How he got here…(happy as a clam)

July 2, 2007 9:11 pm
Posted by: heather

Well, we arrived at home yesterday evening after a seemingly infinite stay at Mount Auburn Hospital.

Last Monday, when our son was officially a week late, my doctor had us running all over town for various appointments (non-stress tests, ultra sounds, ob appointments) The basic summary was he was as happy as a clam inside but there was no sign he had any intention of coming out on his own. So, on Wednesday morning (hey, originally it was supposed to be Tuesday night) we checked in so they could induce me. I was hooked up to a fetal monitor and given cervadil to try to get me going. After 12 hrs of that he was still happy as a clam but I wasn’t any more dilated. Went to sleep that night in the hospital (coming home made no sense since we would have to be back at 6:30am) then they started me on pitocin first thing in the morning. At 6pm it was decided that, while he was still as happy as a clam, I was getting nowhere so I got to have a different form of prostaglandin overnight.

The next morning my doctor came on duty and, even though the drugs had done little, she decided to try the pitocin again (you guessed it, he was still happy as a clam so why not). Things were a little crazy around there on Friday morning so they didn’t start the drugs until noon and when my doctor stopped by at 3pm I was back to the regular contractions from the day before. She informed my child he need to do something other than being happy as a clam, because she had already done two c-sections that day and was hoping to have at least one normal delivery. Guess he decided to listen to her because at 3:45 my water broke and the contractions got much stronger. Got some happy drugs around 6pm and at 6:30 I was 4 cms dilated (up from 1 1/2 cms that morning). My doctor figured he would be born some time in the wee hours of the morning but I guess when he made up his mind to come, he was all in because at 9:30 I was fully dilated and ready to push. 2 hrs later Jace arrived. All 9 pounds 2.8 ounces of him! He was no longer happy as a clam and screamed his little head off like a good little boy.

Since he was delivered after 8pm on Friday we could have stayed through this morning but I think after being there since Wednesday morning we were ready to come back home. We left Sunday at 5pm which entitled us to a visit at home today from a nurse. That was great since we would have had to leave Monday morning by 10am anyways so we got to sleep at home and have somebody come check up on us and answer any questions once we had settled in and figured out what questions we might have. Everything is going well and he is back to being happy as a clam.

5 Responses to “How he got here…(happy as a clam)”

jmay wrote a comment on July 3, 2007

You are amazing!
Only two hours to push out a 9+ lb baby, the first time around!?!? That is great.
I hope that you are getting some rest and enjoying this time, and that the nurses were nice to you!

Cindy Leibman wrote a comment on July 3, 2007

Congratulations you guys!!! and welcome to Jace!

I’m really excited to meet my new ‘happy as a clam’ nephew – It’s good that he finally got moving, but I hope he still is happy as a clam now that he’s on the outside.

Rachel S. wrote a comment on July 3, 2007

I almost forgot to reply/comment (on your earlier post, that is) – CONGRATULATIONS! 9 lbs + sounds painful. When can we meet him? (Get some sleep first, of course). Good luck settling in and figuring out your new routines or, or the complete chaos, whichever the case may be :) .

amybeth wrote a comment on July 3, 2007

I think that your doc needs to you up as a case report on how to not give up on an induction! Wow! You get my awe, babe. Rest, gaze at him in wonder, rest a little more, and start to figure out your new life.

Saru wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

Congratulations! 9+ lbs does sound painful, but it sounds like you handled it like a champ. Can’t wait to meet the little one!

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