THE DOCTOR'S VISIT
on wednesday, november 25th i went in to have my weekly checkup with dr. jones at 8:20 a.m. he checked everything out and then mumbled a bunch of stuff, made a few phone calls and set me up to go over to the hospital to have a fetal assessment done. me and my mom left there and met jennifer over at the galleria mall to have the boys' pictures done. i called darric and told him what was going on and he decided he would meet me at the hospital. me and my mom went over to the hospital at about 12:30.
AT THE HOSPITAL
we went over to the hospital at about 12:30. we had to wait for someone in admitting to help us. we waited quite awhile. i went outside and waited for darric to get there and then we both went back inside. they finally called us into admitting and we signed a few papers. then we had to wait for them to get a hold of our insurance to see if the fetal assessment thing would be covered. we waited and waited and then the girl came out and told us that we could just go up and get it done. she was pretty sure they would cover it, if not it was about $100 or so.
we went upstairs and gave the people this dog tag looking thing with my name on it. then we went into this little room. i had to pee first to make the ultrasound clearer. we were all in the room. me, darric, my mom and the nurse. i was laying on the bed thing and she had to put the strap thing around my stomach to hear the heartbeat and then she did an ultrasound. she also had this machine that was showing these contractions that i was having. i didn't even feel anything. she went over to the screen and was showing us a little bit (she said the baby had my profile) and then she asked if i had been drinking water. i hadn't been drinking very much of anything other than a bit of dr. pepper. there wasn't very much fluid in my stomach and i guess that wasn't really good.
first the nurse told me to go home and lay around, don't do anything. that would have been really nice, but unfortunately she went and called dr jones and told him everything and he wanted me to just stay there and they would induce me. that's about the time i started to get a little nervous. we went and sat out in the waiting room for them to get a room ready. it's a good thing i got to sit down because my legs would not stop shaking.
IN OUR FIRST ROOM
they took us all back to the room. i got to take all of my clothes off and put one of those sexy gowns on. now was the time for me to get used to needles because i was getting pricked with quite a few. they took my blood and got an IV in right away. i was pretty nervous it took the nurse awhile to get the IV in, but she finally did. i was all careful not to move my arm much because i was scared i would push it deeper or something gross. the nurse taped it all down real well and then the water started dripping through. it was kind of cool feeling through my arm.
i think there were about 3 nurses in my room and 2 of them seemed kinda dumb. they couldn't figure out what was wrong with this machine thing and it was out of paper. they put a blood pressure thing around my arm and every few minutes or so it would squeeze my arm tight to take my blood pressure. they also put a thing around my stomach too. it was like a big elastic belt. it was keeping track of the baby's heartbeat. one of the nurses came in and inserted the cervidil thing. it's supposed to thin out the cervix. they told me that it would make me feel like i was having cramps. it was about 4:00 p.m. when that was inserted.
my mom stayed at the hospital with me while darric went home and got all of our stuff and showered. my mom fell asleep for a little while. i stayed awake and watched the news or something. when darric got back, my mom went home. i got a new nurse about that time. i think her name was nancy. she was really nice. she asked me if i wanted a sandwich to eat. i told her i wanted a turkey sandwich. darric already ate at taco bell while he was gone. that was kinda rude not to get me any. but, he didn't think i would have been able to eat that. i forgave him. the nurse brought me in a sandwich and chips and a cup of ice water. i drank the water and ate the ice, but nothing else looked good at all to me.
my stomach started to get achy and more achy and i think with the soreness and the nervousness, my stomach just couldn't handle it. i was getting real sick feeling and darric got up and came over to help me because i had to go to the bathroom. he unplugged all of my cable things and then i couldn't hold it anymore, i threw up. darric hurried up and grabbed the trash can. i got about half of it in there and the rest on my gown and in my hand. it was not nice.
i had to get up and wheel my IV things with me into the bathroom and take my gown off. darric found me another gown to change into. then a nurse came in to check on me because at the nurse's desk they can see all of the heart monitor stuff and they noticed ours wasn't going right then. we got everything figured out and then i got back into bed. the nurse asked me if i wanted anything for pain. i didn't really know what they were going to give me and i just wasn't really sure if i wanted anything right then. so i didn't have anything.
