Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Welcome Hudson (no middle name) Barczak!

Yep, we still do not have a middle name for him. I think right now its between Hudson Oliver and a new one... Hudson Riley. Ryan pulled that one out of thin air about a week ago and while I dismissed it at first as I think of Riley as a girls name, I am starting to think it fits him better than Hudson Oliver. So, no idea where we're going with that.

So... I'm totally insane for having delivered a baby mere 8 hours ago (literally, as I type- 8 hours ago) and I'm raring to go. I can't quit blogging! HAHA!

We got to the hospital around 6:45am and it was just so strange to be so.... normal... and just like "Hey, let's get this labor started." I was a nervous wreck, I could barely talk to Ryan or the nurses even though they all were trying to chat it up with me. I was dreading the whole entire day.

Here's a quick rundown of labor:
  • Started me on pitocin at 7am. I was 4cm dilated
  • Contractions started about an hour later, and they weren't bad at all.
  • 9am I was 4cm dilated and 50% effaced at this point
  • Doctor checked me at 10am and I was 5-6cm and 80% effaced and he said if my water were to break I'd go quickly, so he ordered my epidural and upped my pitocin to 12 (it started at 2, then 4, then 6 and so on ...)
  • The contractions were terrible at this point and I thought I was going to die. I was trying to figure out how to turn the pitocin machine down HAHA!
  • My epidural arrived around 11am, and I survived the 30 minutes of hell waiting, and then after a few milder contractions I was numb and feeling great.
  • By now my mom, Ryan and Leslie were there and we were just chatting about furniture and moving and all that fun stuff. Leslie (who wasn't able to have an epidural with Reyna) was dumbfounded... she said "We're just sitting here talking about TABLES and you're in LABOR!"
  • Around 12:15/12:30 the doctor came in and broke my water. I was 10cm and ready to go, so he had my epidural turned down so that I'd feel the contractions and the urge to push. I didn't like this.
  • I only felt bad contractions on one side from this point on. Kind of weird. One side felt a bit numb still, the other felt like my sciatic nerve was shooting down my leg. I had about 30 minutes of kill-me-now contractions and then they got me ready to push.
  • Doctor checks, says "get the nursery staff in here, the baby is right there." I was almost in tears thinking about pushing. I dreaded the thought of the pain I had with Porter.
  • I so did not believe him when he said I'd push once and we'd be saying Happy Birthday. Sure enough, I pushed twice and there he was! I was in disbelief and even said (gasp) "Hey, I could do that again! That was nothing!"
Hudson was face up like Porter was (in which the nurse told me today that its extremely rare to deliver "O.P" ie... face up... and the fact that I "only" pushed for 2 hours delivering an OP baby was great. So, when Dr. P told me Hudson, too, was face up, I was freaked out. Well, he ended up flipping at the last minute. Thank God!

I tore... bad. Up to my urethra (sorry, TMI for some of you I'm sure). OUCH. Leave it to me to tear the wrong freaking way! Anyhow, so far I'm not dying, but its painful to sit.

I was dumbfounded at how great I felt after delivery. It sure makes a difference not having to push for 2 hours! I felt like I could get up and go home!

Ryan and I both kept thinking it was so weird that he was OURS... it seemed like he was someone else's kid we were holding. However, after spending the day with him its feeling more normal. He's so cute (although of course we're biased) and he reminds us a lot of Porter but with a bit smaller nose and chubbier cheeks. He's not wanting to eat much, and I think all day he's had about a total of once ounce, but hopefully he'll be a little more raring to go tomorrow.

As I type now, he's laying next to me sleeping, being a good boy and letting his mommy blog!

Oh... I should post the stats:

Hudson ______ Barczak
7lbs 2oz
20.5 inches long
Born at 1:18pm


heather said...

Oh Nicole! YOU look great!!
And Hudson looks perfect. (I really like Hudson Riley, by the way!)
I'm so glad things went so well for you (except for that nasty tear!). Just be sure you take it easy... I remember feeling so good and then having it hit me like a truck when I got home and did way too much!

He is sooo adorable. I can't wait to see more pics. I don't think he looks too much like Porter at all... but then I don't have P's newborn pics in front of me either.
He's a cute little bug though! Love those cheeks!

Congrats and love to all of you!

Denise said...

Nicole, he is just PEREFECT and I'm so happy to hear that things went so well with the labor & delivery. I hope you continue to feel well. Take care & I'll be stalking for some more pictures! :o) CONGRATS again!

Tracy said...

CONGRATS!! He's so adorable and you're right, he does look just like Porter...with a little smaller nose. So glad everything worked out and you and baby are healthy and happy!! :)

Amy said...

Congratulations! He is precious, and you look wonderful. Best wishes.

jenny said...

congrats! whoohoo! he is adorable! happy birthday hudson.

get some rest. i'm glad all went well! :)

sarah s. said...

