Owen's Birth Story (long)

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Owen's Birth Story (long)

Owen Scott

5:58 pm CST
7 lbs 15 oz
21 1/2 in

At 1 am on 10/5, DD woke up in her room crying. I went in to check on her and ended up falling asleep in her room. Around 3:45, I woke up to a MAJOR cramp/contraction. I brushed it off and fell back asleep (sort of). I had another contraction about 10 minutes later. I got up and went to the bathroom and was spotting. I called the doctor because of the blood and he said to watch it and if it continued to come in, and if the contractions got to the 5-1-1 to come in. The spotting got a bit worse and the contractions got a little closer, but never to the 5-1-1 and the bleeding eventually stopped during the day on Wednesday (the 5th). We had already called DH's parents and told them that if it wasn't Wednesday, it'd probably be Thursday or Friday and they could come on to watch DD if they wanted to. By the time they got to the house on Wednesday (around 8 pm), everything had completely stopped. I was pretty discouraged but I knew that labor does this sometimes so I didn't let it get to me. We went to bed around midnight.

Thursday morning (10/6), I was jolted awake again by a contraction. 3:45 am again. This time there was more bloody show and the contractions were coming harder, around 7 minutes apart and lasting about 40 seconds to a minute. I got up and got in the shower just in case (I labored for 25 hours with DD, so I knew if I didn't get a shower then who knows how long it'd be before I got another one and I had already been 24 hours since my last shower lol). By the time I got out of the shower and dried my hair, I was having to stop and lean over the sink and rock through the contractions and they were getting closer together. I got DH up and told him to shower off, we were going to the hospital. This was around 4:30.

We got to the ER around 5:30 and we were in l&d triage at 6 am. They hooked me to the monitors and did a cervix check. I wasn't dilated at all but they said they'd keep me and monitor me for 2 hours and see if they could get any change. If they could, I'd stay, if they couldn't, I'd go home. At 6:30 they came in and said that Owen's heart rate was having late decelerations (it was slowing down after the contraction) and that they wouldn't be sending me home. The decels could be nothing, or they could be a wrapped cord or him laying on his cord. They hooked me up to fluids and had me go on oxygen to see if that helped. If it didn't help then we were looking at the possibility of a c-section. Having a c-section is one of my worst fears, so I got a bit nervous about that. Luckily the fluids helped and the decels got better. I was already admitted tho so labor was induced.

They started the pit drip around 8:30. They started it VERY slowly (2 whatevers/hour, it can go up to 20) and left it like that for quite a while. I went ahead and asked for the epidural since I knew that pit inductions can be rough and since we weren't going home without a baby, there was no reason for me to sit there in pain. I wasn't dilated at all. With DD's labor, I didn't dilate until after I got the epidural. It was the same way with Owen. I had to wait just a little while for the epi because the anesthesiologist was in on a c-section. I got it around 10:30. Between 10:30 and 11:00 am I went from 0 - 2 cm. Not surprised at all, given my history with epidural/dilation. I labored for several more hours, them flipping me from my right side to my left because being on my back made the heart decels come back. They kept turning the pit up and up during this time. Around 3 I started to get some breakthrough pain in my cervix so I asked for some more pain relief. Apparently I had the patient pump on the epidural but the doc forgot to show me where it was so I hadn't been using that to control the pain. I went from feeling nothing, to being back to moaning and breathing and having to manage the pain in about a 20 minute span of time. They checked me around 3:30 and I was at 4 cm and they pushed me full of lidocaine to help me catch the epidural up with the contractions.

The new doctor came in around 4:15 for the first time (she came on at noon but had a c-section so it took her a while to round to me). She checked me and called me a 5. At 4:37, I thought I felt a gush of water down there that seemed to come with my contractions. My nurse checked and couldn't tell from looking if it was my water or not. She checked me and lo and behold I had gone from 5 cm to 8 cm in those 20 minutes and she couldn't feel my bag of waters. She turned the pit way down and checked me again around 5:20 and I was 10 cm and fully effaced. We pushed through one contraction, just to see how I was going to do. The lidocaine had barely worn off so I was pretty numb down there, couldn't even pick my own feet up to put them in the stirrups.

