Our little sugar booger is 7 months old!
How is that even possible?
It all started on Wednesday, February 27. I went to my weekly doctor’s appointment. I was 38 weeks and 1 day. My swelling was worse than ever. My feet only fit in house shoes and it was traveling up my calves to my knees. The swelling was annoying and nasty! Also, when she checked my cervix, I was only barely dilated to a 1 and not effaced. Turns out, my blood pressure was up again for the 2nd week in a row. I, again, was given the dreadful red pee jug to begin a 24 hour urine collection. Dr. Case felt confident that I would be pre-eclamptic and said she would have the results the next afternoon and if the proteins were there and high she would induce the next Monday or Tuesday. But that in the mean time, I needed to be on bed rest..only up to use the bathroom and eat! It sucked. Day time tv is awful! I took my collection back the next morning and anxiously awaited the call from the nurse to find out the results. I was so sure I would be pre-e and would be induced the next week. Late Thursday afternoon nurse Sherri called and no, I was not pre-eclamptic and she would not be inducing and they would see me next Wednesday for my 39 week appointment. Ugh. I was sooo disappointed and miserable feeling.
Fast forward to Friday. We had Mexican food that night for dinner. It has provoked some *ahem* stomach issues. I had read that this could be a sign of labor but felt sure it wasn’t. Two days before I was only dilated to a 1! The next morning, I woke up after tossing and turning most of the night at 5 am. I was having minor contractions. They were more of an annoying pain. I knew Dr. Case had told me that unless my contractions were strong enough that I had to stop what I was doing and breathe through them, they weren’t changing my cervix. I started timing them on my phone anyway just out of curiosity. They weren’t super consistent, but the entire day they were never more than 9 minutes apart. I went on about my day, taking it easy and resting, and the contractions steadily got stronger and stronger. I talked to brook off and on all day. After about 7 hours of contractions she told me to go to the hospital because she was afraid I’d have him in the car! Hah! At about 3:30, I decided I was ready to go in. The contractions were much, much stronger and I was having to breathe through them. So, we got our last minute things together. (I had had mine and Beau’s bags packed for weeks, Joe on the other hand had nothing packed!) And off we went to Clarksville. I honestly thought they would send me back home but secretly hoped I would be magically about 6 cm. hah hah. Wishful thinking! When we got to the hospital, it being a Saturday, nobody was in admissions. So, we went to labor and delivery. I thought I could just walk in since I had pre-registered. Nope! We had to check in through the ER. Luckily, it was slow and the girl got right on checking us in. It seemed to take forever since I was in pain. Finally, back to labor and delivery we go. The nurse took me back to room #4. She had me change into the beautiful gown and give a urine sample. She asked me a million questions and checked me. I was 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. Are you kidding?! I’ve been in intense pain for hours!!!! She went to call Dr. Case, who was on call that weekend thank goodness! Dr. Case said for me to walk around and have me re-checked in an hour. I tried laying down but that flat, hard hospital bed was excruciating. I did better on my feet walking and rocking. In the meantime, it was nurse change of shift. I kept waiting on the nurse to come check me again, but was getting anxious from the pain. I finally buzzed them using the nurse button and told her I felt like my contractions were on top of each other. She said she would come re-check me. When I’m in severe pain, I throw up, and this was the time that happened. She finally came in to check me. I was only at a 3! But, 100% effaced. She said I was being admitted…I was in labor! She said because I wanted an epidural, she was going to start my IV and get my bag of fluid going since it had to be emptied before I could get the epidural. While I was waiting for that to happen, she said she would give me stadol to knock the edge off and would call Dr. Case to let her know I’d be staying. Dr. case said she would come in an break my water shortly since it was apparently “bulging”. They started my IV. Now, let me back up, I have always had a terrible time getting IV’s going. My veins are tiny and roll. I hate it. So, because my contractions were so intense and she had to poke me more than once to get the IV going, I cried. Like a baby! Finally, they got the stadol going. It didn’t really do much but make me feel loopy. Dr. Case came in shortly thereafter and broke my water. Whoa! It went everywhere! When she went in to break it, I was 5-6 cm. It was a huge relief and the pressure decreased but the contractions intensified. Right after that, the anesthesiologist came in and started my epidural. At this point, I was 7-8 cm dilated. Now, on tv, it looks like that only takes a few minutes. No way. 45 minutes later and a bunch of tears, I finally had my epidural. It was terrible! But, once it was in, the relief was amazing! I couldn’t feel A THING from my chest down! Unfortunately, the epidural also stalled out my contractions at 8-9 cm. Dr. Case then decided that I just needed to rest for the night and we would start pitocin in the morning and have this baby!
Resting in the hospital is impossible!! The blood pressure check went off every 15 minutes and the machine beeped like crazy every time it was done! It was so annoying! About 7 am, the nurse came in to start the pitocin and the anesthesiologist came in to refill the epidural medicine. By then I was between 9 and 10 centimeters. The nurse told me to start pushing. I had high hopes the birthing process would be quick. Again, wishful thinking! I pushed and pushed with the nurse telling me I was doing great giving me false hope that I was making progress. However, it seemed when I pushed he would move down, then when I would relax, he would move back up. Ugh! 3 hours later, Dr. Case said she would like to use the vacuum because she could tell with my pushes that I was getting tired. I think at this point, I was falling asleep in between pushes. I said ok, because at that point I just wanted him out! In the next hour, which was a huge blur, I finally got our little boy pushed out! Joe watched him enter the world at 12:17 pm. I, previously had told him under no circumstances wanted him to see, but at that point I was so exhausted I didn’t care. Joe cut the cord and they took Beau over so that the doctor could check him out just in case because I had been in labor so long. He scored a 9 on his apgar and peed on the nurses. Twice. He was perfect! Teary-eyed Joe watched them clean up his baby boy and soon they handed him to his daddy.
We were officially in awe. Two months later as I write this and he is sitting in my lap squirming and chatting up the ceiling fan, I am still amazed that joe and I created this little being. It’s miraculous what the human body can do. They weighed him immediately after birth- 7 pounds and 12.3 ounces. He looked smaller than that! He was a whopping 21 1/2 inches long! I have no idea where that fit in my short 5’1″ frame! We wanted some bonding time with our newest family member. We nursed and took him all in. He was amazing! After a couple hours of bonding, we brought Joe’s parents and my mom in to meet their first grandchild! There were lots of ooh’s and ahh’s, and even a few tears! We were all wrapped around this little guys finger, and he wasn’t even a day old!
Beau is 1 month old! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by! We had to make a visit to the pediatrician because the soy formula just wasn’t working. He cried pretty much 24/7 the entire time he was on it. Dr. Nelson wants him to try Nutramigen for colic babies with milk allergies. She thinks Beau is also a bit colic-y. Yay us! Good thing he is so worth it!
Our little angel is 2 weeks old today! We couldn’t be more in love with him! He’s had some tummy troubles, and we are trying soy formula to see if it helps. I have been on a first name basis with Beau’s pediatrician’s nurse because I call so much! This momma is such a stresser.
loving his wubanub
first time on the activity mat…he wasn’t amused.
Today, our little family of 3 headed home! After Beau’s circumcision and my whooping cough vaccination, we bundled our little miracle in his newborn sized clothes (which looked big on him) and went home. It was super windy, but beautiful outside! We were so excited to get introduce Beau to his new home! Mimi and Grandpa were there to welcome their favorite new baby home.