Home Sweet Home

Good evening everyone!  I am sorry for the delay in my posts.  It has been a whirlwind of a week as you can imagine.  We are finally all home this evening, relaxed and able to tell the story.

For those who are curious, Andrea’s water broke while she was putting Landon to bed Thursday night.  I was 20 minutes away from taking my Lunesta sleeping pill and reenacting Father of the Bride II.  Don’t worry.  It didn’t happen!  Her water broke just in time.

She continued to finish her nightly routine with Landon and put him down to sleep.  It was truly a blessing she was able to do that.  It helped curb a lot of emotions with leaving Landon for a couple nights.  Since we were already packed for the hospital, we loaded up the car and headed out.

We arrived at the hospital around 830pm and began the large amounts of questions and answers.  By the time we arrived, Andrea was already 5cm and 80% effaced.  As with Landon’s gestation, Andrea was experiencing a lot of back labor and couldn’t wait to get the epidural.

We were moved to the labor and delivery room around 915pm.  Her contractions were about 2-3 minutes apart; increasing in both intensity and frequency at a fast pace.  Her epidural was finally placed at around 945pm.  After her medication was pushed through the epidural, she began to experience labor pains she hadn’t felt before.  They were located in the front and very low.

I felt so helpless as I had to watch her experience these new pains.  It hurt my heart to see how scared she was.  As a consequence, her rate rate was high, and they chased Logan’s heartbeat around for about an hour and half, playing with the Doppler, and trying to get a constant lead on him and Andrea.  After a few consults with her favorite people (anesthesia), they were able to calm her pains and get everything under control.  They were able to avoid placing the fetal electrode on Logan.

Adrenaline was a blessing for me to say the least.  It kept my nausea at bay, and allowed me to experience all that I was hoping for in the labor and delivery.  Andrea’s parents were there to give me breaks and allow me to rest for a few minutes to gather my strength for Andrea.

It was now 1130pm.  The staff left us alone for a few minutes.  The room was quiet.  Andrea was calm.  I was relaxed.  We were both exhausted already.  It was just Andrea and I in the room, and we decided we should take a short nap to gain strength.  At 1140, Andrea says to me “I think I feel something.  I think I should call the staff and start pushing.  What do you think?”.  There was nobody else in the room so I asked her if she was sure.  What was I suppose to say?  She thought about it for a second, and said “I really think I feel him coming.  We should call them.”

At that notion, she pressed the nurse call button.  They answered and asked how they could help.  She informed them she thinks pushing should begin soon because she feels the urge and the baby coming.  I positioned myself to the correct side of Andrea’s bed and glanced down.  She was correct.  🙂  Logan’s head was already out without any effort.  The duration of time between the doctor arriving to his entry into the world was about 8 minutes.  It was such a relief to have a quick and uncomplicated birth.  We needed something like this to happen in our lives.

It was so beautiful to witness again.  It was truly amazing.  Andrea did perfect.  The medical staff was perfect.  Logan was perfect.  It was a perfect night.  He arrived at 1151pm and weighed 7lbs 2.1oz.  He was 21 inches long, and his head was 13cm in circumference.  He has dark, curly hair and a beautiful complexion.  He was born a healthy, beautiful baby boy.  He is everything we prayed for.

Andrea was glowing from ear to ear.  She always manages to look gorgeous in the least likely situations.  I could not have been happier or more proud at that moment.  She works so hard, every single day and to have the opportunity for an easy, painless delivery was a very big prayer answered.  Thank you for all of your kind words, messages texts, emails and phone calls over the course of our hospital stay.  You truly are our extended family!

As for me, the adrenaline wore off, and I began to become sick again.  I thank God for the opportunity to feel well enough to drive Andrea to the hospital, be by her side with the birth of Logan, and to remain with her a few hours after delivery.  It was a blessing in disguise.  However, I could not remain in the hospital any longer.  It was the hardest thing for me to leave Andrea there, but we are so fortunate to have a large support group, especially our parents.  Andrea’s mother, without hesitation, drove from home to be by her daughters side in my absence.  It was a big stress relief to know Andrea would not be alone.

Andrea recovered very quickly over the next two days.  Logan was a natural at feeding.  He slept very well, and rarely cries.  He, like his brother Landon, is the most beautiful and wonderful child.  Watching Landon hold Logan is the most adorable and heart-warming thing we have ever witnessed.  They are best friends already!

I did not stay the night at the hospital for the two nights Andrea and Logan were there.  To say I needed them home and missed them dearly would be an understatement.  Fortunately, I am feeling much better as I write this, and my family is all under one roof.  Thank you for your continued support and prayers.  We still need them every single day!

Welcome to the world Logan David Humphrey.  We love you more than life itself.  We promise to protect you and take care of you for the rest of our lives.  Have a blessed night everyone!  Make it a great day tomorrow!  We love you all.

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4 Responses to Home Sweet Home

  1. Vici McLean says:

    Congralations!!!

  2. Vici McLean says:

    Congratulations!

  3. Renee Levasseur says:

    First let me say “Welcome baby Logan” may God always keep you in His care. May God continue to keep the blessings coming to you and your family. I pray nightly for you Ryan. Your stories and family are such an inspiration. I did get an e-mail picture of Logan from my sister, Jan Davis…Lisa had sent it to her. He is Beautiful and so healthy looking..Praise God. I will continue to keep your whole family in my prayers.

  4. Rachel Peters says:

    Congratulations on your new baby, Ryan, Andrea, and Landon!! God Bless your beautiful family and continue to bring Joy and Blessings!!

    love,
    Rachel

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