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My name is Magnus William and it's been a rough few days for my Mummy so I thought I'd write my birth story.
Mummy went into hospital on the evening of the 8th March to be induced. I remember hearing her have an argument with her doctor about using something called Cytotec. Mummy said she didn't want that and if that's what they were using then we were leaving the hospital. Anyway, she won and they agreed to use Cervadil instead. As it turned out, it didn't matter as I had already been trying to find my way out and as Mummy was already 3cm dilated the doctor said she could just rest for the night. It was a bumpy night though so I think Mummy must have spent most of it awake on the L&D bed.
The next day the nice nurse came in and started Mummy's pitocin. To start with it was fine but very soon I could tell Mummy was in lots of pain and I can tell you that the contractions were one on top of the other. I knew I had to try to make my way out and was trying very hard but my head just wouldn't move down to put pressure on Mummy's cervix. Mummy's life was made harder because my heart rate was dropping with every contraction unless she was on her left side which meant she couldn't move and had to stay on a monitor. It made Mummy sad but after a few hours of strong contractions one on top of the other she had a walking epidural which calmed her down and made Daddy much less worried. The doctors kept the pitocin going for another few hours but I just couldn't find my way out and my heart rate was getting higher and higher. Just when Daddy and Grandma left to get something to eat the doctor came in and I heard him suggest a c-section. Mummy cried.
Daddy came back very quickly and it all happened in a flash after that. Mummy says she doesn't remember much but she does remember the doctor giving a lesson about the clever ways he does things which means that she is meant to heal much quicker. I also remember hearing her ask why I wasn't crying - I wasn't even out yet!
When I did come out everyone was shocked, I had a true knot in my umbilical cord. Some people say that's lucky, Mummy thinks she's lucky I made it and that she had a c-section after all. The next thing people commented on were the size of my feet and how tall I am. I take after Daddy! One of the nurses said they'd better call Mike Shannahan as there was a new Redskin in training!
I nursed as soon as Mummy was in the recovery area and have a great latch. The only problem is that Mummy doesn't have any milk which makes me cry in pain - Mummy knows it's the pain cry, it's the same one as when they stuck me in the heel to take blood.
We came home on Friday afternoon, less than 48 hours after I arrived. Mummy and Daddy love me so much and are so pleased I made it here safely. Mummy needs to stop worrying so much though!
Here are some pics
Last edited by aitch; March 23rd, 2011 at 08:25 PM.
Like I said in my post - I keep remembering things. Like the fact that part of the reason for the c/s was the meconium in the amniotic fluid when my water broke. Also, all that pitocin and contractions had me dilate barely another cm and I remember the nurse saying that was being generous! Weird how it slowly comes back to you.