Monday, July 20, 2009

Lucas Matthew Tibbs - 07/16/2009, 3:55am

It's been four days since Lucas' arrival into this World and I must say I am pleased with the way things are going. It seems there is so much to tell... so I'll start with a few pics (I'm always dying to see pics of new babies... leave the chit-chat to the end!): Above: Lucas first day of life. Above: Julie & Matt helped me labor and deliver... nothing beats having a sister there to support you through it all! Above: Matt was exhausted, but incredibly strong throughout the entire process. I don't know if I've ever loved him more. Above: Grandma Lisa was SO excited to meet her first grandbaby! Above: Grandpa Tibbs Above: Grandma and Grandpa Cates... Lucas was wide awake for the two of them! Some fun details:
  • Labor began Tuesday morning... 1:00a. Contractions strong, but bearable and three minutes apart. We went to the hospital at 4:30a to find that I was only dilated to a four. Six hours later, I had not progressed... so we went home to labor... rather than induce with pitocin.
  • Wednesday night... no sleep. Contractions increased in intensity... I took showers and a bath (which were dreamy) and prayed every hour that God would dilate my cervix.
  • Wednesday afternoon at 4:30p we went back to the hospital and I had progressed to a seven! I cried with elation and nurses who remembered me from the day previous kissed my cheeks (literally!). They were all incredible.
  • My one request: please break my waters and get this show in the road! Prediction was Lucas would be born by sundown.
  • Prediction wrong... his head was turned in such a way that my last centimeter of dilation was not taking place. I was transitioning, but not dilating (which is incredibly frustrating) and painful. I had been in labor for 48 hours at this point and my body was beginning to turn on me. I was losing the battle of mind over matter.
  • Thursday, 1:00a... epidural requested. 15 minutes later, Lucas turned and I fully dilated.
  • Thursday, 2:15a... pushing begins and Lucas is born an hour and a half later.
  • Weight: 9.2 lbs
  • Length: 21 inches
  • Head: 14 inches
Overall, I have no regrets. I could do it all over again, and I wouldn't change a thing. Labor was much longer than I had originally anticipated, but the entire experience was very positive. Giving birth was very empowering for me and convinced me that I am a much stronger person that I ever thought I could be. Granted, I cannot take all the credit as I have been continually supported and loved by friends and family members throughout this entire process. I have much to be thankful for and I look forward to the continual moments of gratitude and thanks to follow throughout Lucas' life to come.


  1. Hooray, hooray! Wonderful! Oh, he is just a DOLL! I'm so happy for you both and proud of you. There is no other life experience that equals it--and nothing I've experienced that requires such strength of mind and body, but gives such reward. we'll be praying for you as you experience these amazing/awful first few months!

  2. You are amazing to me. I love the way you write and I feel so lucky to be able to read your blog. You hav e a gorgeous family and I can't wait to meet the newest man to take over your heart. I have to agree that having a sister there to help is so aweesome. My sister, Jenna was there when I had Natalia along with John and it just made it better knowing they were there because they loved me. And ther love you feel is amazing too! I miss you and hope to see you soon!

  3. Praise God! Welcome to the world Lucas. You've got great folks! So glad that he is finally her Beth and Matt. Here's to raising kids! - Can you believe that!?!

  4. Beth, I thank you for sharing the details! We are so happy for you both! May you be blessed now with as much rest as possible during this topsy-turvy time! I look forward to meeting Lucas soon! Love, Tina

  5. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Lucas is Stunning ~~ Congratulations Beth and Matt ! Your photos show the infinite love and joy surrounding Baby Lucas. Savor each day ... each breath. God's richest blessings on your new family ! Love, Wendy and Jim

  6. You, indeed, are a strong woman!! Praise to Him in blessing you and Matt with Lucas! He's adorable!! May each day bring even more love, joy, and happiness than the last. We're hoping that our boys can meet some day! :) Big hugs and love!

  7. Allow me to be the only one to make this sort of comment, but...uhhh... nice earrings! Kind of fancy for labor, but I approve. :)

    We love you guys and your kissable one.

  8. Thanks for the comment on my earrings Liz... this is silly, but I try to wear them at significant events in my life. Matt gave them to me when we were married. Silly, I know....

  9. That's so great!!! Actually, I wore a special necklace when Ellia was born's one I'm going to give her when she is older, one that a friend from Portland made.

    Not silly at all. That's what it's all about. :)

    P.S. In your case, I'd keep the earrings and not give them to Lucas.