Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Birth Story!

WARNING: Reader Discretion is Advised!!!! (Especially if you are currently expecting!) :)

Ok here is what some of you have been asking for....
January 12th, 10:30 a.m.: (At this point I have been dilated to 3 cm and completely thinned out for a week.) My mom and sister take me to my doctor's appointment. It was Sam's first day of school for the new quarter and I was having crazy contractions all morning and thought it would be best for someone to come with me just in case they send me to the hospital. I met with Dr. Rodrigues for my 41st week check-up! Yes that is right I am now overdue! My blood pressure sky-rocketed to some crazy high number that I really can't remember, so he sent me straight to the hospital. He said once your blood pressure goes up, it usually doesn't come back down so lets just get this baby out! I thought great! 1 day earlier than my scheduled induction. I was pretty happy!

11:00 a.m.: We arrive at the hospital, only to be greeted by snooty nurses! We were already off to a great start! The nurses acted like I was bothering them... I thought, "Wow, aren't you getting paid?" So annoying. I finally get one of those tiny room across from the nurses station, which was no coincidence seeing how lazy this group of nurses were. And there I stayed until they wheeled me into some freakish delivery room. More about that later. They hooked me up to the monitors and there I sat for a looooonnnnnggggggg while!

1:30: Sam arrives. He left school early. And at this point we are questioning why.... still nothing happening.

2:00: Pitocin: A girls best friend and worst nightmare all at the same time. They started out with a very slow drip increasing it every 30 minutes. I was feeling pretty good. Took a couple of pictures! Life was great. But I was starving. Sam was trying to sneak in some candy behind my bed-- very annoying!

3:30: Contractions are getting pretty intense...

4:00: Dr. Chong comes into the tiny room to check me! 4cm! Wahooo! Then she breaks my water.... holy crap so painful! I need an epidural at this point. The pitocin was so strong that my contractions never came back down. They just said off the charts. For all you moms you can imagine how terrible the pain is when a contraction gets that strong, and imagine what it is like to have 1 contraction lasting 30 minutes! I might have said just 1 bad word at this point! But I was still feeling like this whole labor thing really isn't all that bad! By the way... the nurse told me I couldn't have an epidural because it was too early. So I told Dr. Chong that and she was ticked and ordered it for me right away! Thank you Dr. Chong!

5:00ish or thereafter: I got an epidural. Most painful part was when they injected the medicine into my back. Most annoying part: Not being able to move my legs. Why did I not realize this would happen?

5:30: Catheter: Dreaded this for 9 months and it was as bad as expected. The nurse didn't wait for me to be numb... She just stuck it in... well after 4 tries! Terribly painful.

6:00 hour: I was a six and feeling dang good... the whole leg thing is really driving me insane though. Started to question if I would ever feel them again!

A long time later they finally check me!

10:45: 8 cm!

11:00: "Um, I really need to push." Well we just checked you so we will check you in about 45 minutes. What part of I need to push did they not understand!

11:45: Nurse checks me! Wow you are ready to go. "Ya I was ready at 11:00 freak!" Uh... these are mostly just thoughts in my head. So she has me give a couple "practice pushes" alright you are ready to go back to delivery.

12:00 a.m.: They wheel me into the dungeon... no lie! I felt like I was in a foreign hospital for a while! Creepy! 12:00-1:45 a.m.: Push my little heart out! So exhausting. About 12:45 they realize Jackson wasn't making it past this bone... then my brilliant mom says at about 1:30 maybe you should take out the catheter... wow it worked! Two pushes later and he was past the stuck point... (The nurse was supposed to take this out before I even started pushing! At this point I am a bit ticked!) 1:47: Dr. Chong arrives. They have to use the vacuum to assist. I am feeling like a failure. For some reason they thought they baby was sunny side up... they thought this until the moment he came out! I don't understand that! Whatever! 2:05: His head pops out with his shoulders.................WARNING: STOP NOW IF YOU ARE PREGO!........ and i tear up to my butt through 3 layers. That is right people-- a 4th degree tear. I thought the highest was a 3rd degree. I was like oh crap this is bad. Now the real nightmare begins... 2:05-3:50 Dr. Chong sews me up. I was shaking uncontrollably. My blood pressure sky rocketed--- I freaked out. Then realized the machine was broke! Yay! I bleed out what seemed like half the blood in my body. My mom told me a few days later she thought I was going to die! She just watched the massive amount of blood move closer and closer to her very pretty boots... good thing the had high shoes on! I mean there was blood on the walls, footprints down the hallways, it was everywhere! Well over a hundred stiches later I finally held my little baby, well for the second time, but the first time I couldn't even really hold on to him because I was shaking so bad and was so weak. Labor and even pushing was less painful than I imagined. Put tearing was absolutely terrible! I was so sad that I couldn't even hold him on my own right away. I remember not even being able to open my eyes once he came out, and when I did everything was so blurry! But he was finally here, and I was elated! Jackson James Wolfe was born at 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. He weighed 9 lbs 4 oz and was 20 1/4 inches long!

5:00 a.m.: We finally get into a large nice room! By now Jackson pooped the black tar up his back! haha! I tried to breast feed him... really this was a stupid idea! I was soooooo tired! Then he falls asleep and the nurse comes in to bathe him! Are you serious! Poor kid is screaming! Then I get him back and he falls asleep again in my arms .... too cute!

I think we slept about 2 hrs max... well Sam slept and I stared at Jackson!

Visitors, visitors, and more visitors. No sleep at all!

Thursday 4:30 a.m.: The nurse tells me that Jackson has jaundice but to not worry because his levels are very low! Ok I won't worry then. (This is strange for me!)

Thursday afternoon: His levels sky rocket and we are staying another night. Jackson has to be in an incubator all night. He cried the entire night! My mom stayed with me so Sam could go home and sleep. She stayed up all night holding Jackson's little hand. She was the best! I was hysterical!

Friday morning: Dr. announces that he is going to be in the hospital a few extra days... I lose it! She said it like it didn't matter! I cried and cried and cried. The nurse works out something and he gets to go to pediatrics so I can spend the night with him. But only one parent can! What? I have a 4th degree tear. I can't do this on my own... Another blessing... they made an exception and Sam can stay but we can't share a bed... Gee... just what I wanted-- to get into bed with the man who did this to me in the first place! haha By now Jackson is actually enjoying his stay in the incubator. He was now under 3 lights! And one of them made a noise that was obviously very soothing to him!

Saturday morning: He gets to go home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't be happier. I think we were packed up and discharged within 15 minutes! Life was great. I felt very grateful and humbled. I was rather angry just two days before and had to do some repenting!

Now we are home and life couldn't be sweeter! He now weighs 9 lbs. 7 oz. He has gained 1 lb. back since we left the hospital. He is my little chubber! Jackson got pics done yesterday. My little angel boy was very cooperative though. I was shocked! I felt so bad that Jenolyn came all the way down. But she did get a few cute ones, which I will post as soon as I get them.