Friday, February 12, 2010

Birth story

I cant believe it has been almost two weeks since our little bundle of love came into this world. It makes me a little sad to think that time is already going by so quickly.....any who on to the birth story! we went in Sunday Jan 31st for a scheduled c-section because of our little ones cord issue. we arrived and got all settled in and visited with family until it was time to go to the operating room. I'll tell you one thing, things got real real quick when I walked into that operating room! No turning back now! They gave me a spinal and got me all set up before they let Gary come back to be with me. My sweet friend Sybil who is also a labor and delivery nurse came up to be with me through out the procedure and also was able to film the entire thing. We would not trade this video for the world, it is such a cool thing to have. They brought Gary in and said it would be about 5 minutes and they would have him out. They had already begun the section when he came back, kinda gross but he said he could smell the burnt flesh from where they had cartirized(spl?) my skin, umm eww!! Moving on... our little one made his debut at 9:24 am January 31st, 2010 weighing in at 6lbs 7oz 20inches long. He started to cry before they even got his body out! haha

Now onto the more scary part.... he came out crying and screaming and was pink as could be we thought we were in the clear! The nicu doctors were on stand by to access him. they worked on him and worked on him and worked on him some more. All I kept asking was "Is he ok??" the nurses kept saying oh yes he's fine they are just getting the fluid out of his lungs. But the NICu drs would not answer me. they just kept suctioning and pounding on his back. Mind you through all of this he was still pink and still crying at times. The problem was he would stop crying and make little grunting coughing noises. All of the sudden the doctors said ok we are going to take him. umm excuse me take him where?! They let Gary hold him and let me see him real quick, then off he went to the NICU. They asked Gary if he wanted to carry him down there and I told him to go. I know this was one of the hardest things he's every had to do. Take his 15 minute old son to the nicu and leave his wife on an operating table. I dont think he knew which way to turn, he was very overwhelmed, but handled it great.
I was in recovery for the mandatory hour and then off to the nicu i went to go hold my son for the first time and to hear what the doctors had to say. We went in and they had him hooked up to oxygen and iv's, it was hard to see. they explained that they were testing for pneumonia amongst other things. They also explained to us that he would be there with them for at least 24 hours. I was so sad that I would not have my precious baby with me but on the other hand I was glad he was being so closely monitored. His test for pneumonia and all the other test they ran on him came back negative so that was awesome news. It turned out that he just could not get that fluid up out of his lungs, poor little guy. they said this was due to the nuchal cord, the csection and the fact that he was three weeks early. He was on oxygen, and antibiotics for 36 hours before he got to come to the room with me. I was so happy to have him with me, they were hard pressed to get him away from me!

we are all home now and doing wonderful! He is the sweetest most mild mannered baby I've ever been around. He just eats and sleeps! I have to set my alarm in the middle of the night to wake him up to eat! Breastfeeding got off to a rocky start but is going great now thanks to Molly at best beginnings(she is the BEST!)

Our sweet boy with the IV in his head :( first night in the room with mommy


  1. These pictures melt my heart and bring tears to my eyes...beautiful!

  2. Hi.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your advice is awesome. I love all the details you gave me. Can you tell me more?
    How was the spinal tap? Were you already on an IV? Did you have anxiety when they layed you down? What do they do with your upper body when you lay down? I've heard they tie your arms down. Yikes!