Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Birth Story Part III

The anesthesiologist in the OR informed me that Dr. Zwart was finishing up a delivery and that's why we were waiting. He also said that he couldn't stand to watch me in pain anymore and got started on a second fresh "Super Strong" epidural for the operation. It was difficult to stay still through the contractions so that he could insert the epidural, but he was really fast and I began feeling VERY numb VERY fast. Soon after that, Dr. Zwart and Paul both came into the OR. I was so happy to see both of them. Pretty soon, I began feeling like I couldn't breathe. I was told this was because of the epidural going up so high into my chest. It felt like I was only taking short, shallow breaths. Paul reassured me that my oxygen, heart and blood pressure levels were all perfect. This is where it really gets fuzzy for me. I guess the doctor pinched me and I didn't feel it. I don't remember this at all. I do remember feeling tugging and pressure and thinking how it was taking forever. I couldn't feel anything from the neck down, including my arms. It was the weirdest feeling EVER! Paul sat right by my side and talked to me. I do remember saying, "What is taking so long?!"at one point.

Pretty soon, I felt a nice amount of pressure on my chest. I knew it was almost over. I heard the doctor say, "Hey little guy" and seconds later I heard the most wonderful noise in the world. Mason let out a HUGE, deep, cry as soon as he was out. I looked at Paul and immediately started crying. They started stitching me up and I told Paul to go see Mason. Pretty soon, Paul returned and told me he looked perfect at 7lbs 6oz and 20". I was so relieved that everything had worked out. The doctors told Paul to go get the camera, which was in the waiting room with family. At first he didn't want to leave me, but I made him. I am so glad I did. Those first photos are my favorites. I continued to be stitched up as Mason was measured, stamped and cleaned up. Paul returned and brought Mason over to me. It was love at first sight.




Looking back now, all of the tears, pain and fear was so worth it. We were blessed with a perfectly healthy little boy to complete our family. The c-section and recovery were very hard, and I would not recommend it. I couldn't hold Mason for a little while because my arms were so numb and I don't remember a lot of it. That was so hard for me. All in all, I have bounced back nicely and feel great a mere 2 weeks later. I think Paul will agree with me that being parents is hard. HARD. We have definitely been challenged these past 2 weeks but just when you think you are about to lose it, this little precious person looks up at you and smiles. It may be because he has gas, but a smile is a smile. We are told it will get easier and we are holding onto that fact. My hormones have been all over the place and sometimes I just cry. Paul has been such a wonderful companion and rock for me.


The crew that stuck it out all day. I love them. Also, just wanted to show you what 2 days of fluid will do to you.

I look forward to sharing this new experience with you as frequently as I can, internets. I already have so many posts lined up in my head. Now I just need to get them through my fingers and onto a computer screen near you!

10 comments:

girlferns said...

What a beautiful ending....Thank you so much for sharing your story...I am truly touched by the stength and love in your family! Good Luck on your journey!!!

Colleen said...

You did a wonderful job capturing the emotions of the day(s). I look forward to reading more of your adventures!

mnc said...

Hey Tiff:
I just wanted to say I love reading your story. Yes, being parents is HARD work. It particularly will put stress on and test your marriage as you and hubby adapt. I know when i first had Zoe I felt soooo much love for her....that it was a real balancing act to show her father that same love and attention. But it is a balancing act and you'll do great:)
Cheers to Mason!
meg

Kristen said...

Tiff,
Thanks for sharing your story! It made me cry and well a little scared but I know in the end it is all worth it! I hope I can be as strong as you were! I can't wait to hear more about Mason. Congratulations!

Jessica said...

Tiff - that is an absolutely amazing story! Paul did a great job capturing all the events. I can't wait to hear more about and see more Mason! I'm so happy for you guys!

Laura said...

Awww, Tiff. You are awesome!

PS--For some reason, I lol everytime I think of the Rudy is on TV comment....

Ann B said...

What a beautiful story! Congrats to you all!

angie said...

I got lucky in that I got to read all 3 installments at once. Wow. You REALLY had a tough labor and delivery. I wouldn't wish that one on my worst enemy. Healing from a C-Section was SO hard for me. And I didn't dilate and push and labor before my C-Section. Sending you big hugs. I know that it's not easy caring for an infant after all that trauma........add hormones into the mix and it's just hard. Good thing they come out so cute and loveable. (j/k). Hugs, Tiff. AND CONGRATS. You really did a great job.

Control Freak said...

I am so looking forward to reading more of you adventures with your new family! Mason is beautiful and you did such an amazing job recalling things for your readers. Thank you for sharing!

Krista said...

Thanks for sharing your story! You are an amazing woman and you did a great job. Can't wait to hear more updates! We will miss you on Friday at the game, but we will be thinking of you!