Kieran’s First Year

December 10th, 2009 by Dionna | 10 Comments
Posted in My Family, Pregnancy and Birth

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At about 12:00p.m. on December 10 two years ago, I realized that my water had, indeed, broken.

So began 31 hours of labor.

I can recall the faintest scraps of that first 24 hours in vivid detail . . .

-a red light that lasted for an eternity on my way to see the midwife. I finally ran it and giggled hysterically at the thought of some poor police officer pulling me over;

-hushed and hurried conversations with Tom about the best place to labor. An ice storm was moving in and we didn’t want to get stuck delivering at a hospital (our birth center was 30 minutes away on a good day). We ended up going to the birth center around 7:00p.m., well before active labor started;

-the first contraction that felt like much more than a menstrual cramp: I was sitting in the car waiting for Tom to pick up a pizza. I don’t remember what it felt like, but I do remember laughing nervously (“so this is what I’ve gotten myself in to”);

-a steady progression of pain which resulted in absolutely no sleep. I sent my birth coach home around 10:00 after time spent  walking, laughing, and praying that I would progress. In most of the wee hours of that night, it was just me – rocking with the pain and staring out the window at the ice accumulating. The power blinked off sometime that night, and I felt incredibly isolated without the normal whir of heaters and appliances and the glow of the bathroom light. When the contractions finally started to take my breath away around 2:30a.m., I woke Tom. He held me, half asleep and loopy from his cold medicine, and we rocked together in the pre-dawn darkness.

For those of you who are interested, I will post a birth story tomorrow.

Today, please enjoy the slideshow we made for Kieran’s first birthday last year.

10 Responses to:
"Kieran’s First Year"

  1. Tonia

    Adorable video!!!

  2. Aww! I love it! You have inspired me to attempt to make a slideshow for my boys!

  3. This made me so happy and melancholy all at the same time. I am excited to see what Mama and Papa have put together for the 2nd year video! And I’m even more excited for the April 2010 installation of KTF’s precious life!

    Love you all!

  4. DT

    That’s was the best 8 minutes, 50 seconds of my week.

    • CodeNamePapa   CodeNamePapa

      what’s interesting is that it only took me 8 minutes and 50 seconds to create that entire thing from scratch!

  5. Amber   AmberStrocel

    OK, I’m crying now. It doesn’t take much to make me cry, I’ll admit, but that video was amazing.

    I can’t wait to read your birth story. :)

  6. Tara

    Didn’t have a chance to watch the video but the memories made me say “aww.” Lots of memories for me today too!

  7. Mom

    This made me cry….and made me SO proud of your family, the first time I saw it, and I had the same reaction again this time!!! What a wonderful 2 years we have had!!!

  8. Heather   xakana

    That’s awesome! I had to pause a few screens to read and see all the pics, but that’s okay ;) I totally need to finish Naomi’s birth video… and plan her birthday party >_<

  9. Dionna   CodeNameMama

    Thanks everyone!! I shed many, many tears watching it again. They grow up too fast!

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