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Welcoming my son, Adam, into the world.

September 19th, 2012 (09:42 pm)

Today I've been a mom for two weeks. Two weeks ago on the morning of my 30th birthday, I felt a pop in my uterus and had that moment of realization that my life was about to change forever. Being pregnant prepares you somewhat, but never as much as holding your actual child in your arms.

So here are the quick and not-so-dirty details of the labor: Almost exactly 12 hours, start to finish. Started labor at 7:39am and Adam was born at 7:37pm. Left for the hospital at 9:30am when Patrick got back from his overnight retreat he was due to be at for 4 days. I had drugs at 1:30 (I don't know how people can do it without) due to Adam being turned around and giving me terrible back labor. And by 3:30, I was pushing. But 4 hours later, no baby and a very exhausted Christina. At this point nothing hurt anymore (god those epiderals are miracle workers!), it was just EXHAUSTING pushing with all my might for so long. The birthing part was really strange to feel. Again, not painful, just bizarre. They asked if I wanted a mirror, but I declined. I was loving watching Patrick's expression. It was incredible to watch our son being born and be able to watch his face as he became a dad. Then, the baby was on my chest, eyes wide open and not even a wimper. That moment was truly indescribable. I mean, here is this tiny human I had been carrying around in me laying on my chest. Unreal!

Patrick was so moved and in love instantly.

And so was I (and also REALLY TIRED!).

And now I "get it" more. Its like I have this new level of awareness because of him. I understand the life cycle a lot more intimately. I understand myself and my relationship on a deeper level. I love stronger and feel protective over my family.

Plus, he's just so damn cute! I can't stop looking at him!

I try not to just stare at him all day. I make time for other things too. But the hours just slip by now. Its very enjoyable.

Just wanted to quickly update before we go off on our nightly walk around the neighborhood. I'm nearly healed up and back in action (well, another 4 weeks until I can technically be considered fully healed). Also, on the sleep tip - we usually get about 3-4 hours of sleep at a time. Tough schedule to adjust to. Hence the major baggage under my eyes.


Posted by: . (cafeteriatables)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)

he is such a darling handsome gift created from the love and shared genetics from two remarkable, very special people. he is lovely, christina! happy living. i am so happy and proud of you! also, if you ever want to entertain yourself with other first-time moms your age, my cousin dondi has been updating their moments as first time parents since first discovering they were gonna have a baby! jack will be a year in december! and it's enjoyable :) you get to see the southern side of my family keepin' it real in jersey.

man, i am so happy for you, costellos.

Posted by: Your Imaginary Friend (rocksee)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)

Thanks, Jessica! I appreciate it. What is your cousin's blog? I'd be interested in checking it out. :)

Posted by: brapolitics (brapolitics)
Posted at: September 21st, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)

What a wonderful birth story, Christina! Even though I'm fourteen weeks pregnant, I'm already looking forward to meeting our little joy. Just wishing time would speed up a bit faster so my husband and I can enjoy what you and Patrick are enjoying :-) I am so happy for you guys!

Posted by: Your Imaginary Friend (rocksee)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)

I can't WAIT for you to become a mother! Its such an amazing experience! And what's really wonderful is that you've had such a full and incredible life before your child comes so you'll be ready for this new chapter.

Posted by: Music sounds better with you (techsta_girl)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)

This entry gave me tears in my eyes! So beautiful and amazing to think I've followed your journey through this platform for over 10 years! Congratulations again and what an amazing feeling to have a little family. Adam is gorgeous, love the name!

Posted by: Your Imaginary Friend (rocksee)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)

:) It is really crazy! Has it really been 10 years? This baby is always brought to you by a generous offering of TimTams.

Posted by: myfavoritename (myfavoritename)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)

Awww, congratulations to the beautiful mommy, baby and family. Something about you still rocking your nose ring during childbirth is fucking awesome!

Posted by: Your Imaginary Friend (rocksee)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)

Ha! I didn't even think about that! I've had my nose ring for 15 years. I'm never letting it go.

Posted by: CHoKPoP (chok_pop)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)

Congratulations to you and your son! I'm pleased that you still are part of the LJ community!

Posted by: Your Imaginary Friend (rocksee)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)

Sup, Evan! Thanks! Good to hear from you. I think I'll blog here and there a little more. LJ 4 lyfe!

Posted by: Sexy Ankles (sexyankles)
Posted at: September 25th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)

I'm so happy for you! Congratulations! You are such a beautiful mommy! <3

Posted by: Fancy Pants (vagynafondue)
Posted at: June 13th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)

Holy crap, Christina! I was poking around old LJ entries and saw a comment from you on one of my posts, and thought, "I wonder if she still writes on here..." So glad I clicked.

Congratulations on this beautiful little boy! I'm beyond stoked for you. I wish you all of the happiness in the world! <3

Posted by: Your Imaginary Friend (rocksee)
Posted at: July 1st, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)

Love this comment! LJ is a weird, desolate land now of Russians and grown up dork kids. I appreciate the flashback of getting a "real" LJ comment, especially from you. :)

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