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Special Delivery

by Kmama on January 23, 2013 · 21 comments

in Wordful Wednesday

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.

 

This post linked with parenting BY dummies for Wordful Wednesday.

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1 Shari January 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

Waaa? I can’t believe he is here!
CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is adorable.
I think he resembles both of your boys!
WoW! Just WOW! I was not expecting to
come read your blog and see that Lucas had arrived!!
I am so happy to hear everything went well with delivery and
you have a healthy new beebe boy!!! Welcome Lucas!!!
Cute name!!

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2 Jennifer January 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

Oh, girl, he is PRECIOUS! He looks JUST like Buddy and Buster! We’ll have to come up with a really cook B nickname for him, now :-) So proud of you and happy for you!

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3 dumb mom January 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

Hooray! Congrats on the new little dude. And the tummy tuck. Um, why didn’t I get one of those?!

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4 Emmy January 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

Congrats congrats!!! You will always be able to tell him how the letter worked :) He is so adorable! My SIL’s kids all had super super bad jaundice, one even had to have a blood transfusion– but that was because of a rare negative E thing that she has. But they are all great and wonderful now– so I have now doubt Lucas will be just fine.

Good thing your doctor knows you and knows how your labors go (or don’t)– and jealous of your mini tummy tuck– should have had them do that with me too! And yep, I was all tied off during my third too, so right there with you.

Enjoy and love this baby- so so happy for you. Ryder was with me when I read this post and kept wanting to look at the pictures again, especially the ones with your boys holding him. Let me know when you are ready for PMM– I can hold down the fort until whenever you want :)

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5 Janna January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

Yay!!! He’s beautiful, congratulations!! I hope you are getting a chance to recover, and getting some sleep too.

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6 Jackie January 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

OMG!!!

Congratulations! He is beautiful. I love those chubby cheeks!!

I was starting to get worried because I didn’t see your normal posts and you always stop by my place. I was going to email you today to see if everything was alright and then I saw your post pop up in my reader!!

We did the bili blanket thing with my son and within a few days he was fine. He just looked like a little glow worm.

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7 Shell January 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

Congrats on your new little cutie!

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8 emily January 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Sounds like you have a fabulous doctor, and an amazing little newbie! Congrats!!

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9 Maggie S. January 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Congratulations. I love that I could see the family resemblance from the first glance. That’s awesome.

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10 Rachel January 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I am so glad you are safe and home with a healthy baby!

(Well, mostly… but seriously, those bilirubin machines are NOTHING – the blanket must be nicer than the 40 pound monster we had to strap Itty Bit to for the first week. But the heel pricks were way worse than the treatment :)

Congrats on your precious little bundle – the boys must be out of their mind happy!

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11 Salt January 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

Congratulations! He’s adorable. :)

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12 Cyndy January 25, 2013 at 9:11 am

Congratulations! I’m so happy that all is well.
I love his expression in the 2nd photo, he looks bored! haha
Hope the jaundice and sleeping get straightened out! I wish you all the best.

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13 Kelli January 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

Oh my goodness! He is so adorable! The whole thin uterus thing is SUPER scary! I’m glad everything went good with the c-section. And I’m so jealous of your little tummy tuck…I wish my doctor would have done that when I had Eli!!!

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14 Southern Angel January 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

EEEKKK I was wondering if he had made his appearance yet. He is gorgeous.. congratulations hon to all of ya’ll

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15 Jennifer January 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

I love his little doll face! Congratulations!

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16 Nicole January 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

YAY!!! Congratulations!!!!

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17 Stefanie January 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm

He is beautiful! I am so happy for you!!!
A beautiful baby boy and a tummy tuck all at once…talk about lucky!
I hope he’s doing well and that you were able to avoid the blanket.

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18 Brandie January 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

Congrats!! What a sweet little cutie!!

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19 Elaine A. January 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Oh wow, friend, he’s gorgeous! Congratulations! You have three beautiful, healthy boys and a lovely family. SO happy for you!! XOXO

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20 Emily February 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Congratulations!!!! What a beautiful little boy!

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