Friday, December 29, 2006

Jack's birth story

It was wild. Not only did I go into labor on my own, on the day I wanted but it also happen to be his original due date. Crazy I tell ya.

Let me try to be quick about the birth story:

I had an appt the morning of the 12th @ 10:30 - no changes, still 3cm & 75%. I ended up contracting all day, like any other day I had an appt, they were BH and didn't hurt. Bill didn't get home until late, trying to tie up some loose ends before the induction the next day, and when he came in I commented on how I had ctrx all day. We went to bed around 10-10:30 and I realized that I was feeling these crtx that hadn't stopped yet (and normally do by bedtime) so I waited an hour. They weren't letting up so I woke Bill and told him that I thought I was in labor. We himmed and hawed and decided we'd better get to the hospital.

We wake up Austin, get the stuff in the truck, call Austin's dad so he can meet us and then to the hospital - at this time my crtx were 3mins apart. I got to L&D at 1:00am. She checked me and I was completely effaced and 6cm!!! Indeed I was in labor. They contacted my dr and the epi guy and a little over an hour later, they both arrived. Got my epi at 2:15am and I was so relieved b/c I was scared to death of my water breaking before I had a chance to get one. I was able to relax and dose on and off for a while after that. She checked me at 3 and I was at 8cm. She decided to let me rest and came back in at 5:20am check me again, I was complete. However, my water never broke so they called my dr, broke my water (which had meconium...) and I started to push. I pushed through 4-5 ctrx when I got his head out. They made me stop pushing so they could suction him out to get any and all meconium so he didn't get any in lungs when he took his first breath. And then out came the rest of him.

I have a little tear but I have been doing great. Jack nurses like a champ and we both caught on real quick, I don't think I'll have many problems.

I'm very proud of myself for getting to 7cm without an epi, I tolerated the ctrx fairly well, I thought, I just knew there was no way I wanted to even try 8, 9 & 10.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Jack's 1st office visit

Jack had his first dr appt today, he's 5 days old.

He weighed 7 lbs 10.2 ozs and was 20 1/2" long. His head circumference was 35cms.

Everything looked good and they were real happy with his weight gain.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

39 week appointment

Ok. I'm home with a not so exciting report.

Let me just say that first... Everything looked good.

Last week I was 2cm and 75%.
This week I was 3cm and 75%.

He said that the baby is engaged in my pelvis. He stripped my membranes and made me a "loose" 3cm (yowza! that hurt) and caused me to bleed quite a bit.

They have me on the wait list for an induction but that will only happen after the 12th, they will not induce me before so if something comes open after the 12th I will be getting a call from either my dr's office or the hospital.

And that's it.

Monday, December 4, 2006

December 4th, I'm still here.

I feel further away from labor than ever. My appt was Tues and since then the ctrx have gotten futher and further apart to almost non-existent until last night from 6-7:30pm they were right on top of each other but I wasn't at all concerned so I knew it wasn't time and then they petered out and went away. I, honestly, think that I was having ctrx last night b/c I was hungry and we were waiting for the potatoes to finish cooking in the crock pot before we ate. Once I ate, it was all down hill.

Plus, Bill and I had sex yesterday morning and I walked probably 2+ miles yesterday.... and when I listened to Jack's heart beat on the monitor this morning, I couldn't find it at first - why? - b/c he is so stinking high and it took me a while to think to go a little higher. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Then, I thought my appt was tomorrow. I was excited for the dr to tell me my progression and to stir things up again but alas I realized yesterday that my appt isn't until Wed. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhh! At my appt I will ask the dr that I not go past the 13th (my edd) only b/c of Christmas, otherwise, I'd sit back and enjoy the ride.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Saturday, December 2

So I sit here and I wait for Jack to kick my body into labor. It's Saturday and Bill's at work like usual. I've decided not to bust my ass today but that's mainly b/c just about everything has already been taken care of and I have no plans.

Shame on my dr for getting my hopes up that I would have Jack soon. What did he say? He didn't think I would make it through the week or was it that I wouldn't make it another week (to my next appt on Tues)? I don't know but this almost seems like torture.

Now, I know that I'm only 38wks 3d today so while I struggle everyday not knowing if or when I'm going into labor (especially with all the braxton hicks) - this week - I know that I should be patient b/c Jack will let me know when he's good and ready. However, I have all the signs that labor could happen at any moment. As of Tuesday, I was 2cm dilated, 75% effaced and he stripped my membranes. Thursday I lost my mucous plug. Friday we had sex. This morning (tmi ahead) I had diarrhea and went for a walk and nothing... well, maybe one braxton hicks so far today and it's almost 1:30pm.

I guess just keep me in your thoughts so that when it does happen everyone will be safe and healthy. I'm off to finish folding a load of laundry and to watch a movie.