So some of this will be a bit of a rehash of the days events as I had no idea Alex would be making an appearance so soon!
Alexandr Julius 2-27-2014
Wednesday I had to go in for an NST scan, an ultrasound, and an ob appointment with my normal doc. The US was pretty good, little guy was looking super cute, amniotic fluid wasn’t good, wasn’t great either. Then I went for my NST Scan, and all hell broke down from there. There were some things that seemed odd so they did some baby moving, feeding me ice, and all sorts of other stuff. His heartbeat was staying too steady, which, I didn’t know was a thing. So, they were trying to rouse him and it wasn’t working. Then the doc came in and started noticing fetal heart rate deceleration. He must have known he was planning on sending me to the hospital then and there because he had called over before my appointment with him began. I convinced him to let me go home and get the hubby and my emergency hospital bag (I was in last week for those of you who might have been following, so I’ve had a small duffel full of some necessities for an extended stay in the hospital.)
At the hospital they did another ultrasound only this one was a “Physiological Profile” Apparently they also did a Doppler of my placenta. He placed 6/8 on the profile which apparently is good, he just missed the practice breathing. We started another 24 hour urine as my protenuria and hematuria continued and my BP was a TAD on the higher side of the scale. They had me on full NST for my entire stay as well. After talking to the doctor and nurses it was split between, you’ll go home tomorrow, and you’ll be here until around six weeks from now, if we wait that long. Either way till he’s born.
Waited around for results, cooled my heels watching tv, and then the real hell started right after dinner time I’d say, they started noticing more and more falls in the kiddo’s heart beat. Had me try some different potions and it evened out for a while until shift change that evening. They were doing my start of shift checks and he was taking some serious falls. The nurse called the on call doctor and they decided to just keep a closer eye on things. I decided by around 1 am I wanted to try to just get some sleep. Lo and behold, sleep was making the situation worse apparently. Everytime I found the ability to sleep, he would have a drop. They’d rush in and make me move. This was around every thirty minutes the entire night. Early in the morning the doctor on call came to me and said that him and the other on call had been talking about me most of the evening and that they were extremely concerned about Alex. He explained that the cord was pushing the oxygen through too fast, and the baby was not getting it. His response to this was to slow down his own heart, to conserve energy. That is where the weird and upsetting drops were coming from. He strongly suggested delivery, and said that if we waited I would likely go into preterm labor, and the baby would not be able to handle natural birth. The stress from the contractions would cause him to stop breathing completely. I called Daniel and had him rush to the hospital, because while it wasn’t an emergency c section, it was still a hurry up and get him out c section.
Daniel and Zane made it to the hospital perfectly fine, The doctor came in and explained what was going on and why it was important that we take him early. I got prepped for my c section. Before I knew it I was in the OR getting my spinal block. The staff here was fantastic, and I actually let a resident sit in on my c section, she was super excited to get to see one, apparently it doesn’t happen often that they are doing their trials when one goes down so it was pretty cool to let her be a part of that. They anesthesiologist, named Darrell which just reminded me of my grandpa, was super nice and awesome. The doctor, who was not my normal doctor. (Dr. Wegner), Dr. Adams, did a fantastic job. The whole staff was very nice, they were constantly asking how I was doing, checking on me, and then they brought Daniel in. Shortly after Daniel came into the room and held my hand we heard our sweet baby boy take his first breath at 9:40 AM. They cleaned his mouth and nose and he just commenced to letting us know he was here! I was so proud of our little boy. He’s been through so much already. He was born 3lbs, and 6oz. 17.5 inches long. I got to watch them clean him up as daddy stood over him doting and taking video and pictures of our little guy. The whole time I’m just streaming tears down my face and the anesthesiologist is telling me, that’s your boy, it’s your son, he’s here! The doctor kept singing Happy Birthday. After getting to meet him, he was sooo small and sweet, it was off to the NICU with him, I had daddy follow along with him. They closed me up and almost exactly an hour later I was on my way to the recovery room. The whole process wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. After about an hour in recovery and some paperwork and such, they took me and Daniel to the NICU so I could do skin to skin with Alex (so glad he was healthy enough for this). He was a big sweetie and just wanted to cuddle momma. He def. Knows who mommy and daddy are. I’m glad we’ve spent time talking to him, reading to him, and singing to him. It blows my mind that he’s even here, more than that I’m glad he’s doing so well. I went up to my postpartum room and Daddy and Zane got me some lunch, we took a nap together before he headed out to start nursery prep. SO much to do! Later after some dinner Aunt Crystal decided to drop in to meet the little man, once she got here we made our way to the NICU to see little adorable Alex being super hammy, all the nurses in the ward seem to love him to death lol. I didn’t get to hold him but I did get to put my hands inside his isolette and interact with him. He’s got a bad habit of wanting to pull out his nasal tube, he’d done it multiple times, so I tried my best to talk to him and let him hold my thumb (yes his whole hand is the size of my thumb) and get him to sleep. It seemed to work, and later they told me that he went full on to sleep after I left off with him, and he stayed that way for at least a few hours. Such a sweetheart.
Today I’m doing well, I’m up and moving around some, and with the doctors and nurses permission I’m going to be showering and getting into my own clothes soon, my IV will come out completely and the catheter has already been pulled so here very soon I won’t be hooked up to anything anymore that I know of. My incision site looks great and from what I hear this morning the trooper is doing just fine in the NICU (My floor nurses can’t resist sneaking over to the NICU to see him apparently LOL) I’m happy, and while he didn’t come into the world quite the way we thought, nor anywhere close to the time we thought, he is here, and he is beautiful.