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Sapphire Sparkles Birth Dates & Stories
~ Brennan Mark ~
Sat 4/15/2006, 1:30pm
11.5 oz, 6 in
^Born To Heaven^
Tzivia Bracha / Harriette Grace (Gracie), 4 lbs.
Joseph Morris (Joey), 3lbs 13oz.
Noah Jeffrey, 12:30p.m., 6 lbs Â½ oz, 18Â½" MissyLayton (Missy)
Macy Marie, 12:34p.m., 7 lbs 4 oz, 20". Amber_2005 (Amber)
Anthony Larry, 5:14 pm, 5lbs. 4 oz., 18Â¼"., 36 weeks 3 days Soonermom2b (Misty)
Barbara "Ainssley", 7:16am, 6lbs. 11oz., 51cm long, Head circ 32.5 cm, 38 weeks Danielle&Owen (Danielle)
Isabella, 3:58 am, 4 lbs. 12 oz., 17Â¾" 35 weeks 5 days MarleenN (Marleen)
James Robert, 1:11pm EST 8lb 9oz, 20Â¾" long Cerenity (Laura)
Rayne Maureen, 2:09pm, 6 lbs. 5 oz., 18Â¾". mommytobeof4 (Sarah)
Jayden Mae, 1:58 pm CST, 7lbs 1oz., 19Â½", soontobemommyof5 (Hillary)
Terry Lee, 7:06pm, 8lbs. 10oz, 21 Â½" Lauryn13 (Heather)
Christopher John (CJ), 12:12 p.m., 4lbs and 10oz.,18", 36wks and 3 days sanderson516 (Lisa)
Lauren Elizabeth-McKenna, 2:45pm, 6lbs 10oz, 19Â¾". Carey_78 (Carey)
Thomas Gabriel "Gabe", 9:37 pm., 6 lbs and 15.5 oz.,19Â½" cannaba (Cathy)
Ashley Paige, 3:29 a.m., 6lbs and 2oz., 19" ahill181 (Amy)
Hayden, 5:49am, 6 lbs. 12 oz., 18" LMN713 (Lisa)
Nathaniel Graham, 8:26 a.m., 7 lbs. 4 oz., 18.8" Barbygirl43 (Dawnyal)
Casey Major, 12:25 p.m., 7 lbs. 4 oz., 20" Mommy2Cal&Major (Ivy)
Caleb Beckett, 4:56p.m., 8lbs. 5oz., 21" 3weeparakeets (Kelly)
Alexandra Jo "Allie", 1:02p.m., 6lbs 14oz 19" 2girlsmom (Becki)
Xavier Angelo B, 5:14pm., 8lbs 8 oz., 20" nu mommee (Sara)
Samantha Ann, 5:37 pm., 8lbs, 10 ozs., 20" pookie1010 (Chris)
Wyatt William, 6:35p.m., 6lbs 3oz, 20" fadenaway4 (Amanda)
Bradley Matthew, 9:23p.m., 7lbs 11oz, 21" LauraC123 (Laura)
Gabriella Renee, 10:30p.m., Indian Standard time., 7.2 lbs angela0902
Samuel Adams, 7 lbs. 7 oz., 18Â½" CJWilkes (Cindy) - successful VBAC
Kathleen Sena, 4:50p.m., 6 lb, 9 oz., 18" atnightingale (Allison)
Sarah Catherine, 10:04p.m., 7 lbs 8 oz., 19Â¾" MandyGirl (Mandy)
Harriet Marcella, 12:49pm, 7lbs 15oz., 20Â½" caligula06 (Sarah)
Ryan Joseph, 2:26p.m., 7lbs 5 oz., 20" treenbaby (Tree)
Leah Faith, 1:54am, 6lbs 5oz, 19Â¾" blessed_mommy (Kimberly)
Spencer Scott, 12:30 p.m., 5 lb 12.6oz., 19", head 13" wjennifer (Jen)
Carter William, 1:06p.m., 6lb 9Â½oz., 20" ValKay18 (Valerie)
Connor Drew, 5:41 pm. 8 lbs, 3 oz and was 21Â½", 41 wks 2 days ablondie (April)
Gavin Vaughn Kiefer, 11p.m., 7lbs 13 oz., 21" piperdawg (Piper)
Katelynn Dawn, 4:05a.m., 7lbs 12oz., 21Â¾" Chelsea_k
Madeline Belle Georgette, 5:29a.m., 6lb 4Â½oz. roseykat (Candi)
Carson., 9:06a.m., 8lbs 5 oz., 19Â½" thrilled2bmom (Julie)
Valerie Catherine, 12:54p.m., 7lbs 4oz., 21" Purple_Ball
Zanthie Paige, 11:47 a.m. (NZ ST) 5lb 11oz., 50cm Redflea (Rebecca)
Damian Douglas, 1:22a.m. 8lbs 7oz 20" inches, head 36Â½cm destany (Brandi)
Katherine Elizabeth, 8lb 9oz, and 21" Ehlamback (Elizabeth)
Jaxon Gabriel, 2:24p.m. 6lb 8oz MadreJoyce (Joyce)
Allison Christine, 3:56p.m., 8lbs 13oz., 39w 2d Christine (BabyDreams05)
Xavier Francis, 10:06p.m. PST, 8 lbs. 1 oz., 20" Alexis (Lexi) (Lexicat)
Lucas Justin, 6lbs. 15 oz., 21" Mskoala (Lisa)
Liliana Joy danischr (Christine)
Matthew Dawson, 10:00 am, 8 lbs., 20" peanutfactory (Crystal).
