Baby Jake's birth

Here’s how things played out on Friday evening.

Friday at 3:00 I started having contractions. They started to increase in strength and didn’t appear to be stopping. My day nurse put in the call to have me monitored. By 8:00 I was having pretty good contractions, but baby Jake wasn’t doing to good with them. His heart tones dropped down to 65 which frightened the L & D nurses.

We were whisked away to the L & D floor where I was told that they’d already called my OB and he was on his way over to do the surgery. I called my hubby and he headed out for the 30 minute drive from the house. They started me on magnesium because my blood pressure was like 190/115. It was bad!

We were prepped and by 10:00 we were wheeled into the OR. It took the Anesthesia tech 3 tried to get the spinal placed 😦 hated that!!!! Once we were set, it was pretty quick there after.

Jacob Ambrose was born at 10:36 PM weighing 6lbs 14oz and 20″ long. He had the umbilical cord wrapped loosely around his neck 3 times. 😦

I spent the night in a nice suite in Labor and Delivery before they moved me back over to my other room. That was due to the Mag that they gave me. I was moved over at midnight on the 26th (or I guess that’s the 27th) and I soooooooo looked forward to taking a shower the next day!

Jake and I were discharged on the 28th and it was so nice being home finally in almost 3 weeks. 🙂

I'm in LABOR!!!!!!

Officially in labor!!! I’m too excited to sleep :D. I’ve got to get up and call the hubby at 4:00 am when he’s getting ready for work and tell him what’s going on.

So basically, I’m supposed to monitor the contractions and when they get to a 7-10 on a pain scale then we move forward to the c-section. Right now, they’re around a 4-5.

When I was checked, I was 1-1.5 cm, 50% effaced and -2. A week ago I was 1 cm and thick.

I cannot believe I FINALLY get to meet baby Jake!!!!!!!!!

Update, It’s now 11:51 in the afternoon and my OB came by this morning.  He said he thinks I’m still only 1 cm and 25% effaced.  Either way, I’m making progress from last week when he checked; so that’s a good thing.  He did say that I no longer have to chart the timing of the but rather he wants me to focus on the pain meter.  When they intensify for several in a row, I’m to have my nurse contact him.

I asked how long I could be at this stage and he said that it could be hours, it could be tomorrow it could be next week.  Please God, not next week!

My mother informs me that tomorrow is the anniversary of my Papa’s passing (her Daddy).  Jake’s middle name is my Papa’s saints name.  So, my mother seems to think that Jake will be born tomorrow.  She’s such a goober, I swear!  😉

So, time will tell how things progress.  Hopefully faster than they appear to be.  Someone needs to bring me something spicy!  Ha ha ha!

Houston, we have contractions

So I was talking to my night nurse when she came in at 8:00 about having some contractions. I also told her that I was having back ache and cramps with it. She became a bit inquisitive about them and asked me how many I’d been having.

I told her I’d been averaging about 1-2 contractions an hour and in between I had the crampy achey feeling. She decided to check my urine to see if I was dehydrated and asked me to go ahead and chart them.

I started charting the cramps/backache along with the contractions after 8:00 below.

Contraction monitor –

12:05 am – 45 seconds
11:07 am – 55 seconds
1:55 pm – 1 minute (contraction shown on monitor during NST)
3:51 pm – 45 seconds
4:44 pm – 45 seconds
6:15 pm – 45 seconds (contraction)
7:08 pm – 45 seconds (contraction)
8:10 pm – 50 seconds (contraction)
8:45 pm – 50 seconds (backache)
8:58 pm – 50 seconds (crampy with backache)
9:10 pm – 50 seconds (backache with tummy tightness)
9:25 pm – 55 seconds (crampy)
9:32 pm – 50 seconds (contraction)
9:44 pm – 50 seconds (backache)
9:47 pm – 50 seconds ?
10:00 pm – 55 seconds (backache and cramps); feels like I need to have a movement
10:12 pm – (crampy and backache)

So, my concern is the need/want/feeling of needing to have a BM… I remember having what I thought was an upset tummy when I went into labor with Josh; I think I’m in for a long night…

Day 9 – Sigh…

Well, my OB didn’t come to visit me until after 2:00 this afternoon.  I figured he probably had an early morning delivery, and he did at 5:00 this morning.

So, basically here I am…  Pressure was down this morning, and then creeped back up again this afternoon (140/90).  He isn’t concerned with it because his parameters for me are 160/110.

An hour before he came in, I was hooked up to a baby monitor from L & D to do a non-stress test.  Baby was just a moving away and then during the last 5 minutes I ended up with a pretty good contraction!!!  The machine recorded it, and at the same time right after Jakes heart beat lowered a little bit.  The nurse didn’t seem too concerned, but still it made me feel on edge.  She came back in after taking it to her charge nurse and showed it to my OB.  He looked at it and said that it’s not uncommon for an almost full term baby to have a drop in their resting heart beat because they’re almost done baking.  Well, if he’s okay with it then I guess I’m not going to worry about it.

He did note the contraction and asked me about it.  I told him that was the 3rd one I’d had today, but whereas they are not on a time-able schedule I can tell that they are increasing in force.  So the game plan is to make it through to Tuesday.  On Monday he’s calling for another 24 hour urine catch that will finish on Tuesday when I hit 37 weeks.  He’ll then call for a Perinatologist, which might not come see me until Wednesday to scan baby Jake to determine if he is in fact full term and fully developed for delivery.  If he gives the A-Okay, then I’d be scheduled for the c-section Wednesday sometime or Thursday.  I’m shooting for next Thursday, because that is Hubby’s BIRTHDAY!!!!

