I’m sure the majority of you know that C has made his appearance. Which happened two months ago today. Yup, I’m a slacker, but that’s not news to anyone. So finally, here’s his birth story… but first, a refresher.
I have a bicornuate (heart shaped) uterus and C implanted in the right horn and the left horn didn’t grow/stretch at all during pregnancy, basically giving me half a uterus to work with and the cause of the majority of my pregnancy uncomfortableness. I knew there was a chance of having a c-section since he was likely to be breech due to not having the room to turn. He stayed in the same position since 15 weeks and a c-section was scheduled for 39w1d.
After a week of daily trips to the hospital for blood pressure monitoring (including one overnight stay) I went to see my OB for a follow-up. My blood pressure during that visit was the highest it had been all week so my c-section got moved to November 25th at 2pm (37w6d). My OB wanted to admit me right then but I begged to go home and pack with a promise that I would go to the hospital early the next morning. C had other plans and my water broke at 4:50am (9 hours before schedule!) in a pop and gush style. I called labor and delivery and they said to take a quick shower and go in since I wasn’t experiencing any contractions. I hopped in the shower and of course contractions started suddenly at 1 minute long, less than two minutes apart and they were STRONG. I left for the hospital as a sopping wet mess since I felt like this was going to happen fast and he was breech so being born in the car would be no bueno.
The midwife checked me and told me that I was already 4cm and that she felt “something unusual” so she had another midwife check me. It turned out to be the cord bulging behind the cervix and they didn’t want to freak me out. At this point I was in tears and shaking because I’m a big, fat wimp and contractions were about a minute apart and holy shit strong.
As they wheeled me to the OR, I told them that I felt something coming out and I thought it was his cord. I found out afterward that it was his foot (!!!!) and he had cord twisted all around his body. They moved pretty fast to deliver… from water breaking to birth was 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Definitely not how I thought C’s birth would happen but I have no regrets and my recovery was easier than I thought it would be. Our first two months have been pretty rough though and I hope to find time in the next week or so the post about everything. Until then, here’s a photo that most of you have seen already but I love it. Look at that hair! (Which he has since lost most of. Sadness.)