Friday, August 13, 2010

Flashback Friday - IzzyB's Birth Story

*Originally written January 20, 2006

I can't believe IzzyB is 10 days old already!
I finally have the chance to post delivery details (for those of you who want to know). I went into the hospital on Sunday, January 8
th because I thought my water had broken. The doctor said it hadn't but kept me overnight for observation. They sent me home at 2pm on Monday the 9th and after eating dinner around 5 the fun began! It started with some bad lower back pain (which I had on and off so I didn't think it was a big deal) and then I got sick and up came dinner :) (sorry for the graphic details). Hubby called the doctor for me and I pretty much sat on the bathroom floor in severe pain. We were back at the hospital by about 7pm (5 hours after we left) and I was on an IV of Stadol by 8ish - that stuff doesn't help at all, by the way. It felt like someone had smacked me in the lower back with a shovel (constant pain) and then when a contraction would come, pretty much all I could do is cry and try to breath through it. By 11pm I was 5 cm dilated and offered more pain relief - I told the nurse I didn't care what they did, I just wanted the back pain to stop. I ended up getting an intrathecal (one shot to the spine as opposed to an epidural, which is a constant drip) and within 10 minutes I was sitting up, and able to hold a conversation. The nurse told me that an intrathecal would provide pain relief for four to five hours so we thought I would be all set. I started pushing at 4:30am and by 6:30am had made very little progress (and the intrathecal had worn off!). The nurses shift change is what saved my life! I think that if I was still dealing with the nurse that was there overnight that I would STILL be trying to push Iz out. The morning nurse came in at 6:30 and IzzyB was born at 7:10am. She did end up needing a little help from the vacuum which left her with a terrible conehead but that is almost gone now. I can honestly say that it was the most amazing experience I have ever been through, When she finally came out and they laid her on my chest I just couldn't believe that she was here and I was finally getting a look at my little girl.
We brought her home
on Thursday the 12th and the last 10 days have been great. The lack of sleep is a challenge but it's worth it. Hubby took all of last week off from work and when we brought her home the two of us just spent hours looking at her. I never could have imagined the love that I feel for this little one. There are absolutely no words that can describe how I feel every time I look at her. I am so looking forward to watching her grow up (not too fast, though!) and can't wait to discover her personality.

So, that's it - that's how Iz entered this world and changed my life forever :) Hoping to drag some wedding pictures out soon so I can share that story with you too!!!

Happy Birthday RBB...missing you...and wishing Iz and Hubby had been lucky enough to know you :(



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