Rockland’s childbirth experience was not without some excitement.
Rockland Theodore Yun’s due date was 6/17/14. Eager to make an entrance fashionably late, he joined us on 6/19/14.
We were very anxious and nervous in the days leading up to his birth. I think if there was one phrase to sum up the whole labor experience, it would be “YO! WHERE IS THIS BABY?!” Jane might not be fond of some of these photos, but Rockland has to remember what his momma went through.
I walk out of the bedroom in the morning to find Jane slouching like this on the glider.
A Batman nearby cheers Jane on to endure the pain…
Jane sucks it up and starts to make a morning snack. Because she’s not allowed to eat the moment she’s admitted into the hospital.
Her favorite snack of choice. Blueberry Ego….yech.
Just a shot of a statue my mother got for us from one of her travels overseas…It’s a mom holding her baby for those who can’t make out the shapes.
The Turtle awaits his future companion.
“together” is a phrase Jane & I use a lot when we don’t want to leave each other’s side…while one does hahaha.
“Jane’s in labor!” – The best email to send as an excuse not to go to work.
Jane’s repacking our bags just in case we missed something….I remember it was her 3rd time repacking it.
Trying to get her to relax, we finish up our 8-film Harry Potter-thon. “Let’s go honey” “No the contractions are still far apart…Where is this baby?! Rockland’s already misbehaving!”
I imagine this photo would illustrate exactly how Jane was feeling. I call this “The madness”.
I whisk her away to the mall because the expectant father book suggested I keep her on her feet to get blood flow moving to the baby.
She doesn’t feel completely better, but the magic of the mall does distract the mind easily…albeit sometimes too numbingly.
Even when in extreme pain, Jane always manages to put out a smile. How can you NOT love this girl?
A Few more bulldog sightings around the mall! It’s as if they were giving us a salute to wish us luck!
We make a pitstop at my parents place as they are on the way to the hospital.
Jane stopped feeling contractions after a while and just to be sure that everything is ok, we went to the hospital expecting to be told we were just overly anxious. But the hospital takes labor pains very seriously and as a precaution wanted to make sure everything looked good.
After reviewing the graph, the Doctor suggests that Jane stays in the hospital until she gives birth. There were some concerning signs on that graph and it was a good thing we came in. They also told us that Jane is not allowed to eat until that happens….at all. That blueberry ego was all she had.
You’re on that screen Rockland!
This is Jane’s face after a nurse comes in and completely screwed up putting an IV into her arm. The nurse needed to call someone else to come in and do it….”Isn’t that the 1st basic thing they should teach them?” Apparently our nurse friends tell us that in fact no, they learn that “on the job.”
No other place I’d rather be.
The Contractions are starting to come back in full force.
At this point they induced labor and broke her water for her.
All we can do is wait…
Jane’s takes the pain like a champ. She didn’t think to ask for an epidural until they asked her if she wanted one.
These controls for the bed look like they belong on a starship.
After a certain point, the epidural doesn’t help. All you can do is focus on something to distract you. Jane picks something. I ask her what it is.
“The screw that looks like a star”
The screw that looks like a star.
It gets pretty cold in there, even during the summer. They hooked us up with some socks to keep her comfy.
the wait continues….
Jane’s able to get some rest. About 50 minutes later, she was ready to start pushing. The doctor’s were going to ease her into it but Jane just tells them “I’m gonna push now ok?”
After 15 minutes of pushing and an umbilical chord scare, Rockland Theodore Yun enters into the world.
8 pounds 2.7 ounces! In the weight class of champions.
A footprint is taken to make sure this child belongs to me.
All smiles as always.
You’ve got a lot to learn from your mom Rocko.
Finally some food! Despite the stereotype, the food was actually really delicious. Could have been the hunger talking but it looked good too.
Both of them get a much needed rest.
The hospital orders their bread from a “Rockland Bakery”. How awesome is that?! Kismet! Kismet!
Our first family photo.
Rockland cheesing as best as he can.
Let’s go home!
The longest ride home. Originally expecting to go home earlier, The house stank like garbage cause we were gone for about 3 days and didn’t take it out… But! We were home and finally… “together“.
Just Some Fun Extras:
Jane and I watching a child birthing video. Which was disgusting yet beautiful…Our child birthing experience was more disgusting….and more beautiful.