Monday, May 18, 2015

Introducing Grayson Scott

His Birth Story

At 39 weeks and one day, I had a check up with my Dr. who performed a membrane sweep. I was told if it worked we should be having our little guy within 24-48 hours. That afternoon, the family and I went for a walk around the neighborhood to try and help things along. My dad had made his way up that night because he just took a job in PA only three hours away. He started on Wednesday and wanted to come up a couples days early in case baby boy decided to make his appearance. When he got in town, we all met up with him at his hotel to go swimming. The one thing I had wanted to do all of my pregnancy.

We got home and in bed about 10:30-11. Not much later, at exactly midnight, I woke up to what I assumed was my water breaking. I told my husband I wasn't sure because it wasn't that much. Didn't even get on the bed. I got up to use the bathroom and afterwards I was still leaking. Having my sister here, I asked her about what it was like for her. Of course, for her it was much different. So I decided to hop in the shower just in case and had my husband pack the rest of our things into the hospital bag. (So glad we had made a check list beforehand). While in the shower, I started having small contractions and decided it was worth going in to get checked.

We picked up my step mom, from her hotel, on the way to the hospital. We got checked into a room about 1:30 a.m. They hooked me up to the monitor to time my contractions and checked to see if my water had broke. My contractions were 3-5 minutes apart, I was dilated to about four and a half to five centimeters and my water had ruptured. Since my water didn't fully break, it continued to leak for hours. I was admitted and would be checked again around 6 a.m. My contractions got closer, running about 2-3 minutes apart.

They checked in every so often while we tried to get some sleep. At six, my contractions had slowed down to five minutes apart and I hadn't dilated any further. At this point they wanted to start me on Pitocin. I was still laboring without any pain meds at this point but with them starting me on Pitocin I asked for an epidural. I know Pitocin makes contractions closer together and stronger and I was barely handling the pain at that point. My nurse told me I was next in line and that I had asked at a good time because there was now three people asking to get one.
She then came back a few minutes later to tell me they had an emergency and I wouldn't be able to get the epidural for a while. She offered to give me IV meds that would put me to sleep for a little while. It did knock me out between contractions and pretty much the rest of my labor. The contractions after the Pitocin were unbelievable. I would sleep, wake up for the contraction and pass back out. No matter how hard I tried, I could not keep my eyes open. I know they up'ed my Pitocin twice while I was asleep. I really hated that medication, whatever it was. I was told it would last an hour or so and then I would have the option of the epidural again.
I remember waking up and asking my husband when I could get the epidural. He said as soon as I could sit up and was coherent enough. So I sat up and said I was ready. I couldn't open my eyes for more than a few seconds but I was aware of what was going on. They tried several times to find a spot for the epidural. I think Justin counted at least seven spots afterwards. I was only feeling it on my left side. I think she finally gave up and went with it. Once the medicine kicked in, only my left side was numbed. They readjusted some and had me laying on my side to try and help.
The epidural didn't take and I ended up feeling every contraction as much as I had before. But after the epidural I started having the urge to push. I ended up pushing for a while. I felt a pop and with the next push his head was out. They doctor told me to stop pushing and he pulled him out one shoulder at a time. My baby was here.

Afterwards I was told I did in fact have two cervix and that I had a septum in my vagina. That was the pop I had felt before he was born. He had to break through that which ended up bruising his head a little. All in all, he is a happy and healthy seven pound nine ounce baby! He measured at 20 1/2 inches long.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Week Thirty Nine

May 3rd- May 9th

Monday I had my 39 week check up. My Dr. (Different one from last week) did another check to see how dilated and effaced I was. This time she said 3cm but that she didn't think I was 80% effaced as before. She guessed babies weight at 7 pounds and offered to do a membrane sweep. I wasn't really informed on what that was before I agreed. She basically said since she was already in the area that she didn't mind doing it. I agreed to doing it since my Dr. suggested it but afterwards she mentioned if it worked we should be having a baby in the next 24-48 hours. At that point I realized I should have asked more questions about what it was all it was for but I didn't think they would be doing anything like that before my due date arrived.

