Hiya, everyone, sorry I haven't been around, but, hey, I was out there delivering a baby!!!!
Tuesday, at midnight, Mac woke me up and asked me if I was okay.... Aparently, I was whimpering in my sleep. I then went back to sleep, but woke up at 4AM (that seemed to be my time!) and was having repeated contractions. I waited untill 6 AM, told Mac we had to go (but I thought it was another false alarm). We went into Labor and Delivery where they monitored me and said my contrax were 3-5 min apart and very regular. They did an internal exam and noted I was 75% effaced (which was a change from 50% effaced).
The doctor, Dr Christine De La Garza (SHE ROCKS!) said she wanted to monitor me a bit longer. At this point, I sent Mac to work 'cause it seemed like we would just go on home later on that day....I was monitored for about 3 more hours (till about 1045AM) and then the nurse checked me again. I had dialated to 1 cm.
Since I had already had 2 c-sections, Dr De La Garza was concerned because I was also having sharp pains where my scar was located. She explained the risks of having a baby at 36 weeks (possible NICU hospitalization, etc.) we decided to go on ahead with the c-section.
I called my dad first and let him know. Then, I called Mac to let him know about what time the section would take place. In fact, I called everyone who I wanted to know...and let them know!!! :LOL
I was prepped, then I was given a spinal block/epidural combination. The anesthesiologist was fabulous. When I started panicking that I couldn't catch my breath, he said, "I can give you oxygen... Is that acceptable to you?" I told him yes and he put the prongs in my nose. It was not uncomfortable at all. In fact, about 5 seconds afterwards, I felt perfectly fine. I was lucid (my other c-sections I wasn't), I was confident, and ready to go. I was asking question after question to everyone and they would answer me with as much details as possible.
During the c-section, Mac gave me a running commentary of what was going on. I asked him what it looked like, what they were doing, how were they doing it... We talked about a ton of different things and they let me know they were getting ready to deliver Adam. The minute they pulled him out, he just wailed and hollered and was generally pissed off. That made me feel great because that meant he was breathing well.
He is GORGEOUS. He has white blond hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows. You can tell he is of Scandinavian descent. Adam weighed in at 7lbs 1oz, and was born at 221PM on March 30, 2004. He is 18 1/4 in long.
While the Docs finished up (I also had a tubal ligation...no more for us!), Mac held Adam and we fell madly in love with him. I was moved into recovery and I was wide awake. I got to carry Adam into the recovery room and hold him and try to nurse him. He wasn't very interested. The nursery came to do their assessment and noted that Adam was grunting (a common problem in c-section babies) and decided to move him into the transition nursery which is located in the NICU.
I spent the whole time in recovery twiddling my thumbs and just psyched! Mac went back to work 'cause, really, there was no reason for him to be there... Nothing going on! :LOL After the recovery room, they moved me upstairs.
My mom, dad, and Connor (my oldest) came to visit... At this time, I found out some bad news. Adam was having mild respiratory distress, so he was admitted to the NICU. They then told me they were doing a blood culture on Adam to see if he had an infection...It turns out, he did (at this time, the labs say so. They did repeat labs and tomorrow morning I find out if he really does or not....). So, unfortunately, Adam has to stay in the NICU. He may come home on Sunday, or, more likely, next Friday.
I just got home today and I will say that I am so glad we had Adam when we did. Apparently, my scar was so thin, it was transparent. I could've ruptured at any time. What a relief!
Adam is one heck of a nurser and loves to snuggle. The NICU nurses let me nurse him on demand when I'm there, not ever worrying about their schedule. The lactation consultants helped me with getting a breast pump and figuring out how much time I should spend in the NICU vs. getting rest for myself.
Today, I spent most of the day with Adam, snuggling, nursing, cuddling, all the things I love to do. It was so hard leaving him... But I know it's really for the best and he'll be home soon... Then we'll party!!!
I hope this isn't too rambling, I'm on painkillers for my incision. I really had a fantastic delivery and an up and down time afterwards. I just remind myself that I at least know Adam will be coming home in a week, worst case scenario. Period. With my twins, I had no idea when they would get out of the NICU.
So, that's where I've been for the last 4 days!
Adam Rayvin Messick
March 30, 2004, 2:21 P.M., CST
San Antonio, Texas
7 lbs. 1 oz., 18 1/4 inches long
(He's my biggest baby!)
Blond hair, newborn grey eyes.