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Dawn's Pregnancy Journal

Birth Story ~ June 25, 2002
~ 39 weeks, 2 days

Ethan JamesOur birth story starts actually the night of the 24th. I hadn't felt any different that night that I had any other night, was wondering what would come of our appointment on Tuesday the 25th. That night Matt and Zack had spent the night with my grandma as they do a lot of the time on Monday, so when Mike got home we sat down for dinner. Mike wasn't feeling well has he had been in extremely high heat that day, so we took it easy and watched a bit of TV and he headed off to bed early. I decided to get online and check things out, like I normally do after everyone else is asleep. After about an hour or so I was ready for bed, so I turned off everything and got ready for bed. As I was crawling into bed, I could feel my water breaking! I looked over at the clock and saw it's about 11:15 or so and after a bathroom trip, I decided to just go on to bed and try to get some rest/sleep. I didn't even bother to wake up Mike; I figured that I would see if the contractions would start or not.

I was able to sleep until about 2 a.m. when my back was starting to get a little sore. I got up to get the heating pad and during this time Mike also woke up; I told him that he wouldn't be going to work because my water had broken. It took him a few minutes to realize what I had said and then he asked if I going to call and go on in. We talked about staying home and trying to rest and that we would call go in later unless things started before then. I knew how tired he was so I decided to go to the living room and try to watch a bit of TV and see if it would help me get sleepy again. I did manage to catch another couple hours of sleep until I heard Mike's alarm go off and that he was already in the shower. He wasn't sure what was going to happen so he was getting ready either way. After his call into work, he laid back down to rest until I had gotten a shower and was ready to leave. I jumped online as I couldn't get settled and emailed a few people to let them know what was going on and then got ready to leave.

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I called the office and found out Dr. T was on call but Dr. H would be on in thirty minutes or so to come on in. Before we left we called my parents to let them know what was going on so that my mom could get the boys from my grandma's as they would be staying with her while I was at the hospital. We also called the boys god-parents and let them know as their god-mother was planning to be with us. All of this and it's about 7 a.m. or so and we are out the door!

We get to the hospital at about 7:45 after stopping to get Mike some breakfast. Once at the hospital in triage, we are there for about an hour and a half with monitoring and getting labs done. When we were checked in triage I was 3cm and 100% effaced and a -1 station. We moved on to our room at about 9:00 and met with our first nurse, Tracey. We had our IV started and the pitocin was started shortly after at about 9:15. Dr. H wanted to go ahead with the pitocin since we were not having any regular contractions and that my water had been broken for about 10 hours at that point.

We were not looking forward to another labor with pitocin, since we knew how things went with Zack's labor. We talked with our nurse and she promised that she would stay on top of the pit and would watch and make sure that things were changing. At around 10 am the boys' god-mother came in as she was going to stay at work until lunch time and it was bugging her not to be at the hospital! During the next few hours Tracey kept upping the pit as she was to. Next thing we know it's around noon and Tracey tells us she's leaving to be with her other patient as she is ready to deliver. We switched over to two other nurses who were taking over for Tracey while she was busy. Things stayed the same through the rest of the shift that we had with them. We were still at 3-4 cm's at this point and I was just starting to notice the contractions. There was no real pain to them and still they were not consistent.

At 3:00 pm we had another shift change . . . bring in a ray of sunshine called Mel! She was a great nurse and helped to lift our spirits a bit as we were all starting to get down about things going so slowly. Mel spent the next hour or so with us going over our chart and what had been going on through the day. Dr. H came in just after five and wanted to check and see what was going on. I was still at 4 cm's and the contractions were not changing on the monitor. We talked and Dr. H wanted to add the internal monitor for the contractions to see if the external monitor was just not picking up the contractions or what was going on. We added the internal monitor at about 5:30 or so and waited to see what was going on. The contractions were starting to become more intense during this time and I was beginning to work my way through them. I was spending a lot of time in the rocking chair rocking my way through the contractions.

