Last Monday - October 22, I gave birth ahead of schedule to a baby boy named Connor Bryce - and here is my birth story.
My actual due date is November 7, but since I underwent CS with Kailee, I had to go through another CS (not that I'm complaining!) My Panget and I scheduled the procedure on October 28. Now, why October 28 of all dates? Well, first because our Kailee was to walk down the aisle for the first time as a flower girl at my good friend Cherry's wedding on the 27th. Secondly because it was a Sunday - a less chaotic day for everyone - traffic wise and hospital wise.
I went to see my OB the Thursday before and was told to lessen my
activities and refrain from walking, there was one problem, I liked to
walk. I loved going to Landmark to walk around. Although I haven't
dilated - my OB said to stop activities - I stopped going to work and
spent most of the time at home with Kailee.
But you see - on October 21, Sunday - my tummy started aching. The ache was bearable - it didn't seem like a contraction. It seemed like a normal tummy ache, so I ignored it. For the past few weeks, I have had a hard time sleeping - waking up during the wee hours in the morning needing to pee, it was getting uncomfy because I felt so heavy already. The aches that I felt, I dismissed as 'normal'
So Monday early morning, I felt the contractions. The pain hasn't resonated to my back so, I thought it might just be the false labor - braxton hicks contractions. I was able to fall asleep only to wake up again and I think I felt the pain reach my lower back. But I wasn't sure! So I tried to go back to sleep. When my Panget was getting ready for work - I told him that I think I might be in labor. My Panget smiled and told me to call him for whatever. I remember it like it was yesterday - it was de ja vu. It was like giving birth to Kailee all over again, you see I felt the contractions on a Monday also! Haha..
I dressed up, took Kailee to my mom's and then texted my OB. She told me to go to Cardinal since she will be there by 10:30am, she told me she wanted to see me and check how far along I was. I told her I didn't want to go and that the pain was bearable, but she insisted - and as a precaution - I went. I actually went home first, took a bath, packed my bag and then went to my mom's house again. I said goodbye to Kailee and kissed her, I even told her that I'd be back in a few hours.
I reached Cardinal a little before 11am, I went directly to the Delivery Room and was let into the prep room. I was immediately strapped with a monitor that records contractions. The residents there we closely monitoring the contractions and 30 minutes went by and they haven't recorded anything. So, to make me go home - they needed to do an IE. I was confident that I was going home because I haven't felt any contraction at all! But when the resident examined me, I was already 5cm dilated - de ja vu all over again. I was told that they needed to open me up immediately. My OB arrived just in time and confirmed that I needed to be opened up ASAP.
So I called my Panget and told him that I had to give birth ASAP. He said for me to wait for another hour so that he could be with me. I told my OB and she said they couldn't wait - but for sure my Panget will make it on time - because they still had to prep me. I called my mom and told her the news, I texted a few friends that I was in the DR. I was even able to speak to my friend Kath, while being wheeled in the DR!
The residents couldn't reach my anesthesiologist, but good thing there was one available - his name is Dr. Caballero. I was wheeled into the DR a little before 12noon - I met Dr. Caballero, shook his hand and said that I had only one request - and that was to knock me OUT. He said that he needed me conscious for some participation - and I told him I didn't want the participation part, I didn't want to hear or see the preparation - all I wanted to do is SLEEP through the procedure. And he did that exactly. And I love him for it! I didn't even know that my Panget arrived. I was woken up because the baby was out. I remember my OB telling me 'Baby was out at 12:28pm as you requested, baby is okay!' Then I remember hearing my Panget's voice saying that the baby is out. I remember asking if he made it on time and he answered me with 'Barely!' I was asleep again after that.
Connor Bryce was born on October 22, 2012 at 12:28pm he weighs 7lbs. That's 10oz short of Kailee's weight! He looked small to me because I remember Kailee being big!
Everything happened so very fast - it was exactly the opposite of when I had Kailee before. With Connor - he was out within two hours of arriving at the hospital!!
I think things got easier the second time around. I knew what to expect and somehow I wasn't as scared. I liked that everything happened so fast, I didn't have time to think and analyze anymore. I remember I was getting anxious and counting down to the 28th, but instead I was caught off guard!
Welcome little Connor Bryce! :) Mama, Dada and Kailee love you!! :)
P.S. Would anyone care to guess where we got the names??