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Sage Nikolai

March 10, 2013

Hello! I know it seems like it took me five days to post about the birth, but in fact it only took me four. This would be due to the 26.5 hours I spent getting the baby to come out. Hence a birthday of Wednesday, March 6th, not Tuesday, March 5th as promised.

I had cervadil inserted around 9 am on Tuesday morning and started contracting about ten minutes later. For the rest of the day I had contractions which were mostly 2-3 minutes apart and fairly startling but I didn’t begin yelling into a pillow until late afternoon. They decided to check me around that time and found that I progressed ZERO percent. Fortunately I was psychologically prepared for that because Cervadil is not my friend. She will eventually make my baby come out but not without needlessly putting my uterus through a pasta machine.  So I continued to yell into my pillow for another eight hours. When progress was still at zero, I cried and took a shot of morphine and gravol. That gave me four hours of spotty sleep and twirly thoughts, for which I was very grateful.  The doctor checked me around 8:30 am and found that I had progressed to 5-6 cm.  J.D. gave me a high five, the doctor broke my water, and the action started. There was a couple hours of lots more yelling (at people, not just pillows) about 20 minutes dedicated to laughing gas, ten minutes of pushing, and at 11:32 am, Sage Nikolai popped into the world.  He was born perfectly perfect at 8.5 lbs, 21 inches.





We came home on Friday and so far so good. The boys have different ways of expressing themselves now with the subsequent decrease in supervision. For example, Jasper drew all over the wall downstairs with a dry-erase marker (which is not so dry-erase on a wall). James, on the other hand, comes to me and says things like, “Guess what? While you were busy I made your bed.” He seems to have matured about 65 years overnight which makes me want to choke on tears and dance all at once.



To Jasper’s credit, he remains jolly and will often climb into my lap and say, “I’m just SO happy, Mama.”    Me too, Jasper. Me too.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2013 11:04 pm

    that is awesome claire! i am sure it doesnt help but i would be happy with 26 hours this time….Lachlan was 64!! Sage is gorgeous! sounds like everyone is doing well at home! can’t wait to meet him!!

  2. March 10, 2013 11:29 pm

    just like my family , I also let the toddler hold the newborn and their tender, adoring look for the baby mixed with beaming pride will always live in my heart

  3. Natalie permalink
    March 10, 2013 11:53 pm

    Congratulations to you all. Welcome little Sage, being born on March 6 is awesome. We not only share a birthday but you and I weighed and measured the exact same (only difference would be the 38 years between us, LOL). Welcome to life with a dreamer and creator, us Pisces people love to see the world through rose coloured glasses:) Keep us posted on how you all settle into this new family dynamic. Know that I am sending prayers your way for an easy and painless adjustment.

  4. MomC permalink
    March 11, 2013 7:21 am

    I so love the picture of James holding and kissing his baby brother, and also the one of Sage with his thumb in his mouth. Sage is so lucky to have been born into such a loving family.

  5. Jill gooden permalink
    March 11, 2013 9:28 am

    My, you look so beautiful after all that labor. Sage is a big baby and is so lucky to be born into such a welcoming family. Thanks for the beautiful photos.

    Love Jill

  6. Mary Caudle permalink
    March 11, 2013 9:40 am

    The photos radiate your family’s happiness! … we share your love and gratitude for these little blessings!

    Hugs, GG & GG

  7. March 11, 2013 10:56 am

    beautiful birth story. Welcome to the world sweet Sage (gorgeous name btw)
    Take good care and savour that babe!

  8. Andrea permalink
    March 11, 2013 11:37 am

    My heart, it melted. I am so proud of you guys. Rock on!

  9. Theresa permalink
    March 11, 2013 12:05 pm

    Crying happy tears for you all right now. Big huge congratulations to both of you. God is so very good. And you Claire, are a rock star.

    He is just beautiful. And what a great name.

  10. Patricia Couweleers permalink
    March 11, 2013 5:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of your family. Giving birth is like dying sometimes. We moms remember more than some give us credit for….. and guess what?! Little Sage was born on the same day as his big cousin Alexander who just got married a few weeks ago! Way to go, as we pack those March birthdays in our family. May God bless you with an ample supply of new energy. Hugs to you all.

  11. Holly permalink
    March 11, 2013 8:33 pm

    Congrats! Such a beautiful post 🙂

  12. Gwen Green permalink
    March 11, 2013 11:33 pm

    He is so beautiful! I see sunshine and happiness all over those pictures!! The agony first, the ecstasy after!

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