Thursday, December 10, 2009

Daddy's Version

I'm glad that Jarom wanted to share his version of Myra's birth story as well. Don't worry, his isn't nearly as long as mine and is of course more comical!

I have exciting news. Tuesday at around 4:38 am, my little baby girl Myra arrived.

Erika woke me up at 4:15 or so, and she said it was time to go to the hospital. I was a little skeptical at first, because she had made this same announcement the day before, only to announce 10 minutes later that it was a false alarm. She did not have any more contractions the rest of that day. So when she woke me Tuesday morning, I thought she might be wrong again, but we were in for a surprise.

Erika was getting dressed so we could go to the hospital, and then she stopped and told me the baby was coming. I thought she was having a bad contraction, and after it passed we would go down to the van our neighbor had brought over for us and then drive out to the hospital as usual. Myra had different plans.

Erika yelled to me to help her, because the baby was coming. "I can feel the head" she yelled, or perhaps it was "she is coming now!" I can't remember which she yelled first. I checked for myself, and found it to be true - the baby's head was almost poking out. I thought it would be impossible for me to drive under these conditions, but I still planned on making it to the hospital for the delivery, so at 4:30 am I called 112 (911) and asked for an ambulance. With Erika's labor and my panic, the gentlemen on the other line could hardly understand my English, and I had to tell them my address 10 or so times. Finally, they understood and said they were on their way.

Erika continued to have intense contractions, but I told her I needed to run downstairs and unlock the door, otherwise the EMT personnel would not be able to come in. She told me not to leave her, but I assured her I would only be a few seconds. I ran down as fast as I could, unlocked and opened the door, and ran back up. Erika yelled once more the baby was coming, and after just a few more minutes, out she came. The head and one shoulder came out, and I caught her. I then pulled out the other arm, and out came beautiful Myra. I showed our precious little girl to Erika, and we held her for another moment until the EMT arrived.

I don't know how Erika managed to keep everything together during this time, but she was amazing. When the paramedics arrived, they asked for a blanket to wrap our slimy newborn girl. I looked around and saw Erika's blanket, the one she sleeps with at night, and thought, "her blanket might get ruined, but it's worth it." I offered this blanket to the professionals, but Erika quickly intervened and said to get a towel instead. She had delivered a baby just a few minutes before, but somehow she managed to keep everything together and saved her blanket. Too bad our carpet floor and bed were not so lucky.

My wife and I delivered our beautiful little girl all by ourselves. The labor and delivery, from start to finish, lasted less than one hour. Needless to say, it was an exciting hour.



Anonymous said...

Wow! Needless to say dad and I are very proud of you. As I have told you sibblings what happened, they have all asked, "Did Jarom freak out?" They then all remimded me of how you hate blood and stuff! I assured them that Erika said you were great during the entire event.
I did notice the 'spidey' blanket and thought that the baby did have pretty "Amazing" parents and that it was poetic justice that she be in a 'spidey' blanket. That blanket is yours right? You will always have a special relationship with that little girl. Way to go Jarom! Love you, mom

Kim said...

Wow Jarom! Erika and I spoke for 70 minutes and she told me her story...yours is shorter and made me laugh aloud! Your voice sounded wonderful today on the phone! I truly miss you Jarom. Thanks for being the father and husband you are. I know you care for Erika and the boys insuring their happiness. You are a treasure! Now all you need to do to make me happy is MOVE BACK TO THE USA!!!!! :)

Laura said...

I love that you posted both sides of the story~ that is a treasure! I loved to hear them both! We are still in shock that you guys delivered Myra yourselves. I couldn't imagine doing that!

Erika, reading your birthing story reminded me of delivering Andi with no epidural (which I wanted SO badly!). It sounds like you did so great!

Megan and Sean said...

INCREADIBLE!! I'm such a sap, tearing up and all. Talk about a moment you'll never forget! She is SO chubby and beautiful. Oh, I had HORRIBLE after pains with #3 and #4. (like wish I'd had an epi for AFTER the birth) With #4 I was told by a nurse to drink a glass of HOT liquid (chix broth and apple cider is what I did) RIGHT the moment you start nursing to help with the after pains. I was suprised how well it worked, even better then the pain meds. Something about that hot liqid right in your tummy next to your uterus I guess. Just a thought.

Katie said...

Oh yes, after pains get so much worse with each baby. When I told my sister Jenny about your story her first response was, "This wasn't by any chance her third baby was it?" I confirmed that it was and she laughed and said precipitous (FAST) births were way more common on baby #3 for some reason! Crazy huH? Your after pains should be really letting up now though right? I hope so. Those are awful.

That's fun that Jarom wrote his version. Thanks for sharing!

Nicholai Hess said...

Your crazy delivery has created quite a buzz here so I had to read it for myself. You guys are awesome! Our little boy came exactly that fast as well. Luckily we made it to the hospital And I had painful afterbirth contractions too. For what it's worth, I asked my doctor and he says its a weird phenomenon that for some women, with each baby the afterbirth gets more and more painful. His own wife, who had 6 or 7 children, was more terrified of the afterbirth then labor and delivery. Go figure. Makes you look forward to the next, eh?

Nikki and Matt said...

She is adorable! I want to hold her! :) Question... how do you get your pictures to upload so big and beautiful?? Mine are always so tiny! I hate it...

Please bring that baby to me soon! I need to see her in person! Love you and miss you!