Saturday, July 12, 2008

we made a baby!

So much for induction. My water broke at 8am on Monday July 1. I have a huge long birth story, but the short version is it went well. I labored naturally for several hours until the back labor became too much and my blood pressure got too high. Then I agreed to an epidural and was immediately set afloat on a cloud of bliss. Got about 5 hours of sleep, woke in the morning at 10cm dilated and ready to push. But then my contractions started getting weaker and further apart, so I agreed to pitocin to get them going again. Twenty minutes of pushing, and Baby G was born.

We had a severe bout of jaundice that necessitated him returning to the hospital after one night at home. Four days under the UV lights in the NICU brought him back from a deep yellow to a proper baby color. It was so difficult to have to bring him back, to have to leave him there, to not be able to hold him except for when we fed him. But he's home now, back in my arms where he belongs.

I think he's just about the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I can not even describe the wonder of seeing his face for the first time. I recognized him the moment I saw him, as if I'd been waiting for him to come to us. He's all ours, our very own baby head to smell, all the noises and faces he makes just for us. Being a mother is both the hardest and most wonderful thing I have ever done in my life. There's no way to prepare for this. I'm in heaven.

7 Comments:

Blogger Melissa said...

I just want to congratulate you again on G's safe arrival. He's a handsome little fella! I'm sure the jaundice issues were a nightmare for you and DH, but he's home safe and sound - all worth it in the end.

It's unbelievable to me. I joined TTCYFC back in Oct 2006 and I remember being so invested in your TTC journey. I felt like I was "with you" during each failed cycle, each low point, each moment of utter frustration. When you got your BFP, I remember being in awe and I felt so happy for you. I had a big smile plastered on my face and, for that moment, things were right in the world.

The birth of Garett is just so incredible to me. It's the happy ending to the many, many months of shed tears and complete unfairness. I could not be happier for you.

I'm wishing you all the best!!

5:04 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

He is a beauty. Congratulations on his birth. Mommyhood it sure is a worthwhile job isn't it?

8:20 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

So glad he is home now. He is so handsome!

10:21 AM  
OpenID bendingbackwards said...

Congrats! He is precious.

11:45 AM  
Blogger s.e. said...

I came from lost and found although I have ventured across your blog before. You are a wonderful success story and have an amazing beautiful baby boy. Congratuations!

8:26 PM  
Blogger Dreamer4agift said...

He's gorgeous:-) Congratulations.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Pregnancy said...

Congratulations!! He seem to have a wings of sleep, so cute :D

11:44 PM  

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