Thursday, February 23, 2012
Our Son is Here!
Today was our actual due date, but I had progressed so far on my own in terms of dilation and effacement (without ever having felt a contraction) that we expected a fairly quick delivery which was problematic given that I was Group B Strep positive and required two doses of an antibiotic that needed to be administered at least 8 hours apart prior to delivery. When we went to the doctor on Monday, February 6 I had dilated even further over the weekend (I was almost 5 cm), so the doctor suggested admission that night to begin the antibiotic and then breaking my water the next morning. Since Group B Strep can be really dangerous for a newborn (and our 36 week ultrasound had shown that Jackson weighed around 7 lbs already) we liked this idea, so I went to work and tried to wrap things up in about 5 hours! My last day of work was suppose to be February 14, so needless to say, it was a whirlwind day at the office.
I received my epidural the next morning and never felt any contractions until that afternoon (and even then it was only pressure), and the only pain I felt was the last 30 minutes of pushing. I threw up a good bit that day (any time I was on my back), but other than that it was an uneventful labor. The resident said I had the easiest first time delivery he'd ever seen, and needless to say, I felt blessed by the (relatively) easy birth experience and even more blessed by Jackson's safe arrival and good health. Jackson weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and has brown eyes and dark brown hair just like his daddy. He has extremely long fingers and toes and loves to sleep.
p.s. I'm thankful for our first non-medical outing with Jackson today (to Mellow Mushroom for lunch :)