Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Introducing Jaxxon Levi born at 34 weeks 3 days, Born 10-10-10

Jaxxon and Mama leaving the hospital today!

Jaxxon Levi, born 10-10-10

At birth, see all the bruising?

Well, on Saturday October 9th, 2010 at 2pm I went to the restroom. When I stood up I thought it was strange that I was still "peeing" myself. Then it hit me, omgoodness MY WATER BROKE! I called Nate who was searching a house and he immediatly left and rode code 3 all the way home to get me. We all jumped in the suburban and started driving like mad to get down the mountain to the hospital. His dad arrived just when we did and he took the kids and our car. As I was being wheeled into L and D, I felt the flood gate open and I stood up as soon as we arrived and at the moment, I think every last drop of water was gushing from my body. My jeans looked as though I went swimming. There was even water on my socks. The dr didn't want to push my body into labor since I was only 34 weeks so they put me on antibiotics and left me overnight with an irregular contracing pattern still 3 cm and 80%. By morning, my temp went up and the new on call Dr said we needed to be more aggressive in getting labor going and getting baby out. At that point, they started pitocin and the contractions began. It was the single most painful, terrible labor I have ever experienced. Baby was posterior with absolutely no water. After 4 hours of me screaming like I was 10 cm and ready to push, I was still only 3 and 80%. The dr advised that dry birth is EXTREMELY painful and that I should consider an epidural in order to relax so he could get out sooner. I got the epi and I had them make it very mild so I felt most of what was going on and could still move my legs, but it took the edge off. Within 10 minutes I was a 5, within 50 more minutes I was complete and baby was +2 with the OB at home. She drove like mad and I held my legs closed. She ran in and caught baby Jaxxon who came out screaming and pink, apgars were 8 and 9. We understood why the birth was so painful when we saw his head. He was black and blue all over from being posterior and his head was just grinding on my bones during contractions which explains the severity of pain. I have had most of my kids natural and I knew something wasn't quite right with the pain I was in. The dr was very proactive to control bleeding because I tend to be a bleeder so I had methergen, cytotech, and 3 bags of pitocin. It worked and I didn't have to experience much bleeding. Jaxxon did have to go to NICU after I held him for a bit so they could observe him simply because of his age. He stayed there overnight where I stayed about 90% of that time with him through the night, exhausted and bleeding sitting straight up. It was worth it, I didnt want him in there without me. The next morning, the neonatologist came in and released him as he was perfect, O2 sats 100%, nursing well, and holding temps in an open air crib. We then roomed in together for 2 days and were sent home today. His birth weight was 6.4 lbs, yes he was HUGE as I suspected. A 34 weeker is typically 4-5 lbs. He discharged at 5.13 this morning. We are doing great and I feel so lucky that he is so healthy for being 6 weeks early. God answered our prayers.

14 comments:

Show Us The World said...

Congrats to all of you. He's just perfect!

♥ helen said...

Congrat with your new baby :)

Sankat said...

That is amazing!! I am so glad you didn't have to have a csection. And what a blessing that is that he is doing so well!!
Congrats! he is beautiful!

Kathy said...

He's beautiful!!! I can't beleive you are already posting but glad that you got Jaxxon's birth story in writing while it is still super fresh in your mind. What an amazing date for a birthday!!

lilpeasinmypodfromgod said...

Thank you so much. I definately wanted to post while I still remember everything and I am feeling pretty darn good, but sitting at the computer is always nice too so it offered me some relaxation to sit and post his birth story already:)

Heidi said...

Congrats! And WOWZERS, he is a big boy!

Enjoy your babymoon :)

Jennifer J said...

wow janis! congratulations!! he is HUGE for that age! :)

i know your pain! My first was a posterier dry birth too. i had no epi/drugs. No other of my no drug/no epi births could compare AT ALL to that one. it was hell.

enjoy your babymoon! :)

Jennifer J said...

wow janis! congratulations!! he is HUGE for that age! :)

i know your pain! My first was a posterier dry birth too. i had no epi/drugs. No other of my no drug/no epi births could compare AT ALL to that one. it was hell.

enjoy your babymoon! :)

Mrs. Wilson said...

Congrats on yet another beautiful baby!

Devon said...

Wooh, what a story! Poor you and him!! Ouch.

He is beautiful! And what a fun birthday! Congrats!!!

Rachel said...

Blessings to you all - glad he's here fine! And what a great birthday!

Dea said...

Wow! Congrats. I'm 34weeks+1 and I can't imagine that my little one would be 6 pounds already. Although I doubt I'll go into labour this early, it's nice to see that if I did that I could have as good an outcome as you!

He's just beautiful.

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad that he made it here healthy:)

Beth said...

Congrats! My own 34-weeker is now a happy, healthy kindergartner! Here's hoping Jaxxon is so blessed.