The day was September 1st, 2001, a month before my due date. I had been put on home rest a week earlier due to high blood pressure and the beginnings of protein in my ....:) You know the whole, "you don't have to stay in bed all the time, but try not to do too much." What? Have they ever heard of nesting???? And I was still 4 weeks away and still had VERY important things to do, like wash the baby clothes and put them away, etc., etc.:) The 1st we went down to the hospital for a routine non-stress test (NST) and we never came back home. We had nothing with us and weren't prepared mentally. It had went from concerning to worse and it was either stay in the hospital, for who knows how long, or have this baby. We were having this baby! They tried the first couple of steps to get me going, but that didn't do a thing. So, they moved on to Pitocin, and it started me off immediately with STEADY contractions. Meanwhile, I had been put on Magnesium Sulfate to control my blood pressure which was not doing good. By the way, one of the worst drugs EVER. The Mag. made me throw up and blurred my vision so I couldn't see very well! I spent the next 12 hours in this state. Unable to see, vomiting, steady, painful contractions with almost NO progress. By the time we reached that 12 hour mark I was finally dilated enough to get an epidural. In my mind I thought, a little relief, maybe I can sleep! It wasn't meant to be, I guess, my blood pressure cuff kept me awake, going off every 15 minutes and my epidural on one side wasn't working too well. Did I mention that I was in labor on Labor Day? How appropriate! The day holds a whole different meaning for me now! By the way, they also give Mag. to people who go into early labor, to STOP their contractions. Hmmm...do you think that was to my advantage?? The Mag. and the Pitocin working against one another:) But 25 hours and one vacuum later, it was ALL worth it! William Conner was born September 2nd at 3:30pm and weighed in at 5 pounds 14.6 ounces and was 18 inches long! Not too bad for being a month early! When I finally got to hold my precious boy the past 25 hours completely left my mind. A few hours after birth he ended up with an I.V. in his tiny little arm to help with a low blood sugar problem and then spent another 7 days in the special care nursery under the billirubin lights for some bad jaundice. I bawled my eyes out as I held his hand through the opening of the bed and watched him so little, so dependent, with his little "sunglasses" on. Harder than labor was having to leave the hospital w/o my baby. We were able to stay in a closet of a room in an older part of the hospital, but had to leave to eat and go home to shower, etc. So many emotions in such a short span of time. I am still amazed at how that little 5 pound miracle has completely changed our lives forever. And I wouldn't have it any other way. I love you with all my heart, Will, and I'm so glad God chose you for my son!
And that's my baby #1 story.
P.S. I wish I had a way to put a newborn pic of him on here! Sadly, we were still using regular film and putting the pics on cds at the time and I don't have a scanner. I really need one! So all these pics are right around 1 year of age.