Birth Story

Here’s the rest of my birth story which I had written down that day.

7/25 5:54 AM
Had a little scare at 11 pm last night. My contractions were coming every 3 minutes and were getting pretty painful. Rolled to my back to try to get some relief and realized baby’s heart rate was dropping. Before I could even roll back over 3 nurses ran in to reposition me, put me on O2 and the hospitalist came in to check on me. They think he’s laying on his cord when that happens which they say is pretty common once the fluid/cushioning is gone. Poor hubby woke up in a panic and was so worried that once they left he shed a tear – he never cries and it was so cute. Baby’s heart rate stabilized quickly. Dr checked my cervix for the first time and I was 90% effaced and only 2 cm dilated. This after almost 24 hours of contractions. So silly. But over the next 2 hours my contractions started to get more regular and were coming every 3-5 min and instead of some relief in between each one it felt like I was constantly contracting. I was really trying to hold out til the morning on the epidural but I decided it was enough. I told myself I’d make it to an 8/10 pain and I was there. So I got the epidural around 2 am which went well. Shot of anesthetic before they put it in was a bit painful not going to lie. But wow, what relief. Within seconds my abdomen was numbing and by about 30 min or so I was decently numb from my ribs down. They catheterized me which was uncomfortable but it’s so nice to not have to get up to pee every hour. They rechecked my cervix then around 2:30 and I was fully effaced and 4 cm dilated. I was finally able to get somewhat comfortable and rest a little. Feeling great now. Some slight pressure when I contract but it feels great to not be in pain. Just listening to my little boy galloping away in there and waiting. Looks like he’ll probably be coming today!

7/25 11:57 PM
Flynn Martin arrived this evening at 6:35 pm weighing 4 lbs 3.7 oz and is 17 inches long. We’re in love and we both started crying as soon as the doc pulled him out and laid him on my belly. He was purple when he came out which was scary but he quickly cried and pinked up and has been breathing on his own on room air without any assistance. HR, resp rate and o2 sats all look great. I can’t believe this little perfect thing came out of me. Labor was so so tough. After a long 2 days of no sleep and no food (just Popsicles since they wanted my stomach empty in case of c section) as well as bed rest for the last 12 weeks I was in no shape to push that guy out. It was 2 hours straight of pushing and it was really hard. I can not imagine having to deal with the exhaustion of pushing as well as pain. Epidural worked like a charm and I’m positive that it would’ve taken me twice as long to get him out if it weren’t for that. I literally thought I couldn’t go on at one point but rallied once his head was out some. Finally one good push and he came out all at once. I had no energy left. I had a grade 2 tear despite him being so small. The OB that delivered me was constantly massaging the area to try to help it. I was just not meant for birthing babies I guess. But overall I’m feeling good. Got the ice pack on and just got back from visiting flynn in the NICU. He looks good and is having fun discovering his tongue which he likes to stick out. He has reddish blonde hair so far and blue eyes that he likes to peer around the room with. NICU doc says he may go home as early as 35 weeks if he continues to do so well. I just got done pumping for the first time and I’ll be able to get him my colostrum/breast milk that they’ll try to feed him until he can tackle the breast. It’s really scary how tiny and fragile he is but he’s doing so well and it’s good to know he has experts helping him 24 hours a day.

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Baby?

It’s been an interesting day. Dr. G came by this morning and said since we weren’t quite at 34 weeks she was going to see if we could delay labor for 48 hours or so. I was given some antibiotics that were supposed to calm down my contractions and another betamethasone injection (ouchy!) just in case baby’s lungs could use a boost. Well contractions did lessen but I think it only has to do with how recently I’ve pee’d as the farther I go from peeing the more frequent they become. I’ve been continuing to leak which is a strange feeling as if you’re peeing on yourself but can’t stop. Around 1 Dr. L came by to do an ultrasound to check my fluid levels. He came in singing and dancing and said he was thrilled we made it this far. Fluids had definitely dropped and were down to about a 5 so he said baby is coming and they weren’t going to stop it. His guess is tomorrow morning. He then proceeded to sing a bass guitar solo for about 15 minutes or so. It’s good to see that he’s not worried – eases my mind a little.
They are monitoring for an increase in fetal HR or fever to see if there is an infection as that would cause them to want to take the baby earlier. At last check my temp was up to 99.5 so my nurse said we’d see what it’s like in an hour. Strangely Dr. L does not want cervix checks for the first 24 hours but I guess depending on how I’m doing tonight they may check it then.