Andra Hope, 10:30a.m., 7lbs 6oz, 20Â½" mydollymya (Jenn)
Benjamin John, 9:44p.m., 7 lbs 11 oz., 20" bkessler (Breanne)
Logan Matthew, 8:04 NZST, 3.63kg / 8lb, 55cm/21.6" 40w 2d 3kiwikids (Esther)
Kenneth Elijah Rogers, 6:06a.m., lurkersinceJan (LaTasha)
Addison Elizabeth, 1:03 pm EST, 6lbs 4oz. Lilac0422 (Casey)
Tobin James, 8 lbs 3 oz, 21" jaynazan (Sara)
Chloe rntonums1977 (Toni)
Ian Michael, 7lb 15oz., 20" thaigirl1 (Kim)
Alexander (Xander), 1:22 a.m. 7lb 8oz, 20Â¼" Kellyr2 (Kelly)
Kathryn Bonnie,1:52 a.m. 8lb, 21" Hauslem (Heather)
Harrison Bowden, 07:27a.m. AEST., 3.74kg (8lb 4oz.), 51.5cm (20Â¾") Dukestar (Angela)
Mason David, 8:48 a.m., 5lb 14oz., 20" momof5sweeties (Tina)
Micah Shane, 12:05 p.m., 7lbs 3oz., 20" Shisha_25 (Shisha)
Makai Schon, 1:28p.m., 8lb 9oz., 20" Ccindicane2 (Cindy)
Hayley Marta, 7:09p.m., 7lbs 12oz., 20", (39 weeks 5 days) Jennie+1 (Jennie)
Luke Antonio, 10:34 p.m., 6lbs 14oz., 19Â½" rosanna_danna78 (Rosanne)
Katherine May, 10:46 p.m. 7lb 9oz., 19" kmaypottery (Kim)
Noah Phillip Joseph, 10:29 p.m., 9lbs. 21Â¾" prattmommy (Charity)
Lucien James mrsdonaldeakins (Rachel)
Tyler, 3:22 a.m., 8lb 10oz. IBLove (Kylie)
Isaac Dearden, 2.00p.m., 8lbs 5oz (or 5lbs 8Â½oz)., 18Â½" bekah76 (Rebekah)
Maxime Noah, 6:14p.m., 8lbs 13 oz., 21" mford (Melanie) 40 weeks
Alexis (Lexi) Henna, 9:59p.m., 7lb 4oz., 21" 1kewlmom (Priya)
Sofia Ruth Angela, 1:06 p.m., 7 lbs 6 oz., 20Â½" ahanson74 (Andrea)
Bridget Mary, 11:22 am., 6lbs 8oz., 20Â¾" Mrs.C (Aimee)
Jacob Andrew, 3:39a.m., 7lb 6Â½oz, 21" MySweetAGL (Shannon)
Mason Vernon, 1:59p.m., 8lb 6oz., 20" Shawnee (soontobemomto3)
Joshua Arthur Moe, 3:53p.m., 7lb 7oz., 20" Faith1985 (Samantha)
Isabella Gianna, 11:10a.m., 8lbs, 20Â½" (LanaLei)
Lacey Jane, 4:23p.m., 7lbs 13oz., 20Â½" pgtobesoon (Amy)
Lucy Aurelia, 10:18 p.m., 7lbs 5oz., 21" Clarf (Clare)
Mason David, 7 Lbs, 12 ozs., rooney1977 (Steph)
Clementine Luna, 11:55p.m. (Thailand), 7lb, 22" MamacitaErin (Erin)
Luke Atticus, 7:34a.m. 6lbs 14 oz., 19Â¾" DogMum/BabyMum2B (Laura)
Grace (Gracie) Elizabeth, 5:42 p.m., 6lbs 13oz., 20" Laberglund (Lisa)
Eva Clare, 6:35 pm, 6lbs 14oz, 19Â¾". mythicbubbles (Michelle)
Isaiah Wesley, 12:13a.m., 8lb 4oz., 20" Mom-n-More (Mattie)
Madison Brooke, 8lbs 12oz., 21" AuTigerMommy
Cadence Allena, 2:32 p.m., 6lb 9oz., 19" Linda (LindieLu)
Name TBA, 5:17p.m., 7lbs 7oz., 20" Lisa (OKTallMommy)
Haleigh Jeanne, 2:46p.m., 8lbs, 20" stenzel (Nichole)
Vincent, 11:13 a.m., 7lbs 1oz., 19Â¼" Amandez (Amanda)
Anna Christine, 10:01 p.m., 7lbs 3oz., 20Â¼" ELeigh (Erica)
Ainsley, 12:51p.m., 7lbs 6oz., 20" Alleycatt (Stephanie)
Kodi Jennifer Ray3Ray3 (Raelyn)
Shyla sanskara (Kiran)
Faith Elizabeth Angel, 1:48p.m., 8lbs 1oz., 20" Mom2BeXoXo (Shanna)
Shai, 6lb. 15 oz. Aingel6 (Oryah)
Abigail Prudence., 3.43a.m., 6lbs 7oz., 19Â½" JacquelineOliver (Jackie)
Evalyn (Eva) Mae, 12:13p.m., 7lbs 9oz., 19" Cutiepie27 (Amber)
John Byron, 7:40a.m., 8lbs 4oz., 21" Lilie2004 (Lilie)
Lilah Peggy, 2:24 p.m., 7lbs. 10oz., 19Â½" LuckyMe2n2 (Lisa)
Ellina-Jai, 7:22 a.m., 9lb 4oz, 56.5cm (22")Kylie87 (Kylie)
