July 31, 2013

Lucas Jose: The Birth Story

I'm writing Lucas' birth story completely unedited so I apologize ahead of time for any typos and grammatical errors.  I'll probably be forgetting a lot because it's all still a blur and I'm working on little sleep right now; although, sleep is getting better! Oh and today my husband and I are celebrating our third wedding anniversary and 13.5 years together...whoa!

So at 5 p.m. on July 16, 2013, my husband and I got to the hospital to be admitted and start the induction process.  My due date was not until July 23 but I had not been getting any sleep due to some complications so the doctor felt it was best to be induced.  Lucas was also measuring pretty large which also played into why I was induced.  Call me naive and unprepared but I thought that by being induced labor would happen quickly...yeah not so!  Weeks before this, I had planned to do my hair and makeup so I would look nice...yeah, mhmmm, okay.  Once the doctor said to go to the hospital to be admitted, I bolted - greasy hair and all.  I was in too much pain at this point to care what I looked like.  My husband now tells me that I arrived to the hospital in his gym shorts, shirt, and sandals.  I mean how attractive was I!  However, once at the hospital, I changed into my Gownie that my dad gifted me.  It had Lucas' name on the front and came with a matching pillow.

We spent the night in the hospital thinking that at any time I would go into labor.  I was having contractions but nothing too bad.  My sister also thought labor was imminent so she drove through the night from St. Petersburg so she wouldn't miss anything.  The next day was the longest day of my life.  They started the pitocin in the morning and from then on was paaiiinnn.  I had the most horrible back pain and was just so uncomfortable.  I was so relieved to see the anesthesiologist in the afternoon!  My dad is an anesthesiologist at this same hospital but he did not want to do my anesthesia.  My dad was actually the on call anesthesiologist that day-what are the odds!  He was so nervous that he was always in and out of my room.  Getting the epidural did not hurt at all.  What I really did not like was the loss of sensation in my legs and having to lay on my sides the whole time.  After awhile, my back started to REALLY hurt.  My husband and mom were taking turns massaging my back.  I ended up getting more numbing medication because of the intense back pain.  Holy cow my back hurt!  By this time, the nurse kept checking my cervix and I was really close.  It was around late afternoon but I wasn't expected to go into labor until late evening.  By this time, I hadn't had anything to eat except ice chips so I was already tired and hungry.  The only thing that got me through the pain was having lots of people around me - my husband never left my side, mom, sister, dad, mother-in-law, and my boss stopped by.  It was a wonderful distraction to have people around me and Bravo shows playing in the background.  I use to joke that I wanted Bravo in the background when I went to push and lo and behold Bravo was playing while I pushed (just not on purpose!)

Around 9 p.m., my mom noticed that I was shivering.  She placed her hand on my forehead and thought I felt warm.  The nurse checked my temperature and I definitely had a fever so they started me on antibiotics.  After about an hour, I was told it was time to start pushing.  My dad left the room (nerves) and although I thought I would only want my husband and one other person in the room, I was in so much pain that I didn't care who was in there.  So my husband grabbed one leg and my sister the other.  After one push, my sister got queasy and switched with my mom...wussy!  Long story short, I pushed for TWO hours...nothing...the epidural started wearing off, I could feel everything, I was tired, hungry...defeated.  The C-Section talk started and I just broke down in tears.  This is not what I had wanted and I was scared.  I asked if I could push for 30 more minutes...30 minutes go by and nothing.  I was getting a C-Section whether I liked it or not.  Looking back, the C-Section was probably the easiest part of the whole labor experience.  I even fell asleep on the table!

I honestly don't remember a lot except asking the nurse when my husband would be in the surgery room.  The anesthesiologist was awesome.  He could see the expressions on my face during the surgery and since I couldn't see over the sheet that was blocking my view, he was informing me the whole time about what was happening.  I am so grateful for him.  Then all of sudden, I heard a small cry and Lucas is quickly lifted up for us to see him!  He was born July 18, 2013 at 1:28 a.m. weighing 8 pounds 13 ounces at 21.5 long.  I had tears in my eyes as I turned to my husband and kept saying "he's perfect!"  I then fell asleep lol!  I don't remember being wheeled back to my room.  I just remember waking up with my mom by my side and a nurse walking in saying that Lucas was taken to the NICU and my husband was with him.  Because of my fever and an infection in the amniotic fluid, Lucas had to start antibiotics and a tube to take out any fluid he may have in his system.  I start to cry again because I realized that I hadn't held my baby and wouldn't be able to for awhile.  I cried because I didn't know what he looked like and just every emotion I had been holding in the past day and a half.

