Saturday, May 30, 2009

He's here!

Buddy arrived May 29 at 11:07 PM via regular delivery. He is 3 lbs, 6 oz. He is 16 inches long and his head is 11 inches around. He came out crying, and the doctor said he is "feisty."

Mid-afternoon yesterday I sent Hubby home to get some things to work on while we sat around the hospital because I figured things would be like Monday and Tuesday - sitting and waiting to move to a room with less monitors once my complications went away. However, around 2:00 I got up to the bathroom, and I had to use the nurse button for what I saw. Three nurses came in and whisked me back on the bed and called my doctor and the doctor on call. My doctor was on his way out of town. The doctor on call checked me and realized that I was in labor and at 4-5 cm. Of course I text Hubby(the cell phones had issues in that room) with the word "Baby" - our code for him to know to come ASAP. The doctor checked me on the ultrasound, and I was still on the monitors, and Buddy was still looking good, as he has all week. No distress and good heartbeat.
My mom was already on her way back to Missouri because I was thinking next week would be difficult with Hubby starting a new job. I had just talked to my dad earlier in the day saying he didn't need to come because nothing seemed to be happening different. Of course they got the news that I am in labor, and both sped (or continued speeding) to Missouri. My brother, my sister-in-law, and my cousin arrived to keep us company and entertained.
Even though I was hoping not use an epidural in my original plan, I decided to do so that way if I needed a C-section really quick the anesthesia they used would probably not have to be general. It did not hurt like I feared it would, and although I am a huge supporter of people going natural (since I wanted to), I am now a huge fan of the epidural. It helped me stay relaxed a bit when I really needed to in order to keep baby safe, and it kept the pain away for the most part.
At some point I got to an 8. I was there for a long time - through a shift change of a new on-call doctor and a new nurse. It was also around this time that they brought in all of the baby stuff - scale, warm bed, etc. Around 9:30/9:45 they broke my water. Then things picked up from there. The nurse gave me the quickest birthing class ever (since mine were scheduled for June). A couple of rounds of pushing Another NICU baby was born just before Buddy, so the doctor came pretty much in right after that. Another round of pushing, and I heard the most beautiful sound I have ever heard in my life. My baby was crying. They let me see him briefly. He continued to cry while being weighed and such. He passed his Apgar test. They brought him over again very briefly for us to see and kiss him. Talk about "you had me at hello." Then they took him to NICU.
I was able to move to my new room about 1 AM. We were able to see Buddy in the NICU before we headed to sleep. The staff there were talking to Hubby and I about a variety of things - very little of which I remember at this point - all of it is a fog. He is hooked up to wires and tubes. He has hair and the cutest little fingers and toes. He looks so helpless though just laying there that it breaks my heart to not be able to pick him up and hold him. The nurse in the NICU also used the word "feisty" to describe Buddy. Apparently he spent a lot of time last night looking around and doing some crying before he wore himself out and they put the breathing tube down him.
I know this entry is like a big ramble, but I want to be able to remember what happened. I think I put in all of the important stuff. We will post some pictures eventually, but we don't have that camera attachment with us right now.
We thank you for your prayers for a safe delivery. We know God has given us the strength and peace to get through this last week, these last 24 hours because so many people are praying. Please continue to pray for Buddy's health - that he would grow and develop the way he needs to. Please pray for us on this roller coaster ride we are now on.

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for that beautiful story of our newest member of our "family"... you know we are all going to claim him after all the prayers we have brought on his behalf! And you have continued prayers as you begin this next phase of the roller coaster! Sounds like he already has a nickname! Feisty is going to fit really well! Also sounds like God prepared him for this moment...knowing he would need to be feisty to do what he needed to do!You and Mike are doing a fantastic job of hanging in there! Love you guys!Congratulations on the safe arrival of "Feisty" !Linda

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  2. Oh Amanda! You did a wonderful job! You were amazing! And Buddy looked great to in the pics on your camera. Thank you so much for letting us be part of the experience. We love you and we will see you later today!

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  3. A sigh relief came over me this morning when I read this. I'm so glad it went well and Buddy is here. I'll continue to pray daily for you and your new family!

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  4. So excited for your new family! We love you very much! Congrats!Love, Michelle and Mark

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  5. What a beautiful post! I love all of you very much and I can't wait to hold Buddy and show him throughout his life how much he is loved by his Meemaw.

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  6. Mike and Amanda-CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your rambling account of Buddy's birth is amazing! ;) I'm so glad he's here and that he's feisty! I'll continue to pray for him to be strong and healthy and that you'll recover quickly as well.Love,Joy (and Forrister)

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  7. Unbelievable!! I just logged into facebook to check your status, but never expected to see that he's arrived! Wow. I'm SO thankful that he's here and will be praying that he continues to be strong. Congratulations, Amanda. You're a mom! :) I'm so happy for you and Mike!Love,Meghan

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  8. Amanda, You and Mike are wonderful parents!! It takes a strong heart to be a NICU parent and I know, with God's help and the support of so many friends and family that you are going to do so well!YAY!! Thank God for that cry. The NICU nurses always said that about Luke...in his weakest moments and even when he faced death sqare in the face, he always had his spunk and they told us those are babies that make it. Buddy is going to soar right through and be home before you know it!!Praying lots of strenghth and courage for you in the next weeks. It's a roller coaster ride indeed....hang on!Love youk

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  9. Wow! It's great to know that prayers from California can reach Missouri! (Not that I didn't know that before, but it's great to be reminded in such a tangible way.) I am so happy for you. What a relief!! Little Cole had better be grateful for such strong and capable parents. Love,Natalie

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  10. So great that you have this site! Got all my questions answered!!! Congratulations! He is beautiful and so are you! Wow, when I saw the pic of you crying when you first held him, I cried. Truly touching. Don't know if you will have time or not, but you should check out my brother's little girl's website. She was also born 10 weeks early... last August... at home... in the toilet! Anyway, she is doing FABULOUS! Growing by leaps and bounds!http://www.babyhomepages.net/beebsmcgee/Congratulations again, and I will be praying for you guys!Love,Kristy Homan

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