Monday, October 22, 2012

The Tale of Evan Chris Ivie

 It was around 5:00 pm on Sunday October 7th that I started having contractions. I kept telling Dayne "Don't get too excited." However, every time I would wince in pain, a big grin would appear on Dayne's face and he would say "I'm sorry you're hurting, but I'm getting excited." By 7:00 pm my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart so we decided to call the Doctor. He told us to wait for another hour and then go into the triage center if I was still having contractions that close together. My relatives from Idaho were going to stop by for a visit so I told Dayne "how about we just go in after they leave." Well by the time they got to our house, I was DYING and my Aunt took one look at me and told Dayne to get me to the hospital. So a little after 8, we were on our way to the hospital. By 9, my contractions were every minute to minute and a half apart. When they checked me, they said I was dilated to a 3, but there was no way of knowing just when I had dilated, so they told me that they would check again in an hour. Well a little less than an hour later when they checked again, I hadn't progressed. Then I got the worse news of my life-they were sending me HOME! The doctor thought that it was premature labor and told me to go home and take an Ambien because it would help me "relax." I was SO mad and still have no idea why I took the Ambien-the only thing that it did was make me super loopy! The nurse said "usually I would tell you to come back when your contractions are closer together, but they are already a minute to a minute and a half a part." I looked at her while experiencing the worse pain I had ever felt and said "well then when do I come back?" She told me to come back either when my water broke or when I couldn't stand the pain anymore. Since I already couldn't stand the pain, I was so mad! We got in the car to drive home and most of our conversations for the next few hours went like this:

Dayne: You're doing great honey!

Dayne: You're almost through this contraction!

Dayne: Can I rub your back for you?

I have no recollection of this, but Dayne said I kept saying, "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!?!" "WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME?!?!?"

We got home around 10:30 and by 12:30 I couldn't take the pain anymore and my water broke. The half hour ride back to the hospital was the LONGEST drive of my life! I started feeling like I had to push and told Dayne to hurry! By the time we got there and they checked me again around 1:15, I was at an 8. They quickly wheeled me into the delivery room and as soon as we got there told me that it was okay to start pushing. My first comment was "WHERE'S MY EPIDURAL AND PAIN MEDS? I WANT AN EPIDURAL!!!" The nurse replied, "Sorry honey, it's too late." I was NOT a happy camper. However, just a few painful pushes later and Evan Chris Ivie came into this world at 1:50 am weighing 6 pounds 10 oz and measuring in at 19 inches long. As I looked over at Dayne, tears were streaming down his face-what a precious moment. I still can't believe this sweet little guy is finally here. He continues to bless our lives every day.


  1. I can't believe that they sent you home when you were having contractions a minute apart! You're a trooper. Evan sure looks like a sweet little miracle :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your birth story! I always love reading them! :) I love the convo's between you and Dayne - priceless!!

    While you may have had some pain you weren't hoping for by missing the epidural, you'll heal up WAY faster! That was a very quick labor for a first baby, go you super woman!! I just wish you would have known some relaxation techniques that could have helped.


  3. So happy for you two! :) Congratulations!

  4. You're such a epidural? That's my biggest fear haha. Evan is darling!! I'm so excited for you both and can't wait for our little guys to be friends:) Congratulations!

  5. Meagan, you'll be so grateful you recorded this experience! What an experience girl! Your conversation with Dayne on the way back made me laugh...isn't that the truth. You are the toughest person ever, there's no way I would've gone back home. So glad he got here quickly for you.

  6. Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like my first baby. So proud of you. I can't wait to see him. what a wonderful family. Jana loves the pictures and can't wait to see all of you. love and miss you guys.