well.... its been close to 5 months since van has been here and i need to get the birth story written down and documented before i forget... apparently you forget what a horrific experience it was...
so here goes if you feel like reading....a lot.
my due date was october 12th. i went into my dr the week before for my weekly appointment and he told me that he was going to be out of town on my due date. you could tell he was nervous to tell me because i had been threatening him my whole pregnancy that he BETTER be there to deliver Van. he knew all of my fears and my concerns and he is really good at calming down my nerves. i LOVE my doctor. he told me that i could be induced by any of his partners if i wanted to, or if i had not gone into labor by the time he got back, we would schedule for me to be induced the morning he returned.
October 12th came and went.
i met with one of his partners on my due date to get checked and no progress.
she wanted me to go to the hospital the next day and get an ultrasound to check my fluids and make sure they were ok and get a stress test done. (i think thats what they called it.. they monitored the baby for like an hour...)
if the fluids were low or something was wrong with the baby, they would check me into the hospital right then. i went home from the dr.'s office and kind of went into panic mode. if something was wrong i could potentially be having my baby the next day. i made sure my bags were all packed up and cosmo installed the carseat in the back of the car.
me on october 14th, 2 days past my due date, headed to the hospital for an ultrasound and stress test.
i had psyched myself up all night and all morning thinking there could be a chance i was having this kid.
we got to the hospital and they did the ultrasound and hooked me up to the machine. after being there what seemed to be FOREVER, everything came back fine and they sent us on our way.
october 15th, still just waiting...
this was my favorite thing about my belly. it was very convenient.
nothing happened. i had been having braxton hicks since about 20 weeks, so those were old news and not mistaken for real contractions. my dr kept telling me i would KNOW when i was having a real contraction... oh boy did i ever... but that is coming up in just a bit..
monday morning came and van was getting pretty comfy in there. he didn't want to even tease me into thinking he was going to come. my dr was going to be back the next day on tuesday october 18th so we called and got it scheduled for me to be induced on tuesday october 18th at noon.
this was really going to happen.
i didn't sleep much monday night. i was scared and excited and did i mention scared? I didn't really want to be induced because i had heard it can make the labor process very long and tiring, but i was already 5 days overdue and at that point, i just wanted him OUT.
tuesday morning, october 18th, i woke up at 7:00am with a very very strong pain in my stomach. i woke cosmo up- "i think i'm having a contraction". and then another one hit. it took my breath away.
yup. thats a contraction!
we contemplated going to the hospital early, but i didn't want them to send me home... so we decided to just wait until i was suppose to go in at noon.
i tried to stay calm and get some more rest.. noon finally came and we headed to the hospital.
october 18th, 12:00pm in front of the hospital
holy crap i was HUGE.
last picture of me and cosmo as just "us"
we got all checked in and i let the nurses know that i had been having contractions. they asked me how far apart they were, and i told them i had no idea. i hadn't timed them. i just knew they hurt and i wanted drugs to make it stop. they laughed at me, but i was serious.
they got me all hooked up and ready to go. when they checked, i was already at a 4 and 80% effaced and my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart. i tried to be a tough guy for a little bit. i STRESS a little bit. i was afraid to get my epidural too early because i didn't want it to wear off. but i was done (because i'm a wuss) and the anesthesiologist came in and gave me my epidural. i was FREAKED out to get it, but he was amazing and it was over fast, with only minor discomfort. he was amazing and i was still able to move my legs and wiggle my toes. i was numb from about the thigh up. the contractions slowly started to fade away and my smile grew bigger.
my doctor came in at this point and checked me. i was at a 5 and he asked if i wanted him to break my water.
was i going to feel it? no?
sure. why not?
so he broke my water and we waited.. and waited. and waited....
the board in my room... notice who i'm delivering....
cosmo changed the name and everyone that came in thought it was hilarious.
i didn't think it was funny until AFTER i had my epidural. then i saw the humor.
