Elim's birth story and first 2 weeks xposted
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|Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:17pm|
I wrote this about a week ago, Elim arrived on valentines day!
Last Sunday I started having contractions that for the first time actually were a bit painful. After several hours of them being 3-5 minutes apart and hurting a lot I decided to go in, but I was still only 3 cm dilated, after rechecking in an hour and finding I was still the same they sent me home. I spent the next eight hours curled up in a ball in pain. I tried everything, a warm bath, tylenol but they only got worse. So I went in again at 8:30 and still, I was at 3 cm. The nurse checking me "helped" me a little by sweeping my membranes and stretching my cervix a little. After that she wanted me to walk around for an hour and it would hopefully bring me to a 4, so they could admit me. I never got to walking around though because as she was stretching a band popped, I opened to a 5 and it was instant admission! I got an epidural within 30-45 minutes and it was fantastic! A few hours before I ended up delivering him, his heart rate began to drop down to the 80s but occasionally to the 60s for a second or two, and I was honestly terrified something was going to happen to him. I was finally complete at about 5, but they wanted me to labor down a bit as my OB was coming on at 5:30. So 6 pm rolls around, and my nurse comes in for some "practice pushing". I guess I did a good job because after 3 she said she'd have me try one more time then she'd call the doctor. Then changed her mind and said she should probably call her in just in case. Good thing she did, because my doctor came in and my next round of pushing out came his head. His cord was wrapped around his neck once, so instead of having me push slow she had me push hard while she protected his throat. I didn't know that his cord was wrapped around his neck at the time though, I think she wanted to keep me calm and not start freaking out. He was born at 6:46 pm weighing in at 8 lb 2 oz, and 21 1/3 inches long and screaming. That was the best sound ever. Because I had to push hard and quick I tore so had to be stitched up, luckily my epidural was amazing because I felt none of this! He was gorgeous, and such a big little guy! The next couple of hours I spent holding him and breastfeeding him, he latched on like a champ! After a few hours I finally had feeling back in both legs and was able to get up and to the bathroom, then they moved me upstairs to the postpartum room. Charles wasn't able to make it in time for his birth, but he arrived in Hawaii shortly after I was moved so daddy and Elim were able to have a bit of a skype date. That first night I hardly slept, I was so scared that something was going to happen to him. Then the next afternoon Charles arrived, he came in alone to meet Elim. He didn't cry, but I did! He spent the night that night. Elim was up constantly though, I think because they gave him the hepatitis B shot that night, so he was fussy because of that. Thankfully one of my nice nurses volunteered to watch him for a bit so I was able to get about an hour and a half of sleep. Early Wednesday evening we were able to go home, it is such a different feeling being wheeled down to the car with a live baby in your arms instead of a few memory boxes. It was priceless!