Claire Helen, 6:03 a.m., 7lb 7oz., 19.9" saffronelephant (Carla)
~ Forever In Our Hearts ~
Mia's Mama (Cherie)
Pregnant Sparkle Mommies & Due Dates!
Laurie (lauriesch22) 19th
Lexi (Lexicat) 12th
Casey (lilac0422) 3rd
Cindy (CJWilkes) 14th or 15th
Kitty (HoosierMommy1975) 2nd
Shannon (Temp) 6th
Our Map -- Want to see where we are all located, now you can, thanks to the map set up for us by Esther (3KiwiKids)!!!
month blinkies from Jo's Blinkie Obsession
April Baby blinkies from My Little Bean
Last edited by Finzmom4; 09-05-2007 at 07:13 PM. Reason: to add a birthday
**Thank you all for allowing me to post Brennan's Birth Story**
Well I am finally feeling up to posting Brennan's birth story. Here goes:
Thursday April 13th, 2006 was supposed to be a great day. But during the ultrasound, we learned the horrible news that Brennan would not have any chance of survival outside of me.
So On Friday April 14, 2006 I was induced at about 7pm. When the midwife first checked me, I was already a fingertip dilated. We figured the stress from the past day and a half started the process naturally. The medication they gave me had some bad side effects; such as I developed a fever and vomited several times after each dose. The contractions became regular and very strong almost immediately, but I was not dilating at the speed they had anticipated.
About 10pm the pain was getting pretty bad. I had wanted something for pain, not so much for myself, but for Brennan. I wanted to make sure that he was comfortable, as I could still feel him moving around inside me at this point. I was offered a Demerol PCA, and accepted it. I used it a few times, and felt comfortable with the fact that Brennan would be at peace. I hope that was the right decision.
Around midnight, I didn't really feel Brennan move anymore, so I stopped using the pain meds. At this point I was about 2 cm and all the nurses kept telling me that since Brennan was so small that I would probably only have to get to about 4cm to deliver him.
Morning came and I was still only about 3 cm. The contractions were intense, but I didn't use any medication, as I wanted to be completely alert when Brennan came. By morning I had not felt any movement, so I knew that Brennan had probably already passed.
My OB came in around 10am, but nothing was really discussed. She really didn't even talk to me. I got most of my support from the nurse and the midwife. My mom and sister came to the hospital, something that I had not anticipated, but looking back I am so happy they were there.
My 10am induction drug broke my water. (Yes the meds were given orally and vaginally) WOW! I didnt know what to expect with my water breaking, but I sure wasn't ready for how much water is involved. This was a breaking point for me emotionally. I knew what was going on, but this made everything completely hit home. It was obvious we were not far away, and that really upset me. I wanted to be pregnant so bad, and I knew that my pregnancy was just about over.