My husband came back into the room and handed me his cell phone where he had taken hundreds of photos of Lucas.  Even though he was so swollen and was hooked up to so many monitors and tubes, he was beautiful in my eyes!  My husband and I got a little bit of sleep but it was hard to sleep after everything that had happened.  I woke up to the pains from the C-Section and was anxious to see my baby.  I was taken to the NICU and as soon as I laid eyes on him, it was love at first sight.  Although he developed jaundice, it wasn't enough to have the therapy so from the day he was born until we were discharged that Sunday, Lucas just got better and better. From the day he was born, he was always smiling!

We are so grateful for the staff at North Florida Regional Medical Center.  We were treated with such kindness and care that we are forever grateful for.  We ordered pizza and cookies for the labor and delivery nurses and the nurses at the NICU but we can never show how much we truly appreciated them.

So after almost 33 hours in labor, I have a beautiful baby boy that is currently asleep on my chest as I type.  We are so blessed that he is okay and that he is in our lives.

July 29, 2013

On A Baby's Schedule

My little Lucas has changed our lives...and our schedules (lol).  My hormones are adjusting, sleep is getting better, and Lucas is smiling more and more every day.  We truly are blessed.  As soon as I can get my guy to go down for a nap, I hope to get to blogging!  See you soon!

July 24, 2013

Welcome, Lucas Jose

So I've been a little MIA lately but with good reason...Lucas has arrived!  Lucas Jose was born July 18 at 1:28 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces.  Both he and I are doing well and I hope to write his birth story soon.  I've been posting millions of pictures of him on instagram and call me biased but he's pretty darn cute.  Thank you to those of you who have sent their well wishes on photos and sent me emails.  I am overjoyed by your kindness!

July 16, 2013

39 Weeks Preggo Update

Hopefully, this will be the last of my updates since I'm in my final week of pregnancy!  Some days I feel like the time passed by way too fast but most times I feel like I've been pregnant forever.  Unfortunately, the last two weeks have sucked.  I've experienced all the yucky and uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms and then some.  On Saturday, I went to the hospital because my contractions were 5-6 minutes apart but being only 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced, I was sent home.  Now, it looks like I'm having a long prelabor.  Ugh.
My original plan was to work right up until my water breaks, however, I'm now working from home until I'm off maternity leave.  I'm kind of a workaholic so I fear that I'll lose my mind but the health of my baby is the most important thing to me right now.  Thankfully, even though I feel really crappy, Lucas is healthier than ever!

Weight Gain?:  I've gained a total of about 35 pounds.

Maternity Clothes?:  I'm mostly wearing dresses now and my husband's work out clothes at night! Ha!

Symptoms?:  Ugh, yuck.  Very crampy and uncomfortable.

Sleep?:  Sleep is non existent because of my hip pain.  I started using the Snoogle more and that really helps!

Do I miss anything?:  Not being uncomfortable.

Movement?:  He's run out of room so his cute little kicks are now like a slow Matrix like move.

Anything making you sick or queasy?:  I still can't stand air fresheners.

Food cravings?:  Chocolate chip cookies and home cooked meals.

Have you started to show?:  YES.

Boy or a Girl?:  Boy!

Best Moment This Week?:  Realizing that in a couple of days I'll get to meet my lil man!  This past weekend, I picked up lots of cute little things for his newborn photos that I'm so excited about as well!

Check out my other bump updates here:

36 Weeks
27 Weeks
21 Weeks
17 Weeks
13 Weeks
Finding Out 

July 10, 2013

Simply Leopard

Yes, the buttons on this sweater are holding on for dear life.  Just had to get that out there.

Lately, I've gained a sudden surge of energy that comes and goes but when it's present, watch out!  I'm wanting to clean all the windows, wash anything and everything that can go inside a washing machine, then five minutes later, I'm totally over it.  Wait thirty more minutes and I'm back at it.  I'm telling you, I'm a joy to be around.   This energy surge also helps me out in the mornings when I get the urge to wash, dry, and style my hair.  Okay, selfishly, I now have a morning hair routine just in case I go into labor at work.  That way I at least know my hair will be nice and clean.  C'mon, I can't be the only woman that wants to look half way decent when delivering a baby since all modesty is probably going to go out the window...right??

Sweater: Ann Taylor  /  Top: Target  /  Pants: Loft  /  Jewelry: David Yurman, Ebay

July 8, 2013

The Final Countdown

I know, I know, more belly pics but I can't help it.  I mean--it is pretty massive.  And I can't help but realize that I'm in for the final countdown and even though I've complained enough for all pregnant women, I'm going to miss this big ole belly.  I won't miss the joint pain, rib pain, back aches...whoops, there I go again.

Today is hopefully the last hearing I have until I can truly rest and anticipate Lucas' arrival.  Until then, I've been sitting on towels (seriously) and hoping he'll stay in until Monday evening when my hearing is over.  Devotion to the profession, people!

Sweater: Kohls  /  Dress: Gap  /  Shoes: Me Too  /  Jewelry: David Yurman, Macys

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