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Monday, November 24, 2008

Ethan Michael's Birth

As we are adjusting ever so slightly I thought I would include an update on Ethan's birth for those of you who have been dying to know.

Since we had passed our due date we were scheduled to be induced last Tuesday 11/18. We arrived at the hospital at 11:00 and did all the normal stuff, IV, pitocin, they broke my water to get things moving along. I had decided I would have an epidural but wanted to wait as long as possible so as not to slow things down. That didn't last long. All the pain of the contractions was in my back and I don't deal well with back pain to begin with so the epidural happened pretty quickly after the contractions got bad.

Ethan however did not like the epidural one bit. There was a scare for a few minutes when our nurse (who was very new to labor and delivery...she was nervous putting in my IV) called in a whole bunch of people. There were like 5 nurses standing around watching the monitor as his heart rate had dropped They also called the resident. The resident had to run down 4 flights of stairs to get there because the elevators were slow and by the time she got there he had come back around. It was pretty scary for a few minutes.

Labor went pretty easy after the epidural. I had reached 10 cm by 7:00 or so. They called the doctor and I started pushing but after about an hour the doctor came in and said he wasn't going to come out on his own. I wasn't very happy about that but I guess he has shown how stubborn he is all along. That meant they were going to use forceps to help deliver him. Not a pleasant experience (thank goodness for epidurals). The scariest thing was I couldn't hear his heartrate on the monitor for quite a while. The doctor looked a little nervous and made mention that peds needed to be called in.

After all of that he came out great and cried right away. It was a wonderful thing to hear!!! He had a few small marks from the forceps but they are pretty much gone now.

That night and the next day were a little rough. They gave me some morphine for the pain through my epidural, which has side effects of nausea and itchiness. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who took over all the baby stuff (yes even changed a poopy diaper) until I was feeling better Wednesday evening.

We made it home Thursday evening and have since been a little sleep deprived, but otherwise pretty good. Looking forward to getting on a schedule and a little bit of normalcy.

Thank you to everyone for all you thoughts for our new family.


emilyn said...

So glad to hear that everything turned out great, even with the scary parts. Hopefully he settles into a routine before long. I can honestly say I don't miss the allnighters even though they do still happen, not often though, bad dreams and being sick, but you make it through. Hope to see you all soon.

Kristin said...

Thank God for those birthing hips! ;)

KellyW said...

Corey and Dave: Congratulations on the arrival of Ethan. He is a beautiful baby boy. It should be a very Merry Christmas with both Ethan and Stacey's new baby. Congrats and Best Wishes. Keep in touch. Kelly Wootton