Two Peas and Their Pod

Caleb’s Birth Story

I can’t believe Caleb is already a month old and I haven’t shared his birth story yet. Sorry! My hands have been full, literally. It is hard to type with a baby in my arms:) So without further adieu, here is how baby Caleb entered the world.

On Monday, September 26th, I started having contractions around 2:00 p.m. They were somewhat painful, but I was managing. I went on a lot of walks around the neighborhood and tried to stay busy to keep my mind off of them. The contractions got stronger and were every 3-5 minutes apart. Josh was timing them on his iPhone app:) Finally, around 7:00 p.m. we gathered our bags and went into the hospital.

They checked us in and hooked me up to a machine to measure my contractions. They were still every 3-5 minutes apart. The nurse checked me out and told me I was not even dilated yet. She also told me I probably wouldn’t have the baby for another week or two, even though I was 3 days overdue. I think she needed to read my chart:) We told her I was overdue and then she said, oh, well they will probably induce you on Friday then. I was crushed. I was ready to have the baby! I didn’t want to wait until Friday. The pain kept getting worse while we were there, so they gave me a morphine/phenegran shot to help me relax. I was very disappointed, but Josh was optimistic. He kept saying, we are having this baby tonight!

So we went home and tried to relax. The shot helped a little, but I was still in pain. We turned on Friday Night Lights, but even Tim Riggins couldn’t calm me down:)  My contractions were getting stronger and stronger. I tried walking around the house, lying down, and even rolling on the floor. Josh was getting worried so he called the hospital again. They told us to come in since I was in such pain. At 1:00 a.m. we went back to the hospital. They checked me out as soon as we arrived. I was now dilated to a 5.5. Yahoo! I knew I wan’t making up the pain:)

I didn’t go to the hospital with a set birth plan, but I knew I wanted an epidural from the very beginning. I don’t deal with pain all that well and knew I would need the extra help. As soon as they put the epidural in, life was good.  As soon as I calmed down, Josh said he needed to sit down and asked if they had any crackers. He was all worked up and started to feel nauseous:) Luckily, we both were able to relax. Our midwife kept checking on us and said things were progressing nicely. Around 3:45 a.m. they said it was time to push. I was ready to have this baby!

I couldn’t feel anything, so I wasn’t sure if I was pushing hard enough, but our midwife kept reassuring me that I was doing a good job. I almost fell asleep in between pushes, I think the shot from earlier in the night made me drowsy. I had to tell myself to keep my eyes open:) My contractions were lasting 10-11 minutes long, which isn’t normal so they were watching the baby’s heart rate closely. Luckily, everything was ok. I pushed for about 40 minutes and at 4:26 a.m. I heard the most beautiful baby cry. Our sweet baby Caleb made it safely. Josh cut the cord and they let me hold our little angel for the first time. He had a full head of dark hair and was as precious as can be. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. He was absolutely perfect.

They took us to our room and we stayed in the hospital for two days. Caleb had a little jaundice, so he had to be under the bili lights for a day, but it cleared up in no time. He was a good eater and sleeper, right from the start. We couldn’t take our eyes off of our little guy and all of the nurses were smitten by our handsome baby boy:)

We’ve been home from the hospital for over a month now and we are loving our new lives as parents. Sure, we are tired and probably too paranoid, since we are first time parents, but we are taking one day at a time. Josh is a wonderful father and such a good husband. We make a great team and enjoy spending every second with our sweet little pea. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful baby boy. Life really is amazing.

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74 Responses to “Caleb’s Birth Story”

  1. 1
    Nicole Barker — October 30, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Ah, I love him!! He is such a cutie. So glad that I got to hear your birth story. You will be so happy that you have it documented and written down. Miss you!! xoxo

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    Diane — October 30, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    He’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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    Roxana GreenGirl — October 30, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    While i was reading your story I remembered mine. I was overdue too and they had to induce me since there were no contractions :((
    Glad to hear you all made it safe and Caleb is a sweet baby! I could eat him up!

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    Chris — October 30, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    So sweet and such a blessing. Congratulations to you and Josh! I will look forward to hearing about whether or not Caleb is an Oreo shake fan like his daddy (in a few years of course…).

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    Courtney — October 30, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Maria, he is absolutely precious! Congratulations again to you and Josh!

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    Kelley — October 30, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    I had to laugh out loud mid way through because I’m pretty sure Tim Riggins doesn’t calm anyone down. Which is why I love him so much! :)

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    Tracey — October 30, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    He’s so beautiful Maria! Thanks for sharing the birth story :)

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    Bev Weidner — October 30, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Pea, pea, pea! Love this, Maria. You guys are amazing.

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    Kathryn — October 30, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Oh he is such a sweetheart! And what beautiful pictures too. Thank you for sharing!

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    TidyMom — October 30, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    oh you poor thing! I can’t believe they sent you home in that much pain, 3 days late!

    Thanks for sharing your story and that beautiful baby!!

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    Mary Beth — October 30, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    This is such a wonderful birth story! Thank you guys for sharing :).

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    Stephanie — October 30, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    He is so precious! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I just love hearing birth stories!

