Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Introducing.....

Eli Davis Steed.
June 28, 2008
8:59pm
8 pounds 14 ounces


The kids now out number us. :)
And we couldn't be happier.


Friday night we decided to drive down to Raymond so that Regan could run the yearly Harlan 10km Race in Raymond. (Part of the July 1st celebrations) We hummed and hawed about going, and decided the worst thing that could happen is that we'd go into labour down there. So we grabbed two sleepers and two diapers to take with us, kind of just in case.
Saturday morning Regan got up and ran the race (got second in his category). And me and the kiddos watched him come in.

Alden loved cheering for the racers. :) Visited with people, played at the playground, etc. Went home to the inlaws for lunch and stuff.

Contractions had been here and there. But nothing substantial. I decided we should go for a walk to see if things would get going. So we walked over to visit SIL and walked back to the inlaws.
Contractions here and there. While sitting on the couch in the living room (Regan was up studying for his exam tomorrow) I was trying to listen to my FIL as he was talking to me about pictures for the wedding... but was feeling contractions again. But closer and stronger. He stops talking, looks at me "Rhonda, are you in labour?"
me: "Um maybe"
So we started timing them. And they were close. Around 3-4 minutes. So FIL says, "You need to decide now, are you having this baby in Raymond or Lethbridge."

Now there are only two drs in Raymond who deliver babies. One is my FIL. I picked Lethbridge (they have epidurals there!) FIL goes upstairs and says to Regan "Do you know your wife is in labour?" FIL calls in to see which OB GYN is on call in Lethbridge, finds out, knows him, so he calls him and tells him his daugther in law is down from Calgary and in labour, could he deliver the baby.

So we get moving along fairly quickly. As contractions are close together. Probably our quickest trip to Lethbridge from Raymond! We get into the hospital and get settled. Give all the info and they check me and I'm at 4.5 - 5. They ask if I want an epidural (yes, yes, yes). So then things start slowing down. Get the magic needle, things slow down more. To about 7 minutes apart.
Dr comes in and says "So you don't want grandpa to deliver the baby?"
At 7:45pm the dr comes back and breaks my water.
At 8:59 he was born after about 10 minutes of pushing.

And I am still surprised that they said boy. I was expecting a girl. No real reason. Just was. But we are super happy to have little Eli here. And yes. I felt a million times better as soon as he was out. No more heart burn. I was hungry and didn't feel sick. Just hungry.

Some pictures of him freshly out.




33 comments:

Emily Murdock said...

Now THAT is some great news. So happy for you. So happy he's here, so happy he's healthy, so happy you're DONE with this pregnancy.
He's beautiful and you're beautiful. Congratulations.
Love from Texas.

Heather M. said...

Oh Rhonda, he is absolutely GORGEOUS! I am so happy for you guys! This is making me all teary and emotional and excited for mine!
I can't believe you had him in Lethbridge - that's just crazy! I'm glad the pushing went so quickly! I hope you are doing well and Alden and Lucy are adjusting to Eli.
Such a beautiful name! And such beautiful photos of him!
Big, big, gentle hugs to you!

Jen Wilde said...

Congratulations Rhonda! Eli is so very cute. I love the name :-D Let me know when you are settled back home in Calgary and ready for visitors, and I'll whip up some food for you guys. *Big hugs* and lots of love

Jen

Mary said...

Oh my gosh - he is beautiful! Congrats congrats congrats! So happy for you! And you look great in the photo, by the way. I love his name. Hope you are feeling well and maybe getting a little sleep here and there!

Melissa said...

He is the cutest little baby. Congrats you guys! I love the name.

Amanda said...

I am so excited for you guys!!!!!! I too thought for sure that you would have a girl...I am questioning my judgement now, since I am sure I am having a girl!
He is beautiful, I am so happy things went well and fairly quick. I bet Alden is so excited for his brother! OH how I wish I was there and could come and see him in person!

All the best my friend and I am so very happy that you are feeling good!

xoxoxoxoxoxox

Crystal said...