I've been absent for a short while because Grayson Scott was born the next day! Birth Story and pictures to follow.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Week Thirty Eight

April 26th- May 2nd

Started this week off with a check up. I had a cervical check and was told I was 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. I know it doesn't mean much about when he will arrive but it is great to see things progressing. And hey, that is two less cm I have to labor through! I talked to my Dr. about the septated cervix. Not much was figured out. Even though I've had several Dr.s confirm it she couldn't find any difference and there was nothing in my file from my 20 week scan. I will just bring it up when I go to deliver just to be on the safe side of things.

My family were insisting that baby boy would be here this week so they decided to head up to New York against my better judgement but they don't want to miss it and they live a great distance away. So we had a house full. It now being the end of the week, I can he still has not arrived and I'm okay with that. I want him to come when he is ready. I was taken to the Syracuse mall Saturday and forced to walk for six hours! Yeah not so fun and when it was all said and done my feet were dying and swollen. It was the one symptom of pregnancy I was hoping to avoid. During all that time grandma got to spoil Grayson some. He now his very first pair of Converse. We found a cute pair of all white, velcro newborn shoes, an outfit and picked up a few more towels.

My mom called wanting to buy me an Ergo. She had visited with my step sister and thought we needed one. We have a couple wraps but this carrier uses buckles and would also be great for daddy to use. Speaking of daddy... He is back on the list to deploy. I really don't know how to feel about it. I just wish the decision was set in stone so it isn't an emotional roller coaster every time it changes. He is beyond excited about the baby coming. So much so it is driving me a little crazy. At the same time it breaks my heart to think he only has at best just a couple months before he would have to leave. He's going to be such a great father.

My May baby made it to his birth month! We get so many calls and texts about the baby coming. I didn't think it would start until I hit my due date but man oh man do I understand all the women who complain about it. The funny thing is my husband is the worst about. If he's at work he is constantly asking how I am feeling, if I am going into labor yet or having contractions. Better than having someone who doesn't care, right? Love this man.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Week Thirty Seven

April 19th- April 25th

Third Trimester. 3 weeks left. According to my app he is as big as a winter melon. (19-22 in and 6.5 lbs.)

Cravings: This week I have been wanting corn dogs, a California roll and gyros!

Sleep: Not happening at night. I am just in a bunch of pain and would just love to sleep on the couch but the husband doesn't like the idea of that. I get up in the morning when he leaves and catch up on my sleep for a few hours. I have found that if I prop myself up with pillows and lay some what on my back I can actually get some decent sleep at night.

Mood: I am still short tempered but try not to let it get the best of me.

Our walks haven't been happening this week due to the weather. One day the weather had our cable and internet out all day and the power altogether for about an hour. Towards the end of the week it actually snowed.

Having a check up this next week had me doing a bunch of research. Since I should be having my cervical check I was reminded of something that might cause some issues with my delivery. I have a septated cervix which basically means I have a piece of skin dividing it into two. I couldn't find anything online. All the information I could find online was for a septated uterus. I have a friend who is a doula who works with a few midwives. I tend to go to her for most of my information. Since my appointment isn't until Monday and I couldn't find any useful information, I looked to her.

She talked with her midwives for me because she didn't know much on the subject either. My main questions being: Will this cause problems with dilation or delivery? The consensus being, if I had made it this far, I should be fine. Dilating should happen but during delivery there could be a possibility of it tearing and cervical bleeding that the doctors need to be aware of. I had mentioned the issue at my first appointment but my Dr. didn't seem to know anything and just shrugged it off saying if nothing else he would just cut it.

I will be seeing another Dr. at the coming up appointment and should be getting a cervical check. I plan on bringing it up again before the check and see what kind of plan we can work out for delivery. I had the plan of doing this as naturally as possible but I am fully aware that things change based on the needs of the baby and I am completely okay with that. I have a feeling that they might even want to just schedule a c-section just to avoid any problems. I had really hoped to avoid that but we will just have to see how the appointment goes and whats best for baby.

On a lighter note, I am pretty sure the baby dropped this week. The pressure down low was pretty intense on Saturday and looking down at my belly, it looks smaller. Since I haven't been keeping up with pictures weekly, it's hard to tell but looking in the mirror, there does seem to be a noticeable difference. We also finally hung up the letters for his name above the crib. Been putting it off but ending this week with only two weeks to go seemed like we should get it done.