Fertile Journeys

March 21, 2010

My Little Man

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lhoham @ 1:45 pm

Well…life sure did get hectic!! We’re still trying to settle in and find a routine that works for us. We are very lucky as Nathan is a great baby – hardly fusses  except when he needs something and even then he won’t always really cry! A VERY good baby for sure! We had some feeding issues at the beginning, but those are resolved now. We go back to the pediatrian again tomorrow for his 2 week check up and to make sure he is gaining weight. I can tell he is based on holding him! He seems to be filling out a bit and getting a little heavier! Great news! I’m feeling better every day. A bit sore from the c-section still, but moving around great. We took a two hour walk the other day which was fantastic – great weather and just amazing to be with Ross and Nathan. Definiately the life I’ve been dreaming of for two years. I thought I’d add some pictures (finally)! Enjoy!

6 Days Old

Moose Lover!

Brothers:

What a cute face!

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March 15, 2010

Nathan’s Birth Story

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lhoham @ 2:53 pm

This is very long! A lot happened during those 31 hours! 🙂

After 16 days of Prodromal Labor (with contractions every 2-8 minutes apart), my water finally broke around 4:30am on Thursday morning, March 4. I woke up feeling two small gushes and thought it was in my head. I got up and checked and my liner was a little wet. I got back into bed and felt another larger gush and knew what it was. I got out of bed and went into the bathroom where things really got going! We called the on-call doctor and she told us to head into L&D.

We arrived at L&D around 7:00am and went to triage. It took them quite some time to get things organized and finally a doctor came in to check me – I was only 1 cm dilated. They admitted me and sent me over to my room which happened to be in the high-risk unit. We spent some time there and walked the hallways for a while. I was having some contractions, but nothing compared to the Prodromal labor (go figure). I made it to 2 cm with walking when they checked me again. They decided to give me something to ripen my cervix. They put it in and I had to lie down for a while. After an hour or so, I got up and walked around again, but my cervix was not changing. They decided at that point to put in the Cervidel. After about 2 or 3 hours of that, my contractions were coming 1-2 minutes apart with lots of pain, yet my cervix had not changed very much. They decided they had to pull it out to let my body get some rest. They wanted me to try and rest throughout the over-night and they would try again in the morning. Around 9pm, I was in such horrible pain from the contractions that they gave me Stadol. It made me relax for a while, but I woke up to even greater pain. So around 1:30am or so they gave me an epidural – it took two tries unfortunately which was painful. I got some relief from the epidural and got a little rest. But, unfortunately it was short-lived. The pain was so intense with each contraction that they kept giving me more and more medicine through the epidural. It wasn’t working very well. Throughout the night though, I had progressed to about 8 cm. We were still planning a vaginal delivery. And Nathan was doing perfect.

Now things get a little fuzzy…I remember people in my room. I remember throwing up all over myself. I remember the nurse taking my temperature. I remember screaming in pain asking for more medicine. Oh, and I remember the anesthesiologist coming in and telling me if we had to do a c-section, I would need a spinal block. But, that’s about it (minus a few things here and there) on what I really remember. I was unconscious much of the time and hallucinating the other times. I had spiked a fever of over 104 and was very sick. Nathan’s heart rate began to rise and stayed up too high for about one hour. They made the decision that I needed a c-section. I was disappointed and crying even though I knew I couldn’t take it anymore. It had been 30 hours when they decided (31 hours at the time of the c-section). I was too sick. I guess at that point they started giving me antibiotics because they suspected I had an infection and they prepped me for surgery. I was so scared. I’m pretty sure the pain was from the infection mostly and less from the contractions – well a combination of both perhaps.

They wheeled me into the OR and made Ross wait while they put the spinal block in. I was still so sick and it was hard to move. They helped me get to the operating table and then sat me up to take out the epidural and put in the spinal block. The amazing OB (who was covering for my practice) held my hands while they put the spinal in. He totally didn’t have to. He could have waited to come in until after the spinal was done. But he stayed the whole time. He let me lean on him (even though there were nurses in there) and he let me squeeze his hands. He was an angel and I am so grateful to him!

