Saturday, September 24, 2011

Rhett's Birth Story

We're here!!! We're alive!!! Rhett is already 2 weeks old! We are slowly but surely coming out of the newborn fog! :)

Many have asked about Rhett's birth story. Although it was very exciting and did come with some surprises, it was nothing like Cash's. Sorry to disappoint. Ha! :)

On Thursday (Sept. 8) I started feeling a little "off" around dinner time. I really can't describe it, just different. Conn left for a meeting at 6:30pm, leaving me with strict instructions to text him if anything was to happen. I had a feeling that this might be the night, so I had him take a picture before he left.

40 weeks

I started having contractions off an on, but they were still 15-20 min apart. As I was recording all of these times, I was putting kids to bed, doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, and folding clothes. I was just trying to stay busy so the contractions would pick up and become more consistent.

Conn got home around 9:00pm. I sent a text to our sitter and gave her the heads up that we would probably be needing her to come over soon (she lives about 2 min. away) and sent a text out to the grandparents. Contractions weren't bad, but definitely getting stronger. I knew we would be heading to the hospital shortly. I got dressed, got the kids clothes ready for school the next day, packed lunches, etc. Conn was totally chilled about the whole thing and sat down to watch football. :)

Okay, so this is where the excitement kicks in. :) I went to check on the kids one last time. As I was coming back downstairs, I had a really big contraction at the very top of the stairs. I stood there for a minute to breathe through it and let it pass. As soon as it was over, my water broke!!!!!! When I say broke, I mean it burst! I literally heard it!! I just kind of laughed and stood there...not knowing what to do. My water has never broken on its own. A crazy feeling, by the way. I looked over the balcony to tell Conn. He said he had been watching me since the start of the contraction. He jumped up and we both just kind of looked at each other. Ha! I went to change clothes while Conn loaded the car. Our sitter showed up and we left about 10:30pm to head to the hospital. I was texting people on the way there through each contraction. They were coming on pretty strong at this point, along with a lot of pressure. I couldn't believe that this was it! We were about to meet our precious, Rhett!

We checked into the hospital at 10:45pm. I was dilated 5cm. They had been warned that I progress really fast, so they went ahead and put in my order for the epidural. :)

At about 11:45pm I got my epidural. It kicked in and I was feeling good! :)

Some of the cheering crew...

Janet, Chris, Mammy

It's GO time!

3 easy pushes later, Rhett made his BIG debut at 12:17am!
Happy Birthday, my precious love!!!

He was SO alert and wide awake. Never making a peep. Just looking around and taking everything in.

The whole crew (minus my dad who was taking the picture)

Dr. Strong who has delivered all 4 of my babies!

My oh-so talented friend, Shannon, who is responsible for these amazing pictures! Love her! :)

Aunt Shar-Shar

Mrs. Janet



PawPaw and Nanny

First bath...

Snug as a bug...

Rhett meeting the rest of the crew. They were just a tad excited!

Family of SIX! Seriously?! WOW!

We LOVE having visitors!

Carly and Maggie

Kim, Huntley, and Hudson

The Morgan's

Uncle Brandon, Aunt Shar-Shar, and Campbell

Stacy and Lexie

We headed home the next day. We were SO beyond ready to get out of the hospital!

Let the fun begin!!! :)


Misty Straley said...

Precious! I love birth stories! :) I can't believe you have 4 kiddos! :) WOW!

Kelly's Avenue said...

What a great birth story!!! Beautiful pictures!!!

Congrats again to you and your family

Cortni said...

Congrats!!! Such beautiful your husbands face when Rhett was born!!!

Lindsey said...

Amazing Pictures!! What a beautiful family!! Congrats!!

Meet the Brummett's said...

Those pictures are amazing! Brought tears to my eyes and such a precious thing to have. Rhett is just as adorable as the rest of your children! Congrats!

Lacey said...

What a blessing. What a great story. What a sweet little, perfect baby boy!! I love the picture of Conn and the tears in his eyes as Rhett is being born- made me tear up!! You look wonderful and like you are made to have LOTS and LOTS of babies!! Great pictures!!
Congrats again to your new family of 6!!!

Jennifer said...

He is precious and what a great story. You look great too!

Ben and Emily said...

I'm in love with him already!! He's beautiful, just like the other 3!!


Lorren Says... said...

So sweet...the pictures of you and Conn after Rhett was born made me tear up!

Congrats on your beautiful new addition!

Brandi said...

Congrats!!! What a cutie patootie!!!! Beautiful family!!!!

Kiki said...

I love the story! Is it weird that I want to have another baby just so I can get pictures?! I loved that peek into your labor.

And oh, my, he is adorable.

Kristyn said...

Wow, so awesome! I love all the pics! Especially the one of Conn crying at Rhett came out. So precious! Your family of six looks so perfect! AND...seeing Dr. Strong makes me so jealous! :) HA! I want him to deliver my third just like he did the others! Oh well, gotta get over that.

Exum Family said...

Thank you so much for sharing! That was wonderful to read. I LOVE those photos. Your friend did a fabulous job. The ones of you and Conn right after Rhett's birth are priceless. I love that your whole family was there. You look so beautiful and I'm amazed that you have four too. It seems like if anyone can handle it, you guys can! I laughed about your water breaking. My first thought was, "Do they have carpet? Did it get everywhere?" I have never had carpet until this house and I'm now wondering what will happen if my water breaks while I'm standing on the carpet! Enjoy your baby. He's a handsome little guy. I can't believe how big Cash looks holding him. I'm sure you can't either. Congrats!!!

Callie said...

um you look BEAUTIFUL after having babies!! You should have like 10 more :)! I love you and I love Rhett!!!

Emily said...

Congratulations! He is precious and you look so pretty! I hope you are adjusting well to 4 kids!!

ChrissyK said...

What a great story! I think it is pretty funny that by the 4th kid... when contractions come... you were still doing laundry, getting lunches packed, straightening your house. If this was the first kid... the story would have been different. Love it!!!

Congratulations to your entire family on the new precious little one.

Skoglund5 said...

What a beautiful story, and amazing pictures! God has really blessed your family.

Danyel Lintelman said...

Oh, you made me cry! LOVE the pictures! So happy for you. Love you!

Jessyka said...

He's gorgeous and stunningly like Cash and you look fabulous! I LOVE the birth pics...the joy on both your faces brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations to y'all!

Julie Marler (Mammy) said...

Love my new baby Rhett! Wish I were getting a dozen more grandbabies!! Any takers?????

Genie Marie said...

What a great story...and the pics are amazing. I got all teared up at the ones right after he was born...the looks on the both of your faces were priceless. Congrats on your sweet boy...he is precious!!

Jen said...

First of all, he is perfect. Second of all, those pictures of you and Conn right after he was born made me cry. Seriously.... cried HARD. I'm so proud and happy for you and your precious family!

Connie McWhorter said...

What a sweet, sweet story and an even sweeter family!
Love you all, Nanny

Tanni said...

So precious! The pictures were amazing and definitely told a beautiful story. So happy for you guys---family of 6---WOW! Blessings to your sweet family. :)

parsonsfamily said...

I loved reading that Ashley. He's adorable and those pictures are priceless.

Lindsee said...

I am literally JUST NOW reading this, but I LOVED every little detail. I love that you took a screen-shot of your phone and the time of your contractions. You are my hero, friend! I just can't wait to hold him! Love you!