Congratulations! He is an adorable little boy and I love the picture of Porter with him (love Porter's shirt too) :-). Get some rest and don't stress over the house, everything will fall into place if it is meant to be.

Misti said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful. I like Hudson Riley too!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS! He is beautiful! I am so glad to hear that things went well and that he arrived safe and sound (and I am very sorry to hear about the tear - ouch!) I was on board for Hudson Cole, but think Hudson Riley sounds great. I will have to dig through your blog to find pictures of Porter when he was younger for comparison, but looking at that last picture there is no doubt in my mind he and Hudson are brothers!

JoNa Photography said...

Oh, my vote is for Riley (not that my vote matters)! I wanted to name Nathan that and I had the same feelings about a lot of girls being named that...but WHO CARES! I like Oliver too though ;-) He is so adorable! That last picture is better than anything I could take! I can't believe you are blogging...but I am so glad you are! Congratulations to all of you!

(and my sympathies on the tear...I hate to say, I can truly feel your pain!)

The Vivian Family said...

Congrats on Hudson's arrival! You look great and I enjoyed the birth story! GOOD JOB MOM!

Zoe said...

OMG! he is a mini porter!!! congrats!

CassJustCurious said...

Hurray! He's so adorable and you look like a hot mama yourself!
What a fantastic day for a birthday!

karicarp said...

Congratulations to all of you!!! I am anxious to hear how Porter reacted to him! He is absolutely gorgeous. So glad to hear you made it through the whole process and feel great. Such a nice feeling to expect the worst and end up with the best!!! Get some rest and take it easy! Congrats again!

Anonymous said...

he's just perfect, nicole! i can totally see that he looks like porter but with a smaller nose! i also have major labor envy... sounds like it went awesome for the most part! maybe you WILL want to have another one after that, LOL :)

congrats, mama of TWO!! so happy for you guys!

Sarah said...

He is a cutie Nic.
I'm glad you are both fine!
Congratulations to you and your family!


Angelique said...



So glad to hear you are doing better now...how could you not with that perfect sweet family and new baby! You all look so sweet, happy and beautiful!

Love both middle names you mentioned!


Welcome Hudson!!!

lina said...

Great job! What a handsome little man :)

Mary said...

Congrats Nicole!
He's beautiful :)

Christy said...

YOU LOOK FANTASTIC!! he is perfect! He totally looks just like P!

Congrats you 3!!

K.M.L said...

He is SO adorable! Congrats to all!!!

Kristi said...

Congrats Ryan and Nicole!! Hudson is so cute and he looks so much like Porter!! Glad you're doing alright and that it wasn't so bad :)

Jen said...

Oh my gosh! That last picture is AMAZING!! Seriously, that is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen (of course I think mine was cuter). That is an award winning shot.

beanski said...

He's absolutely BEAUTIFUL...I'm SO happy thing went just as planned and that he made it here safe and sound! CONGRATS!

Kelly said...

Congratulations! What a cute baby! What did Porter think of his new brother?

Jaime said...

Oh he is beautiful! If you call boys beautiful in your family:)
Congratulations! So, you're on board for more kids then, huh?:) hehe... GOOD JOB!

Stephanie said...

What a cutie!! Congratulations!

Li'l Foot's Mommy said...

Beautiful...just beautiful!!! Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! He looks like an adorable, perfect little guy.

Denise H. said...

Congratulations Nicole! Hudson is Beautiful and you look so Good! I am glad that both of you are doing well.

Amy said...

Congrats on the new addition!!
Riley's a cool middle name too!!
Hope all's well and you feel comfortable soon.

P.S. I wouldn't be "drinking the water" anytime soon if I were you!! LOL!! ;P

Kayla said...

He looks so much like Porter! Awww!!! Congrats!!

Emilie said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!! Im so glad things went well. the pictures are
great...les did a nice job. :) you both look so good!!!

jessica said...

he is precious, he looks just like porter's pic... and CONGRATULATIONS! you look fabulous. i cringed reading the tear thing, hope it heals quickly! can't wait to see more pics!

jane said...

He is beautiful! That little face makes it all worth it, huh? Take care, get some rest, and invest in a sitz bath- LOL!

Kristin said...

He is so cute!

Lindsay said...

ooh, i was on vacation and just got back-i HAD to log on and see that new baby of yours! He is absolutely perfect! I am sorry about your terrible "boo-boo", but he sure is a wonderful prize :) congratulations nicole!

Maiden Mother said...

holy holy.

they want to induce me and I am freaking out already even though I still have 20 weeks to go.

my first labor was horrific due to pain but you made it sound so, dare I say, easy?

congratulations. Great pics.
If you don't mind me asking how is it going with your older son adapting to baby? My son is three, I'm curious how he'll handle the change.