Lazarus James Sanchez is here! Born Monday, May 20, 2002, at 11:38 p.m. by C-section (sigh). Went in Monday morning for an NST, had another baby heart rate deceleration (4 minutes, from 140s to 90s) so, given that bebe had been eerily (though not entirely) quiet all weekend, doc asked if I was ready to induce. Yep - I've worried enough, and at 39 weeks, no big deal.... So the Cytotec went in around 3 p.m., and kicked off some contractions - not regular, but increasing in intensity, which was good - okay, we'll have this kid sometime Tuesday - until the decelerations started again. Around 10:30 p.m., doc said a c-section would probably be necessary, since bebe wasn't even tolerating early labor very well (figured he was wrapped in the cord, which made sense because he was so active until a month ago). I was okay with that because I trust the doc totally, so we went ahead with it.
I survived the spinal (visualized driving around Big Sur), and the c-section went fine (what's the big deal?? ...then the morphine wears off...
); I stayed in the hospital three days and thanked God for good nurses and rooming in, and a pro-breast-feeding atmosphere; Laz and I came home last night, and I am COMPLETELY overwhelmed but hanging in there. I have the sorest nipples on the planet (oh YES I do!!). I almost gave up breastfeeding last night after being gnawed on for over three hours straight (milk came in yesterday morning, thank God!!!!) but DH got me some Lansinoh and is helping me stay strong (in the midst of his overwhelming emotions), and I rented a breast pump today so I can let my nipples heal a bit and then switch off as needed (yeah, I know I'm risking "nipple confusion" - oh well).
ANYway, that's not the whole story, just wanted to ramble a bit. How bout those raging hormones? Holy crap. But Lazarus is just gorgeous - yep, I'm enraptured. I'm absolutely amazed that he came out looking quite a bit like me. Okay, time to feed him *before* he wakes up ravenous... love to you all - didn't even have time to read other posts but congrats to the other new moms, too!!!! Serenity, our babes share a birthday! (44 hours of labor... wow. WOW.) And I got my baby Taurus after all... (or did I??)
-love, Anna and Lazarus, born 5/20/2002