I’ve been waiting to have a few spare moments in my new upside down world to share with all of you the wonderful blessing that’s now officially a part of our lives, our son Drake. I will make this blog post go live at 2:47 p.m. today–marking exactly one week since our beautiful boy was born. This has undoubtedly been the wildest, most tiresome, and most joyful, blessed week of our entire lives.
I was set to hit the 41st week of pregnancy on Monday, December 12. So my doctor scheduled an induction for 7:30 a.m. Floyd and I already knew that Sunday night would likely be a sleepless one as we anxiously awaited the big day. But Drake had other plans! After we fell asleep Saturday night late, we’d both barely started dreaming when I felt an uncontrollable trickle of water coming out of me. I looked over and said, “Um, Floyd–I think my water just broke.” He sat straight up and jokingly said, “Are you sure it’s not just pee?” And as I waddled my way to the bathroom, we were both convinced that the steady gushing of water that followed was our little boy finally deciding he was ready to enter the world! Floyd rushed around grabbing up all the hospital bags. I combed my hair and yes–don’t make fun–put on a little makeup. I knew it would be a long day ahead and wanted to at least start it feeling pretty gosh darn it!
We got admitted to the hospital around 12:30 Sunday morning. When we first got there, my contractions were 5-8 minutes apart and I was dilated at 2. I progressed through the early parts of labor fairly quickly, dilating to a 5 by early morning, and made it to a 9 by mid-morning. I did 6 hours of labor on my own before I asked for the wonderful relief of an epidural. Once I’d hit the 9 dilation, I didn’t move anywhere for almost 2 hours, so the nurses started pitocin. It kicked me into a 10, and we started pushing around 12:30 p.m.–12 hours of labor down. I pushed for an hour and the doctor said we were taking one step forward and two steps back with each contraction. She was concerned baby Mashek was just too big for me to do this thing on my own, and suggested we move ahead with a c-section. Floyd and I talked it over, and decided that since the doctor was only going to let me push for another hour max–with no guarantee we’d make progress in that hour–that we’d save myself the agony of more pushing, and get our baby boy here safe and healthy via surgery.
The c-section went quickly and was a success. Floyd and I both cried when we heard Drake’s first squeals after he was pulled from the womb. And I was overwhelmed with joy looking at our little miracle as they cleaned him off, weighed him, and then layed him on my chest. The anesthesiologist was kind enough to snag our camera from Floyd and took A LOT of amazing photos of our first moments with Drake–photos we will cherish all our days!!!
My parents and grandparents were among Drake’s first visitors when we got back into our room. Two of Floyd’s brothers, twin Vaughn and youngest Matt, also made a surprise trip up to see us from St. Louis. We were overwhelmed and thrilled and felt so much love from so many directions. A friend of mine from high school, who now lives in Iowa, happened to be passing through the area and also got to stop by and see us, which was an extra treat!
On days two and three in the hospital, a few teachers from Floyd’s school came to visit us. We also debuted Drake to the KWWL family. One of our photographers came by to take video of our new little family. At the station, we often work with the PR staff at Covenant, and my frequent contact there accompanied the photographer and brought us a gift. Drake also gets to share his birthday with my colleage and friend, Mark Schnackenberg and his wife Melissa’s daughter, Madison, who was born a few hours after Drake.
That evening, staffers from Prairie Lake Church also visited, which was a wonderful surprise. We got to come home around lunch time on Wednesday.
My aunt Julie and Uncle Joe came up from Missouri to see Drake that afternoon, spent the night in Waterloo, and we all had brunch together Thursday before they headed back home.
My parents awesomely fixed several meals for us, ready to be unfrozen and cooked at our will. They kept our house clean, did tons of laundry, and took care of our dog Aleah. They left Sunday morning, giving us Drake’s one week old birthday as the first afternoon we’ve had with just our new little family at home.
Drake’s had some bad nights and some good nights. But for the most part he is an INCREDIBLE baby! He really only gets fussy when he is ready to nurse or has a diaper that needs attention. I knew Floyd would be an awesome support system for us, but he has far exceeded my expectations. He provided some amazing, much needed back rubs, hugs, kisses, and encouragement during labor. And he’s great about getting Drake out of his bassinet for mid-night feedings and diaper changes. This was especially needed this week as my mobility has been restricted, recovering from the major surgery it took to get Drake here. We both just love spending time staring at our little guy–treasuring how perfect he is to us. We giggle when he pees all over the place. We smile with every grin and cherish tummy time and snuggle moments. We knew he would, but Drake has no doubt forever changed our lives for the better in so many ways and we are blessed beyond measure to have him. I will do my best to continue sharing our special moments with you while I take some time off for maternity leave. Let the next chapter in our journey to “happily ever after” begin!!
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This post was written by kmashek on December 18, 2011