken for me and had no progress. a pic above is of our moms during this time going thru baby name books trying to help us choose a middle name. so at about 1, dr. yin started me on pitossin. this got my contractions going. i had my epidural at about 3. this guy was fast: my contractions were coming 3 minutes apart and he got it done in 2 1/2 minutes so i didn’t have to hold still during a contraction. he was very nice, and i again totally recommend epidurals!

by about 7:30-8 i was dialated to a 10. i pushed for an hour, making hardly any progress. my doc came in to check me. turns out he was sunnyside up. she said that all the pushing i had done so far had made both the baby and i very swollen, making it even harder for him to come out. she said she would allow me to push for another hour and if it didn’t work i’d have to get a c-section. that was motivating for me. although i’ve never been fully opposed to a c-section, i’d of course rather go natural. but after pushing for an hour, i felt like it would’ve been a waste to not keep trying. the first hour of pushing had been so fruitless because my epidural had worked too well for silas being sunnyside up. i couldn’t feel anything, especially not where to push. so my epidural was set at 12, i guess thats pretty average. we kept lowering it more and more until the epidural was at 4. i was feeling everything. not all the pain but all the pressure. when that still wasn’t entirely working, a nurse or my doctor (can’t remember who) suggested a new method for pushing: tug-of-war. they gave me one end of a sheet with a knot and gave the other end to sean. my mom was on one side of me and my sister-in-law shannon was on the other. they held my legs for me as i tried to tug the sheet from sean (my arms are really sore from this today). eventually it worked. after 2 to 2 1/2 hours of pushing, silas’ head was out. thankfully i mostly push with my eyes closed, for fear of my eyes popping out (ha!), and i didn’t see what happened next. i’m told that silas had the cord wrapped twice around his neck and he was blue. the doctor quickly cut his cord and i was able to finish pushing him out. i was clueless to this, thankfully. he was fine/is fine. God is good! he has no health issues at all.

from all of this my recovery is going to be much slower. i have sooooo much swelling and some stitches and a very sore back, which i guess are all things typical of a sunnyside up birth. until i got home today, i hadn’t walked at all. other than going potty, which i needed assistance most of the time. i’m so bummed about this, not only because its pretty painful (yay vicodin!) but also because it stops me from being with my kids like i want to be. i can’t even really hold lily on my lap, and they have to be so careful around me, where they touch me and push against me. this is going to be really difficult! thankfully, sean is home for now, my parents are here for a few more days, and silas has been awesome. pray for energy and patience for me, please. thats all for now, enjoy the pics, and more to come (we’ve already got a few hundred!).



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    Brenda Williams says:

    Wow Lindsey, that sounds pretty tough! Thanks for sharing the details. I’m super, super impressed that you pushed out a 8.5 baby that was sunny side up!! (Shannon was sunny side up and it took me 2 1/2 hours to push her out BUT she was only 5 pounds 3 ounces.) You are amazing!
    So glad he’s healthy, but sorry you’re so beat up. Take as much of those narcotics as you need – they help a lot!

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    Kristen Borland says:

    silas is so handsome!!!!! glad to hear you are doing well, and thanks for blogging! i’ve been on pins and needles!

    zeb was sunny-side up (so i know the back pain you’re having!!), with the cord wrapped around his neck twice and once around his belly. i don’t think he was blue, but because his oxygen had dropped so much during labor/pushing, i had a huge team of respiratory therapist in the room with me. he was fine, but they worked with him for awhile before i could hold him to make sure he was okay (he refused to cry, so they were worried). so, all that to say, i’m really glad you weren’t aware that he was blue. that would have been so scarey!

    yea! so happy silas is here!

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    congrats lindsey. i’m so sorry that it was difficult for you! i remember you saying that after grace and lily you said, “i want to do that again!”…do you still feel the same way! :(
    keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    p.s. suzannah loves the picture of silas. she said, “ooooooh my goodness, mom. he’s so cute!”

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    God is good…Silas looks amazing. and Lindsey, you are amazing for your strength and endurance in a tough labor AND for updating your blog so quickly :) asher was born face up too with no epidural…ow!

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    Yay! Congratulations! I can’t wait to meet him. What a handsome little boy. I also love his name (I think the grandmas did a great job picking out a middle name, what a great picture!). I hope you heal quickly.
    Much love!

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    Congratulations Sean and Lindsey! I hate that I wasn’t there for you but I love that you’ve already posted your story. I’m so happy that everything went well and you are home and everyone is healthy. I know it’s a bummer being sore and everything, but God is good and you have a beautiful son and two beautiful girls and a wonderful hubbie and family. Praise the Lord for his goodness and faithfulness and enjoy this time with your babe. Love you guys! Heath

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    Yeah! He’s finally here! Congratulations to all 5 of you. Little Silas got one terrific set of parents! We’re looking forward to hugs. Take care of yourself! Much love to you!

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    Jacquelyn says:

    What I don’t understand is why you look exstatic in all the pictures and Sean looks so tired! Great to finally hear details, what a cutie!

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    Congratulations! I’m sore just reading about your labor. I’ll be praying for a fast reovery.

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    Anonymous says:

    You look amazing in these photos! No way did you just give birth…it seriously looks like you just stepped out of the salon. Amazing. And Silas is a great name – any meaning or family history behind that, or did you just like it??


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    Congrats, Silas looks perfect! I agree with Jacquelyn, you look so calm and rested! I’m sure I would look like a train wreck after all that! How are your arms and back? I hope you heal quickly and can get back to enjoying your family of 5! I’m sure the girls are so excited to have a little brother!

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