Sunday, January 01, 2012
not quite the natural birth I had planned but so happy to see her and hear her cry
about 8 hours old
still have lots of pictures to download and pass on.
Janette, Leo and Jane
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
ok friends, here's my recap of today... I was on my way to my regular OB appointment, but had been up all night with really bad contractions. I called my OB's office and they said come to the hospital.
I arrived at the ER and was transported to labor and delivery. I waited for an assessment from the OB which basically said what I figured, I was effaced, but still hadn't dilated. They started an IV and gave me some pain meds to take the edge of the rather intense contractions I'd been having.
The docs decided to go ahead and go with an epidural even though I had been planning on no meds. The last 3 days of intense contractions made me realize that it wasn't happening without some sort of intervention. The epidural worked like a champ.
They broke my water.
They checked me again I had dilated to 8cm. They told me that I would probably completely dilate within the hour and I could start pushing then. Another recheck some time later said I was 9cm.
They decided to start me on pitocin to speed things up a bit.
When they checked me again, I hadn't really progressed again.
Finally I had the go ahead to starting pushing... that lasted all of about 30 minutes when one of the other docs came in and checked me. I wasn't completely dilated...
So back to pitocin....
Finally completely dilated and started pushing... I didn't realize how long I'd been pushing, but I still wasn't making a whole lot of progress. They decided to use the vacuum puller to assist her delivery. It didn't work. At this point, I was in terrible pain. Another check of her, the doc realized her head was wedged in my pelvis and she wasn't going to pass through. She was deceling and also had meconium present. They decided to do an urgent c-section.
She was wedged in so tight that I could feel them pulling and pulling to get her out of me. I didn't think they were going to ever stop. Finally they got her out, I heard her cry once. The NICU team whisked her away and did their thing clearing her airway. The nurse said the amount of meconium in her airway was a lot. So much so, they couldn't intubate her. They got her suctioned out and gave her back to Leo.
In the meantime, I had lost 1500cc's of blood and was very hypotentsive. They bolused me 2.3 liters of fluid trying to get my pressure up. In the end, I was okay.
She's already a champ at breastfeeding. 25 solid minutes.
She's 8 pounds and 22 inches long born 12/27/2011 at 11:37PM... and sleeping like a champ right beside me.
I'm still in a great deal of pain, but I couldn't be any more happy right now.
Love to all of you
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thank you Robin for reminding me to post an update. :)
No baby yet. The doc said they will not let me go past 41 weeks, so if she decides to be REALLY stubborn, I will be induced between Christmas and New Year.
I went yesterday for a doctor's appointment. Everything looked and sounded fine. I am almost fully effaced, but dilated less than a cm. My next appointment is Tuesday. I'm assuming they will schedule the induction then.
Went for a massage today. Felt great, but I'm still pregnant. :)
I've tried all the old wives' tales, but I've drawn the line at castor oil. Not going to happen folks... Spicy food, walking, stairs, sex, pineapple, wine, etc. If you have any other suggestions, let me know!
My Mom still swears that Miss Jane will make her appearance on Friday. She's been right about everything else. I hope she's right again!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Janette, Leo and Jane
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I went for my ultrasound this morning... All in all everything looked really good.
She is definitely head down and "locked and loaded". Her little hand was giving us the "thumbs up" in the pictures. It was very cute.
She's measuring 3 days ahead of where she was at 20 weeks with my revised due date of December 18. I'm still convinced she's coming on the full moon this weekend!
Now for the OMG moment... her estimated weight TODAY is 8 pounds 14oz. OMG!!! That's a big baby! I'm really really okay with her coming early... like tonight or tomorrow! :) I was hoping more for hubby sized baby... he was 6lbs 8oz. :)
I will post as soon as I know anything else!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
I hope you all are having the mild winter we are so far. I've been enjoying the warmer temperatures lately. Although, the weather is predicting to be cold starting tomorrow and into the foreseeable future.
I went to the doctor yesterday. My doc won't and didn't do an internal exam unless they feel there's something wrong, so no checking for effacement and dilation until I go to the hospital in labor. However, upon external exam, they believe her head is down and VERY low in my pelvis, so they discussed what I should do should I go into labor as far as when to head to the hospital, etc.
For all you superstitious types, this Saturday night is a full moon and lunar eclipse... Hmmm.... :)
In case I hadn't mentioned it before, I go to a teaching hospital. I see two different residents who are both excellent. They decided, just to confirm the baby's position, to send me for an ultrasound tomorrow. I wasn't supposed to have anymore, so that threw up red flags in my head. I keep trying to tell myself that they are just being thorough and this is just for position confirmation.
The doctor estimated the baby around 7 pounds right now, but she said they are just educated guesses at this point without ultrasound or some other diagnostic.
I have gained *gulp* and I haven't made this public until now... 46 pounds. UGH. I keep telling myself its baby and fluid, baby and fluid... and I KNOW how to lose weight once I get the go ahead from the doctor. I want to lose a total of 57, since I was about 11 pounds over where I wanted to be when I found out I was pregnant. I also have a few fitness goals set - most notably, a half marathon in June. My goal is to FINISH it, not necessarily run the entire way, but complete all 13.1 miles. I thought about doing it with baby, but we will see how I feel about jogging with the stroller that far!
I know all my plans will probably get turned upside down in the next 2-3 weeks, but I figured I should start working on planning them now and revising them as need be.
I have started freezing healthy meals so that I am not tempted to have hubby pick up junk on his way home from work and fortunately there is no easy access to junk in relation to the house without driving quite a ways.
If I don't post again before then, Merry Merry Christmas friends!
Sending thoughts and love to all of you,
Janette, Leo and Jane
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