Sunday, August 12th, 2007...2:23 pm
A baby boy!
Yesterday afternoon, at 1:51 p.m., Lisa delivered a healthy baby boy via Caesarean section. Less than 18 months after the vasectomy reversal surgery, we have our child!
The C-section followed a long and difficult labor. Contractions started around dinner-time Friday and by bed time were coming every 12 minutes. Lisa lost her mucous plug around 11 p.m., and it was deep red instead of the preferred light pink. So we decided to go into the hospital; contractions were only six minutes apart at that point. We live a short five minutes away and it wouldn’t have been a big deal were they to send us back home.
An all-nighter followed. Lisa did incredibly well but by 4 a.m. was quite exhausted. She was given fentanyl to help with pain, but it slowed the labor somewhat. Things eventually ramped back up, but the baby couldn’t get past the cervix. His head was turned the wrong way, and in addition to back labor, this meant a more difficult angle for delivery.
Lisa’s cervix got to 9.5 cm or so, and they decided to have her push, but it was to no avail. It turned out that the baby was pretty large too and after awhile, the cervix began to get irritated and swollen, greatly reducing the chances of a successful vaginal delivery.
Contractions were strong and regular, so pitocin wasn’t going to be helpful either. We could have kept trying, but at that point Lisa had been in the hospital, in labor, for 14 hours. So upon the doctor’s recommendation, a decision was made to have the baby by C-section.
It all turned out great; mother and son are doing fine. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 10.7 ounces. I’m hoping Lisa feels well enough to share her perspective in the next week or so. I told Lisa last night how proud I am of her. She labored long and hard, but I know she is a little disappointed that she wasn’t able to deliver vaginally.
What’s important now though is that we have a healthy, beautiful baby boy. He’s nursing well and all is fine. Now we just have to get mother and child home from the hospital. That could come as early as tomorrow.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone out there that has offered their support over the past 18 months. Your comments and emails are greatly appreciated!