So here is my baby boy - weighing in at 10lb 11 oz!
And here is our first photo together.
So as the pictures give away, Oscar arrived via c-section. Although this was about as far away as you could get from our birth plan, I regret nothing and am so, so happy to be snuggling with my healthy son!
On Monday, I went in for a routine exam with the midwives and after reporting that I hadn't felt him move for a while, they hooked me up for a non stress test, which he promptly failed. His heartbeat was fine, but there wasn't much variation and he wasn't moving So then, they sent me to the hospital for another test and told me to eat along the way. At the hospital he received a 6/10 on a biophysiological profile test (sp?). He wasn't breathing in the amniotic fluid and he still wasn't varying his breaths. A 6/10 isn't great, but it's not terrible either. So they offered to retest in a day or two, a pitocin induction or a scheduled c-section. The reason for the c-section was because of how big they were estimating him to be (over 10) and shoulder issues. The midwife and doctor really worked together and were great. I didn't feel pressured either way. They both said that if they were in this situation they honesty wouldn't be able to say what they would do.
I have to say, I was amazed at how quickly my brain went from "the most natural, no intervention experience as possible" to "whatever provides the greatest chance of my son getting out healthy." We have a cousin who has severe cerebral palsy and brain damage from getting stuck in the birth canal. We also have a friend who has permanent shoulder damage from a birth injury. Of course all of these things are very rare and unlikely, but I couldn't stop thinking of then and crying. Anyway, my gut said c-section. I wasn't pressured, my mister told me he would support any decision and this is the one I made.
It was scary and I was nervous, but we got through it and by 8:55 pm I had a son. Recovery kind of sucks, but his face gets me through every minute and ache and pain.
Thanks for reading! And thanks for being a place that I feel I can share my story without being judged. I can't believe how much I love this little dude!!