Parker Drew Solomon
Born May 14, 2011 @ 1:39pm
8 lbs, 0 oz
21 1/4 in.
So being how Parker will be 2 weeks old tomorrow, I figured I should finally post about his birth! I honestly don't know where to begin.
It was about 12:50 am Saturday the 14th, Karabi woke me up like he usually does to go outside. I get up and notice I was a little more "moist" than usual (sorry if TMI) I went to the restroom, didn't even have a chance to think about pee'ing before it just gushed. Didn't think too much of it, maybe I just really had to pee. So I take Karabi outside, all it good. Come back in, bend down to unhook his leash, more fluids. So I go to the restroom again. Lets just say it kept happening off and on for the next hour. I got online, found the number of the hospital (by this time thinking I could have broken my water) and called. For some reason I couldn't get through to anyone! I did some research online. Figured it could have been my water that broke but still not completely convinced. Drew is still sleeping through all of this. I didn't want to wake him up for nothing. I even considered driving down to the hospital to get checked by myself so I wouldn't have to bug him. I'm tellin ya, I was no convinced my water had broken. So I repacked my hospital bag just in case. The water situation kept happening. About an hour and a half of this going on I decided to wake Drew. I went in and told him I think we need to go get checked out. He wakes and I kinda tell him I think my water broke but wasn't sure. He calls his mom for me (she's a labor and delivery nurse) we come to the conclusion it probably has broken but I should go in to get checked either way. Then Drew went a little crazy. I was completely calm, in no rush. He asked me what had happened and like mid sentence, he turns, says "I need to pack a bag" and walked off. haha. I think he was still a little out of it. And of course, we had to stop for gas on the way. again, I'm not stressing. I'm not in pain or anything, just feeling awkward cause I'm leaking fluids!
So we get to the hospital. luckily I pre-registered so they just had to double check a few things. Put in a room in triage and they give me a gown to change into and get checked out. Well, lets just say I made a couple messes on the floor in the process. Totally embarrassed. Anyway they have to do a test to see if the bags of water have really broken. She does the test and then checks to see how far along I am. I'm still at 1.5ish cm. and really gushing fluids now. haha. Embarrassed again. Luckily the test agreed with the verdict that my water broke. then my IV was put in and I was moved into the Labor & Delivery room. We had a super nice nurse. I feel horrible cause I can't remember her name. She got me started on pitocin and my antibiotics for my GBS. It was about 4 am by this time. haha, I guess I was having contractions and had been the whole time I was at the hospital but couldn't feel a thing.
Shift change for the nurses happened and in walks Kate. Love her! I wasn't sure I was going to at first cause she was a little rough checking me. I think I was at maybe a 2 by then?? Drew and I were just hanging out.
I was checked again and I was at a 4. Pretty good progression being how it had only been like an hour and I jumped from a 2 to a 4. I was starting to feel the contractions a little bit but nothing too crazy. Just felt like internal pressure on my pubic bone. no big. I could do it. once it got a little bit later in the morning, maybe 7ish, Drew called my mom to update her. She got showered and headed down to the hospital. I think it was right before my mom got there the contractions started coming stronger and closer together. and worst of all in my back! I could not handle those!! I went through a couple rounds of contractions and told Kate I think I needed a visit from the "drug man" soon. No joke, like 5 minutes later he was in there and prepping me for my epidural. Drew couldn't handle seeing a huge needle going into my back (I dont blame him) and went for a breakfast burrito. So they got me all set up and I was shaking like crazy! I don't know if I was cold or nervous or what. Kate said it was just all the pregnancy hormones, who knows. So the 'drug man' walked me through the epidural as he was doing it. It definitely felt weird. Only one point kind of stung, but for like 2 seconds. It started working instantly. He hung around to make sure it was working for a few minutes, I thanked him for not paralyzing me and he was on his way.
I was worried an epidural would slow things down. Nope, they just kept progressing! At some point Dr. Beck came in and checked on me. Made sure everything was okay. He gave a guess of delivery around 3ish with how I was progressing but said it could be way later since this was my first delivery. Kate got me started with the peanut ball. Awesome invention! I was rolled on my side and the thing was put inbetween my knees. I guess its supposed to help put your pelvis in the right position for the baby to travel. That was my biggest problem. I was dilating by my cervix was just too far back. So every hour I would roll over and get the ball repositioned. I slept during this time a little bit. haha Drew always tells people I slept during labor. After about 3 hours, I was at a 10 and ready to go! This was about 1 pm. I did a couple of round of pushing (3 pushes per contraction) and he was just comin along. Kate was awesome during this too! she was a great coach. Very encouraging. Drew did awesome too feeding me ice. haha. I don't even remember what was on TV but that was keeping my mind off what was going on. Kate had me skip a couple of contractions just to give Dr. Beck time to get there. Once he got there he just sat back against the wall for about 3 contractions then I did one last push and hello Parker! So, 39 minutes of pushing, not too shabby for my first!
I was so convinced I didn't want a messes, gooey baby put on my chest, but Dr. Beck was a pro and cleaned him off real good before they gave him to me. THANK GOODNESS!! We did some chest to chest time before they took him to get all cleaned up. He was such a good baby! He has the best temperament. Totally chill. While drew and I were admiring our little man, I got all stitched up. I had a little tear. I wouldn't of known if I didnt see the string. I don;t know why people would ever give birth without an epidural!
Parker scored a 9 and 9 for his apgar score. How could he not, he's perfect!
Parker with daddy
After he got all cleaned up we were just able to spend some time with Parker before people came to see him. My mom was the first since she was already at the hospital. oh he's so loved! Kate helped clean me up and get me ready to move into post postpartum.
one day old, our first family picture
We stayed an extra day in the hospital so they could watch parker since I was positive with GBS. which was no big. The morning we left the hospital (Monday, the 16th) little Parker got circumcised. He was a pro! Not fussy after or anything. Luckily, we weren't even given the option of going for the surgery. But he healed perfectly! A couple hours later... it was time to go.
Parker in his carseat ready to go home. He didn't cry at all in his carseat.
Parker has been great at home! He's a pro pooper! haha. He loves to be cuddly and makes the cutest little faces. Here are some pictures since he's been home.
zoning out after eating
one morning I gave him a mohawk and Deb just happened to catch this face on camera. blue steel anyone?
parker is just too cute when he sleeps, open mouth and all.
we broke the rules and let parker sleep with us. aren't my boys so cute?
Karabi the protector dog looking over Parker
he's just sooo dreamy!
All in all, I pretty much had a perfect pregnancy with no sickness and no pain. A perfect delivery with no complications for me or Parker. A perfect baby who doesn't cry excessively, sleeps long hours, and is just so darn cute and cuddly!
sorry for the massive post, I guess I should just update more often