Kaiden's Birth Story/Pics
i posted a shorter version of this a few days again...here's the longer one! i didn't see this thread...
I can't believe it's been almost a week...this time last week I was spending my last day ever being pregnant and getting ready for Kaiden's arrival...little did I know today I wouldn't be up and "running" around like I thought I would be! this pregnancy has been so different from my other 2-and several times toward the end I had a feeling i would end up w/a c-section...i don't know if i was just saying that in case i did or what...but here is how it happened!
We got to the hospital tuesday morning at 630-i was settled in my room by 7 and got my IV for the fluids-it took her 4 times to find a vein that would hold it. that was not fun. The dr came in around 730 and checked me-he was nice enough to give me a fingertip dilation...i think he was being generous. They started the pitocin and within 30 minutes i was having contractions. they weren't too bad but some of them lasted a long time. i thought for sure i would be progressing by now so i asked the nurse how long she thought the epidural would last and she said through delivery-i've always heard of them wearing off and people saying they got it too early (never in my case before but i wanted to be sure)...so i decided to go ahead and get it early. she said i needed some more fluids first and then she would call for it. so i went to the bathroom one last time since i knew i wouldn't be able to get up once it was in-i stood up and felt my water break! (8:55am) it never broke w/my other 2 so that was quite the feeling for me. my hubby went and got the nurse and she checked me and boy did that hurt-i came off the bed screaming. i was still at 1 cm. so much for progress! I got my epidural-it wasn't too bad. within minutes i couldn't feel a thing and was having some really good contractions-my husband was amazed i couldn't feel anything. several times i could hear the machine slow down afterwards indication Kaiden's heartrate was dipping-sure enough the nurse came in and made me switch positions. we went through this several times until around 11 she checked me again and saw i was still at 1 cm...she said if his heartrate kept dropping we'd have to talk c-section, but she'd give it a little more time. within 5 minutes she was back and said she was calling the dr. he was there within 15 minutes...since i had already had my epidural, things moved really fast. i thought i was ok with it all, but as soon as they started getting me ready i started shaking so uncontrollably...it was the worst feeling ever. when they put me on the table they strapped my arms outward-i thought i was going to pass out...my arms locked up and my upper arms felt like i had been lifting weights for days-they hurt so bad. within 15 minutes they said his head was out, then i heard him cry! it was the most wonderful sound in the world! he cried for about 10 minutes-not a screaming cry but a sweet cry...they cleaned him up and brought him so i could kiss him then my hubby went with him to the nursery while i went to recovery for an hour and a half. the nurses were so wonderful...i couldn't have asked for better care.
i finally got to see Kaiden right around 2 pm...he was born at 11:51. the recovery nurse and i joked about how unfair it is we do all the work and are the last to see them! as they were wheeling me back to my room i saw my 2 other boys looking in the nursery window-they ran to my stretcher and kissed me-it was so sweet. they are so proud of him and have been doing so well.
i never knew just how much recovery would hurt but i am starting to feel a little better today...it's all so worth it though. it's hard for an independent person like me to sit back and let my hubby take care of me but he's doing an awesome job.
so that's my little guy's birth story-he's perfect and scored 8 & 9 on his Apgars...he's doing so well eating, pooping and sleeping! i plan to enjoy every minute since he's my last...cherishing him every minute of the day!!!
here's some new pics since coming home:
I love him in dark blue!
He loves his swing!
bottle is bigger than him!
this is the cradle in our room...
chilling out w/daddy