Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Matthew's First Moments


Matthew Kenneth Steen IV - born November 16th, 2009 at 5:37 p.m. 9 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 3/4 inches. He surprised all of us in his timing and his size!

Baby Matthew is here! We thought for sure we'd be waiting a week after his due date to be induced and welcome him to our family, but this boy has good timing. I started contracting on a regular basis at church Sunday the 15th (his due date) during Sunday School. I didn't really say anything until we got home and when I started timing things, contractions were coming every 10 minutes. Around 6:30, I realized my water broke while I was sitting on the couch eating a yummy dinner - Cafe Rio Chicken Salad. I thought I felt something strange and when I got up to go upstairs, realized that indeed, water was flowing down my leg. Thank goodness I was home! I let my mom and Matt know and they both started frantically packing their bags so we could get to the hospital. I called Matt's sister, Aunt Mary (who lives nearby and works in Towson, Maryland as a labor and delivery nurse - she's been nursing in L&D for 17 years). We had been texting about the contractions and when I called to tell her that my water broke, she was at work and telling everyone she had to go! They all knew that she had been anticipating this event for months and agreed she would go as soon as things were under way. She planned on meeting us at the hospital, but after contacting Cheri Gard, my midwife, I decided to stay home for a few hours to let the contractions progress. Around 9:30 p.m., we decided to head into the hospital. My contractions were every 5-6 minutes by this point. Matt was speeding. I had to give him a hard time. We take Route 30 into Lancaster to get to the doctor and the speed limit is only 55 mph. He always gives me a hard time for going too fast. He was going 80-85 the whole time. He said it was different this time and I was just praying that we wouldn't get in a wreck :) Mary and mom followed behind us in Mary's car. Matt dropped me off and I headed to triage. Luckily, Matt brought in all the bags and I found my I.D. to give them and was happy he had his insurance card in his wallet, because for some reason, mine was not in my wallet. After checking me, I was only dilated to a 1! I was pretty frustrated by that, but at least something was happening. The last few weeks of going to the doctor and being told that nothing was progressing was getting a bit depressing. Since my water ruptured, I was stuck in the hospital until Matthew came. They gave me a sleeping pill and mom and Mary went back to our place to rest up for the coming day. It was a LONG night. How is anyone supposed to sleep through contractions? I would lay down and get up every time a contraction came. Finally at 4 a.m., I called the nurse to see if I could try something else. She brought in a birthing ball and I sat on that and leaned on the bed for a few hours. Matt was sleeping through all of this, I'm sure not well, but I was glad he was at least in the same room, albeit envious that he could sleep. At 6:30 a.m. the nurse started me on pitocin. Meanwhile Mom and Mary showed up all rested and ready for the day at 7:30. I sat in a rocker and tried to breathe through contractions until Cheri showed up to check me. She came soon after 8a.m. She actually didn't check me, but told me she would come back around lunch time and look. I decided to get an epidural, which I got around 8:30 a.m. Contractions were evey 2-3 minutes by then. Wow - all I have to say is that epidurals are truly a blessing from God. Immediately, I felt SO much better and able to relax.

At lunch time, I was at a dilated to a 5. The nurse kept upping the pitocin - until I was at a level 16 and was consistently still getting 5 contractions every 10 minutes. At 2:30, the nurse checked me and I was at a 9 - so close! They told me to let them know when I was feeling pressure down that way and they would call Cheri to come in. Around 4:15, I called the nurse, she checked and I was fully effaced, ready to go, at a 10. I have never been so thrilled to hear the number 10 in my life! Cheri came in around 5:15. We got into position and after pushing for 15 minutes, Matthew arrived! It was amazing! I never thought I would opt for the mirror, but I was curious to see and I think it probably helped me know where to push and be more aware of how things were progressing. I had an incredible amount of support in the room. Aunt Mary, Cheri, Susan - a nurse at Women's and Babies who Mary used to work with, the nurse assigned to me, Bethany, my mom, and Matt. I met Susan a couple of times over the last few months and she actually gave me a private tour of the hospital. She came in on her day off to help me out. I am so grateful to have had such wonderful people with me. Matt stood at my left shoulder with his head nuzzled into my shoulder/the bed. He has a hard time with blood, so I expected this. I did see him peek up a few times to look. My mom and Mary were in charge of taking pictures. Here are some of the photos they took:

