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John and I got up at 4am on Wednesday morning to get showered and ready to head to the birthing center, we were scheduled to be induced at 6am. We were not supposed to be induced until Saturday the 6th but on Monday my blood pressure finaly crossed into the pre-eclampsia danger zone and I was started to leak more protein and had gotten a headache that wouldn't really go away so it was more than obvious I had the condition. She decided to move me up to Wednesday so we could do it right at 37 weeks. I cried all day Monday and Tuesday for no reason in particular, just stressed out because of the change I suppose. I don't do well when plans like that change last minute, I had my whole week out.

Anyway so we arrived, took one last "belly" picture, I peed in a cup and got changed into a gown. We took a picture of that, the gown I mean, and I heaved myself into the bed. In comes out good friend who 's a tech and made sure to be there that day for us, along with a tech that was actually on duty to put my IV in. Guess I'm not over my needle phobia? I got extremely ill during and right after and my super high blood pressure dropped super low and I almost passed out and kind one of the few things I remember was a nurse saying over and over again "she's white as a sheet" and then giving instructions. They lost Nicholas' heartbeat on the monitor and then couldn't find it again. Before I knew what was happening or had a minute to catch my breath John and seven nurses were all over me :( and the doctor was being called in. Guess they paged her in the shower b/c she came running in hair wet and unbrushed with socks that didn't match five minutes later. From what I understand when my blood pressure dropped in response to me getting faint over the IV line it caused Nicholas' oxygen supply to drop by a lot and slowed his heart rate down into the 60's. They got everyone stable and the doctor told me that you/baby only get one chance at a stunt like that so she wanted to be prepared to do a c-section if it happened again which ment she wanted me to have an epidural before we even started the pitocin to induce the real contractions. She also broke my water so internal monitors could be placed for Nicholas. They were going to give me an hour to 1/2 or so to rest before they got the pitocin and I would get the epi at some point in that hour 1/2. With my water having been broken though some contractions were making themselves known right away and Nicholas wasn't tolerating even the super mild ones without drops in heart rate which scared everyone since he's always done so well on the tests before during contractions. The doc came back in looked at the readout. The verdict was to cancel the order for the epidural and to take me to the O.R. right then where they did a spinal instead. She said with Nicholas' seeming to be in distress over the minor contractions she couldn't possibly do anything to make those contractions stronger and put me into real labor since something seemed to be wrong and there was no way to tell what it was, they just needed to get him out.

They rushed us off to the O.R. and once again I had a needle to face... but the tech who was a friend of mine held my hand for that since John couldn't be in the O.R. until everything was prepped and ready.

Nicholas Sean was born at 9:23 AM and weighed 6lbs 10oz, and was 19 inches long. John was crying so hard he could barely get photos to bring over and show to me on the camera. I was to upset, scared, shaken to really care and wouldn't hold him at all for the longest time. I will refrain from sharing any photos of me, I was so drugged. They put me on medication right after delivery to stop any seizures I might develop and I had to be on that for 24 hours. It wasn't super fun but there were other places I had tubes running in and out of so it was one of those things that you just add to the list of unhappy things that you just get over.

Nicholas is doing fine, no trouble at all except he's having a hard time getting the hang of nursing. There was no cord wrapped around his neck or prolapsed or any other obvious issue they could see for the cause of his distress, just one of those things I suppose. I got to come home this evening and I think once I get over being so overwhelmed and lost I'll settle into parenthood and be ok too. John is thrilled and taking good care of me and Ncholas. He's not left our side and has all next week off too.
 

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OMG HE IS SOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUUUUUUTE !!!!!!!!:beauty:

He looks like his father and John must be enormously proud : ))) !!!!!

Yeaaaayyyy - Nicholas is here and so beautiful and healthy - what a blessing !!!

Do not stress about every little thing and try to rest and relax : ))) now that such a difficult pregnancy ended with such a beautiful and healthy baby !!!!

May all of his days be filled with nothing but happiness , love and laughter and may he live to be a hundred : ))) !!!!

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I've been watching for this! I know you must have some soreness from the c-section, but I truly hope you get to feeling better physically right away. You've had such a rough time of it. I hope now that you can rest/heal and just be able to enjoy that sweet little bundle! He looks adorable and seems to be a really nice size for being three weeks early! You did a great job. And sounds like John is also doing a great job. Good luck in these early days. And if the nursing thing takes awhile - I understand that too. My first one didn't want to latch for the longest time. I ended up getting a shield that helped him latch and after a week of using it, it did seem to help. But in the end, he still ended up doing partial formula, partial "me".
I'll be curious to hear how the girls react to this new little boy in their house! :)
 

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Oh my soul WP!!! He is beautiful!! Congratulations to you and your hubby. I am so glad this ordeal is over for you with such a gift at the end of it all.

Welcome to the world Nicholas!!! May your life be enormously blessed!!!
 

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OMG I had a feeling this was happenning ! I have tears in my eyes for you :)
Thanks be to god that all are well Nicholas is here and it is over..
Welcome to the world little man ....
 

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Was he born on the fourth after all? :p

He is beautiful, Wonder and I'm sure you did great! Hold on to him, time flies by-Bella just turned a year old Thursday and it seems like yesterday I had her-I mean I can remember everything!

BTW- call me a freak (and I am a needle phobe too!) but I friggin loved the epidural...it rocked, I almost went to sleep...but it did make me claw at me face for some reason, ick!
 

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Congratulations! He looks like a real sweetheart. I remember very clearly the first week after delivery was a pretty big haze for me, a combo of the drugs from pre-e, the c-section and hospital time. Rest up and relax and enjoy him, they grow up so fast!
 

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A big CONGRATULATIONS to Mommy and Daddy, you must both be so proud. I agree, he does look just like his Daddy. Welcome to parenthood.
 

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Oh my goodness...even though I knew you would have a story to tell (about delivery in general..your good at those..lol) I didnt expect to hear this. Either way, you and Nicholas are well and home now. Sounds to me like you were quite brave considering all you've been throug for your first pregnancy. Good job momma!!

As for Nicholas....he looks wonderful and so much like daddy right now. He's too cute! So, tell me how you like mommyhood so far? I know you must be sore and that has to be hard. But isnt it just amazing knowing you guys made something so sweet and precious!!
 

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Congrats. He could not look any cuter!! SO glad you both came through well and healthy. Now comes the fun part, parenthood ;) Buckle up!:)
 

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I had a feeling you had Nicholas. He is very sweet and precious. Look at that full head of hair! I'm so thankful that it sounds like he is healthy after such a big scare. It's a little disappointing you didn't get to have a more traditional birth (less traumatic for you and baby both), especially after you had such a tough pregnancy. Maybe next time ;)

It sounds like you are feeling overwhelmed. It's good to hear John is there to take care of you both. Such a proud Papa!!! Just be sure to take enough time to heal before you put yourself back in action.

Congratulations to your family!
 

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I've been checking every day to see if Nicholas is here yet. I'm sorry to hear about your scary delivery. Sounds like your doctor was right on top of everything and kept you both safe, though.

Nicholas is extremely cute and I love all that black hair. He sure looks like John.

Congratulations to all of you. Here's hoping that you'll settle into a nice calm routine now. I'm glad that John is home to look after you for the first week. Can't wait to see more pictures of all of you.
 
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