TTUT-Piglet’s Birth Story

[Barney tries to ask the bus driver to drive to the hospital where Lily is giving birth]
Sir, this man is having a baby tonight. Instead of going to St Marcus Hospital, we’re going to Buffalo – and I’ve seen women from there, the city’s aptly named. Look, I’m a screw-up; I’m having something special with this girl Quinn and I ruined it. But this guy [gestures to Marshall], he’s done everything right. He’s been loving and devoting since he was 18 years old. There are a few truly great people on this planet and he is one of them. He deserves to be at the birth of his son. So what do you say? -Barney, How I Met Your Mother

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

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This is me at 7:30am on Monday the 13th, in triage at the hospital. I joked with Match that I was probably the happiest non-medicated woman in labor ever. I was so so excited that it was happening-the day to meet our son was finally here! I was checked in triage, and already dilated to 3cm when we got there, with contractions ( back labor, oww) 2 minutes apart. They had us walk the halls for an hour to get things moving. While we were walking the halls, we ran into the nurse who helped us grieve and deliver Roo. She remembered us, and she made sure that she was the nurse for my delivery this time. She was incredible, just like before. It felt good to have someone there that was familiar that I trusted.

After the hour of walking, I was dilated to 4.5 and officially admitted. We moved into the birthing room, and I was given an IV and fluids. At this point contractions started getting intense. They asked me what my birth plan was, and Match and I told them I didn’t want any IV drugs, and epidural only if absolutely necessary. The nurses were so supportive of the plan, and good about respecting it and not offering me any pain management. They were encouraging and encouraged me to move around to help with the pain. Rocking seemed to work the best, as well as quiet, low moaning.

Eventually the pain got so bad that I couldn’t stay standing, and I got back into bed. Laying on my side felt the best, and holding onto the bed rails. Match rubbed my lower back and offered encouragement. At one point the nurses threw an oxygen mask over my head because I was breathing too fast.

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The midwife and doctor came in to do another cervical check, and they realized why I was in so much pain. In just a few hours, I went from 3cm to almost fully dilated. Four hours from the time I was admitted I was already pushing! Everything seemed to be going well, and then all hell broke loose. I was pretty out of it from the pain, and trying to meditate through it, so I wasn’t very aware of what was going on. Match said he’d been watching the fetal heartrate monitor, and every time I’d have a strong contraction or I’d push, Piglet’s heart rate would drop really low. At one point, it got to 55, and that’s when our room exploded into chaos. The nurse and midwife had called for reinforcements, and suddenly our room was filled with people.

Then a doctor said to me that things were about to get really crazy, and to just close my eyes and stay calm. Then he told Match that they were going to perform an emergency C-section and that he’d have to stay behind, because they were putting me under. I started crying, and felt like a huge failure. The doctors and nurses reassured me that it wasn’t me, and that I’d done everything right, but Piglet’s cord was wrapped around his body and he was in distress. Match kissed me, and I told him I loved him and to call his mom. I didn’t want him to be alone. Match told me later that after I left, he just collapsed into a chair, bawling his eyes out. A nurse came in and handed him scrubs, and said just in case they let him in after all.

Meanwhile I was wheeled into a room full of people and commotion. My nurse held me up while they put in the spinal tap. At this point Piglet’s heart rate went back up, and another doctor came in. She said they were going to try one last attempt to get him out vaginally, and it was unorthodox, but it might work. She said they’d use forceps, and try once. Then sudddenly Match was there, because the baby was no longer in as much distress. I was so relieved that he was able to be there next to me, and they said I could stay awake.
The spinal tap kicked in, and then they asked me to try to push, even though I was numb from the chest down. I tried so hard, but Piglet was too far up the canal at that point, and it was so hard to push when I was so numb. That’s when the other doctor pushed him back inside, and they started in on the C-section. They put a screen over our heads, and Match and I just held hands and starred into each other’s eyes. It only took a few seconds, and he was out. Match said at this point the whole room seemed to calm down. For me, it was the longest moments of my life, waiting to hear Piglet cry. I kept saying, “Is he ok? Why isn’t he crying?” when suddenly we heard the most beautiful sound-our son’s first cry.

Match just broke down and started sobbing, and I did too. I looked at him and said, “We finally got our baby. He’s here!” I told him to talk to him, because he’d recognize our voices. Sure enough, when we said, “It’s ok Wyatt, we’re right here” he immediately stopped crying and looked around the room for us. Then Match was able to go over to him and cut the cord, while I was being stitched up. It was torture not being able to see him in those first minutes, and I just held out my hand to him.

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After what felt like years, they placed him on my chest for skin to skin for a few seconds (and there is not one picture of it, and I’m so sad about that!), before whisking him away to be cleaned up, weighed and monitored. Match was able to go with him, and I was wheeled off to recovery. I had to wait for the spinal tap to clear my system before they brought him back to me and I could hold him properly. That hour was one of the longest of my life, aside from waiting for his first cry.

The first person to come into the recovery room was my mother in law, looking for us. I’ve never been so happy to see her in my life! She gave me a huge hug and I bawled into her shoulder. Then my son and my husband were finally brought to my side. I was able to hold him for the first time, and the feeling of joy I felt was indescribable.

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 The first moments with my family.

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The rest of the day is sort of a blur. We were wheeled into our maternity room, and my inlaws were able to spend some time with their grandson.

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Later in the day, Geeky stopped by to meet her Godson. I was so glad she was able to meet him that first day.

