Tuesday, March 26, 2013

William Mays Emig

I took really good notes on my phone about Will's birth. So now I will give the run-down on the day. My blood pressure had been pretty high the whole time the Christensens were visiting.  I knew I was "pushing it" but I really wanted to have the baby WHEN I wanted to have it.  Ashley was visiting mom and dad in Washington and I was scheduled for an induction in another week.  I wanted Ashley to be home and my mom to come.  The Sunday the Christensens left I laid down all day, as I had been doing the whole time they were visiting.  My blood pressure was getting higher and higher.  I called Ashley and told them all that they had better start driving back if they wanted to make it to the birth.  I called Lori and told her she better fly in.  Monday morning we went to the hospital and told them I was having high blood pressure (Dr. Baxter had told me if I got certain readings to go straight to the hospital).  It was 7:00am.  They put me in the monitoring room and took my blood pressure.  The first reading was 174/116.  The nurse's name was Sherry.  They called Dr. Baxter and I was admitted right away (room 121).  By 8:00 I was already on Magnesium Sulfate, a medication which prevents seizures due to high blood pressure...it is the worst ever, but I was expecting it.  At 8:45 Dr. Baxter came by and broke my water...yow. 
I started feeling contractions right away, the pitocin started, I was pretty nauseous.  I got my epidural at 9:45...I'm a big believer in pain control, haha.  At 11:30 Ashley and mom came to visit.  This was the first birth of mine that my mom witnessed.  She had visited me for a bit with Fiona, but left when it got crazy.  It was so awesome to have her there.
This is Joey.  Notice he is wearing his Willie Mays jersey.  He was still heavily campaigning for the name.
At noon, Lori came.  I was so happy and honored to have all my "people" there.  I was dilated to a 4 and 90% effaced.  Dr. Baxter came in and chit-chatted with us for quite some time.  I loved it!  They all had a great conversation...I remember hearing some golf talk, and lots of other funny stuff.  I love my doctor so much.  He has delivered all my babies since Jack.  That's 5!!! 

I love this picture.  Everyone was just kinda hanging out waiting for me to DILATE ALREADY!!  I was feeling so weird on the Magnesium, and kept throwing up.  I remember hearing the sounds of their various iphone games going.  My mom was playing something that dinged alot and Joey was playing scramble...it kept saying "EXCELLENT!!"  I felt like it was talking to me!

The day slowly crept on.  I was going way slower than I thought I would.  My mom-in-law was feeling nervous because she had to leave for the airport before 7 to make her flight.  She had to work.  Every time they checked me I was still at 5 cm.  I was feeling so so sick.  I was throwing up alot.  I had a headache, was having hot flashes, and was over-all just weird.  At 6:45 as she was getting ready to leave I remember having a conversation with her...just thanking her for being there for me on such a big day, I was so sorry she was going to miss the birth...I was crying.  She was getting her stuff together and I started feeling something major happening in my body.  Ash said I should have them check, since she was leaving anyway.  I was feeling major pressure, I wanted to push.  The nurse came in and I had to convince her to check me as she had just checked me 10 minutes earlier and I was at a 5.  She looked shocked when she checked me....I was ready to push!!!  We were all crying as it was pretty dramatic.  Lori put her purse back down and came over...by 7:00 my baby was born!!  Lori was able to touch him really quick, hug Joey, and run out the door to go to the airport.  It was like a scene from a movie!!
William Mays Emig, 7-09-2012, 6 lb 12 oz, 20.5 inches long, time of birth 7:00pm.

The first visitor I had was Linh...unfortunately, I was too "out of it" to have snapped a picture!  Lots of visitors came later.

Jack had strep throat a couple of days before so I made him wear a mask.

Mike and Alli were even in town.  She is pregnant with Nora in this picture.

Going home from the hospital picture!


Anonymous said...

Yay Cali. Way to catch up! What a great story. Sure is cute. Daishan

ashleyboice said...

2 posts! Way to go! Willie looks so different!