On Sunday, July 14th at 10:06 pm, Bennett Weldon (on the left) arrived at 5 lbs 6 oz, while his sister Charlotte Gene came in at 4 lbs 8 oz, both by c-section. We are totally in love!
The birth story is kind of crazy. It’s true that nothing ever goes the way you think it will! In addition, I was so determined to make it to 35 weeks – and I was 2 hours short! So you know what – I’m just telling people they were born at 35 weeks. Close enough.
Here’s the short version of the birth story, and I may or may not go into more detail at a further time. As you know, I had been on hospital bed rest for 3 weeks, hanging out at 5 cm dilated and 100% effaced. So it was no big deal to me when I was having a few more contractions than normal. It had happened many times. I also had a total meltdown the day before when a young resident came and woke me up at 5:30 am to let me know that they would like me to get to 38 weeks. After 11 weeks on bed rest. I cried for 3 straight hours. Anyway, it didn’t happen and it all is trivial now.
So around 8:30 pm a nurse came and checked on me and I was telling her I had 5 contractions in the last hour, felt kind of off, etc. when all of a sudden I felt a huge “kick” where Bug’s head was. It was very painful. It also came with a pop and I felt leakage. It wasn’t the whole “soda bottle on the floor” thing, more a decent trickle, but yes, my water broke in bed as I was talking to the nurse.
That was 8:30. What ensued between then and 10:06 were increasingly painful contractions. And I was already 5 cm so I didn’t have too far to go. Everyone was kind of taking their time and I knew this needed to go fast. It was so painful!
Long story short, they finally realized I needed this to be on an emergency level. By the time I was sitting up on the OR table to get my spinal, I was ready to push. I had gone to 10 cm immediately. A nurse later told us that while she was rushing to get the catheter in, she saw Bug’s head crowning. I didn’t even have time to put a gown on or change from my old clothes. At the same time, doctors were also considering putting me completely under because I had eaten a meal only a few hours prior. So really, it could have been any type of birthing experience. And while all get you to the end result, we weren’t prepared at all for any type other than a c-section.
Thankfully, this happened at night and my husband was with me because I don’t know if he could have made it here in time. The whole thing was so fast.
3 days later and we are all hanging in there. Neither Bennett nor Charlotte needed any assistance breathing or eating, which was great. Since it was late at night they kept them in the NICU to assess, and Bennett joined us in our hospital room the very next day. Charlotte is still in the NICU but not for any serious long term reason. She was small and because of that she’s not quite eating as much as they want her to, and likewise with keeping her temp up. Once she’s done that she’s good to go. I expect and hope it’s no longer than a few more days. I’m in some serious c section pain but hoping it gets better every day. Because of this pain, I can’t get up and change diapers, feed, etc. I’m attempting breastfeeding, especially with Bennett, but the milk isn’t in yet. My husband has learned how to take care of a newborn very quickly, since I can’t do much, and he’s done amazingly. He did already get both peed and pooped on, but that’s part of the experience! I’m looking forward to being able to help him, especially when Charlotte joins us!
At this point I am transitioning to my new blog, which will take the form of updating about babies more than anything else. It’s been a long road to get here.
You can find the new blog at twolittlechamps.wordpress.com.