Saturday, November 10, 2007

Emerson's Birth Story

I had a doctor appointment on Tuesday, October 30th at 3:30 pm. Dr. Dyksterhouse "checked" me and it was determined I had dilated to 2 cm (was 1 cm for about 3 weeks). I told him that my baby was "willing me" to have her that week, so I ended up talking him into inducing me--I was to check into the hospital on Thursday night at midnight (really Nov 2). I left his office excited beyond anything and called Jesse right away and told him we're having a baby on Friday!

We had dinner with Tom and Paula on Thursday night. After dinner, we drove down to Milwaukee and dropped Elliot off at Colleen's house (mother in law). We got home at about 11:00 pm--just enough time for me to check my work e-mail one more time, activate my out of office, check voicemail and make sure my bags were good to go.

Jesse and I left the house at about 11:30 pm--hospital, here we come!

We arrived at the hospital right at midnight and they were able to check me in right away. We were escorted to our room (room 244)--it was a really nice birthing suite--large! I changed into my gown and Jesse got comfy in his "bed" (a converted couch). My nurse (can't remember her name) got me started on a 1/4 dose of Cytotek (at about 12:15) and then I had all the fun medical questions to answer. We got done at about 12:45 and I attempted to get some sleep-yeah right. I slept, but it was more like I was awake and kinda dozing. The nurse came in at about 3:00 am and inserted another dose (1/2) of Cytotek. She also checked me and I was still only 2 cm. I did end up sleeping after that and got up at 6:00 am--and didn't go back to sleep after that.

7:00 am brought a shift change and a new nurse--this one was Amy--the same nurse I had with Elliot! She rocked. I loved her then and still do-she was great! I almost miss her and kinda wish we could hang out! LOL

At 8:00 am Dr. Dyksterhouse broke my water. This was interesting. He raised my bed so I was almost touching the ceiling and put that stick thingy inside--and then there was a gush. Jesse was across the room eating his breakfast (punk) and swore someone broke a water balloon. The fluid got all over the doc--it was kinda amusing. He said there was a lot of fluid, so perhaps the baby would be smaller than what was anticipated.

At 8:15 I got up and started walking the halls with Jesse. I did tell Jesse that I was planning on having the baby before noon. We did a bunch of rounds and visited the nursery a few times. Finally at about 9:15 I started feeling the contractions. They were all going right to my back--the same spot I had issues with the entire pregnancy. At about 9:45 ish I told Amy I was ready for the epidural. I went back to my room, she checked me and I was only 3 cm--but the anesthesiologist came in right away and hooked me up. Dr. Gehring is my hero. Epidurals kick butt--I HIGHLY recommend them. Along with the epidural, they also started me on a low dose of Pitocin--I wasn't expecting to get that, but oh well.

I was feeling great--barely feeling a contraction, it was FABULOUS! I guess I was contracting pretty frequently, beats me, though. LOL

Amy checked me at about 11:00 and I was 5 cm--moving right along! Amy suggested we do the "side to side" technique--so onto my right side I rolled. I stayed there for about 15 minutes and felt a twinge of pressure-not really anything to be freaked out about, though. After 15 minutes, I rolled onto my back again so she could check me-I was 7 cm!

I then rolled onto my left side and in walked Dr. D. We (me, Dr. D, Amy and Jesse) were having a pretty in depth conversation about universal healthcare, malpractice, doc's salary's and all of a sudden I started feeling some major pressure. Dr. D asked that I roll back onto my back and he would check me--the pressure was not letting up. Dr. D checked and there was the head--I was ready to go!

I REALLY felt the need to push and kept saying "I need to push". Dr. D kept saying to not because they weren't ready yet. Dr. D and Amy quickly got set up and within about 2 minutes I was ready to push. I could barely feel the contraction, but felt it enough that I pushed about 3 times through one contraction. Waiting for the next contraction, I heard Dr. D singing Blue Collar Man by Styx--I love that man! I started feeling another contraction and pushed 2 times--and then I felt her head come out. What a relief! He asked me to stop pushing and out came the shoulders and the rest of her. I pushed no more than 5 minutes!

I was in such shock in went so fast, I almost didn't hear Jesse go "It's a girl!". Jesse cut the cord and they put the baby up on my belly-she was beautiful! About 10 minutes later, Dr. D. was done doing what he needed to do and he walked out of the room before noon--right on time for his lunch appointment!

They continued the Pitocin (actually gave me the rest of the bag) to alleviate any cramping there I was watching the nurse asses my little girl. She scored a 9 on both Apgar's and was simply perfect.

I say this every time...

I know, I know...I'm SO horrible at keeping up with this. Oh well...
So a lot has happened in the past couple months.

The biggest thing is that I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on November 2, 2007 at 11:45 am. She was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. Birth story to follow...

Emerson Rose Rulli is the most precious thing in the world. Life is freaking awesome. She's laying beside me gnawing on her Nuk. Now she's in my arms watching me type this. Elliot is playing with a ball--he's such a super big brother. If Emerson makes a peep, he runs up to her and makes sure she's okay. He loves to "pet" her head and is always going "Ohhhh Baby". I love this. If there is anything in the world that makes me happier than being a mom, it's...nothing. Being a mom is by far the most awesome thing. I'm extremely blessed and very happy.
Here's a picture of my new little fart

Ack! She's too freaking cute!

Here is Emerson with her big brother:

You can tell--he just loves her. And look at how big he's getting! Where's my little boy?

Update on mom: Mom is not doing so well. She's been throwing up everything the past week or so. I mean everything. We're taking her to the hospital on Monday morning to get some tests done to see if there's an issue. I'm hoping they do find one so this can be fixed. She's got to HATE this and I hate seeing her like this. Her insurance ran out at Rocky Knoll so Ron's in a HUGE predicament with money. I wish I could help, but can't. It sucks.

Since I get very upset when I "talk" about mom, I'm going to move on to happier things...BIRTH STORY--NEXT!