about my labor

I just thought I would make a quick post about my labor experience. Looking back it is actually comical! So Zach's mom came into town on Friday the 13th of March to help with the baby, even though he wasn't here yet. I thought that there was no way I would actually go 2 weeks over. But I guess I was wrong. Jeri and I walked for miles everyday, trying to get him to come. People would stare because I was carrying him so low that he looked like he was going to fall right out. We actually got a few comments about my appearance. I had a few false alarms, none that actually amounted to anything, but I just thought he would never come.
On Thursday the 18th, we were eating dinner and I kinda had this weird "stomach" pain. I thought it was gas so I blew it off. We decided to go see the movie Valkyrie (no sense in waiting home for the baby to come). By the time we got to the movie, the "gas" was starting to get worse. I stumbled into the movie. Zach and Jeri could tell that something was different. My labor started around 7:45pm, that's when the movie began. My contractions got progressively stronger in the movie, but I didn't want to make them leave so I just tried to relax through them. Thanks to the HypnoBabies class that we took, I was able to do very well. The movies seemed like 30 minutes.
After the movie, Zach looked at me and said "I better pull the car around, you probably shouldn't walk." On the way home I called my midwife and said "I hope you aren't busy tonight." I had actually just had an appointment with her that morning and she thought that I probably still had a little while. We went home and Zach started timing them. They were about 3 minutes apart and lasting around 75 seconds. We gathered up our things and headed to the birthing center in Orem. We arrived just before 11pm. My midwife checked me when we arrived and I was at 7.5 centimeters. I jumped in the jacuzzi tub (which I would highly recommend to anyone). After a little while in the tub I felt like I needed to push... And then Keller was born at 2:20am on March 19th. Zach had brought the video camera and digital camera thinking that we would have plenty of time to record some footage. We just didn't have any time until the next morning. We were shocked that everything happened so fast. I guess I will know for the future what labor feels like, and I won't head out to the movies for a nice relaxing evening!
Another funny note, My midwife had 5 births in a 24hr period. I was on the tail end of the births. All of the mom's were late... weird. And we decided to all come at the same time. Maybe something in the air?? My midwife was amazing and we had a wonderful experience. I couldn't have done it without the love of my life, Zach. He is the strongest man I know. And he is making a terrific dad!!


It's a boy... and what a beautiful boy!

Keller Mabe Glynn born March 19, 2009 @ 2:20am.

8lbs 14oz (a horse), 22 inches long. I still cannot believe it!!

Zach and I are now proud parents of the most wonderful baby boy on earth!


Still no baby...

I am officially "late"... the hours are ticking by. Not really, but it sure does seem like it sometimes. Zach and I went shopping on Saturday, my official "due date". I just knew that he wasn't coming, so I had to have some meaningless tangible item to fill the void. :) Shopping for clothing really isn't appealing for me right now. The hardest thing about shopping while you are 40wks pregnant is that you know you shouldn't buy maternity clothes because it will be over soon, but at the same time, I couldn't remember what size I would normally buy if I didn't look like I swallowed a huge basketball. I found a few cute dresses and I had to have Zach hold them up to my back to see if they would be long enough once I wasn't carrying the little one anymore. I had some success... Zach calls the dresses "motivators". Isn't he so sensitive... not!
So, I'm not getting too down on myself because my mom was always 2 weeks late with me and my brothers. In fact, the average length of pregnancy for a first time mom is 41 weeks, 1 day. I'm sure that is changing now-a-days with the increase in scheduled inductions or c-sections. There really is no exact science I guess (if you aren't planning an induction), which makes me feel a little bit better. I still feel great. We are just excited to meet the little guy. Not to mention, our families are going crazy back in Idaho. Every time Zach or I call we just disappoint. :)