Colby's Birth Story :)

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Colby's Birth Story :)

Alright, I'm going to try this on my phone

Tuesday, Donnie's flight came in around 7? Not really sure. He got back to the station in Napa and we talked after 8. I really wasn't feeling well so we didn't talk long. I'd been having BH contractions at night for the past 2 days, I really just want to take a bath. I got in the bath, watched a couple shows and went to bed. Around 2:30 I woke up and needed to get up to pee. Then I felt it coming and got up quicker, I just thought I couldn't hold it, but as I was walking, I knew it was my water breaking, not me. It did freak me out because unlike last time, this time it was more red than clear. I was freaking, not knowing how I would get Janet without making a mess. I finally was able to grab my cell from next to our bed and call Donnie around 2:50, then I called my midwives and was told to come in. Woke up Janet, took us forever to get ready and finally wake up Jackson. We left around 3:40 and got to the hospital around 4.

The hospital is so nice and they only checked me for a second before admitting me. It did take a bit for them to check to make sure it was amniotic fluid. Finally lab came back positive and we were set up in my room around 5. About this time contractions started coming. Donnie got to the hospital around 5:45? Not sure. He said hi and bye to Jackson and we sent them home.

We waited a while, and then I was told I couldnt have a water birth, which I had taken the class to be able to, since I wasn't full term. I was disappointed because I knew I could do it. With the last birth, the tub has become my BFF and I know I can handle pain in the water. So, I was disappointed, and really had no desire to have a natural birth out of the water. Sounds silly , but its so different than water for me.

So my midwife comes and we basically decide to get an epidural because if she needed to do pitocin, it's not natural at that point anyways, so might as well get the epidural. She puts in the order.

My contractions were getting stronger and the nurse tells me the anesthesiologist will be in at 9am. I started thinking I couldn't make it that long. At 8:30 I was watching the clock. I was starting to think he wouldn't make it. He comes in at 8:45 and talks forever. Finally he gets it in at 9:20? Things get a bit bad. My blood pressure dropped, made me nauseous enough to throw up, then the nurse gets enough of some medicine in. I start to feel better and not lightheaded, which the epidural was making me feel.

So it's about 9:45 when I feel better and tell her I feel like he's coming down. My midwife comes in and checks and I'm ready ! I'm basically am hding him in while they get the room ready. Midwife says this is definitely not going to be the 2 hours of pushing I had with Jackson. First push, all of the nurses are like freaking out, saying how easy this is. Second push, midwife is basically telling me to go as slow as I can. And he's out! 10am. Neither Donnie or I cried because I think we were both just stunned.

They let the cord pulse, which I wanted them to, but he was so quiet, barely crying and pretty purple, so I kind of want them to just cut him off and check him instead. Nobody seemed concerned though. So Donnie cuts the cord and they take him to clean him, he starts crying more, thank goodness. Apgars 8/9, which amazed me because I didn't think he looked so good.

Doing great now though! Nursing okay, he's just small and its like starting all over again. We'll be here until tomorrow at least since he's preterm.

Colby Jameson
10:00 am on the dot
5/25/11
7lbs 7oz
19 1/2 inches
14 head (inches? Cm? I forget)

Donnie knows he's very lucky. Just in the nick of time.

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Wow you went so fast!! Sorry you didn't get your water birth but so glad Donnie made it and Colby is doing well! I had the same thing with my BP plummeting aftr the epidural...what a HORRIBLE feeling! I seriously thought I was dying. Lol

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Glad it went well!! sorry you weren't able to do a water birth!

Congrats again! WTTW Colby! I just love that name!

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That sounds like a great labor and delivery! I know what you mean about pain being easier in water, I totally agree. I wish you would have gotten your water birth but I'm glad they do everything possible to take care of Colby first.

I am still kind of amazed how early you had him, although I remember you had Jackson early too, right?!

