He is here!

Our dreams finally came true and our little man has arrived. We will call him J for short. I guess I’m not so sure I should say “little” because he arrived at a whopping 9 lbs. 8 oz. and 22 inches long. We desired a labor and delivery with the least amount of medical intervention, but it simply wasn’t meant to be especially not with his size.
At 40 weeks and 3 days, some contractions started a little after 1am and my water broke and began leaking at 2am. We checked in at the hospital around 3am, began the process of being admitted, confirmed that the fluid was amniotic, and got settled into a room (aka my hubby found the coffee machine).
At 4am, I was dilated to 2cm. After multiple laps around the loop in the maternity wing, I was still at 2cm at 8am, so pitocin was started to speed up dilation and zofran for nausea at 8:30am. John took a nap. The nurse planned to come in and check around 11 unless she saw reason to come in sooner on the monitors. Instead, I became alarmed by what I saw in the amniotic fluid during a bathroom trip, but the nurse wasn’t ready to call it meconium yet. After laboring on a ball while hubby rubbed my back and then laboring for a while in bed, the discharge that originally concerned me began to concern my hubby too and the nurse called it meconium in the amniotic fluid. The other unique thing was that baby J still had an intact bag on his head. Due to the meconium, we knew we needed to hurry things along since I was only about 4cm dilated, so the pitocin was increased.
At noon, still only 4 cm dilated, I was either going to puke and pass out or get an epidural, so epidural it was – it did take two pokes but it was placed perfectly. I was able to get a little bit of a nap in while my hubby updated the family. Very quickly I went from 4 cm to 8 or 9 cm because they were able to increase the pitocin and consequently the contractions much more with the epidural in action. Soon it was time to push and with the first push, that pesky bag that no one else was able to tear (except for J obviously) finally broke! After 2 hours of solid pushing, I needed and episiotomy and baby needed a little vacuum help during the last 2 contractions (8 pushes) and he arrived screaming and beautiful. Baby J was born at 4:56pm and came immediately to my chest while I cried and said “oh baby” too many times to remember. His eyes opened right away as he lay screaming on my chest having all his first exams performed – the most surreal moment of my life.
It wasn’t long after that our excellent doc realized the placenta would not detach. My uterus was so contracted that it was necessary to send me off to the O.R. for a D&C. They began to prepare for that transition as they shifted my babe over to the scale and we all saw his weight and height… I’m still in shock that he was so much larger than I anticipated! Woah.
I was awake but well medicated during surgery and my hubby brought baby J to me in the recovery room around 6:30pm. During surgery, the nurse came in to ask what I would like to do for feeding because I wanted to breast feed right away but the necessity for surgery overroad those desires, and with the options of formula or donated Breast milk, both my hubby and I chose the breast milk – good thing we were on the page with so many of our goals that even the unknown decisions were in unison. I had wanted both of us to have some alone time with baby before family came in, so he got his while I was in surgery and I had mine in the recovery room. It was beautiful.
At 7:30pm, I was taken back to our room and hubby brought the family in to meet the newest man in the house. Every moment since has been part of a huge learning curve but we are so in love and amazed by baby J.
I don’t mean to put my labor and delivery story out there to scare anyone or make anyone feel sympathy for me (though it is appreciated). We began with one goal on our birth plan: whatever is necessary to bring our babe safely into this world. We then added the desire to have the least amount of medical intervention possible. The latter of the two simply wasn’t meant to be (it’s almost funny how far from it we were) but I gave it my all and our first goal (and the very most important one) was achieved. We are just so glad our babe is finally here. Welcome baby J!

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lauren
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 07:20:14

    Oh! Yay! Oh baby! I was thinking that your silence this week meant that J had arrived! I’m so proud of your attitude about the needed interventions. With ourost recent complications, I have had to adjust my own expectations. I still have hope for a natural birth, but I just want Abby healthy!
    Anyway, he looks amazing and you are a trooper :) let me know if you need anything since we live in Denver :) I’m looking forward to tips from you soon!

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  2. Jenn
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 15:25:16

    Oh what wonderful news! Yay! Congratulations! He is adorably perfect!

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  3. fromheretomotherhood
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 16:15:07

    Congratulations! He is beautiful and I’m glad you can put the deviations from your ideal labor in perspective! Good luck. It’s not easy but it is amazing :)

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    • There Is A Chance
      Feb 15, 2014 @ 22:15:53

      Thank you! Amazing, it certainly is! I feel so thankful that we were in a hospital where we had all these forms of assistance to help us bring our babe safely into the world. What an amazing blessing to get to raise a child.

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  4. msfertility
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 22:32:55

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!! Congratulations! I just read your comment on my very last blog entry and was so moved! I’m over the moon for you xoxox

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    • There Is A Chance
      Feb 15, 2014 @ 22:17:29

      Oh, thank you! I had hoped to have “heavenly” music playing during labor and delivery, but even though it didn’t quite happen that way, I can play all the music I want now and have my little one hear it with me.

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  5. WTW
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 14:28:53

    Congratulations on your healthy, beautiful son! So thrilled for you!

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  6. theyellowblanket
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 13:19:22

    He’s beautiful! Congratulations to you. My baby J came on the 9th, so we were right on track again. What joy we’ve been given. :)

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  7. chels819
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:46:21

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    Reply

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