After an easy pregnancy, labor with Levi was just as easy. We checked into Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup at 6:30 Monday morning. By 7:00 I was strapped up with monitors. Having not felt any contractions in the last week and a half, I was surprised when the nurse told me I was in the middle of one. At 7:45 I was given a pill to help begin labor induction. At one point the baby's heartrate dropped, but they had me change positions, and he improved. At 10:45 I was given another dose. Not long afterwards an alarm went off to signal that the baby's heartrate had dropped too low again. It happened one other time before pitocin was administered around 2:00. By 2:15 the pitocin was shut off because the baby's heartrate set off the alarm two more times. He was considered "intolerant of contractions." (Ironically, I was perfectly tolerant of them and could not feel them at all.)
By 4:30 it was definitely decided that we should have a c-section. It was not considered an emergency, but it was scheduled for 5:30. After a relatively quick prep, I was in the OR. Dr. Romig and Dr. Eun worked hard (I mean seriously hard . . . it really hurt) to wrestle Levi out of a fairly small incision. They actually even vacuumed him out because he was turned kind of sideways. The first thing he did was eliminate his stools in the OR. Nathan showed him to me and then took him to the nursery while I was stitched back up. We spent another hour and a half or so in the recovery room before going to our post-partum room. Then we got to really begin getting to know each other as a family.
|Mommy gets to hold Levi|
On Tuesday we had all sorts of visitors, and it was really fun to see everybody interacting with this new little person! Here are some highlight photos.
|Grannie (Beth Garrett)|
|Grandpa Garrett (Brian)|
|Grandpa Gorham (Bob)|
|Uncle Stephen Gorham|
|Cousin Garret, Aunt Stephanie, Cousin Ethan Wright|
|Great Grannie (Margaret Easterbrooks)|
|First Cousin once removed (Kevin Poleskie)|