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Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Birth Story...

Twelve years ago today I was in a hospital bed hooked to various monitors with an iv in my hand and an epidural in my back. And I had been there since the previous night when I showed up in the ER carrying on like I was the first woman to ever go into labor and thinking that I would surely die before I ever saw the light of day.  

I didn't die. But oh, how I wanted to before that baby boy took his first breath of fresh air at 10:39pm that following Saturday night.  Yes. I labored for over 24 hours before I finally threw up my white flag and agreed to let them wheel my hard-headed self into that operating room and go in and get that child of mine, who I proclaimed loudly between moans and shrieks of excruciating pain was going to be grounded until he was 18 for putting his mama through this!  

I also looked at his daddy at one point and told him that I hope he never wanted any more children because HE WOULD NOT EVER BE GETTING ANY MORE!!!!  

Deliriousness had pretty well set in and I think I was close to passing out from pain when they wheeled me toward the OR, past my loyal fans and supporters in the waiting area because I barely recall seeing their faces.  But I do remember them and don't think I'll ever forget the looks of worry and concern on their faces or the tears in their eyes.  

I felt loved. And supported.  Maybe more in that moment than I ever had before in my life.  

So I knew, that although I was in the most horrific pain I'd ever known and completely terrified and disappointed to be having a c-section, that everything was going to be just fine.

Minutes later, I heard the sweetest sound my ears had ever heard when that 8 pound, 6 ounce baby boy let out his first little cry.  I couldn't see him yet because of the c-section curtain but Darin said, with happy tears in his eyes, "He looks just like your baby picture!"

And then I saw him and touched his sweet little baby face and my heart hasn't been the same since...

Happy Birthday, Devin Lee!

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh



  1. Great post. 24 hours in labour? Ouch.

    Happy birthday Devin.

  2. Beautiful post. I never thought about it that way before-but I think that the most love and support I have felt was during my birthing experience too. Happy birthday to your 'not-so-little-guy'!

  3. Happiest Birthday!

    Thankful for your miracle!

  4. Woah! holy labor! I loved the last pic. It looks like he's looking at you. So sweet. Happy Birthday to him!!!

  5. Happy Birthday, Devin.

    The picture of him with blue hat on and thumb in his mouth reminds me of a picture of S when he was first born. It always reminds me of Rocky's old boxing coach:) I can't help it.

  6. Happy Belated Birthday to your oldest! Twelve... I don't even want to think about 12!

  7. That is THE most beautiful picture EVER.