First Baby

Our First Baby

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-I think I assumed that my pregnancy would be just completely awful. -See now, I thought the opposite. I always thought that-- because Ericka is very tough. She's very athletic, she's very competitive. I just had the feeling your body would take well to it. -Hello everybody. My name is Ereka, this is my husband Randy. -Hello. -But the real star of the family is this little girl right here, Joslin Greer Burkholder. She was born about 4-days ago on Halloween. She's our little pumpkin. And she's not crying for you today, isn't that nice? -I just-- I don't know, I thought that I would just really be uncomfortable for the full whole 9-months. But that really wasn't the case. I'd loved it. I loved gaining weight. I loved that knowing that she was there. I loved everything about it. The ending-- the end-- the last few weeks though, that wasn't easy. -And towards the end, it was just stressful because as we're getting to the point where the baby is gonna come, every time we would go see the doctor, they're saying that it's just small, the measurements are small. You're always waiting for that next piece of news and we're kind of waiting to see, you know, they were telling us at a certain point, if the numbers don't get better, we're gonna have to do-- -Induced C-section. --an induction. Yeah, because if they-- they wanted to hit that point when they think the baby is better outside than in. -I was 5-centimeters dilated and 90% effaced at my last visit. And because the doctors said there could be complications with-- they were worried about her growth. He had suggested that I'd be induced sooner rather than later. And I negotiated with my doctor and said "can I come in for procedure called stripping the membrane and if nothing happens then I will get induced on Monday". The doctor said that I was 5-centimeters dilated and 90% effaced and how can I be walking around like this. When they were like, we want you to go to the hospital and we want to break your water, we were both really concerned. And Randy was like really our-- ask her why it's necessary. So I said, "Doctor, why is that necessary", and he said "because I'm concerned you're gonna deliver in your living room". So I basically called them and said we're going to the hospital. -So, after they broke Ericka's water, we waited to get the contraction started and we try to walk her around to see what's gonna happen on its own. -And they came. -Yeah. -As they came strong. I didn't have any of that, oh here's contraction here and then an hour later another contraction. It was basically one minute apart -- that was the beginning. And then they went almost-- I thought there was no break and when they started getting really tough. -Yeah. Meanwhile, the pitocin level is going up and they're trying to speed things up, so she's getting more and more pitocin, and she wasn't getting anymore of the epidural that kind of balanced out the pain. So, that last hour of contractions, when you eventually got to 9-- an hour from 9 until 10, was pretty painful. -Yeah. We should bring in the picture. I had-- what, 8 people in the Laboring Delivery room. All with fantastic Panini's and cookies and breads, eating while I couldn't eat. Finally my doctor-- ohh. -She wants to-- -My doctor-- clean them-- clear them all out and Randy basically got me from 9 to 10-cms, like I really could not have done it without him. And he basically coached me through the hardest part of the whole entire pregnancy. And then 10-centimeters and-- -And the baby came about half an hour later. So, I was very surprised when the baby is starting to come out and you see a little bit, then a little bit more, and a little bit more, and then finally-- she finally kind of did a little like a little spiral out. As they caught her, I was just in complete shock to see those girls like--. It was amazing. It was an amazing experience. I made it a lot more fun because I'd spent a lot of time thinking about the things you do with a little boy and picturing the boy and growing up and everything. And I got to do it all over again when I found out that it was a girl. That was fun. Ereka, is there any kind of another piece for this? Or is these suppose to-- I think, we should have thought about this earlier. -There's so much of Randy that I hope that she has. I want her to be confident. One thing that I'd love that you do is that you never give up. He-- if there's a problem that needs to be solved, he doesn't walk away from it. He's just persistent and he-- he, like, enjoys the challenge and I hope that she has that. -One thing I'm very happy about for Joslin is she does have her mom as her role model. She follows her heart. She goes after her dreams and you want that. You want her to have the courage to be able to do that for herself too. Where's your momma? -We wanna pass on what we know but we don't want to stop her from being who she is. -Yeah. You hope that you can just try to help them to get through some of the harder things and then you can teach them to be strong and be confident and be who they are. -Confident. -And I feel fine their own way, you know, picking shoes and things that they wanna do and be the person that they can be. A direct quote. -Okay. -Not long after she'd been through the whole delivery process, one of the first thing she said was "if the rest of them we're gonna be-- are gonna be this easy, I'll have-- I'll keep having babies" -So the answer is yes, we definitely are gonna have more babies and soon. -You're gonna be a good momma. -It was all worth it.