Van's heartbeat kept dropping so they put me on oxygen. it freaked me out a little because the nurse came in and all of the sudden she was moving faster then lightning and moving me around and hooking me up to oxygen. once we got me moved in a different position and the oxygen on, his heart rate went back up.
and we waited some more.
with all of this waiting, my epidural had worn off twice and they came in twice to give me more. i did NOT want to feel my contractions if i didn't have to.
it was about 10pm and i was finally at a 9. the nurse angie (who was AMAZING) told me i was there, and to let her know when i got the sensation to start pushing. i asked if it was going to hurt, cuz if it was, i wanted more epidural, and she just said it would be pressure and i would know when i needed to push.
but nothing happened...
midnight rolled around and i didn't feel anything.
she hooked me up to some pitocin to see if that would help. she started to have me practice pushing to see if that would help speed things along also. she showed me how to breath and the most effective way to push. we were doing this for about an hour (while cosmo was sleeping) then all of a sudden:
HOLY CRAP I AM FEELING THE MOST HORRENDOUS PAIN I HAVE EVER FELT IN MY LIFE.
my fear had happened. my epidural was wearing off. i was feeling my contractions. i HAD to push.
my nurse went out in the hall to get my doctor. during that short time, i punched the side of the bed numerous times and said several cuss words. my mom (oh i forgot to mention my mom is there too) tried her best to calm me down, but i just wanted to push. and i wanted more drugs.
please...make this stop... why in the H E double hockey sticks would ANYONE do this without drugs?!
my nurse and my dr finally come back in after what seemed like forever. it was probably less then 5 minutes in reality.
and its time.
i'm pushing. but i'm feeling my contractions. i beg for more of my epidural drugs but they want me to be able to feel to push. i push for another hour. they keep telling me i'm doing great and they can see his head. i just want everyone to shut up. and WHY IS COSMO STILL SLEEPING!!???? WAKE HIM UP!@&#^%
they get cosmo up and the nurse makes him grab a leg. up until this point he wasn't sure if he wanted to watch, but she gave him no choice. my mom has my other leg. my nurse angie and my dr are sitting on the bed telling me i'm doing great.
they can see the head..
any time now!
this is where things get a little out of control for me...
my epidural had completely worn off. i was feeling EVERYTHING.
it was honestly a scene from a movie. i was swearing and yelling and crying.
my poor mother's ears. (sorry mom. i was out of it)
i couldn't push anymore. i was done.
they kept telling me they could see his head.
i kept thinking it would be any minute, but i just kept pushing.
RELAX?! are you kidding me?!
at one point i remember no one was counting for me and i just screamed as loud as i could-
and i just kept pushing.
finally october 19th 3:31am my sweet baby van came into the world while i felt everything.
but this is where things got scary.
they had known there was meconium in the sack, so they had a team in the room waiting just in case anything was wrong.
(side note- i learned about all of this AFTER the fact. i didn't know it was going on at the time, and i'm glad i didn't. i was so out of it)
van was completely gray and lifeless.
my dr quickly cut the umbilical cord, rushed him to the team that was waiting and apologized to cosmo for not being able to cut the cord.
van wasn't crying.
i just remember looking over and seeing him and thinking
"whoa thats a big baby"
i had no idea what was going on. my mom and cosmo were silent. cosmo was video taping and the doctors working on van told him he probably wanted to turn off the camera.
i was in a daze. time moved so slow.
no baby crying.
and then finally. there it was.
the sweetest sound i had ever heard.
they worked on him for a little longer and then the doctor told cosmo he could record and take pictures now.
they brought him over and laid him on my chest.
his little eyes looked up into mine and my heart was instantly his.
i choked back tears.
i just remember thinking he was so alert and he had a strong neck.
it all seemed so surreal.
here he was.
van kenneth krummenacher
8lbs 15oz 22 inches long
time completely stopped.
my doctor- dr tamanaha, my nurse angie, me (looking ROUGH), van, and cosmo.
i wish my mom was in this picture too since we were all in this together.
i've since apologized to everyone there for my erratic behavior.
dr T told me he can't judge, and i told him he could because i was a little ridiculous.
cosmo and van meeting for the first time
van and grandma meeting for the first time
can you tell he loves his grandma?
we're a family! yay!
dressing van to go home
my sister erika made him his beatles onesie
van ready to go home!
we were in the hospital until friday afternoon and we were ready to be out of that place!
finally we have our little ninja home safe and sound
and that was that.
almost 5 months later and we are happy and healthy and awesome.
(and i'm not going to lie, a little traumatized by the whole event still..)
and if you're still reading- congratulations. that was long.
and if you're still reading- congratulations. that was long.