Anyway, once I was numb, they brought Ross back to sit with me. I had asked the doctor not to say what he was doing because I was so scared (I didn’t want to hear “scalpel” or “cutting”). And he obliged. I didn’t hear what they were doing at all. I was quite nauseous so they kept giving me meds for that. A short time later, they pulled Nathan out! I was a bit nervous because I couldn’t see him and he wasn’t crying! But, Ross could see him. The NICU team took him over to the warmer and checked him out – he was perfect! Ross came back and sat with me (and brought Nathan over quickly for me to say hi) for a few minutes until Nathan was done and they sent the boys to the recovery room to wait for me. It took a bit of time to sew me up (much longer than I expected). I had the best team of doctors and nurses. Nathan was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 22 ½ inches long. He has a full head of brown hair, olive skin, and blue eyes. He is perfect!

Once they were done, they wheeled me into recovery where Ross and Nathan were waiting! I was so out of it and sick. I watched the boys together and saw the look on Ross’ face – pure happiness. I almost can’t even describe it. It was completely amazing to see him. They were still giving me lots of medicine at this point and I was numb and hurting. I couldn’t hold Nathan for quite some time because I was too out of it. Ross laid him next to my head so I could see him. Eventually, as I became more alert, I was able to hold him and try and nurse him. I loved nursing him from the very beginning. It felt so right.

After a few hours, they brought me up to my room – I got to hold Nathan all the way up there which was awesome. We enjoyed our time together as a family and a few friends came to visit during our stay. It was an incredibly rough few days physically. I was very ready to get out of the hospital. We are still waiting on test results to find out what exactly happened to me. It may shed some light on our previous miscarriage issues as there may have been a placental infection. They also took out something off of my fallopian tube which they sent for biopsy.

We’re all home now and doing great. It’s overwhelming to say the least and I’ve got a lot of worries about doing a good job and handling it all. But, we’re making do and learning every day. We have a very happy and very adorable little boy – and that’s all that counts! And here he is – Nathan Alan:

Kudos if you are still reading!!!

March 12, 2010

Nathan Alan!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lhoham @ 11:04 pm

On March 5, 2010, Ross and I welcomed our little handsome man, Nathan Alan. He weighed 7lbs 9oz and was 22 1/2 inches long! He has a full head of hair and blue eyes!

The birth (in my traditional fashion) was long and complicated. After 16 days of prodromal labor, 31 hours of active labor, 2 epidurals, 1 spinal block, losing consciousness due to a very high fever, a bad infection, and six antibiotics….we finally had our man! I’ll write the full birth story later.

We are trying to catch our breath and I’m trying to recover from all of the above. I’m on lots of meds still but feeling better every day. We are so in love and happy! We are trying to adjust to our new lives and are just so in love!

More later!

March 1, 2010

Appointment Update!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lhoham @ 8:30 pm

Day 14 of Prodromal Labor:

I’m feeling pretty awful from all the contractions at the moment, but I do have a GREAT update!

My doctor is going to let me try to have my vaginal delivery!!!! Woohoo!!!!! I was so worried he would say we needed a c-section, but he said as long as I go into labor in the next two weeks we can give it a go!

Baby Boy is currently in the 98th percentile – he’s an estimated 8 lbs 13 oz at 37 weeks, 4 days. Yikes! But, he’s proportionate in size so that’s why they are saying it’s okay!

I’m effaced, soft, my cervix has moved to the front, and I’m a fingertip dialated. Progress!!!! Ahhh music to my ears! I could have kissed the nurse practitioner! She is almost certain I will go into labor in the next two weeks. I do hope so because these contractions are awful!!!! And I’m really running out of room for this kid – I’m pretty petite and he’s…um…NOT. It’s causing a lot of issues where I keep almost passing out and I’m dizzy. My heart issues don’t help that either (plus being on the heart meds, etc.). So…let’s get this show on the road!!

We are all ready to meet you little (big) boy!!! Let’s go!!!!!

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