At about noon, I was 4cm dilated and they "thought" they could feel Brennan's head. It was "either his head or his butt" they told me. They kept asking me if I felt pressure, and as odd as it sounds I didn't really feel anything. All I felt were the contractions that were one right on top of each other.
About 1pm, something happened. I started feeling extremely jittery. My sister kept asking if I felt things were changing, but I thought I was just real emotional and nervous. But at about 1:05 I knew it was time. I felt pressure, and now I know what they were asking me about all that time.
It was so hard on my husband. He had been sleeping for about 30 minutes when I called for the nurse to tell her I felt the pressure. I could not believe it how fast everyone was in the room. They overhead paged the NICU docs, I guess they had to be prepared if Brennan were to be born alive. Anyways about 20 people ran into the room, just as my husband was waking up. He must have realized what was happening, and jumped off his bed and ran out of the room. Later I found out that he was vomiting for about 10 minutes after this. He had originally told me that he didn't think he would want to see the baby, and I respected that and told him to just leave when I was pushing.
So as he was running out of the room, my mother was running out after him to make sure he was ok. My sister stayed at my head, and just kept telling me that everything would be ok. I was screaming, yes there was pain, but I was just so upset this was all ending. I didn't want my time with Brennan to end. But at 1:27pm on 4/15/2006 my little angel, Brennan Mark Hayes was born into heaven.
Instantly the midwives checked for a pulse and breathing, but there was nothing. He was pronounced dead, and I was slightly relieved. I would have been a wreck if they had to do anything to try and "save" him. I was relieved that he was at peace.
They clamped off his umbilical cord, and then had to work on getting some core blood into a needle. Since everything was so small this took a long time. All the while I was just crying. Then I realized that I still didn't know if it was a boy or girl. I was POSITIVE I was having a girl. I asked, and they told me it was a BOY! I was in shock! So was my sister. At this point my mom and husband was still out of the room, so my sister went out to tell them that I had delivered and that it was a boy!
Shortly after I was able to hold Brennan. I held him for a LONG time. About 30 minutes later, they told me that if I didn't deliver the placenta within a few minutes I was going to need to go in for a D&C. I told them NO WAY, but knew that my options were limited. I looked at Brennan and prayed telling Brennan to help me, as I didn't want to have to leave him. About a minute later I could feel something and I delivered the placenta while holding Brennan! I was so glad I didn't have to leave him.
I got cleaned up and somehow my husband changed his mind and decided to come in to see us. It was nice, and I was glad he decided to come see Brennan. We just sat together with me holding Brennan and cried.
I stayed in the hospital until just about 8:30pm that night. At about 6, we were thinking about leaving, so my mom and my sister went home, so that Wayne and I could spend our last few hours with Brennan alone. When we were about ready to leave, I asked Wayne one last time if he wanted to hold Brennan. Somehow he found the courage and said yes. So it was wonderful that he held his son, even if it was only for a few minutes. I didnt want him to later regret not doing so. It was beautiful, he talked to Brennan quietly, and I have never been so proud of my husband in my life.
Having the nurse wheel Brennan out of the room was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Then I was wheeled out of the hospital, but not empty-handed. Some wonderful women from pregnancy.org, had gone to a lot of trouble to send me up a teddy bear, and I was able to hold that as I left the hospital. It would have been nice writing this in September and having been wheeled out with a baby, but leaving with my arms full helped.
One week later on April 22, 2006 at 10am, we buried Brennan. I have been back to the cemtery almost everyday since then, and everyday I am more and more at peace. I love you Brennan.
