The days leading up to the night we had to check into the hospital were very very full as i scurried around town and our home like a tweeker, battening down the hatch, tieing up loose ends, and psycho nesting. we had an appointment to be @ L&D by 11pm on Friday September 16th. They had to soften my cervix before they could induce me. i cleaned and cleaned right up till about 9:45 then i took a long shower washing my hair taking care of unwanted hair in the event that a C-section would arise, and blow drying my hair strait so i wasn't rocking it ruff and stuff with my white girl afro puff! Who knew when I would have this baby! On the way to the hospital i downed a huge iced tea and a 6" turkey bacon avocado sandwich that took about 5 min! ha ha! We finally get to L&D with all out belongings and the stuff we wanted to take Ezra home in. Once hooked up to monitors i was already in full blown labor from my non-stop cleaning and running around. However i was only 1cm dialated, or should i say 1cm locked down!
so they slip me the drug and the cramping begun it was painful but ask anyone there, I was cracking jokes the WHOLE time. The only time i swore was to myself when things got a little intense and even then it was to emphasis some crude enuendo or joke. I basically had the nursing staff and my family in stitches or shaking their heads laughing through out my stay! I wasn't one of those lunatic, lamaz breathing freak preggos you see on tv or hear about through the grapevine!
|4 hours in and still smiling!|
@ 6am my nurse came in to check my dialation and i was at 9.5cm, she then went to let Ramirez know. He walked through the door at about 6:15am to "check me" i had my dad step out of the room as i had every time i had to spread the glory, Ramirez says to him it will be real quick. so my dad stood right outside the room and waited. Ramirez in regular scrubs, and a baseball cap still rubbing the sleep from his eyes, says "ok amanda we are gonna check you" he checks me and then he says "you know what? Why dont you give me one good push" so I did, he says "wow" lets do another one so i did... he says "ok hold on" next thing i know he starts to gear up, i look at the nurse and say what about my catheter, she says "oh yeah ill remind him we need to get that out when he is done" took Ramirez less than a minute to gear up, everyone is called in. He says "ok amanda Push" so i push again I say "the catheter", he says "oh ok, i felt the urge to push" he said "push a little bit" i pushed A LOT and the inflated catheter came flying out at the Docs face he catches it in the air stunned! my nurse was like "whoa" and my mother "good pushing!" ha ha it was pretty nuts, so we resume our pushing... i pushed and pushed. Ramirez got the vacumm extractor out he looks at me and says "im only gonna try this 3 times if it pops off his head 3 times we are doing a c-section" i agreed... i pushed and pushed and i could never catch my breath when he said breath so i started to kinda do it on my own timing, the vacumm popped off 2 times. I knew if i didnt get it on this last one it was cut the muscles time which scares the crap outta me! i push with everything in me (while nikki is screaming "you dont want a c-section, this is your last chance"), i felt Ezra crowning and i also felt tugging on my upper uterus, all the nurses from the night shift were in there cheering me on with my family it was a weird feeling to feel that immense support. Ramirez busted out the scissors to give me an episiotomy and next thing i know Ezras head was out Ramirez in a very stern voice says "stop pushing" I feel his hand go inside me, his glove squeaking around as he was turning Ezra and then i feel him tugging with incredible torc and pushing on Ezras head, it was at that point i knew the chord was around Ezra's neck and my Doc was working intently on getting it off, i felt it snap back more than once and we all saw the intensity of the situation in the doctors eyes, he finally unwraps it at least once, it all took about 30-45 seconds and it felt like forever. that also explained the fact that Ezras head was never as deep as it could have been, and with every push i was choking my son out! Finally i am able to push again and in one good push i felt him break through i could feel every part of him squeaking out of me, shoulders, chest, belly butt, legs, feet, such an odd feeling but totally a cool experience. I ripped from the point where my episiotomy ended to my anus they call it a level 4 tear and 4 is the highest you can go. He came out chord around his neck, i dont know how many times it was wrapped exactly but it wasnt pretty. It took 20 minutes from the time i started pushing till Ezra emerged into our world.
Ezra was blue and lifeless rushed to the warmer where luckily the NICU had been standing by and they started emergency resucitation on him, sucking fluids from his lungs, throat, and nose, and rubbing down his body for circulation and warmth. this all took about 10 minutes before he was stable. My father on the outside of the door who was shocked that the quick check up turned into pushing which was over relatively quickly with cheering and clapping turned to silence and no baby crys, he listened for something anything then he heard the hustle and bustle of the emergency and those cheers turned in to "oh god, come on Ezra, come on baby" he was standing out there sobbing beside himself and praying, Mike was freaking out, my mom even started to panic and at one point opened the door to find my dad and told him "if you aren't already praying, start"
|part of the cord they cut from around his neck|
|Ezra finally crying|
|They finally let me touch him, for a brief 15 seconds before they took him to the NICU|
|I began to cry.|
|the doc letting me know what was going on...|
|moments after getting to the NICU|
|that night, the bruise on his neck from the cord|
|our first family photo in the NICU|
Luckily His clavicle wasn't broken but he had nerve damage in that arm from the cord pinching so tight it pinched off the signal to his brain and he had a lot of pain from it, called Brachial Plexus Palsy, he was assigned a physical therapist. He also developed a little jaundice while in the NICU and had to go under a UV light. In total Ez was in the NICU 5 days.
|In the NICU|
Our entire stay there went pretty good the Doc gave me an extra day in the hospital and then when it was time to be discharged I got to board in for free because Ezra was there and I was breast feeding him, which by the way is the most painful part of everything, labor, delivery nothing compared to the feeling that at any moment one of my boobs would explode. Also from friday to thursday i had only got like 10 hours of sleep, that didnt help anything. I had a melt down at one point after getting the run around from the NICU nurses and finally wednsday one of them said to me that my milk wasn't good enough for Ezra and he would have to stay there longer unless i let them feed him formula... the crap hit the fan at that point and finally I spoke to a doctor that was able to take care of stuff! boy was the NICU kissing our butts at that point. we finally took him home thursday afternoon and it felt awesome!
|car ride home from the hospital|
since then we have been super busy not sleeping and trying to catch up on sleep... but so far its been the best experience ever. Mike and I are extremely blessed and if it weren't for a cysts expelling all the hormones needed to sustain this pregnancy we would have never become pregnant to begin with. a series of things going wrong and being turned around to go right, one miracle after another and we have our son. Its been a long road and im so glad he is here!
|1 week birthday|
|a boy and his tiger|
|3 week birthday|