Birth Story

Hello all!

We finally had some time to upload our birth story.  As new parents I admit, it has not been easy one bit.  When we arrived home from the hospital it was two days of crying and no sleep.  Well, till this day we still have sleepless nights.  We are still working on a schedule for baby Liam and also trying to figure out which formula works best.  Poor baby has been crying like crazy because it hasn’t been a smooth transition from breast milk to formula. The first two types were not sitting well with him.  So now we are on our third formula and crossing our fingers that this will make him feel better.

Going back to how it all started.  Tim decided to take notes from beginning to end on his iPhone, which I am so happy he did because I don’t remember much of it.  So here is the story….In Tim’s words.

Date: 10/10/12

2:00 pm– Arrived at hospital

3:30 pm- IV and Oxytocin in

Date: 10/11/12 

12:49 am– 1st pain shot

1:25 am– Water broke

1:49 am– Epidural #1 ordered

2:12 am– After 6 “oh gods” and some F bombs- the screaming has stopped, except for “Viva la Epidural” her words
(Longest 15 mins of my life)

2:25 am– Catheter in

4:39 am– BOOM! 9 centimeters

4:45 am– Moms are called back to hospital

5:25 am– Moms arrive

6:15 am– 10 centimeters +2 (I Still have NO CLUE what that means)

7:10 am– Dr Kahen arrives

5 nurses! Susan(day), Amy(night), Karen(2nd Day RN),  Melissa, Zahar,(shaky interns), And our Epidural DR Sampson (should be called Dr. SAVIOR) made up the cast..

So one intern(Zahar), during the final “inspection” of Liam’s crowning head, asks “can I use a flashlight”.. Good thing Corina was drugged up and couldn’t lift her arms because she would’ve punched someone, including the intern..  EVERYONE WAS PAST THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE and staring.. Including me Ma.. Ha 

7:46am – 2 sets of 5 pushes for birth…..Liam comes into the world!!!



6lbs 15 oz

19″ long

Peed on Corina… 2!! Haha Apparently, a breeze makes boys pee!

Jesus! we got Lots of info from EVERY professional who dealt with Liam or Corina. Post birth… LOTS. Language barrier issues and OVER load of info after NO sleep, 16 hours of labor and we just had a baby.. Liam went STRAIGHT to the booby! Lots of patience by my awesome wife.. If only we knew those tatas were gonna suffer so much!

We move downstairs and into our recovery suite!
Ingrid is recovery nurse day 1. It was her “Friday” and was helpful.. we worked most of day getting Liam latched onto the titties.. Heads up!  The boy is a worker ladies!!

Got Corina and Liam into recovery room on 1st floor.. My bed SUCKS! Damn foldouts..  Ugh

12:30pm–  I split with Grandma Sara and left me Ma with Corina and Liam and headed home to shower with less than 3 hours sleep.. Almost wrecked into a jeep on the way..

Showered, grabbed the baby seat and went back.. 1st subway sandwich of 3.. I think it was meatball.. I always get meatball.

Radinelda is recovery nurse night 1.. She was helpful and nice.. Language barrier was an issue.. Again.. Lots of asian nurses out there..Ha

9:40 pm– Rainy Thursday.. Very nice.

She did 1st post birth checkup for Liam!

98.7′ temp, 6lbs 11ozs.. Heartbeat NORMAL

Date: 10/12/12

6:55 am– Dr. Reimer from ped associates for DR Kim. Liam is all good.. Momma doing everything right.. Liam’a leg lifts are normal apparently..

Loretta is our Day nurse.. She is a traveler RN along with Susan(delivery). Very helpful, loves her job and can tell.

11:54 am– State hearing tech here, Melina is the tech!

6:26 pm– During Liam’s circumcision I showed the flip off pic to Dr. Kahen.. She cracked up!! Must send birth pic to Dr. Doany.
Night was all “nipple shields and packing to leave”..

Side note- When Liam is pissed or upset or simply just not amused he turns into Hell Boy.. Literally.. Bright red; minus the horns.
Liam has 2 nick names we have used so far and 1 he has earned through “the Providence-Tarzana Med Center record book”.. #1 (my fav) The Critter, #2 GDub(glow worm)(Corinas fav) and poop boy(the PTMCs record)

Fe (Fay) is recovery Day nurse #3 thorough. More info.. Ugh
I have to get whooping cough and flu shots
DR Kim MONDAY 10/15/12
DR Kahen in 6 weeks for postpartum check-up! Around 11/18-11/24
Amanda is lactation consultant..
Book/DVD “happiest baby on the block”
Medela pump and play? Ameda pump?

Date: 10/13/12

12:41 pm–  Truck is pulled up!!!
WHEELS UP!!! Let’s go HOME!

Date: 10/14/12- At home…

12:54 am– almost 18 hours of off and on screaming(maybe peepee related, OR butt function) we gave the boy a PACIFIER!!! Ugh I broke the rules and perhaps ruined Liam’s “nipple recognition”.. WE DONT GIVE A F*CK!! Silence is AHHHmaaazing.


Guess What?!



I can’t tell you enough how anxious we were to find out the sex of the baby!!  Excitedly, Tim and I walked into our “Fetal Anatomical Survey, Level 2 Sono”. Most commonly referred to as an Ultrasound..

I got weighed in at 149 lbs.. Tim was 209 lbs!! Ive gained a total of 5 lbs and Tim has gained 14lbs!!! Whose pregnant!? Jeeez!

So I get papered up and the Tech comes in and the first thing she asked was, “So do you know what we are doing today?” I immediately stutter out “find out the sex of the baby; 80% accuracy anyway”. She responds with a small laugh and says, “Well yes, but we are actually going to determine the health of the baby through some measurements and make sure he/she is ok”. Tim and I look at each other and gosh we were so anxious to know that Tim was right, that we failed to fully realize there was waaay more at stake here than just the sex of our baby…

Spina Bifida, Down syndrome, heart defects, cleft palate, Cystic Fibrosis, and internal abnormalities are just a FEW problems this Ultrasound can discover.. Now. Tim and I are a little nervous. Tim tells me he is worried because he is older and I didn’t think I could get prego in the first place! Well, Let’s get this party started! Bring on the “wand”

Holy smokes the pictures are AMAZING!! Tim can’t stop smiling and I am blown away by the technology we have in 2012!! Tim counted fingers and toes and I wondered who the baby would look like.   The whole exam took about an hour and some.. Internal “wand” and then a “hand sander” looking thing for the external exam.. All Tim and I heard was “normal”, “this is normal”, “checking blood flow; normal”, “aorta, normal; pulmonary artery, normal”. Did you know that the pulmonary and aortic arteries could be backwards!?!? Wow.. Thank you technology.. Thank you very much..The exam also checked my uterus, placenta and blood flow.. Apparently, I am ALL GOOD!!

The bottom line..Mom and Baby are HEALTHY!!!  (Dad is alright)

And now that we know, we can proceed with the baby planning.

  We also decided on a name…

Don’t forget to play our baby pool game!!  Visit the site below and type in corinatim!!  Thank you to all our blog followers!!  It’s always nice to hear your comments. 🙂

ExpectNet: Corina and Tim’s Baby Pool