Well this all kind of threw me for a loop... we had a plan. January 19th at 5:30am. We had a nice to-do list to get done in that last week before heading for the hospital. But God had other plans! That same day, after going back to work after my OB appointment, I managed to have a ridiculous amount of contractions all afternoon. They were just Braxton Hicks, as far as I knew... but contractions nonetheless. And after we hit that 4-hour mark, we called. The nurse put me on hold after I told her what was going on. She came back after a couple of minutes, having talked to my doctor. "It's time, honey. Head to Labor & Delivery!" Holy shit.
That call happened about 3pm... I was still at the office and LUCKILY I had really focused on crossing all my T's and dotting all my I's earlier that week so that I could vacate early if need be. Good thing I did! I just spent maybe a half hour tying up some little loose ends before the hub picked me up. And so that was my official last day of work before Sam! We did have our hospital bags mostly packed, thank goodness. So once I got picked up, we ran home to grab our stuff, change clothes, get the dogs situated, and head to the hospital.
Once we got to the hospital, it all went so fast. We checked in just before 6pm. The nurses immediately got us into an L&D room and hooked me up to the monitors...
|Let's do this!|
Sure enough, after seeing my activity (i.e contractions like every few minutes!), the doctor on call decided we needed to do this thing. Even though my contractions weren't too severe, they still put stress on my wonky uterus. And we don't need to stress my poor uterus. My L&D nurses were great. Our short time there was right smack in the middle of a shift change, so we had two nurses, only for about an hour each before moving into surgery. Besides their bedside manner, I gotta say I judge a nurse by how well they put an IV in. This girl kicked ass. Quick and easy! The only other thing I had some apprehension about was the epidural. The surgery itself really didn't scare me. It's always the pre-op stuff that I hate.
Because I hadn't eaten anything since my lunch at about noon, we didn't have to wait too long to go into surgery. They typically make you wait 8 hours after eating, so luckily we didn't have to! By 8pm, they were walking me back to the OR. The hub had to stay back to put on his scrubs while they prepped me for surgery. I had to sit up on the edge of the operating table to have the epidural put in. I was nervous, so I was a little shaky - but it was also wicked cold in that room! The anesthesiologist was awesome and I'm not kidding when I tell you I barely felt it. I think I was more nervous about jerking out of position while he was inserting it rather than the needle itself. I mean, through this whole process, I've had my fair share of needles. I can handle needles for the most part. I've been stuck in every place imaginable. Yes. Every. Place. Imaginable. But despite my shaking, I managed to stay totally still and before I knew it, my legs were feeling funny and heavy and then... holy cow, where did my legs go? I see you moving them but seriously... whose legs are those?! Totally weird...
Honestly the worst part of the whole epidural was the fact that my blood pressure slowed so much that I got nauseous almost immediately. But of course they had some good drugs at the ready for that very reason and before long I was feeling fine again. It was weird though because I could hear my pulse on the monitor the whole time and you could literally hear it slow way down once the epidural hit. By the time I was feeling good again, the hub was by my side. The curtain was being pinned up at my chest. And here we go!
It was all so fast. I could feel some pressure, but I was totally relaxed. Well, as relaxed as you can be when your long-awaited son is about to enter the world! I just stared at the hub the whole time.. listening, listening, listening for that cry. And OH did he cry! Boy was NOT too pleased to be yanked out so abruptly! But it was a beautiful sound. Holy crap - that's our baby!!! Sam was born at 8:29pm. So walking back to the OR to the time I was horizontal with a baby flying out... less than 30 minutes. Wow.
The hub watched the whole thing (from behind the curtain). He described the scene - said it was seriously like a NASCAR pit crew. Nothing gentle about it, that's for sure. And I sure don't want to ever SEE what happened on that table to my body! But wow, it sure is amazing.
After Sam was out, they eventually took him away to get cleaned up. The hub stayed with me though as the doctors got me cleaned up and sewn up and ready to go. I have no idea how long that took. I was totally conscious and "with it" the whole time... but after that epidural, time just seemed to disappear. And I haven't been able to find it since!
Our families were in the waiting room - anxious to get word on Baby Sam's arrival. So while I was back in recovery, the hub spread the good word and shared some pics on his camera. Here I am holding sweet Sam for the first time...
|Grandpa with Sam|
|Nana with Sam|