Today is the day Carver has been waiting for! He turns 6 years old today!
I was 21 years old when I had him. I was just about 38 weeks pregnant and SUPER over being pregnant. I started getting some swelling and my blood pressure started to go up. They diagnosed me with gestational hypertension and decided it was time for baby to come and induce me before I progressed to pre-eclampsia.
I went into the hospital on the 15th, progress was SLOW. They hooked up the pitocin, still nothing. They inserted a foley catheter into my cervix (which was VERY uncomfortable for the first 10 minutes or so) and that wasn’t doing much for me either. The nurse even mentioned maybe they’d have to send me home for the night. I was resting, fell asleep for 20 minutes and woke up to to my water breaking and the foley came out. Then it was SHOW TIME. The contractions were HARD and FAST and I had 100% back labor. It was awful, my tailbone felt like it was going to explode. I got my epidural and things went great from there.
I fell asleep around 10 pm. The nurse woke me up at around 12 am for a cervical check. Lo and behold I was 10 cm dilated and didn’t even know. They let me labor down for a bit while they got things set up. I had NO PAIN whatsoever, I had a great epidural. I pushed for about 30 minutes and Carver was born! I had to watch the monitor to even see when I was contracting because I had no idea. Towards the end I remember the nurse pushing on my pubic bone, but nothing was EVER said about a shoulder dystocia. Apparently, Carver’s shoulders had gotten stuck which I didn’t find out until developing a birth plan with my doctor for Gannon. This would complicate things for my next two pregnancies.
Carver was named after my Grandpa Johnson – Carl Ivan Johnson (at the time I thought he was Carl Iver Johnson) hence Car-Ver John. He was going to be named Leo until I was 32 weeks pregnant and I had a little breakdown and knew that was not the right name for him!
Carver is extremely bright. He has an unbelievable memory and can recall events from when he was just 2 years old. He loves learning new things and he absorbs new information like a sponge. Carver was initially a very VERY wild toddler, he was a biter, a hitter, and very very difficult. After he started preschool, Carver has totally changed into a very loving, kind, and sensitive kiddo.
He’s an amazing big brother, he LOVES his little cousins. He’s going to be such a big help when this next baby comes! It is very easy to have grown up conversations with him. Even when my Dad died and he was just 2.5 years old, he was very aware of what was going on, could understand and empathize with us. He loves to play board games, he’s very competitive.
Carver’s favorite things to do include playing cards and board games, especially Ticket to Ride. He loves to play Minecraft and play Farming Simulator on the XBOX. He loves to go mountain biking with Craig.
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Carver Johnny Jumper boy! We love you to the moon and back!
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