And here I sit.  At least today I had a slight headache in the morning, but by 10:30 it was gone and has stayed away all day!  😀  I am a happy camper!

My mother has predicted that baby Jake will make his appearance this Sunday, May 27th.  I’m thinking I’m going to start a poll…

Contraction monitor –

12:05 am – 45 seconds

11:07 am – 55 seconds

2:55 pm – 1 minute

3:51 pm – 45 seconds

4:44 pm – 45 seconds

6:15 pm – 45 seconds

7:08 pm – 45 seconds

One week down, ??? to go?

So, the Ambien worked great.  Crashed out around 10:30-11:00 last night and SLEPT THE ENTIRE NIGHT until 4:00 this morning.  I am pretty sure I snored like a water buffalo because I am A) Extremely swollen and B) I am 9 months pregnant…

When I woke up it seemed as thought the headache was gone, NOT!  I fell back to sleep and work up again around 6:30 and that is when I discovered that the headache was still there, dull but there none the less 😦

My OB came in again around 8:30 and assessed things.  My blood pressure was taken while he was still in the room and it was…160/110… I thought Sweet baby Jesus, we’re having a baby today!!!!!  He called for blood work and asked me to lay on my left side. He also said no more food or drink until the results came in from the lab.  The lab came to draw blood around 9:30 and said they’d have the results this morning.

I made all the necessary calls, made arrangements for the kids to get picked up from school and put the hubby on stand-by!  The nurse comes in around 10:45 and preceded to take my “vitals” because she got the lab results back and was going to call my OB with all the info.  She comes back in my room around 11:00 and says, Okay so go ahead and order lunch… My heart sank. . .

She said that the liver function test (part of the blood test) came back good, and they did a dip stick into a urine sample that showed protein in the urine but not enough for my OB to become alarmed 😦

SSSSSIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!  So, I had to unalert the troops and tell everyone we had a false alarm.  Throughout the day, my pressure got as high as the 150’s and that was about as high as it got.  They had me lying down most of the day, ON MY LEFT SIDE (Really starting to dislike this position…) but my head was pounding.

The day nurse came in while I had a breakdown from the pain and said she felt concerned and would call my OB.  I thought YES!  and then she came back in an hour later and said she wasn’t calling him.  WTF?  Biotch, you had better call him before I get my very pregnant ass up out of this bed and beat you with my ice pack!  She comes back yet another hour later and says that she got orders from him to give me Norco for pain, but if I’ve had Tylenol I can’t take it.  It’s a freaking narcotic.  I’m not taking that crap!  I don’t care if it doesn’t cross the placenta, I am not taking that; I refuse!

I am now at the point where I am a moody BITCH!  I am in pain, I am miserable AND I AM STILL PREGNANT!  Ugh!

So, basically the gist of it is that I look good on paper so therefore there is no concern about this raging headache that I’ve had for the past 2 days…

I am now in another holding pattern and waiting to find out exactly what my OB has in store for me tomorrow.  I guarantee it’ll go something like this “Well, your lab work looks good.  You had some protein spill into your urine stick yesterday, so I want to order you a 24 hour urine catch to get an idea as to what your protein levels are now.  They were 532 when you were admitted A WEEK AGO YESTERDAY (which is today) so lets see where we are.  Your pressure is creeping up, but I don’t understand your headaches (Yeah, me either so why don’t you do us both a favor AND DELIVER BABY JAKE!).  We will reassess tomorrow after the 24 hour urine catch…

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!  I just want to have Jake and get my body back to normal!  I am soooooooooooo beyond done!

Day 7 – Major scare

Made it to day 7 today.  Also had a MAJOR scare today too 😦

Started my day off good, without a hitch.  Saw my OB first thing in the morning.  My OB and I talked about our game plan.  So, unless I go into labor with Jake on my own between now and next Tuesday here is how things will play out.  Next Tuesday he’s going to call for a Perinatologist to come up and do a scan on Jake.  He’s going to have basically a second opinion as to the viability of Jake and then we’ll plan on having a c-section next week sometime.  I’m holding out for next Thursday the 31st as that is my hubby’s birthday 🙂  I’m glad that I have a light at the end of the tunnel and don’t have to be in here until my scheduled c-section on June 12th.

Shortly after my OB left, my hubby came in <3!!!!  It was so nice having him all to myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I love and miss my kids something fierce, but boy do I miss the alone time with the man!  My folks came up to hang for a bit right when hubby was leaving and stayed through my lunch.  Around noon I felt like what was the beginning of a headache, so I let my nurse know.

Around 2:00 the headache got worse, so I asked for Tylenol.  By 4:00 I was in agony.  The pain was intense.  They took my blood pressure and I was 150/88 😦

The orders from my OB are to not call unless my pressure is 160 as the top number or 110 as the bottom : /

Long story short, my pressure came down if I was laying on my left side; so guess how I spent the ENTIRE rest of the day?  On my freaking LEFT SIDE!

I had 3 rounds of Tylenol and the headache never subsided.  They gave me 1/2 a dose of Ambien to help me sleep around 10:30.  I sure do hope that it works…  I really do not like taking medications.  Scares the poo out of me.