Monday, December 11, 2006

He's here!!

My little Lancelot arrived on Tuesday, November 28th at 6:21 p.m. He was 7 pounds and 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Late Monday night, contractions started. The REAL ones. I decided to go to bed and get as much rest as I could, since I knew I had an ordeal ahead of me! Sleep never came, but I sat in my bathtub, listening to my "slow and sweet" mix on my mp3 player. I also went to the recliner, sat on my birth ball, all sorts of things. I called my doula at 1 am, and she talked me through some of the rougher contractions. I was able to calm myself down and get through a couple more hours.

6 am Tuesday morning, the water breaks. It's not running clear. Lancelot decided to pass meconium in utero, so we rush to the hospital. I was planning on having a water birth, but because of this particular complication, they have to keep me on a fetal heart monitor, so no tub for Guinevere!

7 am Tuesday morning, I'm settled into my room at the hospital. I'm pretty relaxed, considering I've already been in labor for quite some time. I have my husband, my mother, and my doula with me the whole time, and between the three of them, they keep me calm enough so that I don't ask for pain medication until 4 pm.

5 pm Tuesday evening, I've been pushing for 3 hours and little Lancelot is stuck tight. He's not moving down the birth canal. They decide to do a C-Section. While this is quite far from my original plan, I was totally relieved to know that in a matter of an hour or so, I would have my baby!

6 pm Tuesday evening, they take me to the O.R. They give me a spinal, and the pain of the past 18 hours MELTS away. (Had I known how good this was going to be, I SO would have asked for it earlier!! Natural birth, my a**. Ha!)

6:21, my little boy is born! Because of the meconium in the amniotic fluid, the neonatalogist has to see him right away, so I don't see my little baby immediately. Hubby does; he gets to cut the cord. He has our digital camera, so he snaps a picture of the little guy and brings it over to me while they start closing me up. Can you imagine? I see a photograph of my baby before I see the baby!!

About an hour later, they're done sewing me up and the spinal is wearing off. I go back to the recovery room where I get to hold my baby at last. He is the most beautiful thing I have ever looked at in my whole life. Until this moment, I had no idea what love was.

Tomorrow, Lancelot will be 2 weeks old! He is a very good baby, not terribly fussy, and sleeps like the dead. Yes, he wakes up every 2-3 hours for food and a poop, but other than that, nothing in the world will wake up this child unless he WANTS to be awake! This causes some problems, but I have to admit it's making the adjustment home much easier.

We're off to a doctor appointment now- a pediatric cardiologist- his pediatrician heard a heart murmur at his first well-baby checkup, and wants us to have it checked out. She assures us that it's quite normal in newborns to have this, but I'm still a little nervous!

Have a great day, everyone!


Damselfly said...

Oh, this makes me want to cry. Good tears and bad. Good because Lancelot is finally here. Bad because you had to see a photo of him before you saw him in person! Hope things go OK with his heart!

I know you will be a *great* mom!

Anne/kq said...

I'm glad he is safe, and you are too. Sorry you ended up with an emergency c-sec. I can sympathize on the not seeing the baby thing-- both times my glasses annoyed me and I took them off while in transition, and since it's hard to put your glasses on when you can't reach them and the doctor is trying to stop the heavy bleeding and your husband is over being anxious because your daughter was born with the cord wrapped around her neck, is blue and not crying yet (happened both times, stubborn little things), and I'm blind as a bat without my glasses... But in the long run, you will forget the pain, you will remember the joy more than the frustration, and it will be a sweet memory.

Hooray for medication, and congratulations!

Awesome Mom said...

Congratulations! He is such a cutie and I am sure you will be a good mommy to him.

Amber said...

I'm so glad everything went well and hope all checks out OK.

Don't worry about the nursing thing. I had a tough time with both of my kids and it never got better with #1. I had to use a nipple shield with both because they refused to latch.

You do what you can and if doesn't work, then formula is a fine option as well. I just hate when those pro-nursing Nazis are so unempathetic to women who've had problems doing it. While I firmly believe it's the healthiest option, after my own experience I know it's not for everyone!

Kris said...

What a lovely journey into the world. You have a beautiful baby. Congratulations. I hope mama and Lancelot are doing well.