S: baby skyler 2010
FC: Mamma's Boy
2: 7 Weeks | 20 Weeks 1 Day | 40 Weeks 5 Days
3: ! | As I was having my stress test performed, the technician was measuring my contractions. Little did I know, I was having pretty strong ones. | The wait was a long one; he was a week overdue!
4: I was having contractions for 2 days! | Finally, after a long and exhausting day, I went to lay down to go to bed. | Then my water broke at 11:26! And that's when the pain started. They came every 2-3 minutes! | Finally, we arrived at the hospital at around 12:49 a.m.
5: Ah, I felt really good after getting the epidural. Especially after the agonizing hour I spent in triage. I was so exhausted, that I fell asleep in the shower. I was ready for that epidural to get some sleep! But after I received it, I was wide awake, so Vanessa and my mom kept me company all through the night.
6: Vanessa was watching the monitor. She said that I was having monster contractions. Thank god for that epidural! She loved watching Skyler's heartbeat. Around 6 a.m. The midwife came in and checked me out. I was already 6cm! She estimated that it would be about 2 hours before it was time to push. I thought now would be a good time to get some rest; everyone got some rest but me. Vanessa was curled up on the floor, mom was dozing off in the chair, Rickey was asleep in a pull out chair and dad was probably dozing off in his | car. 45 minutes later, the nurse came back in. She checked the position of the baby and said, "You look really low, I think it's time to start pushing soon!" So she called in the midwife. The midwife checked me out and said that I was fully dilated and fully effaced; it was time to start pushing! So she started to call in the team and woke up the family. (Vanessa was still curled on the floor, sleeping like the dead.)
7: The nurse assigned positions: Vanessa had my head and mom and Rickey each had a leg. At 7:55 a.m, the pushing began. They grabbed a mirror, so I was able to see the whole thing (since they wouldn't allow video cameras.) The nurse was coaching me; she was awesome. She said she couldn't see any hair, darn! I kept pushing and I was beginning to get tired. I kept almost throwing up (due to the grape juice they kept forcing me earlier.) The she said she saw red hair! Yay, he took after mommy! Shortly after, she called in the cavalry. | The midwife came in, along with the NICU (due to the meconium in my water), a few other nurses and some medical equipment; it was getting serious now. I pushed a few more times and his popped out! Then one shoulder, then the other. You started to cry. It was a good sound to hear.
8: Skyler Michael 7 lbs. 4 oz. 20 inches long Born at 8:33 a.m. | Ten fingers, ten toes. His laughter and teardrops, so small and brand new; amazingly angelic. He's one special baby, the best of life's treasures.
10: It seemed like a long time before I was able to hold you; but once I had you in my arms, the wait was worth it. | I had no idea how to hold this strange new creature that they placed in my arms. You were so fragile and very quiet.
11: A new baby is the beginning of all things: wonder, hope and a dream of possibilities.
12: For a long time there were only your footprints and laughter in our dreams and even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever.
14: Only an Aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend | Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever. | And so, a grandfather was born...
15: Breastfeeding for the first time | It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.
16: It was now time to go to my new home for the next 2 nights. Skyler and I had a grand entrance. All the alarms went off as we went past the elevator and everyone stopped and looked at us smiling. Me in my wheelchair holding Skyler.
20: I'm the baby gotta love me | Our Baby (lbs. - oz. - inches)