Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ode to Isaac

Okay, I don't really write odes. I mean...EVER.

Anyway, Isaac was finally born on Monday, August 16. Here's how it all went down.

A few weeks ago I could tell I was passing a kidney stone. Not sure if you've ever passed a kidney stone, but I hope you never have to find out how much it hurts. The pain went away and I continued on, whining and complaining and crying about being pregnant...still.

So then at my appointment last Thursday the OB tells me that I've dilated to 3cm and she thinks I'll go in the next day or two. This is something you should never tell a pregnant lady that's miserable. You should just let her believe she's got another 11 days or she'll go crazy looking for signs of labor. Truthfully though, I did have all the classic signs of labor but nothing much was happening. It's hard to convince my body to go into active labor on its own. It just sort of leisurely contracts when it feels like it and never really gets the show on the road.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday come and go with absolutely no baby. How frustrating. Sunday night I start to get severe kidney pain again, on my right side. The pain is so strong that I soon can't tell the difference between a contraction and the pain in my kidney and ureter. I call the OB nurse around 2:30AM and ask her if I can take a Darvocet I have. She okays that and says to come in to the office in the morning to get checked out. The pain killer lasts about an hour and 40 minutes. The whole time I can feel contractions; they're nice and strong but about 5 minutes apart. Upon pain of TMI, about 4AM I sorta thought my water broke, but due to some other circumstances that are best left unmentioned, I just couldn't tell for sure. The pain of the kidney stone was increasingly getting worse and worse. Del finally told me to call the OB nurse again and she told us to go ahead and go to the hospital.

At the hospital they finally gave me morphine for the kidney pain, but it only took the edge off and it was short-lived because it was IV injected. Surprisingly the doctor on call said that I should be admitted, treated for the pain and labor induced. I was ecstatic. I hugged the nurse, who has six kids; the first one is a girl and the 5 younger ones are boys.

The rest is easy, I got a room, I got an epidural which totally took care of the incredible kidney pain and the contraction pain, I got a whiff of Pitocin, I napped for a little bit while listening to Isaac's heartbeat, I felt like I should push, they came, they saw I should push, we conquered child birth.

Isaac was born at 5:07PM. He weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces, was 21 inches long and is definitely a boy. Wow, what a shocker. He's the heaviest baby we've had by nearly a pound. Rachel has been the biggest so far at 7 pounds 9 ounces. He had a hard time with latch for the first 24 hours but he's got it now. He's home and we're all settling in nicely.

Still having trouble with the kidney stone, but it'll go away eventually. I'm on Lortab for that. I'm tired, obviously, but feeling very happy and energetic.

So there you go. And now for the pictures.
The cord was wrapped twice around Isaac's head so Del didn't officially get to cut it this time, but he got to cut off the leftovers.
Our nurse Cindy and Dr. Sanchez.
Screaming little boy. Look at his hands. They had him under a warmer for a long time because he couldn't maintain his temp.
Not my best pose, but hey, I just had a baby.
Sarah and Isaac. The kids came with my parents the next day and they loved him instantly. They like to sit on the couch and hold him.
And I love this photo because of those yummy squishy lips.

*if you'd like to see more pictures, go here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=21963&id=100000415701409&l=47c0313f33

6 comments:

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

He is so beautiful, Joanna!

Congratulations to you, Del, and your whole family.

God is good!

Catherine R. said...

Oh my goodness, congratulations on your BOY! Your hubby looks so proud and your little girl is so sweet!

Marie said...

He's just perfect! So glad that you got to do a VBAC!!

What a horrible coincidence that you had the kidney stone pain at the same time!

I saw the pictures that your dad posted on FB and I love the ones of Rachel holding Isaac :) Very cute how she's so unimpressed by him.

Got your box ready!! Sending it out today!!

Joanna said...

YEAH for boxes. Thanks for the good wishes friends.

Sarah. said...

He's precious. Grats girl!

Marie said...

Okay, so, ummm, some drama courtesy of Caleb prevented me from mailing your box today. But, tomorrow! I really really hope. But check out my blog if you want to see what's in the box.