Sunday, February 01, 2009

River Morgan Jenkins Has Arrived! - The Next Big Adventure

There are some feelings in life that just cannot be explained. Tuesday afternoon Kari and I felt an unexplainable feeling.
Tuesday, January 27th at 1:31 PM, River Morgan was born. That was the climax of an exciting evening and morning. At around 10 Monday night, Kari and I were at River’s Godparent’s house (Jim & Choyer) and Kari starting having what she called “sensations”. She neglected to tell anyone because she didn’t want to get anyone too exciting incase it was a false alarm. Her and I went home that evening and she told me she was feeling them pretty regularly. So we began to time them and they were around 10 minutes apart. We took a shower and got Kari into bed so she could try and rest and see what came of the morning.
5 AM rolls around and the surges are keeping Kari awake at this point. We call our midwife Pamela and she tells us that this could go on for days or even weeks, that it could just be the baby dropping into place. So, as instructed, we try and lay back down for a bit and call her later in the morning.
7 AM rolls around and Kari and I are up, moving about, trying to have something to eat because neither one of us could sleep. Kari from the contractions and me from the excitement/nervousness of what I knew was happening. We called Pamela and she said to come on down for a check, but to take our time. So I “took my time” and hurried to get a shower and get the car packed up.
We got to the birthing center sometime around 10 or 10:30 AM. Pamela told Kari and rest sleep after she got checked because this could go on into the night. Turns out she was 3 centimeters dilated. So Kari layed down and I sat in a chair beside the bed to wait it out all day. Kari did a wonderful job of breathing through the surges. She didn’t make a sound all morning.
An hour and a half passes and Kari starts complaining that she has to poop, but she’s not sure if she’s allowed to. I run next door (the midwife lives 30 feet from the front door of our birthing cabin.) and get Pamela. She checks Kari and she is at 8 centimeters already! Kari and I looked at each other and were stunned. So Pamela calls her midwife team and tells them to hurry on over because things are beginning to progress. Our doula’s hadn’t even made it down yet!
30 minutes later, as Pamela was preparing the medical supplies, Kari started complaining of wanting to push. Pamela checked her and she was at 9.5 cm! She wasn’t allowed to push just yet though. So Kari held it in, staying as calm as possible, and breathing through the contractions. She sounded like the ocean waves crashing against the shore.
Pamela’s midwife assistant, Jen, showed up and helped Pamela finish preparing. Before Jen showed up it was just Pamela and I. I looked at Pamela and said “just tell me what to do.” I thought I was going to have to play doctor!
Just a few minutes after measuring at 9.5 cm, Kari starting saying that she had to push, she had to push! So Pamela told her to go ahead. 10 minutes of pushing and the baby was crowning. Finally the other midwife walked in, to her surprise there was almost a baby here already! Another push or so and River Morgan Jenkins had arrived with us here!
The rush of emotions was unexplainable. One minute you are just you, and the next minute there is a physical extension of you laying next to you. Amazing.
Needless to say, he is beautiful! He is feeding, sleeping, and obviously pooping! I’m sure you will be seeing a lot of him on this blog, but here are some pictures of him from the first day and a half of his wonderful life.

First Moments

Getting a little fresh air

Mom and Dad cannot express the joy!

Dad holding River...(I was really nervous, but it came naturally!)

Kari doing what she now knows best! Loving our baby boy.

Our Midwives: Stacie Hunt, Jennifer Albanese, Pamela Hunt (left to right)

Our Friends and Doulas, Maranda Alford and Jolynn Lewis

Mom showing River a picture of his big sister...Chaco

Our little Muscle Man!

Showing Off

First Diaper Change


**Note: More updates will follow. It is 2:38 AM, beginning his 5th day of life. We are just now getting around to posting pictures because we did not have internet access at the birthing center. Keep checking back for more adventures and pictures of River!**


Layne said...

Congrats and welcome to the world little guy!

Burgess News said...

Just beautiful, you two. Simply amazing. You're in my thoughts and prayers in the amazing days to come! Love you both and congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you all. Little River is perfectly beautiful. I can already see he looks a bit like Kari! So cute. I can't wait to meet him.
Love, Misty

frenchpress said...

What a beautiful name, beautiful boy and a beautiful family.
I pray you will have an extraordinarily beautiful life together.

Much love,


Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Beautiful...and I LOVE his name. River Morgan - I can't wait to meet you :)

Kyrsten said...

Look at that gorgeous little man! I'm so joyful for you and proud of the three of you - it sounds like you all did beautifully!

Anonymous said...

He is absolutely beautiful. We are praying for each of you as you get acquainted and fall in love. We look forward to meeting him!!

Love, Greg, Karen, Madelyn and Alexandra

Mama Callie said...

love the last picture. it is precious. He looks like Kari a bit! Way to go, Mama Bear. Treasure every second---we can't wait to meet him!

Funky Cold Medinas said...

Wonderful. Congratulations. Keep your head up mama. You can do it :)

Jessi said...

Congrats to you both! River is so cute! I miss you guys and can't wait to meet him! Thank you for sharing your blog with me.

Jessi a.k.a. Mahoney

Talina said...

Oh wow, way to go Keri! Looks like it went great and it really does give me a boost bout our planned birth there. You'll have to tell me about your cabin. I want the one right near Pamela too!

Enjoy your babymoon, how exciting for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Kari and Ryan,
Congratulations! River is so handsome. He is a bundle of joy. We look forward to seeing him grow and develop into a nice young man.
We were very impressed with the Birthing Center and the support you were given. You two did wonderfully during the whole process. We will see you soon. We can't wait to hold River again.
Mom and Dad

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kari & Ryan & River!
Now the fun begins!

Anonymous said...

Welcome little River--what a tranquil name! Congratulations Kari and Ryan--what an exciting start to a new adventure!
Love, Mark , Michelle, Callum and Katie

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ryan and Kari!! He looks like a keeper! Take care and may God Bless you all and keep you all in his care.

Barry and Monica Mayo

Harold said...

Praise GOD! All babies are gifts from God and one of His Miracles.
River is a beautiful baby and we think it is wonderful the natural way he entered this world. We are so happy and proud of all three of you. Keep the pictures coming and look forward to seeing you.
Love, Mammaw & Pawpaw.

Stephanie said...

congratulations! he looks like mama! the birth story sounds dreamy, great job all 3 of you.

Mandi Mitchell said...

Ryan made it sound like you had a fairly easy labor! I hope so!!! :) Congrats!!!!!!!!