As some may have seen on Instagram, we welcomed our sweet baby boy into the world on July 10th. He’s still currently in the NICU, and I wanted to take a minute to write his birth story while everything is clear in my mind.
On Thursday, July 9th, I went in for my normal weekly appointment. I had just been feeling “off” that week, so I knew something was up. Doc had ordered another growth scan, so while I was in having that done, the ultrasound tech told me his head measurements were way behind schedule around 35 weeks. Most of his other measurements were on-target, but that one was really lagging.
I knew something was wrong. The doctor said he had plateaued with his growth, and that his environment was not conducive for him anymore, and that he thought it was time to have a baby. Not in the next week — I was admitted to the hospital that night, with the plan of induction in the morning.
They gave me Cervidel to get the contractions going. Apparently I had already been contracting, but just wasn’t feeling it — at this point I was just about 1 cm dilated. At around 10pm, my water broke. Sheffield was coming — he wasn’t waiting to be induced the next morning. They started Pitocin, and I quickly progressed to 6cm. At this point, I asked for the epidural — which was amazing, and I’d do again in a heart beat. The doctor promised a long Friday, and that I’d need my rest. Contractions at 6cm are no joke — and I was done with all of that.
At about 830 in the morning, the doctor came back in, and explained that every time I was contracting, Sheffield’s heart rate would drop. And that that had been going on pretty much all night. We were told that he wasn’t going to last 6-8 more hours in labor, and it was time to go on and have a baby. We were scheduled in for a C-section immediately, and Sheffield was born at 9:14 Friday morning.
Everything went so fast — we really didn’t even have time to process that we were in fact having a baby and were about to be parents.
Sheffield was born small at 5 pounds, 3 ounces. He had gotten himself wrapped in the cord, and that had stunted his growth. After birth, his glucose level was really low, so they had to put him in the NICU for observation. He also developed jaundice and low platelet count. It was a few really rough days for us and for him.
As we speak right now, his glucose levels are great, jaundice level has dropped and his platelets aren’t the greatest, but they’re improving. We will get to take him home with us on Tuesday and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful.
Obviously, I won’t have to explain a brief absence from the blog, but I wanted to get this all out while it was fresh in my mind.
I hope y’all have a great week.