5 Month Ultrasound
Born November 23, 2006
at 23:21 pm
7 Pounds and 5 Ounces
Giving birth to our son Carson was one of the
most exciting and wonderful experiences of our lives. The pregnancy
was healthy and uneventful until the 39th week. Our due date was
November 29th, however, on November 23rd during my regular weekly
prenatal exam the doctor told us that my blood pressure was dangerously
high and it was best for the baby and myself if we induced the
labour. You can imagine our surprise since I had been feeling
fine during the entire pregnancy. After the induction, we were
sent home with the information that it would take approximately
24 hours before labour would begin. Boy, were they wrong!! I guess
Carson wanted out because I was in full blown labour within a
couple of hours. I was having contractions every two minutes.
When Shane called the hospital they advised him that it was too
soon for me to be in labour and that we were being paranoid first-time
parents. I did not take this advice well as I knew what kind of
pain I was going through and it definitely was not from a paranoid
first time parent. When our doula, Ellie, arrived she immediately
called the hospital to advise them of the situation. Because of
whom Ellie was and her experience with labour, the hospital told
Ellie to bring us in immediately. Once arriving at the hospital,
there were no available beds. Therefore, I was left in the triage
for several hours without any kind of pain killers while we waited
for a bed. Our plan was to try for a natural child-birth, except
with the sudden and intense contractions it was impossible to
cope with the rapid onset of these hard contractions. They say
it is difficult to maintain control when induced as your mind
is expecting to gradually progress through the stages of labour
rather than race to 6 cm dilation like I did. Induced contractions
are apparently stronger and more frequent than natural contractions.
When I was finally admitted to a room, I was given an epidural,
along with 3 other IV drugs to help control my blood-pressure.
Although the epidural helped enormously with the pain, I still
felt pressure. The doctors did not know why I was feeling this
pressure. When they checked on me again, I had regressed to 4
cm dilation. They did not have an explanation for this but instead
recommended a C-Section.
First Picture of Carson - Immediately
It took 4 days and several IV's later for the
doctors to get my blood pressure under control. It was a little
scary. For the first 36 hours I needed 24 hour nurse observation
to make sure that I did not have a seizure. Carson was worth every
minute of it. It was so amazing to see him for the first time.
Very surreal. And the way he looked up at us when I first held
him. WOW. Shane was with me throughout the entire labour and delivery.
He was wonderful and had a great deal of strength. We're both
in shock now that we have this amazing little being in our presence.
I'm not even sure if it's really hit us yet. It's funny that we
were worried about knowing what to do, how to hold him, how to
feed him. We've realized that when the baby is yours, that stuff
just comes naturally. When you have so much love for someone,
you can't go wrong. We're all extremely tired, extremely overwhelmed,
yet extremely happy to be a new little family.