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It sounds like everything went as well as it could have! I'm glad Donnie was there! Hopefully once your milk comes in Colby will catch on to nursing quickly! He is a good size for being early. That stinks you weren't able to try without an epidural, now you have to pay more. LOL.

I'm looking forward to seeing lots more pictures!

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That sounds amazing Kristen! Congrats again. How's Jackson doing?

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"AshnBill" wrote:

It sounds like everything went as well as it could have! I'm glad Donnie was there! Hopefully once your milk comes in Colby will catch on to nursing quickly! He is a good size for being early. That stinks you weren't able to try without an epidural, now you have to pay more. LOL.

I'm looking forward to seeing lots more pictures!

OMGosh Ashley, that is so funny! Of course that thought didn't even cross my mind when I was asking for it! Lol.

Jackson is doing great! Donnie's at home with him right now. I'm sure they're having a great time. We'll see how he does when Colby comes home Smile

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What a great birth story! Sorry you didn't get your water birth as planned...it's always tough when you have set plan & things don't work out that way. Glad Donnie made it in time & you & Colby are doing great. Congrats, he's just too cute Smile

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Congratulations! I can't believe how quick it all went. Sorry you didn't get your water birth, but thank goodness Donny made it on time!

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How exciting!!! Im so happy for you! And I agree about the pain/water thing. I lived in the shower during labor with Audra.

It does seem weird to call a 7lb 7oz baby a preemie, lol. I always think 5lbs and under when I think preemie. Maybe they miscalculated your due date? Anyway....Im so glad everyone is well and healthy and that Donnie made it!

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Great story! That really did go fast! I'm glad he's doing well, he's a good size for pre-term!

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Wow, I agree--7 lbs, 7 oz for a preemie is amazing! Love his name and it goes so well with Jackson! With Ireland, I labored in a tub some too, and it made a big difference. Congrats! I'm looking forward to pictures!!

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Congrats again!! What a great story sounds like everything went really quick!

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congrats! sorry about the water birth but its great it went so fast, its funny because I was exactly the same... first birth 2hrs of pushing.. second 15 min and we too were shocked lol. He is a great size fir coming early.

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"SID081108" wrote:

Wow you went so fast!! Sorry you didn't get your water birth but so glad Donnie made it and Colby is doing well! I had the same thing with my BP plummeting aftr the epidural...what a HORRIBLE feeling! I seriously thought I was dying. Lol

I did too! It was the worst feeling, way worse than contractions. Had I known it was going to happen, I would have just gone natural. I was only 40 minutes away, oh well!

"Jenn0113" wrote:

That sounds like a great labor and delivery! I know what you mean about pain being easier in water, I totally agree. I wish you would have gotten your water birth but I'm glad they do everything possible to take care of Colby first.

I am still kind of amazed how early you had him, although I remember you had Jackson early too, right?!

Jackson was 5 days early. The midwife and I were talking today, and thinking MY date of June 11 was probably right and not theirs of June 18. They never even asked me my LMC when they moved my date a month earlier because of my u/s. Which would make him a 38 weeker. All the nurses keep commenting that he looks more like a 38 than 36 weeker.

We are stuck here until Sat. Sad his bili count went up a bit, although nowhere as high as Jackson's was. We put him on the lights last night and started supplementing, per my request. I feel like I'm telling them what to do this time because I actually know what's going on. Hopefully being proactive will start to lower his count and we can go home soon. Not, not know what's going on until they readmit us back like last time.

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Congrats!! Sorry you are stuck there until Saturday though!

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Congrats Kristen!! Glad everything went well and I hope his bili comes down. We did lights at home for Nigel is that an option?

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"Kellygirlj" wrote:

Congrats Kristen!! Glad everything went well and I hope his bili comes down. We did lights at home for Nigel is that an option?

I guess I just assumed because they were keepin us that it wasn't an option. I will have to double check!

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It was pretty funny because the lights look like a litte suitcase. Once you open it up it resembles a tanning bed. I will have to dig out some pics!