Congratulations, Rhonda!! You have a beautiful son - the pictures are great. I'm glad to hear that he arrived safely and that you are doing okay. I'm sure Alden and Lucy are great big helpers. So glad that Reagan was there too! Take care and big ((( HUGS ))).

Amy said...

Congratulations!! Yay, no more pregnancy for you! And delivering in Lethbridge was probably good for both of your families to visit.

Ki said...

He's gorgeous Rhonda! Congratulations to all of you!

Brianne said...

Congrats Rhonda! Glad things went well.

Melanie said...

so cute!!! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, how exciting... And having him in Lethbridge, that's so cool.... Daddy won't soon forget his "Raymond Run!"
Eli, he's beautiful, and you have given him an equally beautiful name. I hope you feel better now that he is finally out!!
Take care Rhonda!!!
Sassy Sandra
Whitehorse, Yukon

The Nelson Family said...

Way to have a baby on a weekend trip......I never was so lucky!!! He is a handsome little guy.....I'm sure you guys must be super excited!!! Hope that you took the car seat with you too!! Can't wait to see more pictures of him.....I'm sure their will be lots!!! Congrats to everyone!!

Julia and Josh Blakeney said...

oh steed family, i am so happy for you. congrats!!
he is such a cute baby, i love the dark hair. kelly says he looks more like your side rhonda.
anywho, good job. i am a tad jealous your heartburn and sickness is gone, but keep telling myself it's only a few days away.
can;t wait to see more pictutes :)
oh, and i love love love the name eli.

JA Crew said...

congrats!!! he's so cute! and you look great. I'm glad everything went well.

Melissa said...

Oh Rhonda! He is gorgeous and his name is beautiful!! Huge congratulations to you and your family. That is definitely a scrapbook story for his baby book!

Phil and Sonja Nelson said...

Congratulations!!! So cute!

Jessie said...

Congrats Rhonda! What a beautiful little boy!

Let the party begin... said...

Congratulations again! Great story. Epidural is definitely a MAJOR factor in where you're going to deliver. I love the name Eli. If Raven had been a boy, we were going to calling him Eliachim, after one of Darren's ancestors. It probably would have been shorten to Eli, no doubt. I can't wait to see more pictures of your boy.

Isackson Family said...

Yay, Congratulations Rhonda and Regan. What a blessing. Best wishes from Ian and I.

Carmen said...

He is gorgeous!! Congratulations! And hey, a little drama in life is fun! What a great story he has to tell about his birth! That is just wonderful! HUGS

Lora said...

He is adorable!! Congrats!!

Laura O'Hearon said...

GO RHONDA. another beaaauty kid, and i'm sure he'll be just as funny as your other two. i'm definately giving you guys a visit this summer when i'm in calgary. i think lucy and i need some more quality bonding time, and plus i want to hold your adorable little new guy!! :)

KellyLady said...

Congratulations! He is so BEAUTIFUL! I'm so glad that things went well and that he is here and you are feeling so much better.

MonaS! said...

what a stunning little boy! And what a BEAUTIFUL name - Eli. My hugest blessings and hugs my friend. I am so excited for you and your whole family! Lots of hugs!

Christal said...

congrats rhonda he is adorable!!! wow eh three!! Fun times they grow up so fast eh!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new little guy!!! He is adorable :)

Lea

Drennans said...

Congratulations!! Having him in Lethbridge is totally something you'd see in a movie for sure! He's beautiful and you looked great. Glad your heartburn and pukey feeling is gone. I had wicked heartburn too...I wanted them to hook malox up to my veins!!! Not that it would help but you know...dramatic affect. Congratulations again!!

pattimillerphoto said...

aww congratulations!! He is gorgeous!! May he bless your family greatly!!!

Jess said...

He is so adorable Rhonda. I am glad that all went well in Lethbridge for you.
Happy that you can start feeling well again. Enjoy being a mother of three.

Anne Magee said...

Huge congrats, Rhonda! He's precious!

Dyane said...

congrats Ronda! I hope to see you all again soon!

Heather M. said...

I was just re-reading this post, Rhonda. I can't believe he's a year old already! He is so precious and has grown so much!