So as most of you know we had a baby in February! Life has been a roller coaster since then as you could imagine when you add another person to your family! Well I have been meaning to post our birth story & a post about his name too!! So as I say every time I have a lot of catching up to do! However, with a newborn at home & the inability to leave the house during the day I am hoping that my new routine will involve some more blogging!
8:00am Monday February 17, 2014 ~ I woke up and noticed that my pants were wet...ewe! I got out of bed & went to the bathroom like I normally do. When I came back to the bedroom I must have had a funny look on my face because my husband looked at me with concern! Well, my due date was 4 days ago so we are living on edge right now anticipating this child's arrival so at every little bump in the night we froze waiting for the next sign of labor! I told hubby that I thought my water broke & he jumped out of bed! After I calmed him down a little bit we took a shower, grabbed the bags & called L&D on our way out the door!
9:30am ~ We arrived at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center's Labor & Delivery unit & were put in a room where the nurse took my vitals while hubby & I smiled & giggled in excitement! She took a swab of the fluid I thought was amniotic to be tested for assurance. We waited for what seemed like an eternity that was really only an hour & a half for them to tell us that what we assumed was my water breaking was in fact not that. So in a bittersweet temperament we took our bags & went out to breakfast!
11:30am ~ Sitting at J.R. Rockers enjoying some fabulous pancakes & eggs & bacon (yum!) I started having contractions! Eeek! Okay well since we were just told that I am not in labor we have to wait to return to the hospital until my contractions are 3-5 minutes apart for 2 hours & at a pain level that I can not walk! Got it! With an unknown amount of time we decided to go rent some DVDs to pass the time! I must say that Season 1 of Duck Dynasty is the best way to spend your time while your body begins to go into labor! That is until you reach that level of pain that stops you in your tracks from the couch to the bathroom! Away we went back to the hospital!
6:00pm ~ Back in L&D in the same room we were in earlier in the day with the same nurse that sent us home earlier my vitals were checked again I was checked for dilation again, & then we were told that I was not dilated enough to be admitted so we could either go home or go walk around for an hour or so & then come back to be re-checked! We went for a walk! Starving, we had the brilliant, yet not so thought out plan, to go to the Dining Facility for dinner. We walked down what would be a normal 5 minute walk that took us about 30 minutes(still starving BTW! We haven't eaten since our pancakes!) not even aware of the fact that it is President's Day...let me explain. We were in a military hospital...a federal building...on a federal holiday = NOTHING WAS OPEN not even the Shoppette were we could have got a bag of chips! Luckily there were vending machines! But they were not cutting it! About an hour and a half later we found our way back to L&D where they hooked us up with takeout menus! We ordered a bunch of Italian food & I was checked for dilation again with an increase in pain & a hopeful nurse! She said I had not progressed much but she wanted to talk to the Dr before she sent us away...again! Well about an hour later our food showed up & so did the Dr with the news that we would not yet be admitted! So back home we went to spend some more time with the Robertson clan!
Christopher kept very good track of all of my contractions!
10:00pm ~ We are exhausted, starving & due to the poor road conditions & a sport suspension on our car, my contractions were much more intense & closer together by the time we got home! I couldn't eat, I couldn't walk, I tried bending over while standing, getting on my hands & knees, I could barely talk, I kept yelling for my husband to help me, I made monster noises that I could never repeat(unless of course I was in labor again!), I was leaning over the couch, I would slide onto the floor, my husband kept alternating hot & cold compresses on my back, I was breathing heavy & groaning loudly, I was sweating, the only way I could communicate would be in short bursts of a word or 2, but I was terrified to drive on that bumpy(painful) road again only to be sent home again! Soon hubby couldn't stand it anymore & he loaded us back up into the car & with a lot of "I am not letting you be in pain anymore, this is all I can do & I will not let them send us home again" reassurance I got in the car too! (Have a mentioned lately how awesome my husband is!)
11:00pm ~ "Oh hey there L&D its us, the Yates'! Long time no see eh?" That is what I probably would have said if I could have in fact said ANYTHING! Same room, same bed, same gown, same, same, same! They hadn't even changed the linens or anything yet! I get checked for dilation again & this time I have finally made progress!! YAY!! Great news right!? WRONG! According to regulations I need to be dilated to 4 or 5 before I can be admitted & I was at about a 3 1/2! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? I was sooooooo mad! It was probably because I was in sooooooo much pain! Thankfully the only person who had to listen to any of my evil words of anger was my husband (I wasn't being mean to him I was just complaining about the stupid military regulations! UGH!!) so I wasn't mean to any strangers at least! At least this time they were not sending us home!
12:30am Tuesday February 18, 2014 ~ FINALLY! I was dilated to 4cm so they can admit me!
2:30am ~ I am finally admitted & decide that after 15 hours of labor I am so exhausted that I am passing out the 45 second between contractions & birth was not in the near future I was not going to have any energy to push...GIVE ME ALL THE DRUGS!!!
4:30am ~ another FINALLY!! The anest...you know the guy that gives the drugs...comes in & goes over all of the risks which takes forever because I am having contractions & every time I start breathing heavy & breaking my husbands hand dude decides to stop talking! Whatever man give me the magic juice that will let me get some sleep!
5:30am ~ I've got my magic juice & the Dr has now decided to give me a cath & break my water! Mama can get some sleep! & loves those were the best hours of sleep I have ever had in my life!!
11:20am ~ IT'S TIME! The midwife has woken me up & I am being put into position & taught how to push! So I start pushing...my mouth gets dry & I need something cold & wet in it in between every push! Then the baby's oxygen levels get low so they have to give me oxygen, then I get a fever so I have to stop getting my ice cold wetness so that they can keep taking my temp & the midwife kept telling me to wait 10 minutes so I remember laying there watching the clock above her head & asking for more every 10 minutes & she just kept telling me no! I was getting pissed!!! Then baby's head was too big so they had to hook up the vacuum to assist my pushing! I don't have much recollection of the rest but my husband tells me there was a lot of bleeding & looks of concern on the Dr & midwifes faces so much so that they almost forgot to tell us if we had a boy or a girl! I didn't remember the med staff because I was too busy being infatuated!
12:30pm Tuesday February 18, 2014 ~ 25 hours later...we had a boy! A perfect, healthy, handsome, sweet, chatty little boy who pooped on everyone as soon as he came out & he hasn't stopped pooping on everyone since!
A 7lb 13oz 20.1in long full head of hair chatty little boy!
Huge thank you to the wonderful Heidi Lynn Photography for the amazing birthing pictures!