Monday, April 30, 2012

Carson David Lloyd

The story of getting Carson out of my uterus is very similar to getting him into it…difficult.

Friday, April 27 ended as any other night does in our house. Brent was finishing up watching something NASCAR on TV, so I went ahead and get in bed around 9:30, and he came in shortly after, and we both fell asleep. About 11:00, I woke up and rolled over in bed, and decided I needed to get up and use the bathroom. When I stood up, I felt a huge gush of liquid, and thought that I had peed my pants. I finished my business, and went back to the bedroom to get a clean pair of underwear, and the liquid started running down my leg. It took me a minute, but then I realized, my water had just broken!!

I woke Brent up and told him my water had broken, and it took him a minute because he was asleep, but then he sprung into action and grabbed the last few things for my bag, loaded the car, and kept me calm. I called the Dr.’s office and he told me to head on in. I thought it would be the longest car ride to Waterloo ever, but it turns out it wasn’t too bad, I wasn’t really even having any contractions yet.

Once we got to the hospital, a nurse checked the fluid to make sure it was my water breaking, and it was, and then she checked to see if I was dilated at all, and I wasn’t. They told me that baby had had a bowl movement inside, which is called meconium, so that was something we needed to watch. They got me all checked in, changed, and started an IV with fluids. They had to also get me an IV with antibiotics because I tested positive for Group B Strep, but that took several hours, because like anything else, I have to be difficult and be allergic to a lot of medicine. Eventually they got that started though.

I started having some mild contractions around 1:00 or 2:00, and for awhile they weren’t too bad. The whirl pool tub in the room provided some nice relief for me. Around 4, the contractions started to get worse and closer together, but when the nurse checked me, she said I was only dilated a fingertip, and I had to be 3 to 4 centimeters before I could get the epidural. Brent and I walked several laps around the labor and delivery floor trying to speed things up. That was fun.

We continued on like that for hours…I was in a lot of pain, but wasn’t progressed enough to get the drugs!! Around 10:00, Dr. Hintz came in and checked me, and to my surprise, he said I was 4-5 centimeters. I will save you all the details, but apparently my cervix is difficult as well, and once he checked me, it sort of “popped” open farther.

The anesthesiologist was called, and finally around 11 or so, she came in, and gave me the epidural. I was terrified of getting it, but it really wasn’t bad at all, and the contractions were so distracting, I honestly didn’t even mind that there was a giant needle being stuck in my spine.

The epidural was wonderful. It took away all the pain and made my legs feel tingly. But shortly after I got it, my blood pressure dropped and baby’s heartbeat stopped registering on the monitor. I freaked out internally while they gave me oxygen and called in Dr. Hintz. Luckily he was very relaxed, and stuck a monitor of some sort inside and put an electrode on baby’s head, and the heartbeat showed back up right away. I could breathe again, that was scary.

About an hour or so later, they decided to come in and stuck another tube inside me to measure how strong the contractions were, because I was only dilated to a 6 after more than 12 hours since my water had broken. They decided to give me some Pitocin to try and speed things along. It worked for awhile, and the contractions got stronger, but baby’s heartbeat would slow down during the contractions, so they kept adjusting the amount, turning it up and down. Luckily, with me being numb, I couldn’t feel it.

A couple of hours later, I was STILL at a 6, and baby was still not tolerating the contractions very well, so they nurses came in and put me in a lovely position, with my knees to my chest and my butt up in the air. Baby actually liked that better, as uncomfortable as it was, so we stayed that way for awhile. Eventually, I did dilate to an 8.

They came in to do an ultrasound to double check the baby’s position, and it turns out he was what they call sunny-side up, or with his face facing up instead of the back of his head. So Dr. Hintz tried to turn him with no luck. One of the nurses had me lay almost on my stomach on both sides for awhile trying to make baby mad enough to move, even though Dr. Hintz said it wouldn’t work. He was so convinced it wouldn’t work, that he told the nurse he would buy her a new car if it did. Unfortunately for her and for me, it didn’t.

