Friday, December 19, 2008

Introducing: Ryan Andrew Southworth

Ok, so I am bad. I know it has been a week now, but I didn't realize how hard it was to get anything done with a new baby and incision in your belly.

Ryan decided not to wait for the 16th. Saturday night (the 13th) Justin and I hung out with Kevin and Kelly. They bowled, I watched, and then we went back to their place to hang out. Before we knew it, it was 3 in the morning. We got home around 4 and I was finally able to fall asleep around 5 am. About 6 I started having contractions that were every 5 min, then 10 min, then 5 min, and then 20 min (get the drift). No biggie!! I got up around 10:00 and laid on the couch with Peanut when I noticed that they were all now 4-5 minutes apart (2-3 when I was up and moving), so I called the on-call Dr. and he said to come in and get checked out. We got to the hospital about 12:45 and I was not dilated at all and about 70% effaced. I was so afraid they were going to just send me home. Since my contractions were so close together and I was having horrid back labor due to his position they decided to just go ahead and deliver him. They got me all prepped up and got Justin into his scrubs and moved us to the delivery room. I got my spinal block and they brought Justin in. I think they had already started my incision by the time he came in. Ryan was born at 2:45 in the afternoon. It took just a minute and he started squeaking. He had the softest cry and as soon as Justin and I heard it we both were crying. Justin went over to the area where they were checking Ryan out and cleaning him up and took a couple of pictures real quick. He was running back and forth showing me the pictures that he had taken. I hadn't seen my son yet because they were out of my view. I saw him for the first time when they wheeled the scale in and put him on it to measure him. He was so tiny. He was 6 lbs 1 oz and 17 inches long.

The doctors finished stitching and stapling me up and getting me ready to go to recovery. Then the nurse brought our beautiful baby boy over and laid him in my arms. I held him while they rolled me into my recovery room. When we got there, the nurse took him and gave him a bit of a bath and brought him back to me to nurse. We were only in the recovery room for about 2 hours when they took us upstairs to the mom and baby floor.

Ryan was so awake and alert the whole time. Even Sunday night - he didn't want to sleep. I think I got about an hour of sleep. Justin and I just held him and talked to him all night.

Monday morning they came in and took my catheter out. YAY!!! I got out of bed around 10:00 and moved to one of the chairs. As soon as they took my IV out at noon, I made myself get up and start walking around the room. It actually didn't feel too bad. By Monday evening I was out pacing the halls while Justin sat with Ryan. They came and got Ryan around 5 and took him for his circumcision. My Dr. came to check on me when they brought him back and told me I could probably go home the next day if I felt up to it. It didn't hurt that I was standing in the doorway eating a piece of pizza when he showed up. The nurse came in later that night and showed me what to do with Ryan’s circumcision and weighed him. He had dropped down to 5 lbs 9 oz

I think we got about 2 hours of sleep Monday night. I was so happy when the Dr. came in for morning rounds and said we could go home. We got home about noon on Tuesday.

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