**6/9/06** Edited to add-- I finally rec'd Brennan's fianl autopsy report in the mail. For anyone interested, the condition he had was Achondrogenesis Type II (not the Thanatophoric Skeletal Dysplasia that was originally diagnosed). This was determined via the autopsy and the placenta report. Achondrogenesis Type II is described here http://www.medterms.com/script/main/...lekey=34098***
Brennan--as of today it has been 1 month, 3 weeks, and 3 days since we lost you. Our love for you has just grown each day. We love you****
Updated Birth StoryOriginally Posted by adraorien
Originally Posted by adraorien
***Edited last name***
Here is Noah Jeffrey's birth story:
Since about 20 weeks of pregnancy, I've had problems with gallstones, and had been in the hospital for pain meds 6 times (admitted three times). My OB had discussed with me trying to induce as early as the week of August 14th, and had even said I could consider a c-section if I was really miserable. Beginning July 31st (Monday) in the afternoon, I started having pain, and went to the hospital that night. I got a shot of demerol, then went home. The next day, I was still in a lot of pain and was really uncomfortable and had to go home from work, so my husband came and got me. We called the doctor to see what I could do, other than go to the hospital. He called back and spoke with my husband and mentioned that we should consider doing a c-section - that Friday! I'd seen him earlier that morning for a 35 1/2 week check up, and he saw that I was in a lot of pain. Even taking 2 vicodin wasn't touching the pain. After discussing the option with him, and the risks, we decided to go in for an ultrasound to try and determine baby's size the next day, and if he looked pretty big, we'd go ahead with the C-Section on Friday, August 4th (Baby would be 36 weeks exactly). Well, he was big enough! He was looking like 6 pounds 9 ounces on the U/S, so... everything got scheduled! We went into the hospital at 10:00a.m. on Friday the 4th, and Noah Jeffrey Layton was born by C/S at 12:30p.m. He weighed 6pounds, 1/2 oz and was 18 1/2" long. Noah was having trouble remembering to breath on his own so was taken to the NICU right away after we got to look at him. Neither dad or I got to hold him or touch him, but my husband did get to go to the nursery for a while. I was stuck in bed until the next day at 8:30a.m. when they finally allowed me out to the nursery to see him. We were not able to touch Noah at all until the afternoon of the 5th when we got to hold his hand. He is still on Dopamine for his blood pressure, and a ventilator, but is getting a little better. He's in an isolette and we're still unable to hold him or really "touch" him a lot, because he's so sensitive. We're hoping to be able to bring him home within a week or so, but really don't know when. The C/S went great, though, and my incision is healing really well! I'm up and walking around a lot, and my gallbladder is giving me absolutely no trouble! I'll still be having surgery to get it removed but I am hoping to wait a couple of months. I think that's about it.... our baby is five days old now, and we can't wait to bring him home!
Ainnsley's Birthstory..things got a little hairy at te end of her birth, but we are doing well
This is LONG! sorry
Well at 130am I woke up hearing Owen in the monitor. He was gibbering happily to himself, and I was decided whether or not to go in, or leave him to try to fall back asleep on his own. Then I notice cramping, but that was common and I thought nothing of it. Then pretty soon after I felt another...so I decided to take note of the time...8 minutes apart...each one is stronger then the next by 2am I wake up Tyler and tell him I am having ctontractions...he says “ so why are you waking me up?” LOL thinking they are like all the others I had been having for the past while. I am like...no I think this might be something, then another stronger one hits, and next thing I know my pants are wet...but not gushing like you would think water breaking would be (turned out not to be my water…so maybe pressure on my bladder?) I went down to pee and noticed I was bleeding…so now I was SURE! This is it! Tyler said he will never forget my face, like a kid at Christmas morning.
We jump in the car, call my mom to say we are on our way. Tyler still not convinced this is the real deal, telling them, “it may be just a practice run,” but we are coming. It is an hour drive. On the way from 2-3am they just kept getting closer and closer...Tyler asks if he can stop at Tim Hortons for a coffee. I reluctantly say yes. I have 2 ctx while he is in there, and they are now 4 minutes apart.
Drop off Owen at my moms, and we dart to the hospital…stopping several times on the walk up to the 5th floor. I tell them when I get there I had my first son in 4 hours, so the fact that it had only been 1 hour since I started meant nothing...they see I am in distress and get me to a room while Tyler finished the paper work..
The Dr comes in at 315 am and declares I am 7 cm!!!!!!! I give Tyler an – “I TOLD you so look!!” And he is feeling a little guilty about the Tim Hortons! LOL
I was feeling like Super Women...7cm and things aren’t all THAT bad. The Dr asks if I would like her to break my water, and I say. *no thank you* not until the epi man arrives. I remember how fast it moves after the water breaking, and wanted my epidural.
Well things start to pick up. I start to loose my freaking mind! They brought in some gas to help me cope (but Tyler and I soon realize it is mostly just to muzzle my screams) that’s right SCREAMS! LOL they were stripping the pain off the walls kinda screams.. I express myself very vocally. I just couldn’t’ help it. I was feeling so embarrassed Nurses yelling at me **ENOUGH, BREATH** and me wanting to punch them in the face...finally they declare there is just a lip left DON”T push... YEAH! Right….I am yelling where is the Drug man...still not there...it’s 4 am now. The Dr asks if I just want my water broken, and get it over with…I say OK , good plan...get THIS over with! After a couple pushes, and more screams, she tells me that the baby is transverse almost backwards……great…but they seem a little more understanding about my screams and the fact that no matter how intense my pushes where nothing was happening...she decided I need the epidural. So she can get in and turn the baby, and to help me push more effectively. Of course I was happy about that…until they told me I had to stay still...I mean ever 25 seconds I have an uncontrollable need to push, and scream I say no I don’t want it lets push...2 nurses holding me down..*pant pant* they say...I still manage to move a little, but the epidural is in. Dr worried it may not be in the *right space* to work. But I start to feel better.
