Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy 1/2 Birthday

Today, my sweet little man, turns 1/2 a year old! WOW!!! I can't believe that 6 months is already here. It just seems like it was December 1st, and Cash was making his oh-so fast grand entrance! In keeping with the McWhorter/Marler tradition, we celebrated Cash's 1/2 Birthday, with a "Happy 1/2 Birthday" cake, of course!



I also wanted to post Cash's birth story...from Conn's perspective. I don't think I ever even posted his birth story, from my own perspective. If I have seen you since then, you have probably heard the WHOLE story. It is one for the books...I must say so myself! I wish we would have had time to turn the video camera on. It would have made for a much more entertaining story and I TOTALLY would have put it on here! :)

"It was Saturday during church when Ashley started feeling something “different” from her usual discomfort from being pregnant. Because of the rapid delivery of Maggie (getting to the hospital with her at 8cm), we went ahead and went into the hospital to find out she was dilated to a 4. We walked around for a bit and they checked again- - still a 4. We decided to go home. The next day, Sunday, we ended up going back in that night because Ashley was hurting pretty good. She was checked and again, she was a 4. We walked briskly through the halls of labor and delivery for an hour and checked again- - still a 4. We decided to go home...again. Just a few hours later at 3:45 AM or so, Ashley wakes me up and says that she is having terrible contraction pain and they’ve been happening for the last 30-45 minutes or so. I decide that we should just wait for another 15 minutes just so we can say we tracked the contractions for about an hour when we got to the hospital again, now, for the 3rd time in 3 days. At 4:15ish, I realize we’re going to be heading to the hospital, so we call Ashley’s parents to come over and watch the girls, until the babysitter can arrive. They arrive about 4:45 and by this point, Ashley is hurting. We get in the car, after calling our sweet nurse/friend Linda (who has helped deliver all our kiddos), and head to the hospital. Ashley is in major pain. When I say major, I mean, holy cow, I’m starting to get a little scared. We turn the corner by the hospital and my wife, who is normally quite calm, cool, and collected, looks over at me and says- “Ooooooohhhhh Conn, he’s coming out! He’s coming out!” I’m trying to be the calm husband, so I say, “Well let me pull over right here and we’ll do this.” "Pull down your pants." I really did say it in a calm voice, but internally, I was absolutely, positively, 100%, freaking out. We did make it to the hospital and left the car parked in the pull through loading area, at 5:00 AM. We get into the labor and delivery hall of the hospital and about halfway down, Ashley has another "car" episode. I immediately holler (and yes, it was a good ole Texas holler) down the hall, “We need some help here!” You see at this point, all the nurses knew us by name because we had been there twice already. They come running toward us with an office chair because they can't find a wheel chair. Ashley screams that she can't sit down so she somehow manages to walk to the closest hospital room. As soon as they get her gown on, they lay her on the bed and her water bursts everywhere and they say that Cash's head is right there. Remember, her doctor hadn't even shown up yet. They barely got her I.V. in. Ashley is screaming (Yes, like the girls you see on the TLC shows. It really is for real! ) and I just take her by the hand and tell her, "It's just you and me, babe! " In runs Linda and Dr. Strong at 5:22a.m. He barely gets one hand in a glove, and Cash was born at 5:24am. No stirrups...no broken down bed...and NO epidural!!! My wife was AMAZING!!! Scared me half to death. But, amazing!!!! It was an adventuresome night, but sweet Cash has been super laid back since the day he was born. I figure he owes us that much."

15 comments:

Julie Marler said...

Yes, we missed it! Made me really sad. I WILL NOT be the one to stay until the babysitter arrives next time!! But sweet Baby Cash made up for it because he is the BEST grandbaby we have ever had! I know...the other 7 are jealous - but he is the best baby ever!!
Happy 1/2 Birthday Cashie!!! We love you!
Mammy

hjoseph78 said...

I LOVE your story! I was laughing so hard I was crying and my husband desperately wanted to know what I was laughing at. I was nice and shared the story with him as well. That is definitely one for the books. Happy 1/2 Birthday Cash!

Jaclyn said...

omg! my blood pressure is up just reading that! Unbelievable! That is quite a story and I can't believe your little guy is 6 months old! He is just perfect.

I meant to respond to your comment on my blog to say things are going SO SO much better. I am back to 100% and Dean is so much happier. I was SO SO sad to stop breast feeding, but it has made a huge difference in him. I must have had a protein or something in my milk that really upset him. He is on formula and is like a new little man. :)

Happy 1/2 birthday sweet Cash! You are one beautiful baby boy!

Callie said...

I LOVE this!!! Literally laughed out loud at the "pull down your pants" comment! Love you guys!!

Lindsay said...

That seriously is the craziest story! I am so, so afraid of something like that happening to me. I swear, those nurses sometimes just really don't know what they're doing sending people home. They laughed at me when I went in with MacKenzie and said "Oh, honey, you're not in labor. You're still smiling." Lo & behold I WAS in labor and progressed much faster than they thought I would.

The "Pull down your pants" is the funniest thing I have ever heard! I can just hear Conn trying to stay calm, saying those words! LOL

Danyel Lintelman said...

That is so great! I can't believe that I have never heard that! Way to go girl!!!!!

Tanni said...

Great story! :) I can not believe that he is already 6 months old.

kristyo15 said...

Oh my goodness! That is crazy! I feel your pain with no epidural. With Emery (my 2nd), we had to turn it off b/c it made me sooo sick. Needless to say, by the time I had her (during nurse shift change, I wouldn't recommend that to anyone), I was screaming for someone to get in there! Your story made me laugh out loud in my classroom. Oh wait, I shouldn't be blogging from my class now should I? :)

Julie Marler said...

You forgot to post this little bit of medical info....you WOULD HAVE HAD THAT BABY IN THE CAR for sure if your water had broken BEFORE you had made it to the hospital. That "bag of water" was literally the only thing holding that little boy in!!! Thank you God for YOUR PERFECT TIMING once again!!!
We'll still be telling this story when Cash is 30 yrs old!!!
I just love that boy. The most kissable, huggable, unbelievable baby boy!!!
Mammy

Heidi said...

That is an amazing story. You must have a really high tolerance for pain! What a sweet tradition to do their 6mo birthday with a cake and all!!

Lacey said...

yep, that is one story that is hard to forget. I still laugh when I think of Conn telling you to pull down your pants and he'll pull over. Happy 6 months to him. Hard to believe he is 6 months already!! Time sure does fly!!

Connie McWhorter said...

Where has the time gone? It is so hard to believe that our little man is a half year old. Oh, my! He is so loved! Happy half birthday, Cash!
Love you, Nanny

Rhonda said...

Now THAT'S a birthday story!! :) Thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

Sorry you missed it Julie. I came as fast as I could. As soon as I got the call I hoped in the car and jetted as fast as I could. I thought conn and ashley were waiting at the house for me to get there so they could go. :)

Goska said...

Happy 1/2 Birthday Cash:) Your story was unbelievable.