Matt and me before the big push!
Mary updating family on facebook. Baby Matthew getting his first look at mom.
The Delivery Team: Left: Cheri, the midwife; Susan, Grandma Shipley. Right: Aunt Mary, Bethany, Robyn's L&D Nurse, Matt
Proud Aunt Mary with Matthew. We've been waiting for him for a long time!
Me after the workout! Looking tired, but so happy to have Matthew here with us.
MKS III with MKSIV
Susan swaddling Matthew.
Our first visitors (besides mom and Mary) - Jessica and Cody. He was excited to meet the baby and anticipating being a big brother in May!
Matt helping Cody hold Matthew - and me thinking how fun this will be when we have our next little miracle.

20 comments:

Jewels said...

Finally!! I know it has only been two days but I have been patiently checking every two hours for 2 straight days!! How exciting and you look amazing! He is adorable but are you sure he was 30 inches?! Hello, that is like a full blown 2 year old walking out of you! We miss you so much and can't wait to meet him! Give him lots of hugs and kisses from Utah!!

Kristin said...

Ha Ha, I was going to ask about the same thing...30 inches? I am so glad to read all of the details. What an experience. I am so glad things went so well and he is here safely. So much goes into getting these little ones here, but so worth it! He is so precious. Great job Robyn!

lisa said...

Thanks for the update Bobs! He is so sweet!! I agree about epidurals--nothing better than modern medicine!!! You did have a great support group with you-that's awesome! We can't wait to meet him! Love you lots!!!

Old Matt said...

Congratulations! A handsome little man. Thrilled everything went well for you, and that you had such a great support group. (I'm sure he felt like at least 30 inches)

Jackie said...

I love that top picture of him! He's sooooo cute, (and big.)

marlene said...

he is so beautiful cant wait for you to come visit holly so I can hold him and give a ride Glad it all went well!

Jessica said...

Man I really wanted those cookies. I cannot believe my nephew would do this to me. Although I am bitter at his size I am thrilled for his safe arrival. I cannot wait to hold him in a few weeks. Man I remember Robyn being our first visitor after Beck was born and it is such a fond memory of hanging until the early morning hours. I am glad you have your own and wish we could be there. Much love!

Coombs Family said...

Thanks for posting! I've been checking for updates, too. So glad you and little Matthew are doing well. Can't wait to meet him in December! Loves!

Megan said...

Congratulations!!! i'm so thrilled for you and Matt. He's beautiful.

Jess said...

Congratulations!! That is soooo exciting. :)

Brian & Chelsey said...

Yay!! have been anxosly awaiting this update!! congrats Robyn and Matt! He is adorable!! you look awesome! so glad everything went so great!! I am so excited to see you guys in dec and to meet your lil cutie!!! Love you!!! PS did you get that package yet???

Holly said...

Ok, I think it is unfair for you to look that good after having a baby! You are, as always, beautiful. As is your new addition to the family--little Matthew. :) CAN'T WAIT to hold him in my arms one of these days. . .

Leslie said...

Wow! Congratulations you guys! What an ordeal. It's fun to read all about it. Keep us posted.

Melissa and Zac said...

Congrats! I'm glad you posted the whole story...it was fun to read! Keep posting more!

JGA said...

Congratulations! SO glad everything went well and everyone is healthy and happy!
Melanie

Rumsey's said...

You've got to change the "about me" on your blog now :)

So happy for you guys.

Susan and Chris said...

I can't believe how big Baby Matthew is. He looks like a toddler compared to my kids at birth! As usual, you look amazing...even after child-birth. All our love and congratulations!

Monica said...

What an adorable little cutie pie! So many little grandsons for Grace! Who would have guessed? It's hardly believable that picture was taken after you gave birth.

Coombs Family said...

I got a tasty treat in the mail yesterday! I'm so happy I guessed baby Matthew's birth length! Thanks Matt and Robyn (and Baby Matthew for helping me win).

Rumsey's said...

I still can't believe how big he was. Wow.