Isaac Inouye Cavanaugh was born March 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm at Great Expectations Birthing Center. He was 5 pounds and 15 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. We did a water birth, and no Jake did not bring his snorkel gear!! It was the neatest experience. In all, I was in active labor from about 1pm to his birth. I birthed the majority of it in a cool Korean tub that holds about 100 gallons of water. Jake was my doula, and Rebecca Williams was my midwife.
At about 3 am on the 9th, I had, what I know now, were contractions. I was thinking that they were brackston hicks. We called our midwife, she said if I couldn't talk through them, that I should come in. At this point, Jake was debating whether to go in to work. We had carpenters downstairs that were constantly knocking at our door. Jake finally broke down and told them that his wife was in labor, and not to disturb us..... hahahaha..... we finally headed to the birthing center. At this point, I thought my midwife would say, "Denae, you are a whimp. Go home and come back when you are really in labor." But to my surprise, I was in active labor and had a baby 5 hours later. It is such a blur in my mind now, but all I know is that I have a new found respect for any woman that goes natural!! Holy Cow Ladies... we are amazing!
So now Jake, Isaac and I are one big happy family. We feel so blessed to have a healthy son. WE ARE PARENTS PEOPLE! We love him so much. Jake has been so good with him, and to me. I feel just so grateful and lucky!
Thanks to everyone that was so supportive during this time with phone calls, texts, emails, dinners and love. Thanks to the Cavanaugh family for cleaning my entire house! And a special shout out to my best friend for coming from Idaho and spending 4 days with me. You are amazing girl!!!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
So the Gabrielsen clan decided to have cake and ice cream on my birthday to celebrate my big 27! This year, to be honest, I was anticipating my birthday because it made me closer to my due date. It was a really relaxing day! Jake gave me the most thoughtful gifts. He gave me a new robe, a gift certificate to Carter's, and a jogging stroller. Yes, the BOB folks. I miss running! Jake is really so sweet to me. We were talking about how much we enjoy one anothers' company. There is nothing better than coming home from a hard days work and hanging out with the spouse :) He also took me to Olive Garden for one of my favorite meals.... Ravioli Portibello yum yum with salad and breadsticks. Then up to my parents for fudge cake and vanilla ice cream and more thoughtful gifts... I got a Martinelli bottle... "the bubbly" and peachies. Oh and my mom gave me a jetted tub for my downstairs...Moms are the best! Thanks fam and friends for making my birthday special... I love my birthdays, every one of them!!