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    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — October 30, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    you’re glowing through your blog post! So happy for you two and I can hardly wait to meet this little guy!

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — October 30, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    He is absolutely precious…what a blessing. Thanks for sharing your story! Looking forward to hearing lots more about Caleb!

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    Sukaina — October 30, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    What a sweet birth story. the best ones are always the ones where you hve no set plans or expectations. I’m so glad everything turned out well and you have your sweet ending with you :)

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    Congrats. You never forget the day your kids are born… such sweet special memories. And many more to come!

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    Stephanie — October 30, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    An amazing story!

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    Dana — October 30, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Maria, you will be so glad to have this down in writing. And you will be telling this story over and over again throughout your life. Congratulations. I’m glad the birth was relatively uneventful. (PS: I have a friend whose husband had to be admitted to the hospital while she was in labor because he kept vomiting and got dehydrated. She and the baby left before he did! :) )

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    Janie — October 30, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Beautiful story. one you will never forget-my “kids” are 33 and 29 and I remember reach birth like it was yesterday..

    He is beautiful. Enjoy him..it goes by so fast!

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    Liren — October 30, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Welcome Caleb! He is precious, Maria and Josh. Enjoy every second of this special time. I know everyone says it goes by so fast, but it really is true. I miss the sweet scent of babies!

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    Kate M. — October 30, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! Caleb is so precious…glad his entrance into the world was a smooth one. Reading this puts me at ease a little, as I’ll be delivering at the end of December.

    On a side note, I’ve made a few of your freezer meals like the stacked enchiladas, and they are awesome! Guess I now have to go back and make another batch since my husband and I ate the first one already. :)

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    Erica — October 30, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Such a cutie! Love him!!! So glad you had a good labor too.

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    Madeline@Food,Fitness,&Family — October 30, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    Beautiful story!! Caleb is unbelievably precious! My daughter (almost 4 weeks now) had to be under a bili blanket for a day also – I said she was getting her tan on haha. Thanks for sharing your story!

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    carly {carlyklock} — October 30, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Oh, Maria – he is so precious. I’m so glad everything worked out so famously and you had a fairly uncomplicated delivery. :)

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    Kate — October 30, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    So glad he’s here and well! He really is a handsome one month old!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 30, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story and it’s great you documented this. The more time that passes, the fuzzier the details get..I wish I had documented mine quicker :)

    Caleb is beautiful!! :)

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — October 30, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    Babies are such miracles! I am so glad everything turned out alright with those long contractions! Congratulations on your sweet little pea (I just love all that dark hair – you have some beautiful photographs!)

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    Kara — October 30, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    So glad you didn’t have to wait the extra days like the nurse said you would. And I know I probably shouldn’t say a boy is beautiful, but he so totally is! Love that dark hair and those gorgeous eyes!

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    Miriam @ Overtime Cook — October 30, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    What a beautiful baby! Congratulations! May he continue to give you as much joy as he grows up as he gives you now. :)

    -Miriam

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    Rosie @ Sweetapolita — October 30, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Aww, thanks so much for sharing your story, Maria. He is most definitely a gorgeous and precious little boy with a real light in his eyes. Congratulations again on your new life with baby Caleb. xo

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    Nicole O — October 30, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    I had my little Ingrid just a few days before Caleb was born and still haven’t made it to a birth story, so kudos to you! :) I had to laugh at your comment about falling asleep between contractions – I was the same way, even without an epidural, so it must be some kind of funny anomaly.. “Hmm.. I know I’m supposed to be pushing, but I could seriously go for a little snooze right about now!” :) Congratulations again, those nurses weren’t smitten for nothing – he’s beautiful!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 31st, 2011 @ 12:16 am

      Congrats to you too!

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    Michele — October 30, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing that. He is absolutely beautiful and very perfect. Enjoy every single second. It goes so fast!

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    Katherine Martinelli — October 30, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    What a beautiful baby!! I love hearing about your birth experience, it’s beautiful. Enjoy!

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    Vicki Bensinger — October 30, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    What a beautiful story and baby. You are truly blessed. May your lives always be as wonderful as it is today with good health and good fortune.

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    Leamlass — October 30, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    Congratulations to you both. Caleb is such a pretty baby, you both are so blessed, God bless you all.

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    Joanne — October 30, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    Oh Maria, what a beautiful baby! Truly, he is gorgeous. I wouldn’t stop looking at him even for a second, if I were you!

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    Kristin — October 30, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    I’m a labor & delivery nurse, so I LOVE reading birth stories, thanks for sharing! Glad you had a great epidural. :) Caleb is so, so beautiful. Congratulations to you and Josh!

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    Katie — October 30, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    What a lovely story! And what a beautiful blessing your sweet pea is. Congratulations!

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    Jan J. — October 30, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    He is just a beautiful little pea! And he has a long life of yummy food ahead of him!

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven) — October 31, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    Congrats! I am a new follower of your blog (which is fabulous btw) and I know exactly what you mean about being tired and paranoid. The first couple of months after my son was born was somewhat of a blur. It’s like a nuclear bomb goes off and changes everything about your life – but in the best way possible. Enjoy him – he is a doll!

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