The words c-section had been tossed around a couple times at this point, but finally Dr. Hintz said we will give it another hour or two, but with the size of your pelvis, the fact that you have a very protruding pubic bone, the fact that you’re not dilating past an 8 (I think we were there for over 2 hours, it’s a little blurry at this point) and the fact that the baby is face up, we can give it another hour or two, and then we will have to do a c-section.

An hour later, he came in and checked me again, and there were no changes. By this point the epidural was starting to wear off, I was exhausted, and I was terrified that I was going to have a c-section, the whole pregnancy that is what I said I didn’t want. I was in a lot of pain from the contractions, and I was just so ready to have the baby.

It took them about 30 minutes from then, but they wheeled me in and gave me some more good drugs in my catheter, and started the c-section. Luckily Brent was able to be in there with me, that really helped my anxiety.

About 15 minutes into the surgery, Carson David Lloyd was out. 8:04 P.M. on Saturday, April 28, 2012. He was so beautiful, and the tears just started coming when I saw him. Brent took lots of pictures. He came out crying like mad. He weighed 8 lbs. and 9 oz., and was 20 inches long. They had to suction out his lungs because of all the yucky stuff he inhaled, but 21 hours after we started, I finally had my little boy. Brent brought him over to me so I could see him, but since I was still having surgery, I didn’t get to hold him, which made me sad.

The c-section was painful. You’re numb, but you can still feel a lot of what they’re doing, and it’s not pleasant. The whole surgery lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. My Dr. is very meticulous, and I only have a very tiny little scar to show for it.

The recovery has been slow and painful, but every day I feel better, and I am so in love with my little man. He’s growing like a weed, already back up to his birth weight. Breastfeeding is not quite going how we planned, which I suppose shouldn’t surprise me. I can’t produce enough for his piggy ways, so we are supplementing with formula, and I am pumping and giving him breast milk in a bottle because he won’t stay latched on, and rather than frustrate both of us, we have found what works for us.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

40 Weeks, Due Date, Swollen Feet!

Well, Baby Lloyd didn't get the memo that we are not just on time in this family..we are EARLY. I guess he/she must me nice and comfy in there. 

 I guess I get to enjoy these pretty elephant feet for a little while longer!!


How your baby's growing:

It's hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. His skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit if it's a snug fit through the birth canal during labor. This so-called "molding" is the reason your baby's noggin may look a little conehead-ish after birth. Rest assured — it's normal and temporary.
See what your baby looks like this week.
Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

After months of anticipation, your due date rolls around, and... you're still pregnant. It's a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. You may not be as late as you think, especially if you're relying solely on a due date calculated from the day of your last period because sometimes women ovulate later than expected. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason.
You still have a couple of weeks before you'll be considered "post-term." But to be sure your baby is still thriving, your practitioner will schedule you for testing to keep an eye on her if your pregnancy continues.

You may have a biophysical profile (BPP), which consists of an ultrasound to look at your baby's overall movements, breathing movements (movement of her chest muscles and diaphragm), and muscle tone (whether she opens and closes her hand or extends and then flexes her limbs), as well as the amount of amniotic fluid that surrounds her (important because it's a reflection of how well the placenta is supporting your baby).
Fetal heart rate monitoring (called a nonstress test or NST) will generally be done as well — by itself or as part of the BPP. Or, you may have what's known as a modified BPP, which consists of an NST and an ultrasound to assess the amount of amniotic fluid.
If the fetal testing isn't reassuring — the amniotic fluid level is too low, for example — you'll be induced. If there's a serious, urgent problem, you may have an immediate c-section.
Your practitioner will also check your cervix to see if it's "ripening." Its position, how soft it is, how effaced (thinned out) it is, and how dilated (open) it is can all affect when and how your labor is induced. If you don't go into labor on your own, you'll be induced, usually sometime between 41 and 42 weeks.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

38 Weeks!!

I found out last week that I did test positive for Group B Strep. This means I will have to have an IV antibiotic while in labor just to make sure nothing gets passed on to baby. Of course, I am allergic to the usual medicine, Penicillin, so I get to take something rare and special. Yep, sounds like me!!

How your baby's growing:

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
See what your baby looks like this week.
Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby's nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.
Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during these last weeks, but call your practitioner without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or have a sudden weight gain. Also let her know immediately if have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision), intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. These are symptoms of a serious condition called preeclampsia.