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On Saturday I went to L&D and was diagnosed with a bladder infection and sent home on bed rest and to do a 24-hour urine collection. I was told to make an appt for Monday to be seen.
On Monday, they had me get seen in L&D because I was seeing stars and the hospital is where they like to have people drop off the 24-hour urine anyways. DH was working from home because of Hurricane Sandy but I thought the monitoring would be no big deal so I went to L&D by myself. I got there about 10am.
I was monitored for a few hours and had a few high BPs, but nothing bad. My OB was the one at the hospital on Monday and she came in and told me that I had a mild case of Toxemia in Pregnancy aka pre-eclampsia and that since Sean was 37 weeks it was safest to just induce. I called DH and we agreed to the induction and decided he would finish work before heading to the hospital since we were told it'd be a while.
I was started on Cytotec to ripen my cervix since I cannot have Cervadil due to my asthma. I made great progress with the first dose, so they thought I'd only need 2 doses, but the second dose was at 9pm and they gave me a sleeping pill, for which I laid down and gravity no longer worked, so it took 4 doses, until 9am, to get me to be able to start on Pitocin. They broke my water at 1pm and we thought it'd be quick!
Again, I laid down to rest after getting my epidural around 4:30 and gravity was not my friend. At 7pm they were concerned about my progress, so I sat up and started to get great progress again.
At around 9 I was fully dilated and effaced so we starred pushing at around 9:30. Sean's heartrate kept skyrocketing, my BP went up, I registered a fever, and despite an hour and a half of what the OB called perfect pushing, Sean was still not descending. At this point there was also meconium in the waters so the OB decided it was best to perform a c-section.
I was so scared and was swearing I'd never do this again. I wanted the baby out of me, but didn't at the same time. DH was trying to help calm me down and I was taking deep breaths because I didn't want to have to be put under and miss out on my precious boy's birth!
I'd been telling all the doctors and nurses that it was our first anniversary and they were all encouraging each other to get a move on so we could have our anniversary baby! It was also the anesthesiologist's birthday, so he wanted to make sure Sean was born before midnight for that reason, too!
At 11:49 Sean Jackson was born at a whopping 8lbs and 20.5" long at 37 weeks!!! His cries were like music to my ears! He was an anniversary baby with just 11 minutes to spare! They let DH look over the curtain, but I didn't get to see him for about 15 minutes because they had to really take a close look at him due to my fever and the meconium. The OB said if we'd waited even a few more hours to deliver he would have been one sick little boy!
They let me hold him on the way back to a L&D room, where we would stay for 24 hours because they needed to give me magnesium and closely monitor me because of my pre-eclampsia, fever, and increased risk of seizures. I was able to feed Sean and he latched like a pro! The nurses were all so impressed since c-section babies, especially when they are induced, tend to have a hard time nursing.
After I fed him, they took him to the nursery for a few hours to do his assessments, bathe him, and give him IV antibiotics. I was so excited when they brought him to us at 4am and let us room in. Aside from a few trips to the nursery when he needed assessments and anti-biotics, he's been with us ever since. I feel so badly that he needs an IV, but I know there was nothing I could have done. I had one high temp and they were just being cautious. He has also had a few bottles because his blood sugar was so low and you can't force-feed a breast but he doesn't seem to suffer at all. In fact, we're letting him use a pacifier now because he needs it to soothe and was doing so well with switching.
We were moved into a regular postpartum room at 1am. We'll be here until Saturday or Sunday. We are so in love with our little boy! I'm so glad I didn't make a birth plan because absolutely nothing, besides having a beautiful baby boy, went according to plan. Instead of regret I'm filled with peace that all along we've made the right decisions for the health and well-being of our son and you can't get any better than that!
What a birth story! He is just perfect in every way, you did an unbelievable job carrying him and should feel like a million dollars!!
Thank you Shortcake for my beautiful siggy..]
Momma of 8 beautiful children now. Most recent is Jerry Jr. born 11/19/12 at 37wk, 7lbs 6oz and 19.5inches and Baby Reymundo born 10/7/13 at 35w6d, 6lbs 7oz, 19.5 inches. Momma of 5 angels. New siggy to come!
Good job momma, he is adorable! I am SO sorry about what you went through with the preclampsia and the induction, I am just so happy to hear everything is okay! It's also really awesome he got born on your 1 year anniversary
Missing Angels: Sept '11 - 4 weeks & Nov '11 - 4 weeks 3 days