The Dr goes in and turns Ainnsley…I still had some feeling and MAN did it hurt I can’t imagine without the epidural. It is 5 am now. I can still feel a lot of pressure, and the urge to push. I ask if I can, and they say, the Dr has to go do an emergency section I have to wait 45 mins to an hour. I could still really feel it, and I ask again, but what if I want to push, The nurse says they *can* do it without the Dr but would rather not…She checks me again…and the baby has turned again UGH! So now I really have to wait for the Dr to come back. I start to feel like the epi is wearing off…more pressure more pain…the nurse, afraid the screams would come back again suggests that it didn’t take because I moved, and gets the epi man back in the room.. he injects something right into the line and says if it doesn’t work then it isn’t in right, and he will have to come back, let him know…and to turn up the drip.
So now I am REALLY frozen. Eureka it works! But man am I frozen, couldn’t’ feel my legs at all...I didn’t like it...but, at least the pain was gone. OB finally comes in after 6 am and with 2 hands inside my body turns the baby…thank god for the epidural! That would have hurt...she tells me to push, but I can’t feel a thing...they tell me to grab my legs and bring to my chest and push...I suddenly realize, I can’t feel my arms, my chest. ANYTHING… The Dr says “ut oh” and looks at nurse. (great sign I think) the nurse brings in an ice pack and touches me all over my body. The only thing I could feel was my face and it was tingling. Turn off the epidural is yelled out. Tyler is closest so he does it. The Dr announces that she is going to use the vacuum to help me get the baby past the pelvic bone, and then I should be able to push her out on my own...I feel so sleepy.. Then I feel the nurse slapping my face...*stay with us* I am not sure what is going on... I hear “RT Stat!” and start to freak out. Then I hear *should I get the crash cart* The Dr says no, but now I am freaking out...what is the matter with me!! The room is full with people now...Dr’s nurses…I can’t feel anything...I hear the epi man say lower the bed, she must be laying flat (not the best way to push out a baby)…blood pressure thing alarming like crazy...then I hear her head is out...push, push...another slap in the face *Stay with us* then the crying of my baby!! 7:16am She was here, but I couldn’t move...I couldn’t hold her…I was so out of it. Tyler is crying.
I start to feel my arms again…People leave the room. The crisis seems to be over. I am still out of it. The nurse tells me her temp is a little low, and Skin to skin will help, but I am too afraid to hold her.. Tyler sits beside me, and places her on my chest, and helps me hold my arms around her…she here, she is safe...I am here I am safe. Slightly traumatized!
Needless to say, I will never get an Epidural again!!
Thursday 8/17, our scheduled induction date.
We got hooked up to all monitors, IV's, drips, etc around 8:00 so we consider that our 'start time'
I was doing pretty well on my own but they went ahead and hooked me up to pitocin to speed things along and that worked perfectly. No real side effects it went really smoothly and my contractions were short and close together which was exactly what they wanted. Around 12:00 I got an epidural (really not the bad experience I'd thought it would be) EXCEPT that it only worked for about 30 minutes. So around 3:00 we decide to completely re-do the epidural. So the anesthesiologist comes back in, takes the needle out and re-does it. This time it takes better, but lasts for only about an hour and a half. (((I NEVER wanted a natural birth... but for all intensive purposes... I GOT ONE!!)))) So even through the contractions (and back labor)... we were ok. Anthony's heart rate then started dropping after contractions so the worry begins.
The Dr. came in and said that the baby was posterior which wasn't good, and I was 8cm dialated but the baby was in too much distress so we needed to deliver. So she said she was going to manually 'stretch' me, and deliver him at 8cm, posterior and in distress. So that was about 5:00... by 5:09 she had the bed broken apart and I was told to start pushing. 6 minutes later Anthony Lembo came screaming into the world! Because he was posterior I have a tear about an inch and they had to use a vaccum to help get him out.
He was absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and his little cry was amazing!
He was 5lbs, 4oz, 18.25inches and scored an 8/9 on his apgars
But heres where it gets interesting.
Anthony starts getting a little hypertensive so he has 3 nurses and a pediatrician all doing checks and working on him to make sure he was ok. It apparently looked a little scary for a while. They of course wouldn't tell me anything at the time.
At the same time my dr. was finishing up with me, I started shaking really bad and got extreme tunnel vision. My swelling started going up quickly and my BP was off the charts. The nurse ran out of the room only to return seconds later with a crash cart. Afterwards the nurse said that I was literally seconds away from going into eclampsia seizures and it's really a miracle that I was able to pull out on my own.
