Sunday, January 11, 2009

Brayden's Birth Story

Thought I would post this here for those who wanted to know. Here's his stats:

Name: Brayden Matthew
DOB: Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 7:14pm
Weight: 8lbs. 4oz.
Height: 18 3/4 inches
Head Circumference: 13 1/2 inches

Story: Basically I was set up for induction due to finally hitting 39 weeks and most likely due to my history of being induced previously and successfully with my other two. I was scheduled to start at 8am, I showed up at 7:15am as requested from the doctor to do registration. Made it up to L&D to get put in my room at 7:40am, however they didn't have my room ready for me so I had to wait on that. Didn't get to my room until 8:45am, by that time the nurse did all the usual medical questions/records stuff. Then gave me my IV to start my pitocin, that didn't start until almost 10am. Prior to this I was dilated at 2cm and 80% effaced, almost 90% because I had started having contractions on my own.

They slowly upp'd my pitocin, I was actually dealing with the contractions well. Then we waited on my doctor to come to break my water, she was supposed to be there by noon...yet another delay and didn't get to me to break my water until 1:15pm. At that point, I already knew my contractions were going to get harder and I went ahead and requested my epidural. I was dealing with the contractions still well, I was amazed with myself. Prior to the epidural, Brayden kept on moving around..he didn't want the fetal heart monitor on him...which was on my stomach. So they decided to put one on his head from the inside. Then the anesthesiologist came in to give my my epidural around 2:20pm or so and was VERY good. I didn't feel any pain when she put it in, just some slight pressure. At this point my contractions were pretty strong, I was only dilated at a 3 and 100% effaced. I was giving a button to push to get more meds from the epidural if I could still feel the pain, so I of course pushed it...twice. LOL. Caused me to get VERY LOW blood pressure...I felt dizzy and sweaty and well ready to get sick. They came in, had to stop the pitocin and give me some medication that started with the letter E to get my BP normal again.

Once I got normal...the restarted my pitocin and said no more pushing on the button for the epidural unless I really needed it. LOL. So we restarted the pitocin at about 3:30 or 3:45ish pm. At this time, I was still 3cm and 100% effaced. Then they slowly upp'd the pitocin again, at 5:30pm they checked me and I was at 6cm, then while talking to David around 7pm...I just felt this pressure like I had to poo. I knew that feeling, I watched the only happened when I had a contraction, it was the baby's head moving down...then going back up as the contraction died down. When the nurse came in, I told her what I felt, she checked me...and goes yep, its time to have a baby. At that time, my doctor just happened to come in to check on me since my water breaking. And I was ready to have a baby. There was no practice pushes...just listened to my doctors directions and with a few slight pushes...very little effort, Brayden was born at 7:14pm.

He was very cheesey...a head full of hair and screaming. He's not so bad now, only upset when he gets his diaper changed due to being circumsized. David went to the nursery and watched him get his first well as watched him get circumsized, he said that was the most traumatic experience he ever witnessed. I guess outside of watching his son being born? LOL.

We came home yesterday, I'm doing well...still a lil' sore and crampy and realizing how weird it feels now to have an empty belly...thats all jiggly again. Haha.

His birth pics and new ones are up view. Enjoy!

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