Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Levi Charles- An Easter Story

 {Sorry this is so overdue.  A week long fever and complications took a toll.  Finally feeling normal 2 1/2 weeks later.  And the labor story.   Hopefully you won’t hate me.}

love2For as long as I can remember the thought of giving birth has terrified me.  I suppose it does every woman to some degree.  But mine had deep roots.  My own birth was so difficult it forced my parents to decide I would be an only.  Growing up I always heard the story, and I was more than fearful. 

When I married I’d only say “some day” to discussions on how many and when our family would grow.  But by 3 1/2 years Jason was ready for the topic to leave the drawing board and come to life. With trepidation I agreed to see what God would do and almost a year of leaving it in His hands resulted in two lines on a small white stick.  We were overjoyed, but I afraid.

Before we went public with our secret I had a chance to sit for a few hours of silence in the woods to process.  Just me, God, the pines and a highly annoying bumble bee.  I confessed and cried from fear.  Quietly I heard a scripture.  It was the beginning of a breakthrough.  Jason quietly, daily prayed fervently for peace.  My mom and countless others would often confess they were praying the same.  And those prayers did wonders as my fears slowly faded into peace!  Sweet peace.

Miracle of all miracles I was not anxious as March 31st came.  Instead as April 2nd came and went I was disappointed.  My dad for months was convinced his birth would be 4/2/10.  But it wasn’t.  The next day was misery.  Fatigue, misaligned pelvis, swollen legs, etc.  As I collapsed onto the couch that Saturday night I had no idea the gift that was hours away. 

Easter Sunday morning.  The day we as Christ followers celebrate life.  Better than March 31st, April 2nd or any other day.  Waking at 4:45 a.m. to a contraction, I received the golden hospital ticket- my water broke.  Stunned Jason and I stared at each other.  The pregnancy bible What to Expect When You’re Expecting came to the rescue.  What would this pregnancy have been without that book?!  An hour and a huge towel later, we I waddled to the car.  The following timeline ensued:

6:30- Check in and paperwork.  Contractions five minutes apart.  “Water” everywhere.

7:30- More paperwork, I.V. and blood.  Contractions slow.

8:30- Family arrives.  3 cm/100% effaced.  Still calm. :)

9:00- Epidural man arrives.  Painless, really.  I think he was an angel…

10:00-  4 cm.  Meds. to speed contractions.  Jason and Dad Harrell get a biscuit.  Mom Harrell and Mom Tegen report contractions are off the charts.

10:30-  Nurse comes to put internal monitor on baby.  Shocked to 25884_1192175370173_1402050039_30921501_1492903_nfind 10 cm!  Time to push.  Blood still pumping in my head but mind in total shock.

10:35- Jason arrives still chewing his biscuit.  Nurses EVERYWHERE.

10:40-  Pushing starts.  Cheering squad of eight medical personnel plus Jason.

11:11- Levi Charles Tegen is born at 7 lbs. 6 oz.   Blood still in head.  Absolute wonder on face.

My labor, a grand total of six hours, was smoother than anything I had even dared to dream.  What an answer!  And the baby they pulled from my body…how could I have carried something so perfect?  His blonde hair and blue eyes surprised us, his sweet temperment delighted us, and his little body captured us.  So this is love!?!  How did we ever do without him?   

But now, this is what the LORD says—
       he who created you, O Jacob,
       he who formed you, O Israel:
       "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
       I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,
       I will be with you;
       and when you pass through the rivers,
       they will not sweep over you.
  Isaiah 43: 1-2a

Friday, April 9, 2010

Levi Charles Tegen

We want to share all of the details, but we've been lost in the face, hands and feet of a 7 pound 6 ounce, 20 inch wonder.

It was all no less than a miracle, and we've been in a whirlwind since 4:45 a.m. Easter Sunday morning. Just tonight, Friday, do we feel some sense of "normal."

So while we work on a slideshow to post and the whole incredible account, enjoy a few pictures from the event. We promise to be back very soon to fill in all the blanks!