Believe it or not, the letter (eviction notice) that I served to BB3 last week actually worked!
Lucas William was born via c-section at 2:46 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. He weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz and was 20.5 inches long.
On a whim, last Monday night, I wrote a letter to Lucas about how I was ready for him to make his arrival at any point in time. I was half joking. He took me seriously.
Contractions began on my way to work on Tuesday. At first I thought they were just braxton hicks contractions, but then I realized that they were different. I was feeling menstrual-like cramping, a back ache, and lots of pressure during each one. However, they were sporadic, occurring every 20 minutes or so.
They eventually stopped around 11:30, but then I was still experiencing them here and there throughout the day. Jdaddy and I were texting and he asked if my bag was packed. Of course it wasn’t! I told him that I would pack it after dinner, just in case.
Around 7:30, the contractions came back and were much more regular, occurring every 2 to 3 minutes, but they weren’t very intense so I still didn’t think that anything was going to happen.
As the evening progressed, the contractions started to get more intense. Around 9 p.m. I decided to take a shower to see if I could get them to go away. No such luck, and they started to get a bit more intense, but I could still walk (albeit slowly) and talk through them.
At about 10 p.m., I decided to wake Jdaddy up and call my parents to come over to stay with the boys because I thought we had better head in to Labor and Delivery. With me having two previous c-sections and this one being a planned c-section, I knew it was kind of important to get to the hospital before I was in full blown labor.
Once on the monitors, it was showing that I would have one very strong contraction, followed by 3 to 4 smaller ones, every 2 to 3 minutes. I would then get a break of about 5 minutes and then have another really strong contraction. That pattern continued for over an hour.
My OB was on call (thank goodness!) and he came in and checked me to see if I was dilating. As expected, I was only dilated to 1 cm. That’s pretty typical for me, I’m just one of those people that doesn’t really ever dilate.
He wasn’t overly keen on doing a c/s at 37 weeks, but he also recognized that this was labor for me, and decided that we should go ahead and do the c-section.
Everything moved pretty quickly from there. For whatever reason, the nurses had a hard time starting my IV and it took 4 tries (OW!). Then, in the operating room, it took 3 sticks to get my spinal set.
The c-section itself was without incident. However, my OB did note that my uterus was so thin, he could see Lucas’ hair through it. It’s a really good thing we decided to do the c-section when we did, otherwise my uterus could have ruptured. I had my tubes tied during the procedure as well, so this baby making factory is closed for good. Oh, and my OB did me a favor. He gave me a little tummy tuck. He cut off about 1.5 inches of skin around my old c-section scars just to make everything neat. Have I mentioned how much I love him??
Recovery is going well. Lucas is a very good baby. Sleep is a struggle because he likes to be held when he sleeps at night. During the day, he’ll nap without being held, but at night, he wants to be held. Hopefully we’ll get that straightened out soon.
The only other issue we have is that he’s jaundiced. His levels were normal in the hospital, but have been gradually increasing since then. He saw the pediatrician yesterday and had a blood draw. We have a repeat blood draw this morning and if the levels haven’t decreased or go up at all, we’ll have to initiate home therapy with a bili-blanket. I’m hoping we can avoid that if at all possible.
Right now, we’re all just really enjoying him. It’s amazing how much your heart grows with each additional child. I am so glad we decided to have a 3rd. I feel like my family is complete, and that’s such a satisfying feeling.
There’s a little more to the birth story, but I’m tired, so I’ll save that for another day.
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