Sunday, May 20, 2007

We're home!

We got home yesterday and got everyone (well, the humans, anyway!) settled in. It was good to be home but strange to be out of the hospital at the same time. Anyway. This is what happened.On Tuesday morning, we went down to the hospital for an antenatal appointment, saw a hospital midwife and one of the registrars. Talked about being induced and I was asked if I wanted to go in that night, or wait until the next morning _ at the time, as far as we knew, everything was still ticking over the same way it had been all along _ just fine. So they talked to my midwife, Brenda, and we decided to admit me that night.So 7pm on Tuesday, Jeremy and I were back at the hospital; laden down with bags and goodness-knows-what because we didn't know what to expect. The plan _ then _ was to induce me slowly with prostoglandin gel, a process that was expected to take at least a day.Then they put me on the fetal heart monitor, and everything changed.At first, things ticked over the way they always had. Patrick's heartbeat was strong, things looked okay. Then, his heartbeat dropped. Then rose. Then dropped again. (I can't think about it without wanting to cry). I was ... scared, to say the least. Brenda checked it, then asked one of the hospital midwives to double check it but it just kept going up and down. They'd already called the obstetrician to let him know about the induction, and he was coming in.So, next was Dr Finkelstein. (Not his real name. In my post-op sleep-deprived state I forgot his name and kept calling him that.) In he comes, takes a look at the printout of the activity, looks at me and says "I'm not happy."Oh God. Patrick was in distress. Dr F said that he wouldn't be able to be born by induction, that it just wouldn't happen and the best thing was to get him out of there while he was still healthy and if they left it, we could have a sick baby on our hands (or worse). Things moved very rapidly from there. I was prepped for surgery and Jeremy was gowned up. They asked me lots of questions and whisked me off to theatre for the ceasearean.I've never had any kind of surgery and I was completely terrified. But all the staff _ my midwife, Dr F, the anethetists, the nurses, were just lovely. Jeremy waited outside with the orderly while they put the spinal in (horrible horrible but not painful) and the next thing I was numb and helpless. Horrible. They let Jeremy in but I had my head turned in the opposite direction because I was looking at my midwife and I was too scared to turn it around. I held on to Jeremy's hand for dear life, though. Then the Dr did his thing, and Patrick was born. I was fairly helpless, so Jeremy got to hold him first but I kept touching his head. He was born with black hair, a very loud cry _ and hungry!I got to hold and feed him in the recovery room before we all went back down to the ward. And now here we are!



Blogger sharon said...

Oh Maree! I'm so sorry you had such scary moments worrying about baby Patrick. But he is here now, healthy as a horse and just beautiful. Congrats on your new addition!!!

11:38 am  
Blogger WhizGidget said...


What a gorgeous baby! And I'm so sorry you went through that, but you've both come out the other side with good results (thankfully!)

3:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoo hooo! Congratulations Maree and welcome to the world little Patrick! He's gorgeous Maree. You must be so proud.

Your birth sounds very like my own. Very similar circumstances. I recovered quickly and well from the c/section. I hope you do too. I found it really werid to be back home with a baby after being in hospital and it took me about a week to settle down into some kind of routine.

The photo's are gorgeous. I'm looking forward to seeing lots more of him as he grows. How much did he weigh in the end after all the guestimates?

Aww, he's beautiful lol. He's making me broody again :o)

9:51 pm  
Blogger Laural said...

I'm sorry you had such a scare. I'm glad that you two made it through ok and that you are both doing well.

Now that that is all over with just dote on that beautiful little boy you have.

12:31 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm sorry it was such a scary experience. I hope you make a speedy recovery, and Patrick is just gorgeous!

9:29 am  

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