February 11, 2008

Welcome Baby Blake!!!! (pics and birth story)

Blake joined our family on Monday February 11th, 2008 at 12:54 p.m. He weighed in at 8 lbs and 20.5 inches. It was quite along road to get here but I woudln't change a thing. He arrived healthy and thats all that matters.

At 20 weeks at our "big" ultrasound we went from being super excited to super scared. The Ultrasound tech sent us straight to the hospital because the ultrasound showed that my cervix had shortened. The next few days were a blur and we had to make a pretty hard decision. We could either leave me cervix alone and hope that our little man stayed cooking for as long as possible or we could get a procedue to stitch my cervix closed. The procedure itself could cause your water to break or pre-term labor. After weighing all of our options we decided that doing the procedure would be the best option. The next 4 months were the longest ever. We had tons of appointments to check the baby's progress. The days got easier as we hit the big milestones, 28 weeks then 32 and then before I knew it we were 28 weeks.

On February 10th I got up and my water broke. I was so excited because not to much earlier I thought this day would never arrive. My husband and I made sure all was packed and headed to the hospital. Me neve having a baby thought that everything would progress quickly because my water had broke. Well that was not the case at all. I was in labor for about 12 hours when they decided to do the pitocin to try to speed things along, that really didn't make things change to much and the epidural kept wearing off. It wasn't until about 26 hours later that my Dr decided a c-section is the only way that the baby was going to come out. So off to get a c-section.

It was such a whirlwind but man do I wish that we would have just gone with a c-section from the beginning. Because I was on an epidural for so long they had a very hard time getting me completely numb. I could still feel alot of what was going on, TONS of pressure and even a sharp pain here and there. But man did all of that seem to fade away quickly when i heard the first crys of my son. He was such an amazing and healthy little boy. He scored a 9 on both of his APGAR's and was just perfect in every way possible!!