William Paul Remy was born August 29 at 6:38am. He weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. He is perfect! If you want to know the whole arduous labor story, read on!
Tyson and I checked in to the hospital at 3:30pm on Sunday, August 28. At 5:30pm I got my first dose of Cervadil: a drug to help ripen my cervix. By 6:30pm I was having mild contractions. My contractions got worse pretty quickly. They moved to my lower back and were about a minute and a half apart. I also had the shakes: my jaw and back muscles were shaking really badly. Finally at 1am I was super uncomfortable so they gave me a dose of IV pain meds. My nurse also put me on oxygen to help with the shaking and to help the baby. My contractions were so close together it was stressing him out. Anyway, the pain meds worked great for about 20 minutes. I couldn't get another dose until 2am and by then I really wanted an epidural. However, my cervix hadn't changed a bit so I was denied an epidural until my cervix changed. I got another dose of IV pain meds which only worked for about 15 minutes that time around. At 3am my cervix had dilated to a 3 so I was able to get an epidural. The meds started working about 15 minutes later and I was able to fall asleep for a bit. The meds worked so well I couldn't feel a thing! My contractions continued at a minute and a half the whole time. My nurse came in to check me again at 4am and I was dilated to 9.5! She called the doctor and got things ready for me to start pushing. The doctor came and broke my water at 5:15am. The nurse had me start pushing and things went fast. She finally had me stop pushing so that the doctor could get his gear on. He finally had me push a bit and he gave me a small episiotomy. William's head came out and then once the doctor had the first shoulder out, William just sort of fell out haha That was probably the WEIRDEST sensation ever. Suddenly my stomach was very empty! I was still shaking and my legs were tingling something fierce but I was so happy to have William here. When I finally got to hold him I just cried! He is so beautiful and I instantly loved him more than I could ever have imagined. The nurses moved me into my recovery room at 9:00am and Tyson and I could finally sleep a bit.
William is a week old and still beautiful and still perfect. He did have jaundice so we had him on lights for a few days and had to take him to the hospital every day to have his blood tested. Watching your new baby have his heel sliced and hearing your new baby scream is heart-breaking. I'm so glad we don't have to have his blood tested anymore.
My mom flew up on Tuesday night and she came to the hospital on Wednesday morning to help us get checked out and home. She was a great help while she was here. I had several breakdowns due to tiredness and she helped me so much. She and Tyson have kept me sane while I have struggled to learn how to breastfeed and take care of a baby. They're help has been much appreciated. My dad came up on Friday and my parents left today. It is sad to not have them here anymore but it was great to have them here while they could be.
William is a gem and a cuddler. I love to hold him and snuggle. It makes everything hard about pregnancy and motherhood totally worth it. I especially love when other people hold him and he fusses so they hand him back to me and he stops fussing instantly. LOVE :) My son is the most beautiful baby ever and I love him very much.