Archives for the month of: July, 2009



I apologize for the lack of photos.  I will get some up here as soon as I can figure out the best way to do that…

I had on and off contractions last night – nothing major.  My cousin Bob is in town after 2 and a half years on his boat at sea.  He is currently docked in Bali.  My mom, dad and Bob came over for some El Pollo Loco and conversation.  It was a lot of fun.

Contractions all night long. Nothing major still.  Not too painful but a couple woke me up.  I started thinking maybe something was going to go down and tried to get a lot of rest.  I have a tendency to get too excited to sleep and end up sleep deprived for all my special milestones.

Woke up to more contractions which was a first.  They have been dieing out by the time I wake up all week.  They were still mild so I suggested to Gus that we take a walk to get things going.  We had some cereal and hit the road with Gretchen and Stella.

Boy oh boy, did the walk do the trick!  The contractions were really picking up some intensity.  Within a half hour, they were painful.  There was no start or end to them – they just went from one to the next with no break in between.  We called the doctor’s office and they told us to come on in and check if it was labor or not.  I showered, dressed and we got the car packed to go.

By the time we were leaving our neighborhood, it was clear to me that this was the real thing and I wanted to go straight to the hospital.  It’s about 11am at this point and I woke up at 8am so things seemed to be moving fast.  We got the hospital and I was really uncomfortable.  I think I was admitted at around 11:30am.  I was put into a gown and hooked to the monitor.  I was 2.5 centimeters dilated and 100% effaced.  The contractions were 2-3 minutes apart and 2-3 minutes long so there was no break in between.  It was hard to stay still in the bed.  I really liked the ability to see the contractions as they peaked and subsided.

We got moved to our labor and delivery room.  They hooked me up to more monitors and prepared my IV for fluids and possible pain medication if I decided to go with those instead of an epidural.  By the time the IV was in, I was in PAIN and got the epidural right away.  It was lovely.  I felt warm and comfy.  I could smile and relax again.  Highly recommend. 

The doctor shows up at around 1:30.  She does an internal and there is no change so she decides to break my water.  At this point, everything starts moving really fast yet in slow motion.  I gushed fluid and blood (the epidural has killed all sensation South of my waist) and the baby’s heart beat dramatically dipped.  The room was calm as the team of nurses and doctors waited for his heart beat to recover.  The monitor was behind me, I was laying on my side away from it and I was given oxygen.  My blood pressure went way down.  I don’t know how slow his heart beat got or how low my blood pressure got because everyone was really quiet about the numbers and the monitor was behind my back. 

The doctor says to me that if his heart beat doesn’t go up, we had to get him out now.  She rubbed the top of his head to stimulate him but nothing worked.  They quickly prepared me and Gus for the operating room.

Around this time, our parents had showed up.  Right in the middle of the hushed tones and the hurried dressing of scrubs for Gus, they walk in.  They wheeled me away just minutes later.

I won’t go into the details of the C-section.  I was bawling my eyes out at the loss of my perfect labor and even more so, the loss of Ryder’s perfect entrance into the world.  It went fast and was relatively painless.  The staff here at Scripps is amazing and they really cared for me well.

Ryder was born at 1:56pm on 07/08/09.  He was 8lbs and 7 oz and he was 21 inches long.  He came out screaming and strong but he was having trouble breathing.  He ingested merconium from the fluid.  I did get a chance to hold him for a minute or two before they took him to level 2 newborn intensive care.  His dad was able to go with him and we were given frequent updates on his condition.  He was put on monitor and oxygen.  He had chest xrays and lab work for infection.

By last night, he was off the oxygen and by this morning, off his IV.  He’s doing just fine and he will be released from the nicu tomorrow morning which is great because his grandparents haven’t been allowed in the nicu and they are dieing to meet him.  Something about swine flu.

I am recovering well, I think.  I off my IV too today and able to walk around like an old man.  I can come and go to the nicu as often and I like and I spent the majority of my day there today.  I am so in love with that little baby.  He cries here and there but you just have to say something funny to him, and he stops.  He makes the funniest little faces and he has about 1000 of them.  He’s Gus from the nose up and me from the nose down.  He’s gorgeous.

We get out of here Saturday I think.  I’m looking forward to getting Ryder home.  We have a lot of fun to get around to.  Mommy needs a beer.