For those that care to read, here is a summary of Levi's birth story. I am not much of a storyteller so bear with me and my factual style of writing. :)
Levi decided to make his appearance one week early on June 21st - the first day of summer! I had woken up early Monday morning, around 3:30 AM, with a horrendous headache and a feeling of nauseousness. I took some Tylenol, put heat on my head and laid back down for about two hours trying to get rid of the headache. At about 5:30 AM, I rolled over and suddenly felt like I was going to throw up. I got up out of bed and did throw up - twice. It was at this point that I realized something was not quite right. I tried to ignore the feeling and laid back down in bed. After laying there for 5 minutes, I decided something really was not right. I woke Mike and within the next ten minutes we decided that my water had most likely broken. I called the emergency number and spoke with the on-call doctor who instructed us to go directly to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital at about 6:00 AM and were taken to a room by 6:30 AM. A quick little test indicated that my water had indeed broken and we were officially admitted to the hospital. We had a quick realization that our son was going to be born that day! My doctor instructed the nurse to start me on Pitocin since I was not having any contractions. A very evil drug!!! After a few hours of labor, the contractions got closer together (as in right on top of each other!) and much stronger. The nurse checked and I was about 8 cm dilated. So close yet so far away! At this point, Mike was encouraging me to get the epidural. Poor guy felt so helpless as he watched me in so much pain. I conceded (I did not want an epidural going into labor) and the nurse rushed to get the epidural started. I was able to get the epidural, just in time, and my body instantly relaxed. Within 20 minutes I was at 10 cm and about ready to push. Very quickly, nurses were gathered, the doctor arrived and I was being instructed to push. It took about 10 pushes and Levi Michael arrived at 1:58 PM - only about 8 hours after being admitted to the hospital. Weighing in at 8 lbs - he was much bigger than either one of us expected. He also had a ton of hair! He is completely healthy and absolutely perfect! :)
And because I don't like posting without a picture, here is a picture from Levi's first photo shoot with Mommy. :) It was a short photo shoot because the child does not like to sleep like a normal newborn. I am hoping that we can sneak a few more pictures this week before he gets too big!