We got the results of my bilirubin test just before bed time last night. Since I was over 38 weeks gestation when I was born, 14.6 at 60 hours is ok (16.6 would be mandatory hospitalization for light therapy). Becky said Mom and Dad should keep me in indirect sunlight and nurse me as much as possible to get my bilirubin levels down and that’s just what they did! Now we’re back at the birth center to see if my levels are going up or (hopefully) down.
Today I went to the doctor’s office for the first time. I met Mom and Dad’s favorite nurse Roxanne. She measured and weighed me and checked my vital signs. Then Dr. Krupitsky came in to examine me. Can you believe he’s been Dad’s doctor since he was a kid!
Later I went back to the birth center where I was born. They checked me out there too and then they poked my foot with something sharp and squeezed some blood out of me! That was no fun!
Nine days before my due date, Mom and Dad woke up Friday morning after Mom’s water broke at 4:20. She labored at home as her contractions were irregular. We left for the birth center just before 2pm and made a quick stop at the salon to get Mom’s nails done. 😉 We arrived at the birth center at 3, saw Becky (the midwife) at 3:30, and settled into our birth room at 4pm. Mom was 4cm dilated and about 90-95% effaced so Becky had swept her membranes (not fun) but when our awesome friend and photographer Jodi arrived a couple of hours later Mom’s contractions still weren’t regular.
Mom, Dad, and Becky tried lots of things to get Mom into active labor. By 8pm Becky was getting concerned because we were racing the clock. Florida state law says if a mom isn’t in active labor by 24 hours after her water breaks, she has to transfer to the hospital! That meant we were down to our last 8 hours.
Around 10:30 Becky decided to check Mom’s progress. Only 5cm. That’s not a lot of progress in 6.5 hours. But that exam seemed to do the trick because suddenly Mom’s contractions got a lot stronger and a lot closer together. They never did hit the magic 5-1-1 mark (when the water hasn’t broken, moms are supposed to stay at home until contractions are five minutes apart, one minute long, for one hour), they just jumped from being erratic to insane!
By 11pm Mom was definitely in labor. It was time to start getting the birth tub ready and call in the doula and the birth assistant. Michelle, the doula Mom and Dad had been working with all year, arrived around 11:45 and started helping Mom with her breathing. Michelle’s calming voice reminding Mom to breath and keep her moans deep and low really helped Mom to work through each surge. Around midnight Becky checked Mom again and she was finally up to 8cm! Dad, Becky, and Michelle helped Mom settle into the tub for the home stretch. Mom floated on her stomach to let the water help ease her contractions and finally, around 1:45am, it was time to push. After a few minutes though, I started having d-cells (my heart rate was dropping) so Becky and Michelle told Mom to switch onto her back.
Mom was so exhausted it took Dad, Becky, and Michelle to help her turn over and then for the rest of the time Dad had to keep holding her up under the arms so she had room to breathe. That helped my heart rate up a little but they were still concerned and didn’t want Mom to waste any time pushing me out. After a couple of pushes my head and hand were out! That’s right, I had my right hand to the side of my head when I was delivered! Then it only took a few strong pushes, I popped out, and Becky realized why my heart rate had been dropping. My umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck (and wrist) four times!!! Becky did this amazing little spin, spin, spin (under water) and freed me in a matter of seconds before placing me on Mom’s chest so I could recover from the shock of being born.
These three pictures were taken by Michelle. Stay tuned for more pictures taken by our wonderful friend Jodi who stayed with us into the wee hours of the morning.
Mom snapped this pic of me when she woke from her nap this morning.
My room is beach themed in neutral colors with *family* trees along the “shoreline.” My furniture is not only stylish, but also eco-friendly! These products are manufactured with a water-based paint, odorless glue, low levels of formaldehyde and the manufacturer participates in a reforestation program.
My beautiful room is ready and waiting for me! Well almost ready. My nightstand is on backorder for another two months but Mom and Dad put this cute little table next to my crib for now.
After trying five different chiropractors that didn’t help much, if at all, Mom has finally found a chiropractor that has helped! What wonderful news! Dr. Paul at Clermont Chiropractic Life Center is simply phenomenal! After only one visit Mom is in so much less pain. She’s not out of the woods yet, the pain level is now back to about where it was in January, but this is so much better than what Mom has been dealing with for the past few months.
After successfully digesting a lunch of clear liquids, a dinner of “full” liquids, and a breakfast of pancakes, Mom was discharged and we are all happily back at home!
Now it’s a waiting game. I’m planning to make my debut in just over four weeks!
The surgeons just came in and said everything seems to have completely turned around! Mom can start liquids now, the gallbladder removal can wait until after she delivers me naturally at the birth center, and we can go home soon – probably tomorrow!!! Hooray!!!!!
With my expected arrival date being relatively close to April Fools Day, Mom and Dad thought it would be funny to post that I’d come early. They even thought they’d grab an 8 year old picture of Mom holding her newborn niece and claim it was present day.
Well, be careful what you wish for. That stomach virus or food poisoning that Mom thought she had back in January came back with a vengeance yesterday and turned out to be gallstones and pancreatitis!
We will be at the hospital *at least* one week – one week of no food or drink at all for Mom, IV only. Next Monday, at 36 weeks, they’ll decide whether or not it’s time to induce or wait another few days. Either way, Mom’s not going home until I’m born and her gallbladder’s gone!