Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jackson's Birth Story

Jackson is a week old today!  The past week has totally flown by and been the longest week ever...isn't it crazy how having a baby can totally mess with your perception of time like that?  We are having the best time getting to know our little guy and settling into our new normal.  He's such a good (and snuggly) baby!

I wanted to write down his birth story before I forgot too many of the details.  It was such a great day.  I didn't really want to build up too many expectations in my mind for Jackson's birth day...Emmie's definitely didn't go as planned at all, and I wanted to be able to really just enjoy whatever happened instead of having a certain plan in my mind.  What happened was better than anything I could have imagined, and I'm so thankful that we kind of had the "go with the flow" approach to it!

We arrived at the hospital at 5am.  I was actually able to sleep until about 4, but Noah was up and going at 2:30.  I think he was just a little bit excited! :) After a little bit of paperwork and form signing, we headed to labor and delivery to start the process of surgery prep.

After we got settled in, the nurse came in to start my IV and get some blood work going that they needed for surgery.  I was probably done with prep by 6:30 or so, and Noah and I really just watched the morning news until everything got going.  It was incredibly laid back!  I didn't get nervous at all until right before we went in.

Around 6:30, our family started showing up.  I didn't know if I'd get to see everyone before we got going and was so excited to get to talk to them before I went in.  Emmie was there for a few minutes before I went back...I think she was a little intimidated by all of my wires and cords, but was so excited at the same time.

A little bit after 7, the nurse let me know my OR was ready to go!  We said our goodbyes and they wheeled me back.   I did have to say goodbye to Noah for just a second while they put in my spinal...not knowing for sure whether or not I'd see him before surgery was a little intimidating.

Once I was in the OR, we got going immediately.  The anesthesiologist placed my spinal and got me positioned on the table.  Then it seemed like everything started going really quickly.  The doctors came in, lots of nurses were prepping everything, and (finally) Noah came in.  By that point, I will say I was a little nervous.  I mean, I think that's to be expected when you're about to get cut in half. :) The medicine had also made me incredibly shaky by that point (that happened to me last time, too).  I was really just ready to get everything over with at that point.

I had the anesthesiologist tell me when they started.  Within a minute or two, I did start feeling some pretty intense pressure.  This c-section most definitely hurt more than the last one.  Basically anytime they did something above where my spinal was working (which was a couple of inches above my belly button), I felt extreme pressure, to the point of pain.  I took it for a few minutes, and then I guess the anesthesiologist had some mercy on me.  I remember him saying "I'm going to give you something to relax you a little," and then everything gets a little blurry. :) I don't know that it hurt any less after he gave me whatever I had, but it made everything a little easier to endure.

Maybe a minute or two later (at 7:29 am), I heard one of the two best sounds I'll ever hear!  You never get over hearing your baby cry for the first time...just the best feeling in the world.  They quickly cleaned him up and measured him...to everyone's surprise, he was "only" 8 lbs, 15 oz!  He actually did beat his big sister in length though...she was 21" and he was 21.25".  His head circumference was 15", which I think beat hers too (I honestly don't remember hers and just haven't looked it up yet).  So, skinny (if you consider a 9lb baby skinny), but still a big guy!  And he was nice and healthy...I think his APGAR scores were 8 and 9.

After they did the few little things they have to do and made sure he was checking out ok, they let us do skin to skin while they got me fixed up!  This was something I requested before he was born and was so excited that my doctor gave the ok to.  If you're having a c-section, I would highly recommend it...not only are there so many documented health benefits for both mom and baby, but it was just the absolute most special time.  I was able to do it for a minute or two until my pain got a little too intense again...I gave him to Noah for a few minutes because I was afraid I'd drop him, but took him back as soon as I was able.  While I didn't have him, t think I actually fell asleep for a few minutes as they were finishing everything up with me (I'm telling you, whatever I got in that last little bit of medicine was strong!), but from what I remember, the pain wasn't fun at all, so that's probably for the best.

After the doctors finished up and I woke up a little, they wheeled me back to my room (I was able to do recovery in my room, which again, was a nice surprise).  Our family was waiting in the hall and got to meet Jackson as soon as we came out!  They got to peek for a minute, then just Emmie, Noah, Jackson and I (and nurses) went to our room for maybe 30 minutes or so.  Another thing that I totally didn't plan but am so glad we got to do...it was definitely the best part of the day.  Before the birth, the one thing I requested was that I was there for the first time that Emmie and Jackson met. I never imagined we would get that time together with just the four of us, but it was absolutely amazing.

After maybe 30 minutes, our family came in!  Jackson got his first bath and everyone loved on him for awhile.  Of course, big sister had to see everything that was happening to Jackson.

Everyone hung around for about an hour, until lunch time.  At that point I was pretty exhausted, so everyone decided to go out to eat for lunch and let me have a little while to nap.  Jackson went to the nursery to get all of his tests run. I never could fall asleep, but that was just about the best rest I've gotten in the past week. :) 

Everyone was back that afternoon, including a few cousins from Florida!  We also had a few friends stop by that afternoon. Our room was very busy there for awhile!

Around dinner, everyone started to trickle out.  For the majority of the night, it was just Noah, Jackson and me...again, such a special time for us.  We were really able to get to know our little guy and get some much needed rest after a busy and amazing day.

I don't think I ever really had a "plan" in my mind for his birth day (which is weird if you know me), but  it went better than I ever could have imagined.  We're so thankful for a healthy delivery and baby...being surrounded by family and friends that day was just the icing on the cake!