The doc came in at 5:25 and we started REALLY pushing. I probably only pushed with about 6 contractions because my contrax spaced out some (they did the same during DD's labor). Owen was born at 5:58 pm, 30 minutes after I started pushing. He was born screaming. They put him on my chest and cleaned him up. The nurse didn't realize it but he had swallowed some meconium so the had to take him over and suction him out really good pretty soon after he was born. DH went with him (just to the other side of the room) while they finished delivering the placenta and putting in one stitch on a 'skid mark'. They brought him back and we oooh'd and ahhh'd over him for a few minutes, then they took him to the nursery to do all the baby stuff.

DH left to come home and help put DD in bed and the nurse came in and helped me get up for the first time and go to the bathroom (not bad at all except my left thigh was still a bit numb so I had to shuffle more so than walk to the bathroom). From there I went to the postpartum room and waited on them to bring Owen in with me.

Things got a bit scary later on. They brought him back and the pediatrician on call came in to talk to us and said that he had a suspicious looking hair pattern on the back of his head (we laughed about it looking like he was born with a mullet). She said it could be indicative of him having encephalocele, which is similar to spina bifida (commonly called cranial bifida), where a section of the skull didn't fuse together over his brain and there could be bits of brain matter or spinal fluids that get into the hole. It would have required corrective surgery and possibly a shunt in his head to drain the fluids and could have suggested that there were some neurological problems. On top of this, she said he had an abnormal heart murmur.

So he spent the night being observed in the nursery overnight Thursday. Friday morning the neonatologist did an ultrasound on his skull and took a closer look at him and said that he couldn't find any problems with his skull. So thankfully it seems that we spent a LOT of time worrying about nothing. He set up an appointment with neuro at the children's hospital in Nashville just to make absolutely sure that they aren't overlooking anything. They did an echocardiogram on his heart and the heart murmur wasn't an issue either. He was given a clean bill of health around 1 pm Friday and we FINALLY got to keep our new baby boy in the room with us for more than 20 minutes at a time. Poor DH still hadn't been able to hold him because we were only getting to keep him for feedings.

Thankfully they were very supportive of breastfeeding, so even with all the scary stuff going on, they brought him to me on demand to nurse. I was a bit shocked that they didn't suggest formula since he was having to spend so much time in the nursery.

He got his circumcision done Friday night and we were discharged Saturday right after lunch.

kittenchan's picture
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Congrats on your beautiful baby boy! I'm glad the 'scary' stuff wasn't a big deal. Enjoy your little man!

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Wow! So glad to hear that everything turned out ok. Congrats!

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I'm glad everything turned out ok...congrats on your little man.

K_Lo's picture
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I'm glad everything turned out well! Congrats on your baby boy!

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Wow, sounds like you sure had your ups and downs! I am so glad little Owen is healthy though and that you are ok. It sounds like you did great! Congrats on your beautiful baby boy!

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He is adorable!! Congrats!!

wobbs's picture
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He is handsome, congrats! I'm glad the scary stuff turned out to not be there, I know how scary it is to be sitting there in the hospital waiting for echo results.

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Congratulations on your new arrival! I'm so glad he's ok and you had a good experience at Vandy!

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Well the Vandy appt got rescheduled for December, so.....

Kinda disappointed, but at the same time I'm even more encouraged that they REALLY don't think it's anything, if they're rescheduling it for 3 months out.

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I am having to catch up on all these birth stories!! Smile He is adorable and sounds like you had an interesting labor. DS had heart decels so I know how scary that can be. So happy to hear that he is healthy after the scary information the doctor gave you!!

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Congrats on your new little man! I'm so glad everything with him was OK and that you were able to go home with no problems!

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Wow! So glad the scary stuff was short lived! He is just beautiful!

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Congrats! Have to say I love the name Smile Kind of crazy both our little guys were born on the same day. We had not decided on Owen's name until he was born. Glad everything is good now!

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Wow! I'm so happy for you that none of those things became an issue. It's so scary with a newborn because there's so many things you don't know about until they are born. Congrats on a beautiful baby boy!!!!

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So gladvto hear that everything turned out ok. Congrats on your little boy!!!