JR's Birth Story

On Sunday October 3rd, 2010 I was admitted into the hospital at 9pm to start induction at 9:30 by prostin gel. I was examined before hand to see if anything had happened, nothing, then I was given the gel. I felt crampy and burning afterward, but nothing else. I was told I would be checked again at 6am to see if I was dilating. On Monday October 4th, the midwife checked me again and I had not dilated any overnight but my cervix had softened and baby had dropped further, so I got another dose of the gel. I never felt much different so they said they would check me again at 1pm. I was checked and OB said I had dilated 2cm and baby was down another bit. Yay! Progress! So at 6 pm they gave me another dose of the gel. In the morning at 8am, they broke my water, I was 3cm dilated. I spent the whole day in the labour room, hooked up to the drip. Boy, the pain was intense. I refused the epidural and opted for entonox (gas). Did that ever feel good! Haha. I still felt the pain but the gas took the edge off it. I was still laughing between contractions and by 3pm I could hardly take any more, I took the shot of Demerol but I don’t think it did anything. At 5:30 I was checked and no progress, the little guy just did not want to come out. The OB decided to send me for a c section. Lovely. I spent the whole day having contractions now I had to go to the OR. It was scary at first, and I had the option to go to sleep, but Ken wanted to be there really bad, so I took the spinal instead and it numbed me from the mid section down to my toes. Ken was there holding my hand once I got the needle. I was a little nervous, but I couldn’t wait to meet our little man. The tugging and pulling was unbelieveable! But in no time, he was out. At 6:23 pm on Tuesday October 5th, our little Jackson Ryan Walter Reid entered the world. It was a feeling I will never forget. Ken & I couldn’t speak, we both cried as soon as we heard his cry. The midwife took him and suctioned him out and wrapped him up and brought him to me to hold. He was so beautiful, I kissed him and he was whisked off to the nursery to get weighed and such. Daddy went with him. Waiting there was Nanny & Poppy Reid & Grandma Pilgrim. I was in the OR getting stapled back together, boy did that hurt! I was there almost an hour after JR was born. The Dr. Was suctioning out everything and pushing and pulling on my belly. I started to moan and groan because it was too much, they kept telling me it was almost over, but it felt like forever! Then the anesthesiologist wanted to put me to sleep. I refused, I went this far without it, I would handle the rest. I started to get some sensation back when I was getting stapled up and felt the last couple staples go in! Pure torture! But then it was over. They put me on a gurney and wheeled me off to ICU for the night because I had lost so much blood. I was pure white, lips and all. When I got in ICU, the nurses there were great. They cleaned me up and after a couple hours, Ken got to come visit and bring the baby. All I could do was cry. I was so tired and medicated and my memory is a little fuzzy. But it was all worth it. I had to stay in the hospital until Sunday because it was considered major surgery. They were going to let me go on Saturday but baby had a mild touch of jaundice. I was trying to breastfeed and he wasn’t eating well because he didn’t want to stay on the breast. It was very frustrating and the nurses had to supplement him with formula. Finally they brought in a breast pump for me to try and he would drink the milk I pumped out of a syringe. He had a good latch, but he would never stay on, or fall asleep after a few sucks. So when we came home on Sunday I decided that we would go to the pharmacy and get a pump to use at home. Well, the pharmacy had none in stock and didn't know when they would get them. Ok, a little frustrated, but I figured we would try hand expressing and give it to him in a syringe. Well, the hand expressing didn't go to well, I was frustrated, it hurt, and baby was starving. It came to the point we had to supplement formula that afternoon, that’s when I knew we had to make a decision. I wanted to give up breastfeeding, but Ken wanted me to give it 2 more weeks. I was ready to give up then. But then we made a few phonecalls and got a pump from a friend. When we got home my boobs were so engorged I thought they would burst! When I pumped the first lot of milk off, I had to stop early as I though the container would overflow. So, now JR still will not take the breast, but we’re not giving up just yet. I’ve been pumping and giving it to him in a bottle. This way Daddy can feed him too. Maybe one day he will just latch on, we hope. But if not, at least he's still getting breastmilk!


Waiting & Wishing

So here I am, day 4 overdue, day 2 of induction, still feeling no different and no baby yet. The Dr. brought me in Sunday night and started giving me gel to get this process going around 10pm, they gave me more at 6am, I felt crampy and crappy yesterday but that was it. Then last night they decided to do it again, I felt crampy again, then I slept through pretty much the whole night. This whole time, the baby has moved down further, I am dilated 2 cm and the Dr. said she could have broken my waters yesterday, but she wanted to wait until this morning. So at 8am, they broke my water. It wasn't half as bad as people made it out to be! The midwife told me that we will have a baby by 12 tonight one way or the other! Yay! I'm so happy! Ken is so awesome, he spends all day and night with me. Goes home at 12am to sleep and back again bright and early in the morning. We're sitting here passing time playing games on the computer, Thank God for wifi! So, here I sit, not feeling very glorious at all, in a diaper because the fluid is just gushing, lol. Keeps feeling like I'm peeing myself, lol. It will all be worth it in the end!! Can't wait to see my baby boy!!!


D-Day is here...

...but still no sign of baby!! I am so miserable today and have been since my appointment on Wednesday. The midwife did an internal exam and a membrane sweep. Apparently my cervix is soft, but that's it. The baby has dropped, but not all the way, but she said that he might not drop all the way until labour. They were hoping the sweep would get something going. Well I've been having pain like menstrual cramps, and my blood pressure has been shooting up, but it's not consistent or regular. I just feel like a big sack of you-know-what. They told me on Wednesday that they didn't want me to go too far overdue, so they would try and bring me in to induce me. Well, they started saying Thursday night, then maybe tonight, if not Sunday, Monday at the latest. Ugh! I hate the waiting game, but I guess that's all I can do. My back is so bad, I want to go for a walk, see if that helps anything, but I don't know how far I'll get. I don't sleep well at all and I'm ready for a good ol' nap, lol. Baby is really active again though. It feels like he's gonna give one swift kick and push himself out, lol. I'm gonna miss the bruised ribs and sore stomach though. But I'm just so anxious to hold him! Hope he decides to come soon!