Summary of Timothy's birth

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Summary of Timothy's birth

As crazy as the end of the pregnancy has been, the C-section recovery has been relatively easy.

When we found out Tuesday that he had gone breech I really was devastated. Despite having a large tear with Sam, I felt his birth was easy to recover from. The thought of another surgery (two knee surgeries within the last 12 months) was not sitting well for me. Though my labor concerns around how to keep my knee safe and how to prevent another tear were now a mute point.

We decided that a version was not an option for us due to having the anterior placenta and low fluid, so unless he was able to turn himself back down, then we were going to have the C-section on Thursday morning (if he did turn we would induce).

We arrived at L&D on Thursday morning at 530am. A quick scan showed him breech, dang it!

So we got all prepped for the c section. The spinal was perfect. I had a spinal for my last knee surgery and compared to this one it was night and day.
DH was brought in once I was all prepped and he sat right by my head. They actually had a staff member assigned to him, which was perfect.
They had a little trouble getting him out of my uterus, it took the vacuum extractor AND the forceps AND lots of muscle to get him out. The OB had to extend the incision in the uterus as well to make it happen. Other than feeling super short of breath when they did this, I didn't feel any pain or anything.

They got Tim all stabilized and brought him over to see me. DH held him and they put us cheek to cheek. He was very alert and looking around. And soooo soft! After a few minutes they took him and DH followed to the nursery.

As some of you may remember, we had a bad 1st trimester screening that showed us as being high risk for abnormalities. It also showed a potential placental circulation issue. Because of this, my age (39), gestational diabetes, and knee injury requiring surgery as well as multiple x-rays throughout the pregnancy, we have been followed by the neonatologist the entire pregnancy. Each month we would get another u/s and not find any issues. Each month we got more and more hopeful, but I was still very afraid I would not get to bring home a healthy baby.

In the end, the placenta is what failed first. We were watching it closely, and watched to fluid levels go from high (common with diabetes) to very low in 2 weeks. Also, his growth rate slowed in the last 2 weeks, with minimal growth detected in the last week. So we had decided that we would need to do an induction soon and that is when he turned up breech.

The neonatologist examined Tim in the nursery with DH present. He could not find any issues or signs of genetic abnormality. So tomorrow, we get to take home our healthy baby boy!

Timothy Isaac was born at 843 on 3/21/13. He was 6lbs 7oz and 20 inches long. Yep, he is perfect! Smile

The C-section recovery has been relatively easy. I am having a lot less pain than I expected. It makes me sad a little to think that I will never get to experience another vaginal birth, but I am very happy with this birth experience.

AimeeS1911's picture
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Awesome story!!! The long road is over and now it's snuggles

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Yey for a good birth and a wonderful experience despite it being via c-section. So happy your little guy is healthy and you all get to go home soon!

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Aww sorry you had to have a c-section but I'm glad to hear the recovery is going well. Tim is such a cutie! I'm so happy to hear that he is healthy. Are you still in the hospital? Or did you guys make the long drive home already? Hope you are finding time for rest! Take care and enjoy that little boy Cristan!

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Ooops just saw you get to go home tomorrow!! Yay! How exciting!

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I'm sorry you had to go through a c-section, but am so glad to hear that you have a perfect healthy baby boy that you get to bring home!!!!!!!
Sounds like a good birth and happy to hear recovery seems to be going well so far for you.
Congrats again!!!!!!!!

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Great story and what wonderful news that he's a completely healthy little guy! Congratulations!!

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So glad he is happy and healthy!! Sounds like a good call on the c/s since he really needed to come out. And you can always try for a VBAC next time can't you? As long as the incision is horizontal, you're good!
Nice name, that's my DH's name. Smile

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Congrats Cristan! I'm glad everyone is doing well (and like Vicki, I like the name... it's also my DH's name..lol)

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Congrats Cristan! Sorry you had to have a c-section. But Glad to hear you have a happy and healthy little baby! Bet you are excited to take him home tomorrow. Smile

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"tori729" wrote:

So glad he is happy and healthy!! Sounds like a good call on the c/s since he really needed to come out. And you can always try for a VBAC next time can't you? As long as the incision is horizontal, you're good!
Nice name, that's my DH's name. Smile

Well, we had my tubes tied while they were in there, so this is my last baby. I am too old for another pregnancy! Smile

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Congrats on a wonderful birth story! Smile SOOOO super happy that your little guy is completely healthy and happy. Biggrin Safe travels home to all!

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So sorry you ended up with a c-section, but I'm so happy he is completely healthy and you are recovering well! Safe travels home and enjoy your wonderful little boy!

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i am so happy for you girl!! my C-section is scheduled for next Tuesday, Apirl 2nd. I am sooo excited! I hope mine goes as smooth as yours! Cant wait to see more pictures of your baby boy! Biggrin

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We are home now. Now that I am near my computer, I will post some pics soon.

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Congratulations! I'm so happy to see some of you already had your precious babies!! :bighug:

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here are some pics of Timothy!



eliann's picture
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Aww he is so cute! I just want to snuggle him!

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"eliann" wrote:

Aww he is so cute! I just want to snuggle him!

Thanks!

I couldn't figure out how to change my title to say I added some pics.

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So cute and adorable! This is making me even more excited about my Lo! Smile

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Oh my gosh Cristan!! He is SO ADORABLE!

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Aww he's adorable!!!
And well, yeah I guess if you got your tubes tied, you don't have to worry about it. Wink