By 7:30 or so I was beginning to want relief for the pain and was getting ready to call Mel when in she walked! We talked about wanting to go ahead and get ready for the epidural so that I could have a bit of relief. The only thing that was still confusing us was the monitor was not registering the contractions with any intensity to them. Mel agreed to a check since we hadn't had one since Dr. H was in. When Mel checked she found out why the monitor wasn't showing the contractions . . . a pocket of fluid had formed around the baby's head and the monitor wasn't even in place any longer! But the good news was that I was progressing . . . slowly but surely, I was at a 5-6 cm's now! Woo hoo . . . I was beginning to get nervous as the clock was slowly ticking towards the 24 hour mark of our water being broken. We all talked about this (Mel, myself and Dr. H) and they calmed my nerves by telling me that as long as I was progressing we would move forward with labor. Even though I was progressing slowly the baby was doing great, I was doing great, and I had been given antibiotics and if needed could have more.

While waiting on the anesthesiologist we had a knock on the door. Since we were doing the paper work that was needed prior to the epidural, Mel asked to have the person sent away. Well that didn't happen, it was our old pediatrician! She had been in the nursery and seen our name on the list so she dropped in to spend some time with us. We talked a bit about missing her and hoping to be back once the insurance was settled. During this time the contractions are getting stronger and this is when Mike and her decided to tell jokes to each other! I was ready to knock the two of them silly for making me laugh through contractions!

At about 8:30 or so after getting my bag of fluids that was needed before the epidural could be started, the anesthesiologist arrived! I was so happy to have my happy-dural! At the same time I had wanted to hold out as long as I could before the epidural as I didn't want it to slow labor any but was hoping that by being relaxed, my body would continue to dilate.

At 9:30 I was checked and found to be at 9 cm's and that he was at a 0 station. The nurse tech was called in to set up the room for delivery and Dr. H was notified that I was getting close.

Coltrane FamilyAt 10:00 I was checked again and was at 10 cm's and he was at a +1 station. Mel wanted me to see if I could push with the epidural and how effective I was at it. Well needless to say that I pushed through that contraction and was asked not to push again until Dr. H was there. The funny thing is that the mirror had been taken by Tracey earlier in the day, but the way I was I could see everything in the reflection of the T.V. Dr. H came in the room at about 10:05 and I began pushing again. I pushed through 3 contractions beginning at 10:05 and he was born at 10:15! I had wondered during the pregnancy with all of his moving around about his cord. I was right, he had it wrapped around his neck once. Luckily Dr. H was able to slide it over his head as it was loose and didn't cause any problems during labor or delivery.

As soon as Dr. H had suctioned him out, he gave him to me to hold on my chest. The only thing that I could say was he was so small and tiny! He wasn't pinking up after about 3-4 minutes so Mel took him over to the warmer to clean him a bit and see if she couldn't get him to pink up. Once she gave him a rub down, wrapped him in a warm blanket he pinked right up and was brought back to me to nurse for the first time! We had noticed that he has his daddy's recessed chin and Mel mentioned that some babies with a chin like that have a hard time starting out with nursing. Well at about that same time he latched right on and settled in!

We had the next hour with the baby and around 11:30 Mike carried him to the nursery to be weighed and to be checked over. Mike returned to tell us that he weighed in at 7 pounds 14.4 ounces and was 21 inches long with a head circumference of 14 inches! Here I was saying he's so little when all along he is our largest child!

The labor was long, the delivery was short but the time after the birth was the hardest for me. I had some problems with my uterus not wanting to contract back down for a while, which caused some bleeding problems. Luckily enough over the night the bleeding slowed down and my uterus began to contract on a regular basis.

Coltrane BrothersDuring all of this, we had still not told what his name was as Matthew and Zackary wanted to let everyone know what it was! Once we told them that he was here, they began to tell what his name was. The only thing was they weren't sure of what his middle name was; they only new his first name. We once again changed the middle name of our child, this time while I was in labor!

I'd like to introduce you all to Ethan James Coltrane. Sorry that it has taken almost a month to continue his birth story but we have had a few problems with nursing and most of my time has been with getting that corrected.

As of sending this off he is a month old and weighing in at 10 pounds 4.5 ounces and 23 inches long! He's growing like a weed and we love him dearly!

Once again I would like to say thank you to all of you who have followed the journal, who have emailed me and asked about us. Thank you and thanks to StorkNet for giving me the opportunity to have this journal.

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