Ashleyg1986: Rhys James Joseph's Birth Story
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 5:09 PM
Bump in the road
At 34 weeks my OBGYN told me that my son was a footling breech, and that she would try and turn him in the hospital so that he would go head down. So at 36 weeks I was booked in to get him turned. That morning that I turned 36 weeks I went in first appointment in the morning. My doctor was having problems trying to turn him, he was being very difficult. And just kept turning back to his comfy spot, so our son wanted to be really stubborn and just stuck his foot further into my birth canal so he couldn't be moved, this procedure hurt so bad. The pressing and pushing and pulling of your skin just hurt so badly. And I didn’t receive anything to dull the pain either. After the procedure was done and unsuccessful I was really close to going into labor, both our heart rates went sky high, and i was having contractions bad, so they set me up to everything and monitored me for 6 hours. I was fine and was sent home. Later that day my OBGYN called and said that I would have to be booked in to have a C-section, she wanted to do the C-section around 38-39 weeks, so she asked me what date i would prefer to have it on, so I went home and discussed it with my husband, he said whatever you do not book it on August 3rd as he was going to Toronto for a concert with his friends, so i said ok that's fine. We ended up booking it on Friday, Aug. 6th which was my husband’s uncle’s birthday. Mind you this past summer was extremely hot! High of 45 with the humidex I was dying from the heat. By the end of my pregnancy i was so hot I just lay on the couch because I would get to hot and tired from the heat.
A few friends popped by that day around dinner time, we sat on the porch and just talked, I was having bad back pains the entire day, but I didn't think anything of it because I had experienced back pains throughout my entire pregnancy. That night after our friends went home I had a nice warm bath to relax, I laid in the bath for an hour or so but started to get restless because the pain did not go away or get better, so i got out of the bath and laid on our bed, the pains got worse so i had my husband rub my back, we both fell asleep.
Here we go...
I woke up a couple times that night peeing like crazy, like I drank an entire lake. At 3:45 am, I woke up as if I i had such a full bladder it was going to burst, but I felt all wet like i had peed the bed. I quickly got up, trying to hold my bladder, but it wasn't pee, my water had broken in bed and when I stood up everything just came splashing out of me. I woke my husband up, “Get everything ready Hun, my water broke, and Rhys is ready to come now.” I ran to the bathroom trying not to make a mess on my clean floors that I worked so hard on that week. I called my OBGYN and she said she would meet me at the hospital. We got everything ready and got the heck out of the house, my contractions started as we got on the highway. I called my Mother in law as she was out of town at her cottage, I almost gave her a heart attack because it was 4:15 am and my father in law is a truck driver and is always out of town working, so she thought it might have been him. I also called my parents and told them to meet us at the hospital and that my water had just broke. My parents arrived at the hospital before we did, as they live closer than we did. We got to the hospital at 4:30 am. The nurses got me hooked up to everything and did an exam. I was 3 cm dilated.
My OBGYN arrived and she looked as if she just woke up. Her hair was a mess and she had an XL coffee. When i called she just got home from the hospital from doing 5 deliveries that night. My poor doctor!
My contractions got so bad I felt like I had to poop, and this being my very first pregnancy I didn’t know what to expect or what was going to happen. I was yelling at the nurse saying just let me go poop. I will poop this bed if you don't let me go to the bathroom; I guess that means the baby is ready to come right now. I didn’t know that so I actually thought I had to poop, my doctor did an exam. At 4:45 am, I was 10 cms dilated and Rhys' foot was coming through my birth canal, and he wanted out. My husband got dressed in his scrubs. They had to rush to get me to the OR, and got me prepped. The anesthesiologist came in to give me my epidural and soon I couldn’t feel my contractions anymore and my legs and bottom half started to go numb. They hooked me up to everything in the OR, and then my husband walked in, sat next to me and held my hand. I knew right then and there that we were ready to be parents. At 6:02 am on August 3rd 2010, our son Rhys James Joseph was born weighing in at lbs. 13 ounces and 19 1/4 inches long. That first cry we have waited 9 months for and tears instantly filled our eyes. He was so perfect. And tiny. And he was ours! The nurse wrapped Rhys up for us and brought him over for me to see his precious and tiny face. I was speechless. Now our little munchkin is 9 months old and he is getting so big. And we just love him to bits!