After about an hour they decide that we are both stable enough for me to see and hold my little boy for the first time. So they bring him to me and it was absolutely the most amazing experience to get to hold my son. Both grandma’s got to come in for a minute to see him and they were of course thrilled. After a total of about 20 minutes they ask everyone to leave and they take Anthony to the nursery.
Anthony’s gone for what seems like forever and then the pediatrician comes into my room around 11:30pm and tells me that Anthony needs to be transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital. He's not doing very well and he's hemorrhaging on his skull where the vacuum was used. So they don't know if the bleeding is from between his skin and skull or between his skull and brain, so they need to further check it out and he might need a blood transfusion which requires him to be in a NICU (which our hospital didn't have) He’s also still hypertensive and they are worried about drops in his hemoglobin levels and anemia. So I'd only gotten to hold my son for about 10 minutes immediately after he was born and now he has to be taken about an hour and a half away to Baltimore without me. I was of course devastated. But we have to do what's best for him so around 2am they transport my son to the NICU at John's Hopkins in Baltimore. I was finally stable and being watched by nurses and my mom was there, so Joe went with baby Anthony.
So... we soon found out that the hemmoraging wasn't blood at all. He just had some swelling and fluids that will go away in a couple of days. And his hypertension isn't anything of real concern. Joe and his parents are spending the majority of the time in Baltimore with Anthony and my mom is still staying with me. This was from Thursday through Saturday.
I was released (against everyones better judgement) on Saturday late afternoon and immediately went to Baltimore. Strict orders to watch my blood pressure and swelling, oh and I'm in a wheelchair too.
(Previously a social worker had been in touch with Joe... how they heard our situation I have no idea... and put us up in 'The Childrens House' across the street from the hospital at a very reasonable rate)
We then continued to stay at Johns Hopkins until the next Thursday when Anthony was released. We still have to watch that he eats well and the we keep his temperature up, but otherwise he’s a healthy little boy.
He's absolutely perfect and precious and has sooooooo much personality it's amazing. He melts my heart and Joe and I have never known so much love before!
Born 8/17/06, 5:14pm
18 1/4 inches
I never believed in perfection... until now.
****Edited out last name*****
Rayne Maureen is Here!!
August 21, 2006 2:09pm 6# 5oz 18 3/4"
Here is Rayne's birth story...
Sunday, I decide to go school shopping for the kids, with my mom, like 40 minutes from where we live. After walking around a few hours, it was about time to go. My little sister wanted to go look at the cats at Petsmart, so we figured that would be the last stop. I had to use the bathroom something fierce, so I went to the little girls room at Petsmart. My belly had been feeling pretty tight all day from the walking around, so I went potty and turned the corner out of the bathroom to find my mom, and "POP" yea! the embarassing of embarassing, my water broke, in public!! Calmly, I said to my mom "we gotta go", I wasn't like dripping, but it looked like I peed my pants!! So, we headed for home, with not so much as a contraction the whole way, as a matter of fact, there was not so much of a contraction for the next 16 hours!! When I got to L&D, the hooked me up, and just let me go, to see if things would start on its own, it never did. At about 8 am on Monday morning, they started the dreaded Pitocin, urrrgggg.... about 1, I finally asked for my epidural, it only worked for about 40 minutes, and the pain was beyond intense, I kept telling DH he had to get someone in there, I wanted more medicine, so the nurse came in and said, you don't need more medicine, you need to push! So, quick as a whip, they ripped that bed apart, and 3 pushes, Rayne Maureen entered the world, screaming!! They granted my wishes of letting me have her to nurse before they took her, I got to hold her for almost 45 minutes before they finally took her to clean her and wrap her. She is such a peanut! at a whopping 6# 5 oz, and 18 3/4", she has to wear preemie diapers! All is good at home, she is nursing like a champ! Sorry this is kinda short, things have been a little crazy with the addition of #4!!
Here is my short but painful birth story lol
My water broke around Midnight on Wednesday the 23rd. Got to the hospital, got checked in and waited for the contractions to hit. Waited, waited, waited.... Finally at 9 am they started pitocin. Waited some more.... Noon time came and FINALLY got a contraction. They came on hard and fast. At about 1:50pm told the nurse I had to push. She checked me and said there was still some cervix there and I told her I didnt care I WAS pushing with the next contraction. Doc came in and I started to push at 1:53 pm at about 8 cm. Jayden was born at 1:58pm. No tears or cuts or anything so that was great.
Had my tubal done the next day and had problems coming out of anesthesia(sp?) All is well now, except for the soreness.
Jayden Mae O.
August 23, 2006
7 lbs 1oz 19.5 inches
"And THIS little piggy...."
Isabella Elena's Birth Story
8/21/06 3:58 a.m.