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The rest of the night we just spent getting to know our son, and dealing with the frustrations of C-section postpartum. I couldn’t get up or help out at all, and that first night was so painful. But the next day got a lot better once they removed the IV and catheter and I was able to walk. I’ll share more about my hospital stay in another post. Sorry this was long, but I wanted to write it down so I’d remember every moment of my son’s birthday.

He was born at 12:12pm, May 13th, a mere 5 hours from when I was admitted to the hospital. He weighed 6 lbs, 3 oz, and his arrival into this world was incredibly scary. I remember just feeling a calmness, and knowing that even through the scary moments, everything would turn out alright. This baby we would get to take home. I still can’t believe he’s ours! I’ll leave you with some ridiculously cute baby photos. I am pretty sure there has never been a more beautiful little newborn. I know I’m bias, but you gotta admit, Match and I made one cute kid!

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22 Comments

    Emmy

    Girl I am bawling reading this… Crying for happiness as you have a beautiful little boy, crying for the experience as it resinated so closely to my own experience with Lucas. You’ve got your beautiful (and yes he is so so cute) little guy and that is what matters.
    Take it easy during your recovery, I know you will want to do more but take the time for you.
    Love you girl!!

    phoebe

    holy moly. talk about chills and tears… i’m so happy for you!! his birth story is so moving. i legit almost cried sitting at my desk b/c i’m that excited for you. amazing. and yeah, he is pretty darling. love the hair 🙂

    Trinity

    Yay!! He’s so flippin adorable!

    VandyJ

    Definitely a cutie! Congratulations!
    It really doesn’t matter how they get here as long as they do.

    Jessica

    I’m crying, too! Such a sweet story. And don’t you dare think you’re a failure! I know I can’t speak from personal experience, but anyone who has done what you have, and been through all of that isn’t allowed to call themselves that!

    Wyatt is gorgeous, and I’m so happy for you! Sounds like a scary, yet amazing day. Congratulations!

    Ruth Llewellyn

    I’ve been waiting to read his story all week! You all did amazing and he’s one gorgeous little pup!!!

    Lots of love from England xxx

    Michelle

    I should not have read this at work – so emotional, and so HAPPY for you and Match that all your patience and trials and heartbreak have finally resulted in this precious little one! He’s perfect, and you should be so proud of yourself for all the care you’ve taken to bring him into the world safely – and never doubt your abilities for a minute, you did everything exactly right! And now he’s here and YOURS 🙂 xo

    Julia

    So happy for such a happy ending! Congrats, he’s beautiful!

    sara@domesticallychallenged

    This post made me cry! What a beautiful son, and a happy family! You are the happiest parents I’ve ever seen! Rest up and enjoy your little man! Blessings to you all!

    MiMi

    He’s absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t be more happy for you.
    When you first looked into his eyes, you got a glimpse of the Lord, didn’t you?
    That’s how I felt when I had my boys…that incredible love…that’s where it comes from
    What a fantastic story.
    Although, the part where the Dr. pushed him back in…totally hurt me. LOL

    Jill

    So so SO happy for you guys! Wyatt is beautiful…just a perfect beautiful baby boy, and I’m thrilled that you finally have your newest member of your family with you! I loved reading his birth story!! Once again, huge congratulations to you & Match! Enjoy him!!!

    Jenny

    Oh my goodness, more tears! So many congratulations on your beautiful baby boy Mom & Dad! *hugs*

    Steph

    Oh my goodness! I’m so happy for you! He is absolutely adorable. C-section, natural, it doesn’t matter now. He’s here. He’s yours. Forever.

    Love you my friend!

    Janette @ www.thejohansonjourney.com

    You and Match do make an incredibly cute baby!! I had no doubt he’d be a lil’ heart breaker!! So glad you got through and are both healthy and happy. I’m here for you anytime you need me and will be aunt Janette from-afar! Wishing you the best and a few extra hours of sleep! 🙂 xoxoxo How is Monkey?

    Salt

    TEARS!! Welcome to the world, little handsome! I hope you are healing up quickly and feeling great and I can’t wait to see more pics of him!

    Brittany

    I still can’t believe your beautiful baby boy is here! I’m so glad that everything turned out OK, but parts of the birth story are scary. But I love that you had a sense of peace during labor. I can’t wait to hear more about your life as a new mom.

    Stacie

    So happy for your little family. If you had made it just one more day, he and I would have shared a birthday! Your life will never be the same, and you will love it!

    Misty

    I’m sorry things didn’t go as planned. It happens a lot though. All that matters is he’s here and healthy. And sooo cute!

    Sarah Shumate @ The Wanderblogger

    I am so glad you shared all of this and wrote all of the details down! I just loved reading every word. And the pictures…especially the one of you holding Wyatt for the first time and the one where Match is giving you a kiss with Wyatt on your chest – oh my…just beautiful. I know it must have been awfully scary, having your birth plan change so quickly, but it sounds like you handled it so well. You’re a strong girl. I’m looking forward to seeing more pictures of your little sweetheart!

    Ally

    Congratulations!! He is precious! I am sorry things didn’t go the way you hoped but thankful you’re both ok. Hope you’re healing well and enjoying that beautiful little boy.

    Charlotte

    My god, girl… I thought I was crying during the last post. This must have been such a terrifying experience for you but THANK GOD it all turned out so well and I’m glad you captured it all. You’ll be grateful that you did. He’s perfect, and you’re absolutely right–you guys really did make a ridiculously cute baby 🙂 Now I have baby envy LOL. Love you, girl, and so glad to hear you are all well.

    E

    He is beautiful!! I am so happy for you that he is here and that you both are ok. What a scary experience. I’m so glad it had a happy ending though! Hope you have recovered well from the C-section!

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