Introducing Ethan Matthew

It’s official: I’m a mom of two. I’m actually still in the hospital as I type, but it’s just me and the little one and he’s passed out while I’m too wired to sleep.  I’d forgotten how much they snooze at this age.

After my last post, I was admitted into the hospital. No doctor in their right mind would let me leave with blood pressures of 177/115. They decided to induce me and around 4:30 a.m. started my pitocin, a medication that makes you have contractions.

The contractions were pretty light at first and I started practicing some hypnobirthing techniques that I finally had time to research a week ago since I was no longer working. I’m not against having epidurals, I had one with Logan, but I have scoliosis, making it very difficult to give an epidural and getting it in was the worst part of Logan’s birth. So I thought I’d try the unmedicated route if I could.

I made it fairly far, especially considering I hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours when the labor really started rolling. (I had a long day on Monday, left for the hospital shortly after midnight that night.) So was I exhausted, had lost my focus and couldn’t get it back.

There was even a time where Hubby was frantically searching for songs that could help me through and the next thing I know Eminem is playing in my delivery room… At first I was like, what in the hell is he doing? But I was game for anything and it turns out spitting rapid-fire lyrics *can* help you through a few rough contractions. Thankfully the nurse never came in while I was dropping rhymes.

In the end I got the epidural, the anesthesiologist said it was one of the more difficult ones she’s ever given, but she did a great job and I felt loads better.

I had my mother-in-law in the delivery room because we’re very, very close and I felt I’d need her support. Also, though she has three grandchildren, she hasn’t seen one come into the world and I thought that’d be a wonderful gift. When the doctor announced that in a few minutes the baby would be there, tears welled up in her eyes. “Hey, there’s no crying until the baby’s here.” I said teasingly. Then I looked at Hubby and he too was teary-eyed. I smiled. I love that they wear their big hearts on their sleeves.

Two minutes later there was this exquisite moment where at first there were five people in the room and bing! Then there were six. The newest person was the smallest one, but had the biggest presence.

At 6-pounds, 7 ounces he has dark eyes, a head full of dark hair and big hands and feet for his 19-inch frame. His name is Ethan, a name Hubby and I have loved for years, and the middle name is Matthew after my nephew Theodore Matthew who died of SIDS.

Whenever I look at Ethan, I’m amazed at this little being. I’ve waited months to meet him and have worried week after week about his health considering my blood pressure. And he’s perfect. Absolutely perfect.

So here I am, a mom of two and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world.

20 responses to “Introducing Ethan Matthew

  1. Congrats to you and all the men in your life, big and small! What a beautiful family. Isn’t bring a mom great!

    Well take it easy, you’ll quickly be reminded of what sleep deprivation is. I’m almost three months with in #2 and a 2.5 yr old toddler, and tonight my hubby had to tell me my left from right, repeatedly. Also the reason why I’m up reading now. I wouldn’t trade it for nuttin.

    So sweet dreams, when you have the chance!

  2. Congratulations on your little man 🙂 So happy for you!
    And lol at dropping rhymes in the delivering room, too funny!

  3. Congratulations he is beautiful! I love all that hair.

  4. Super great, well-written post, m’lady.

  5. congratulations! i’m so happy for you. i loved reading this…ethan is so perfect. i hope you get some sleep now!

  6. Way to go, Melanie! Again, congrats on the birth of your adorable son! I knew you’d post from the hospital. Haha! Anyway, I’m glad you implemented some of the hypnobirthing techniques. And it sounds like you had another quick birth! Hope you’re feeling well. Enjoy Ethan! 🙂

  7. Congratulations! He looks like a beautiful little doll. I love little babies.

  8. Congratulations to the entire family!! He is an adorable little man– much like his brother. Hopefully Logan has taken nicely to his new little bro. Enjoy your new family of 4, Melanie!!

  9. So excited for you! Can’t wait to meet the little one!

  10. Congratulations!! There is nothing like holding your brand new baby for the first time…you fall in love immediately and it doesn’t matter how scared you were about childbirth or how much you worried if you could handle another one, you just know it was meant to be. That little soul was always supposed to find a home with your family. As exhausted as you will be, enjoy these first weeks. That newborn, scrunched up in a ball stage is precious and it’s over way too fast!! He’s gorgeous!!

  11. And your boys are the luckiest little boys in the world to such a talented, warm, thoughtful woman as their mother! I’m so glad you wrote this down, so that you can remember all those experiences and thoughts on Ethan’s very first day in the world. It’s a beautiful post … love how you point out how there are 5 people in the room and then suddenly 6. That is indeed amazing. And I’m sure your MIL is sooo grateful that you included her in this blessed event. She’s a lucky woman, too, to have you as a daughter-in-law.
    Huge congratulations from my household to yours .. I’ll give you a bit more time to get acclimated, and then we’re coming to visit! I can’t wait to hold that precious, adorable little one of yours.

  12. Congrats and welcome to the “Mom of Two Boys” club. May the insanity begin 🙂 He is absolutely beautiful. Xoxo

  13. Congratulations! How exciting and I love how you’ve captured the experience in words. I can just see you in your hospital room typing away. I look forward to hearing about your new adventures!

  14. He is very, very beautiful. Congratulations on your new baby. I love that your mother in law got to experience that. So special!

  15. Congratulations! I hope everything and everyone is doing well.

  16. Congrats! I totally forgot your due date was approaching. He’s adorable of course. Glad to hear delivery went well.

  17. I absolutely LOVE this blog. Admittedly, I found myself laughing out loud on the part about Eminem. That was priceless! But right after the roar of laughter came a well of tears! This was such a precious moment, and you shared it in a way that was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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