4 lbs. 12 oz. 17 3/4 inches
I had been in the hospital for 10 days and all was going relatively well. I had not had any major bleeding and the baby looked great on the monitors the whole time. I went to sleep on Sunday night and woke up at 2:57 a.m. and my nurse was in the room to take my vitals. I asked her to unhook me fromt he monitors so I could go pee and I walked to the bathroom. I was chatting for a second with my nurse before going into the bathroom and all of a sudden I felt a big gush of blood. I grabbed her by the arm and told her not to leave that I was bleeding. I sat on the toilet and sure enough, my panties were covered in bright red blood and it was gushing out of me into the toilet. She called another nurse and I heard her say, "no, it's not spotting, it's bad." That, coupled with the look on her face scared the hell out of me. The other nurse came in and asked me if I was peeing. I said, "no, that's blood." It was so much it sounded like I was peeing. They immediately helped me put on 2 pads (at the same time) and got me back in bed. I saturated 1 pad almost immediately. The nurses called the doctor (who was not in the hospital) at 3 a.m. and she was in my hospital room with an ultrasound machine at 3:25 a.m. She put the u/s wand on my belly and within seconds could see that I had placenta previa. She said she suspected an abruption as well (which is what they thought all along and why I had been hospitalized) but couldn't see it as about 60% of abruptions don't show up on u/s. She then told me time was up and that I needed an emergency c-section right then. Immediately, everyone started moving really fast prepping me for surgery. I was absolutely terriifed. The anesthesiologist came in and told me he had to put me under general anesthesia (there was no time for an epidural plus I had eated dinner the night before). I hate general anesthesia. It scares the crap out of me. I had enough time to call my husband and tell him what was going on and to come to the hospital. I was hysterical but held it together for him because I didn't want him to freak out and drive in that condition.
I was wheeled into the operating room at 3:39 a.m. Just then I was told my husband had arrived but wasn't allowed in because I was going under general anesthesia. So he had to wait outside. Poor guy. In the meantime, everyone was getting everything ready. I was awake for a lot of it like cleaning my belly with betadine, the doctor pulling and stretching on my lower abdomen to find the right spot to cut, strapping down my legs and arms. I was really panicking but my nurse was with me the whole time and stroked my forehead and talked to me until I drifted off. The anesthesiologist gave the go ahead to cut at 3:49 a.m. and Isabella made her entrance just 9 minutes later at 3:58 a.m.
My husband got to see her right away in the nursery and took pictures and a movie. Luckily, our little peanut was strong and healthy and never needed any oxygen or assistance. Her Apgar scores were 7 and 8.
I came out of anesthesia in a great deal of pain. It took 45 minutes for them to bring me the morphine PCA pump. I got to hold my little girl before the drugs came and I can honestly say she was a better pain killer than any medication modern science has to offer.
We are thrilled to have our precious little angel.
Here is Terry Lee's birth story:
Per my dr. I had a scheduled induction set for the 24th of August due primarily to polyhydramnios and an LGA baby. I was 38 weeks 3 days on this date so I felt pretty safe about this. I got to the hospital and they did an u/s right away to verify the baby's position since Terry liked to flip around from minute to minute. Three different professionals verified that indeed Terry was vertex so it was all systems go at this point. They started the pit at around 8am and I walked the halls that morning quite a bit. My contrax were slow to start and they weren't that painful. Around 10 am the dr. came in and broke my water and said I was dilated to 4cm. I was afraid of progressing too quickly so I ordered that my epidural be placed shortly after this point. Placing the epi went without incident and now I was bound to the bed. The rest of the afternoon was filled with waiting and disappointment because my contrax slowed and were very sporadic. The nurse kept cranking up my pitocin until all hell broke loose....
Suddenly I noticed that my left side was number than my right and the contrax were getting more painful and closer together. The anesth. came in to fix my epi to even things out but it didn't work. They gave me one bolus after then other only to make my left side completely numb to the point where I had NO control. I was furious and in complete misery because I could feel everything on my right side. The nurse wanted the dr. to re-do my epi but wanted to check me first. She reached her hand down. and said "We got a foot coming out!" I was horrified! HE FLIPPED over even without amniotic fluid! My dr. was called from home and I was rushed to the OR for an emergency c-section. They had to put me completely under because of the botched epidural. The surgery went well but I woke up unable to swallow and finding it difficult to breathe. They gave me chloreseptic spray which seemed to help.
All in all, Terry arrived healthy and safely but pretty bruised up. He had a full head of dark hair and a strong cry.
I am thankful to have gotten through it but now I have different opinions on pain control during labor. Not sure what I am going to do next time.
For now I am going to recover and enjoy the newest addtion to our family!