Thursday, December 12, 2013

Baby Simon

He's here. Baby Simon is here.
My water broke at 5:30am, and I called my mom to come over and stay with Heber. About 10 minutes later I told Eric that we needed to head right away and that I couldn't wait for her to get here, so we called a neighbor in the meantime. We got to the hospital and checked in around 6:15. The doctor wasn't there nor was the anesthesiologist. The nurses started to get me set up and get all my information in the computer, all while I was having pretty intense contractions. They were slowly going about their business and didn't seem to understand that I was in so much pain. Finally they decided to check me and were shocked to find me dialated to a 7. They looked at each other and said we needed to get this doctor here asap. The next 30 minutes were a blur. I was just trying to breathe through each contraction and keep my mind off the pain. The doctor still wasn't there and I remember saying that I needed to push. The nurse begged me not too and said that would be a whole lot of paperwork. Finally, at about 6:45 the anesthesiologist showed up and somehow got an epidural in my back. Then the doctor showed up right after. He hurried and sat down and coached me through 2 pushes and baby Simon was born at 6:55am. Wow. I hardly had time to realize what just happened. But goodness, that was fast. The epidural was so wonderful for those few intense moments, but later discovered that the hardest part of labor was what I had already done. So I wonder if I would have gotten it if I knew that before hand.
Simon was sent to the NICU the next morning because of low oxygen levels. They did a bunch of tests on him and tried to discover what was wrong. But after a few days, and intense prayers, he was released with just an apnea monitor. We still don't understand what happened, but believe it was a miracle that our little guy's oxygen levels climbed back to normal. We are so grateful for this little soul in our lives, and feel like he is such a fighter, wanting to be here so badly.
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4 comments:

Hilary Frazier said...

Wowzaz! That sounds about like my labor with Margo... Fast and intense! Glad that his oxygen levels went back up and that things are fine with him. What a cute little guy :)

Whitehead Family Fun said...

Congrats!!! Glad he is okay and home with you guys. Does Heber love having a little brother?

Jacquelyn said...

not sure how i missed this post but its adorable! very, very cute!!

Karin said...

I don't know why I am going through your blog right now but I love it. Simon is precious. I am sorry for the scary beginning. I am glad he is doing better. Watch out for the next baby, the tend to just come faster and faster. This was very similar to my Tanner and then I went in thinking I was in labor with Abby and I was at a 9. I remember thinking they were crazy because I remembered what it felt like to get to a 9 with T without an epidural and I wanted to die. I think it's all about the water breaking though - it makes it so much worse. I think you can practically count that as going without an epidural. You did all the hard stuff alone. Aren't they worth it? Hope you're doing well. I love your adventurous family!