I am FINALLY able to check in and to update you with the birth of our son, Samuel (Sam). My labor went exactly as planned... until we got the hospital where I was diagnosed with pre-E and HELLP. I started contractions around 5 a.m. on Christmas, labored at home until about 4:00 p.m., then went to the hospital because I thought my water had broken (I was GBS+). While at the hospital I did get to labor naturally and did great until we got the news about the labs. In fact, I was in the tub when the doc came in. My BP was up, platelets down, and my red blood cells were hemolyzing.
At that point I was 7cm, but we had to start magnesium sulfate and pitocin, and there was no way I was going to suffer through both of those without meds. So I had an epidural - and just in time too. My platelet count had dropped so low that I was almost unable to receive it. Once I had the epi, pit, and mag, things slowed down. I was fully dilated and effaced for over 2 hours, but Sam was stuck at +1 station. We finally decided to do some test pushes before resorting to the big C. Well, my pushing was apparently legendary (I had a resident stop by today and tell me that she had heard about it!) and 45 minutes later (and a 3rd degree tear and episiotomy, unfortunately) at 3:04 a.m. on 12/26 Sam was born!
He came out screaming and weighed in at a slight 7lb 2oz and was 19 inches long. HE is doing GREAT. I've never seen so dang many poopy diapers and he is on the breast every 2 hours or more frequently.
Unfortunately, DH and I are still here because my labs are still being troublesome. My platelets were low again this morning and my liver enzymes up, so while I am off mag (was on it for 24 hours - BRUTAL), I am still being monitored. I hope to go home tomorrow. Fortunately for all of us, we all get to stay and the hospital and staff are wonderful.
So, while it was not the labor I intended, I have absolutely no regrets. I did not want to go through all of that w/o an epi just to say I could - and have miserable memory of my experience. While the mag slowed things down, the epi made the wait tolerable and we rested, listened to music, and adapted to the new plans That all said, I'm so proud of both DH and I for getting as far as we did w/o meds, and in a way I'm grateful for being GBS positive, as it was the only thing that got me to the hospital and the pre-E and HELLP diagnosed. In a way I guess I had the best of both types of labor experiences.
SO enough about that and on to the cuteness! I present Sam, and even a pic of me I tried to PIP - for some reason I can't connect to photobucket, so you'll have to check out the pics here:
I am so happy to be able to check in here too! I've missed you guys and I think being a mom is going to seriously cut into my bump time - until Sam stops eating and pooping nonstop
More later, of course!
Emmylou - are you still around, lady? I'm so excited for it to be your turn!!