Reposted for Ashleyhaugh:
another baby is here
Tristan David was born monday october 1st at 1133
i started having contractions saturday night- i noticed when i got up to pee, but it wasnt bad enough to keep me awake. i had contractions all day sunday (back labor, which seriously sucked- i never felt a "regular" contraction) but it was nothing regular, although they were painful. about midnight on sunday, it got to the point where i couldnt sleep anymore- i didnt want to bother david if i didnt have too, since he had class in the morning, so i spent some time in the shower and stuff to see if it would help, but at about 2 i woke him up and told him i didnt think hed be going to school that day, lol...
we got to the hospital at about 3- i was 4cm..... at about 9 i caved and asked for an epidural, even though i didnt really want one, but thouse back pains were killer, lol... i was still 4cm then.... they got all that done at about 930.....david went to get some breakfast (neither one of us had eaten since 8pm, and the nurse pretty much kicked him out- which is good, he needed to eat), and i started to doze off, since i couldnt feel anything anymore.... about 10 minutes later the anesthesiologist came to check on me, and his heart rate had dropped really low- bad enough that she grabbed an OB walking down the hallway, instead of paging mine, lol, and a bunch of nurses.... they tried having me change positions and all that stuff, and nothing was working. i was still only 4cm then- they tried pitocin, to see if it would make the contractions stronger so i would dialate, and it didnt work, it kept dropping, they tried lowering the dose, didnt work, and even after turning it off, it still kept dropping. i hadnt been hooked up to the pump for the epi at that point, so i was feeling contractions again, and they started talking emergency c-section, and called david to come back..... they finished the epi, and people atarted getting ready.... david got back, and shortly after that they took me in to surgery.
Tristan David was born at 1133, and weighed 8lbs 10oz and was 20 inches long. apgars were 8 and 9, and daddy went with him to the nursery while i was finished up and sent to recovery...... it took nearly an hour to get me sewn up (for some reason i kept looking at the clock, lol) and i think it was about another hour after that before david was able to bring me the baby in recovery- he kept trying to, but they kept saying we have to do this, or this person needs to be here, about stupid stuff until he finally said look its been 2 hours, and my wife only got a glimpse of her baby. the plan was for her to get him ASAP after birth, and while i understand why that didnt happen, this is taking too long, give me my baby- he brought him to me in recovery, and i had him with me the whole time after that, except the trips to the nursery for vitals twice a day.....
we were released on wednesday, a day early.... it was great having david there with me, being a nursing student, he was an awesome advocate for me. they were going to keep me on a clear liquid diet overnight, but he talked to the nurse, and i ended up getting something to eat about 10pm that night.... i still had those stupid hose on that are supposed to help with circulation on on tuesday, after i was up and walking around (and they didnt fit right, and were bunching up around my claves and ankles and felt like they were cutting off my circulation), and he got them to let me finally take them off..... i think he annoyed the nurses, lol, but he made sure i was taken care of... he doesnt get much leave, since he cant miss much class, so he went to work tuesday and wednesday, and is took thursday and friday off, then the 3 day, and hes got to go back on tuesday.
im disapointed with the birth as a whole- everything i didnt want to happen did, and it seems like everything that could have went wrong did. and i cant help but wonder if his heart rate dropped because of the epidural, but theres no way to know that.....but baby and i are both healthy, and thats what matters. next time will be different i know... and it worked out i guess- if i hadnt got an epi, i would have had to been completely knocked out for surgery. the hospital stay itsself wasnt so bad
we're adjusting pretty well to being home. the dogs think hes strange, but arent bothering him, lol.... hes nursing well, and sleeps decently at night.... i get one 3-4 hour stretch, so thats not bad. david is a super proud daddy, and loves showing him off.... im healing well, fine except for soreness where my staples are
i have pics in hubby's facebook account, but im not sure how to link that here, or if you have to be a friend to see them- if someone knows, can you help me?