33 weeks, 4 days

Well I woke up at 4 am and went to the bathroom this morning and noticed I was dripping a little after I peed. I felt my underwear and both the panty liner and underwear were dripping wet. I turned on the light and the liner was a golden orange. I was in disbelief. I took them off and smelled and sure enough, no urine smell. I opened the bedroom door and said, “Baby, I think my water broke.” Eric jumped up and into action. We called the 24 hour line at my clinic and spoke to the on call doctor who asked a few questions then told us we needed to go into labor and delivery as expected. E got dressed and we packed a few things. We drove in and were sent to triage. They tested my fluid and it came back positive for amniotic fluid. They put monitors on for fetal HR and contractions while the nurse admitted me. Once I laid down it was clear I was getting contractions and soon I figured out they were about 4 min apart. Baby was moving around like crazy and HR sounded strong. They admitted me and took me to a delivery room. The nurse gave me an IV and I signed a bunch of papers. Dr. B came in who I’ve never met and after a short exam explained baby is coming today though it may take some time. He said there was no reason to try to stop labor. He said since my membranes had ruptured, baby would be better on the outside. He said once Dr. L was awake he would call him and speak to him about a plan. He was very reassuring and asked if we had a name for baby and I figured, no point in hiding it any longer. He said he liked the name and that it was a good Irish name.

Sitting here now and just waiting. The contractions are uncomfortable but not painful. I’m nervous and I couldn’t stop shaking when we first got here but I feel better, more settled now that we’ve spoken to the doctor. Wish baby could have waited a little longer but I feel kind of like this is what’s meant to happen. July 24th sounds like a good day to be born to me!

33 weeks

33 weeks, 1 day
48 days til due date

Thursday we went for an ultrasound and baby was estimated to weigh 4 lbs 8 oz!!! So exciting. He had been running 2 days ahead with growth but now he’s jumped to about a week ahead. His head circumference was 70th percentile. His biparietal diameter was 97th percentile which means he has a very round head. His abdomen was a little small, his femur length right on track and his humerus length a little ahead. He was breathing and moving around and all looked good. So good they are giving us a week off and we’ll do one last ultrasound at 36 weeks. We did discuss delivery a little with the specialist and he said we’ll have to wait and see how baby’s growth continues. He said “my how our problems have changed. At first we were worried baby would come out too easily and now we’re worried he won’t be able to come out. “:) Happy problems indeed.

I was a little concerned Friday night that my water might have broken as I had some increased watery discharge. But it didn’t smell sweet and it didn’t continue. Baby’s been moving since and contractions have not increased or changed. So I’m hoping it’s all normal. I’m keeping an eye on everything.

I’ve been slowly increasing my activity. Nothing major but I help more with chores around the house. Laundry, putting away dishes, putting away groceries, etc. It feels good to be a little more helpful. I know we still have some tricky stuff to get through but it’s so exciting that we’re nearly at 34 weeks (6 days away!) and 35 weeks is less than 2 weeks away.

Tomorrow we’ll have our first shower at E’s work and our big shower is next Sunday. My mom and E’s mom are busy planning and preparing everything.

The forest book came end of last week and I finished the letter and hung it in the nursery.

Here’s the letter which I made from four sheets of cardboard that I cut out with an exacto knife and taped together with masking tape.

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Here it is after using mod podge to glue on some of the pictures.

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And here’s the finished product:

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And in the nursery:

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Cross stitching the day by…

32 weeks, 3 days

It’s been a slow week since I’m running out of projects. This one is getting close to being done as well…

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I finished californication (yes, the entire series) so I’m running out of tv to watch as well. Need to start a new series but it’s hard to find one I haven’t already watched.

I’m waiting for my forest book to arrive so I can finish my letter for the wall. Apparently it’s coming via snail mail. Expected delivery July 14-29. What a long range.

Shopping has been put on standby since our showers are quickly approaching. I can’t help but sneak peeks at the registries and it’s so exciting to see stuff being bought up.

I’m waiting to wash up some hospital clothes for F until the showers in case we get some outfits that I like better.

I spoke to my boss and HR on Monday and looks like when I do come back to work it’ll be part-time which is really great. I honestly am starting to feel like going back is going to be a shock since I haven’t thought about PT stuff in 2 months and counting. Hope I don’t forget too much.

Baby has been getting the hiccups a lot this week. Several times a day and it’s really freaking cute. I’m excited to see him on ultrasound tomorrow. Feels like it’s been so long. I’m hoping he’s estimated to be 4+ pounds.

I stayed in bed until 11 today because why not. Getting up early just makes the day drag by painfully. I’m so down this week. Hopefully I can find some new projects.

Just too freaking hot. I’ll stick to my crafting.

What a yucky day. Went to a picnic and sat in the heat for only 90 min maybe but I was just uncontrollably sweating. I spent an hour doing my makeup and it was gone in 10 minutes. Sweat was pouring down my face. It was hot yeah but everybody else was running around and out in the sun and there I was sweating twice as much just sitting in the shade. The heat and stress of it was causing some contractions so I got hubby to take me home and literally peeled my shorts off. It looked like I had jumped in the pool they were so wet. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I think it has something to do with all the medication I’m on.  Now I’m just sitting here crying. Can’t stop. I just want to be back to normal. First time I really didn’t like being pregnant. I should’ve known better than to go in the first place. It was too hot. 96 degrees. I shouldn’t have gone.