Thursday, June 12, 2008

Birthing story take 2

Ok where were we ... Oh yes .. arriving at the hospital. We called our parents and a few friends to let them know that our plans had changed ... meaning baby sooner than anticipated. I went up to L&D Admin to find out that my OB's office already notified them of my arrival. I checked in, was brought upstairs to a room and was hooked up for more N.ST monitoring. The nurse informed me that my ob's office told them that I could not get any meds until 6pm - they wanted to make certain the hep.arin was out of my system. (I had the shot at 6am) So we waited, they tried and tried and tried some more to get iv's started, labs drawn, etc.. have I ever mentioned that I am a "hard stick" .. took 4 tries to get the IV working (Had to call the "IV team experts" which later I had to end up getting another one after delivery because they thought the first one stopped working)

Around 5 the OB came - She let me know that she and Dr Wonderful had a bit of a "disagreement" Monday morning when he called her about my 4cm dilation and Wednesday induction. They had a difference in medical opinions and practices and My OB thought the amino was not a wise choice - nor was she ok with his wanting to induce me on Wednesday. It was too late for me to draw my own opinion, I was already in active labor dilated to 6cm. She talked with the dr who was going to do my epidural - they all agreed the Hep. was out of my system ~5:30pm and all things were a go for the epidural. I received the epidural around 6:15 ish. (OMG AMAZING Miracle drug- think what you want of me)
(ok gonna get a lil graphic)
The baby was turned face up toward the va jeeen and I had to roll from extreme side to sides for about 3 hours in hopes to get the baby to turn the way the dr wanted. The nurse checked my cervix again after the flipflopping side to side to help position baby and found I was 10cm dilated. She called the dr and she advised the nurse to have me push and see what I could do - I pushed and the nurse yelled OK GOOOD STOP ... The dr came back in around 11:15pm - I was cleared to start pushing and at 12:02 Mini arrived safe and sound. The ob dr had E pull/guide the baby and actual do the delivering. I think he was shocked and traumatized but very glad he was allowed to partake that much in the birth. I tore a little, had to have a few stitches (this is when my epidural pretty much stopped working)

The pushing was a bit of a challenge - it was hard to tell if/how to push during contractions because of the epidural - but I learned to compensate. It was a GIANT flood of emotions when Mini was actually delivered and placed on my chest. I just cried and cried for a good 5 minutes. It felt A-MA-Zing. They cleaned me and the baby up, I asked E what his name was - he declared Austin ... so We went with it. (the other nurse in the room found out that I was a patient of Dr Wonderful's - she was floored because she worked for him in Michigan and didn't know he was in FL- she was so excited and asked me for his office number) That nurse, tested A for his blood sugars. They were all good, he was being assesed and I was being cleaned up.

After 1 hour, E went down to let our families come up one at a time to meet Baby A. They were all so thrilled and excited - It just felt so magical really. It was by far a greater birthing experience I had imagined and everything was just on our side. I was/am beyond pleased with the L&D unit and my experience. About 2 hours after delivery, I got REALLY nauseous and ended up throwing up pretty good. I think it was coming off a high mentally and physically. Poor E got hit with it and had to get a pair of scrubs (we forgot to pack a few of his items because we were a little rushed for time)

Around 3:30-4 I was moved to my post partum room. I was EXHAUSTED. We crashed.
(ack gotta stop again - will continue later)

21 comments:

waitinginline said...

I am so so so so happy that things went so well for you!!!!! (about time, huh?) And so so so so happy that he's here and safe and happy and in your arms. And so not shocked that your MFM and OB disagreed...again. But who cares, now! Because he's here, now! <3

Wow...E helped deliver. How cool is that!

vamplita said...

Many, many congratulations to the Fertilized family, Farah! I'm thrilled to see that baby A is here and that the both of you are well!

momofonefornow said...

I can totally commiserate with the nausea after the fact. They were wheeling me back to my room after my C and I was tossing my cookies all the way down the hall. It might have been embarrassing had I had the capacity to care at that point.

Congrats on the baby!

Morrisa said...

Amazing!!

Mr. & Mrs. M@sk said...

Holy crap but it's like you only got your BFP yesterday! Congrats! xo

Rachel Inbar said...

Great story - I've never seen anyone post theirs so fast!

I think you'll be laughing about that vomit for decades :-)

Kathy V said...

THat is so exciting. I started to cry as I read this post too. I a glad things went well for you, E and Mini. THat is neat that he got to participate in the birth. I am just so ecstatic that your boy is here and doing well.

Jen said...

It sounds like a wonderful moment for your family! You'll never forget how awesome that feels. Even after everything we have gone through to get here, after baby is born somehow it doesn't seem so bad. Many congratulations!!

Chas said...

I've heard before that an epidural can have the vomit effect on some. I knew a girl that had the same reaction. I didn't have that reaction to it myself, but of course my epidural didn't work, so I think I'd have taken the vomit over the pain of labor, lol.

It sounds like everything went really well! Could you have asked for a better labor?? It's a little funny that your OB chose to tell you that she didn't agree with your MFM after it was already done, but maybe she just wanted you to know that for a possible next time?

Mel said...

Wow, this is incredible. I still just cannot believe he came so fast and you, my dear, are a MOTHER!

alison said...

I love this!! So glad to everything went so well!! :)

Did you have names picked out ahead of time? Or did E have the final say? I think it's cute you write, "I asked E what his name was - he declared Austin".

Get some rest, dear! :)

Marcy "meg" said...

Thank you so much for posting your story. Did you guys have a list of names and that was what was finally decided? Just curious! Sorry about tossing your cookies... but I am sure you felt better afterwards! I can't wait to see more of baby A. Are you guys home now?

Adriane said...

Love the details. Sounds like a great experience (albeit with a worn off epidural and some puking). Can't wait to see more pics!! Hope you are resting.

Katie said...

I cried when I read the part about you crying when A was placed on your chest. I dream about that moment.

I am so glad that all of your dreams came true, Farah, and that it was a relatively "easy" birth. I am so proud of you!

Jen said...

I am loving the story!

Shelby said...

I'm so glad to hear that all went so well!! Sounds like a picture-perfect delivery! So cool that E got to help deliver babyA. Just awesome!

alicia said...

CONGRATS!!!

You know I see you comment everywhere, I love your little picture. And the first time around from NaComLeavMo, I didn't even notice it was you! So I am glad to have found your blog and will check back often!

here from NaComLeavMo

sara said...

I had to laugh when they told you to wait and not push, that must be easier said than done! I'm glad things went smoothly and that you're doing well! Can't wait to see more pictures of the baby and you! Congrats!

Joanna said...

Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Say that to yourself until you can believe its real. Glad to hear everything went well.

Geohde said...

Just so thrilled for you,Farah,

J

Barb said...

GREAT recounting. Love hearing how you felt during...

Amazing that E got to deliver!! What a story for later!