Monday, July 21, 2008


Inara Mary Behrend

Born: Jul 18, 2008
Birth Time: 10:18 am
Weight: 7 lbs 6 oz
Length: 20 inches

We are so excited to welcome little Inara (In- ah- rah) into our family! Already we feel so blessed to have such a sweet and happy little angel.

Labor and Delivery:
It seems she was in quite some hurry to get here. I felt my first contraction about 5:40 am but stayed in bed waiting them out. They were ten minutes apart and never got any closer together, just more intense. So at 9:00 when Spencer got up to get ready for school I asked him to call the hospital to see if they might take me and give me some pain medicine. As soon as I got up out of bed the contractions jumped on top of each other. We got to the hospital and the nurse took us in to check and see how far dilated I was. Spencer helped me into the hospital gown and the nurse asked me to lay back on the bed. As I was doing so I screamed (literally!) "She coming right now!" Spencer looked and goes, "Oh ya, she really is." in a very calm almost surprised voice. The nurse had him hit the panic button and about six more nurses came rushing in. I panicked! I stared at Spencer and kept saying over and over, "I don't have any drugs! I don't have any drugs!" (I'm the epidural's #1 fan!) Two more contractions and out popped Inara. I never even pushed. I don't remember anything put screaming and shaking like there was an earthquake. Next thing I knew they were asking Spencer to cut the cord and saying "Time of birth 10:18" 8 minutes we had been at the hospital.
What an adventure! Apparently word got around fast because when I was walking to the recovery room three different nurses said, "oh are you the 10 minute girl?" And the other new dad that Spencer saw in the nursery asked if it was his wife!

Hospital Stay and Going Home:
Hospitals are really no fun, but I love being waited on so I always try and stay as long as they'll let me. We had a ton of visitors! So many that two different nurses commented on it. It was so fun. This is our first family photo.
The proud big sister. (Isn't she gorgeous!)
Leaving the hospital was a nightmare. (They thought there was a teeny tiny chance that something might maybe possibly be wrong (they sound sure huh?!)) We thought we got to leave at 11:00 so I got up and packed in the very early morning. The nurse then told me my discharge time was 2:00 so we kept on waiting. Aliah found ways to keep herself busy.
Finally at 3:00 after two pages and a phone call to the doctor at home with no response we had the nurse call the on call doctor to give us permission to leave. Back at home Spencer's family came and cleaned up my kitchen and bathroom (Thanks so much guys! You're awesome!) and brought over the cradle Spencer had made me.
Isn't it amazing! Spencer's mom and my sister made the bedding for it.

Next Time:
I've decided to have my baby at home next time. I figure, clearly I don't have any trouble having babies, doctors don't do anything a nurse can't do, (Thanks again to the awesome nurses who delivered Inara! Go Amy and Kristy! I hope you think it's a good story to tell!) and I know you can still have an epidural at home. This way I can ask for the drugs when I feel ready not when someone says I am, and I don't have to bother with pushy nurses that Spencer has to tell to back off. As for natural birth, it's just not for me. And let me make sure and get it out there that the tale of the pain not getting worse after you've dilated to an 8 is a flat out lie! It's some totally made up thing that they've been telling us all our life to try and trick us into natural birthing. The pain gets a lots worse, but it changes totally. Its a good pain, honestly it feels good! It's like working out, or getting a message. It hurts, but in a good way. Looking back at it I'm incredibly proud of myself though! And you know something funny, it's an unbelievably satisfying feeling. I can now say I've had a natural birth. I don't know why I think that's so cool, but I fell like I want to make a list just so I can check that one off. That's how excited I am about it. I think I would actually encourage my friends to do it. Just once! If you were mentally prepared for it, instead of panicky like me, it would be great. You truly feel like you can do anything afterward. If you can have a natural birth you can take on anything life hands you. It's a strange yet wonderful euphoria.

So welcome, welcome little Inara into this crazy world!



I'll stick to running marathons thanks!! Congrats kels! Can't wait to come c u!!

Howse Family said...

Congrats!! I'm soo excited for you guys! And WOW!! What a birth experience!! :) She's so cute!!
PLEASE let me know if you need a break, and Aliah needs someone to play with! Ashlyn would love it! I know what you mean about the natural birth, I'm planning on experiencing it for myself!! You rock!!!

Colette said...

Yeah!! Congrats she is adorable I can't wait to come visit.

Stephanie said...

Wow, what a fabulous post! And I love that you want to have the next one at home. Can I come? You might not even get the chance to go to the hospital! And I love the name. It's beautiful. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL! I get to hold a cuddle her in just a few weeks. I can't wait! I love you Kels. Congratulations!

Jeph & Hannah said...

I can't get over how adorably hilarious the picture of Aliah and Inara is. The look on Aliah's face and the attitude she's showing with her little hand is priceless. Love you guys lots and lots and lots. Kudos on still being conscious after the unexpected drug-free delivery. I would be dang proud too! Oh and I'm so glad you posted a pic of the cradle with the bedding. It's absolutely beautiful.

Jeph & Hannah said...

How know the Howse family. I looked @ their blog to see a pic of Ashlyn because the name sounded so familiar...well...she's in Tavia and Joanna's dance class! She is the CUTEST little girl. I seriously get the biggest kick out of her amazing little BIG personality...and I think her Mom is hilarious. I love the way she laughs at Ashlyn. Anyway - yeah...small world. ~ Hannah

Heather said...

KELSEY GREEN I am SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU! I think you are an amazing monther and I can't wait to meet your newest addition! Everyone I know thinks I'm crazy because I've said that I wanna try natural child birth at home. Now I know someone close who actually did it! Way to go Superwoman!

Chad and Oléa Gough Family said...

What an amazing story! What beautiful girls!! Congrats! Love - Oléa

Adventures in Irish said...

She really is beautiful! She looks just like Aliah did. I just got back from camp and can't wait to come see her again!

Jared & Mindy Hatch said...

I tell you what and your deliverie stories! You should definately have like 10 kids cause you can pop them out like no other! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

that's a sweet p---y