Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Tale of Tuesday Past...


9am
: Appointment with the OB. Baby looks fantastic on ultrasound, but no changes in my cervix... so it's a go for c-section. Unfortunately, the doctor is unable to accommodate my preferred section date, and now the hospital is unable to accommodate my runner-up section date, so I was given a new date of Thursday, October 22. Not ideal, but we'll make do.

11am: Head home and frantically begin insurmountable task of folding and sorting laundry while kids are napping. Task is especially daunting considering I purchased and washed 180 pieces of 3T/4T clothing from craigslist the day before. Shit.

1pm: Kids are up and we're all hungry. I call my sister to see if she wants to join us for lunch at our new favorite eatery, Huey Magoos. She's up for it and heads our way.

2pm: Sis arrives and asks why I keep stopping in my tracks and breathing funny. Huh. Because I'm beginning to notice really sharp pains along my old c-section scar whenever the baby moves. Not contractions, but really really, like take the wind out of your sails, painful. I figure the baby is just sitting funny and I've been on my feet too much, so we head out for a late lunch.

3pm: Baby has not shifted, pain is getting worse. I ask my sister to make me call the doc if I'm still complaining in an hour. Having a pretty good idea of what will happen if I call the doc, I proceed to stuff my face with tasty fried chicken and french fries.

430pm: I break down and call my doc. He says give it another hour to see if baby will shift, but call back immediately if pain gets worse.

5pm: Hubs is home between classes, so I recruit him to watch the kids while I take a hot shower. Doesn't this always help? No.

530pm: Call the doc back. Pain is worse. Starting to panic a little. He says get the kids situated with someone and head to the hospital.

6pm: Send Hubs back to school because waiting is Not. His. Thing. I would rather wait alone. This is not to say he's not wonderful. He IS wonderful. Just not at waiting.

630pm: After much dilly-dallying and procrastinating, I get the kids to my sister's and head to the hospital.

7pm: Triage is disgusting. Beautiful hospital, wonderful staff, but triage? Disgusting. Thankfully, my doc was spectacularly awesome and called ahead so I didn't have to wait but a few minutes to be taken back.

730pm: Apparently my doc knows everyone. No less than six doctors and nurses have peeked in to make sure his patient is doing ok and to reassure me he's on his way very soon. Also, he's been texting me. Seriously, best OB ever.

745pm: My best friend, Keri, shows up to keep me company. She totally ignores the no eating in triage rules and eats fast food. I would have been upset, except I was still stuffed full of tasty fried chicken and french fries.

8pm: Taken up to pre-op and Keri goes outside to wait for Hubs and direct him when he gets here.

830pm: Doc and hubs show up while I'm answering about ten billion questions for a remarkably funny nurse who seems to think I won't be picking up my kids for at least six weeks after the surgery. Haha.

9pm: Epidural. Hate this part. Hate it.

930pm: Wheeled to the OR. Proceed to get horrifically dizzy and nauseas. A less than stellar experience. Anesthesiologist is awesome though and uses lots of tricks to keep me from puking. Including a Hitler-esque mustache of tissue soaked in rubbing alcohol. Who knew?

950pm: Baby Stephen (still unnamed at this point) is born. A stellar experience. No one bothers to say the sex, they just say 'April was right again!'

955pm: Room is still spinning, so the anesthesiologist pumps me full of drugs and I promptly pass out.

11pm(ish?): Wake up in recovery next to my gorgeous baby and husband. This is a super treat because with my last deliveries they didn't let me see the baby for many many hours after delivery. Nursed right away. Awesome!

12pm(ish?): Transferred to my room, epidural removed (yay!) and Hubs heads home to stay with the big boys. And the end to one spectacular day. Spectacular.

18 comments:

mom2boys said...

What a eventful day you had! Congrats on a your beautiful baby boy! Wishes for a fast recovery. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey April (this is Leslie from WTE0308)--love your story! Glad to hear that everything worked out well in the end. What a crazy crazy day you had! :) Thanks for sharing your story, as usual. :)

Leslie

Desiree said...

Wow... what a story! Why did your scar hurt? Were you worried about rupture? Ouch! My scar hurts now and I'm only 10 weeks. I can't imagine what it will feel like in labor. I guess these babies come when they are ready! I love that you keep everyone guessing on the name. We named our baby officially 3 days after he was born. The hospital nearly Had. A. Cow. They wanted his name the same day he was born! LOL...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Pam said...

Yay, April, yay!!!!!! Stephen is so beautiful! I'm so glad you got to see him right away. Woohoo!!! Per my prediction, you only have 8 more boys until you get your girl!!!

Jen said...

What an evening. I guess he had his own plans on when he wanted to enter the world.

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Yea!!
Oh that WP triage- what a piece of CRAP!

Anonymous said...

Who took the pictures in the OR? How are you feeling now?

Shelli

Ali said...

What a day and what a beautiful baby boy!

fidget said...

you are so in trouble- babe is already saying "screw this scheduled stuff!"

TwinMomMichelle said...

Thanks for the details. I love, love birth stories. BTW, that last picture of the three of you is amazing! Congratulations!

Anita said...

Wonderful birth story, I think you are just gorgeous after surgery.......dang woman!!! Stephen is a little gorgeous man.......love babies!!!

DG said...

Congratulations to you and your family! I love the name Stephen - it's friendly and handsome!

enjoy your bundle of joy :)

dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

Crystal Rae said...

Awesome. You look good too by the way. :) You were all baby lady.

Mica said...

AWWWWW congrats again on another adorable little boy!!!!!

Larissa (WTE0308) said...

Another BEAUTIFUL little boy! PS you're like the only person I know that look like a model while having a baby. And that includes models. ;-)

Elaine A. said...

That was quite a day, huh? Love this post!

Heather said...

Congratulations!!!

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...

He's beautiful!!! So are you! I can't believe I'm so late, I just saw you on Twitter talking about tampons :) and realized you had your baby!!

Congratulations, April! What a beautiful family.

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