i tried to get to sleep but my stomach started to hurt too bad. the nurse had come back in for something and i started feeling all sick again and i told the nurse i was going to throw up so she grabbed the trash can and i got it all in there that time. she got me a washcloth after that to wipe my face off. then she left. i guess my mom had called and talked to my nurse and told her that i might not tell her if i needed something for pain so the nurse said that my mom told me to have something if i needed it. so i told her that i would have something now because it really hurt.
she went and got some stadol to put into my IV. right when she put it in i started feeling a little light headed and then i just fell asleep. i slept for about an hour then i woke back up and my stomach was hurting again. i woke darric up to let him know. i wanted some more stadol, but i didn't want to push the nurse button, but i finally did. the nurse didn't really get what i was saying at first, but then she finally figured it out and my nurse brought me some more stadol.
i slept for two hours after that and that was the only sleep i got that night, three hours total. the nurse came in and woke me up before 4:00 and i woke up darric, but neither of us could stay awake. she took my cervidil thing out some time that morning. i don't remember exactly when. the nurse came back in and told us to get all of our stuff together because we were moving rooms. the room we were moving into was much bigger than the one we were in. it was just like jennifer's room but a little smaller.
IN THE NEW ROOM
when we got into the other room i went to the bathroom and then darric went to the bathroom. sometimes when i went to the bathroom i had to pee in this plastic thing that hooked onto the toilet. i don't know if i did this morning or not. after that i just walked around in the room because my stomach hurt. then at about 5:15 the nurse came in and hooked me back up to the IV. thank goodness they didn't have to take the needle out and put it back in. that's kinda why i didn't want to take a shower this morning.
they put the petocin into my IV and a little bit after that i started having contractions. darric fell back asleep. my contractions were one right after another. i didn't have any 5 minute breaks anywhere. my mom got there at about 6:00 and came in to see me. then she went back out into the waiting room with my dad. i got a new nurse, her name was jackie and she was with me all day.
i started feeling sick again and the nurse got me a thing to throw up in. i used it well. my throw up was kinda blackish green looking. (gross) it made me feel a little better after that. not that much better though. jackie kept checking me to see how i was dilating. they had checked me a couple times through the night too. jackie told me that i could have an epidural now if i wanted one. i wasn't planning on having one, i had even sworn to darric that i wasn't going to get one because i didn't think they were necessary. he thought all along that i should have one that it was stupid not to get one. around this time i was really considering one. i asked the nurse if i got one if that would make all the pain go away. she said that it would and she recommended that i get one because of my blood pressure. so then i looked over to darric and we both decided i should get one. he was awake about this time.
GETTING THE EPIDURAL
jackie had to call the guy that does the epidurals or he might have already been on his way to the hospital. i think we had to wait about a half an hour for him to come in. i was so happy when he got there. my mom and darric were both in the room while he gave it to me. i had to sit up on the side of the bed with my feet dangling off the side. i was facing darric and my mom. jackie stood in front of me and told me to put my head down and arch my back up. first the guy wiped my back clean and then he had to stick a little needle in to numb the area. then he stuck the big needle in and i didn't really feel any pain in my back. i felt this feeling like you would feel in your funny bone when he stuck it in and he told me i would feel that.
i was still having contractions right then so it was kind of hard to sit still while he was doing all of this. it was kind of funny watching darric and my mom's faces. the first time he didn't do it right or something because he had to to it again. when he was finished he had the tube coming out of my back and then he taped it up my back to my shoulder and it went to this machine thing that slowly dripped more liquid stuff into my back. my back felt cold because i could feel the liquid going through the tube. my legs started to get tingly feeling and kind of went numb.
i had the chills real bad, i couldn't keep still i just kept shaking. it was kind of funny. every time i had a contraction if felt like i had to go poop. (that's gross) jackie had to see how i was dilated and first i think she had to stick a little tube or something up there to get a urine sample, or empty my bladder, i don't know. she checked how i was dilated and then she had to break my water. when she did it i felt all warm down there from the water. then right after she did it i dilated real fast. i was numb so i didn't really feel any of this. nobody was in the room while she did this except darric. i had dilated from about a 4 to a 5 then a 6, then a 7, and maybe more i don't really remember. a little while after that we started pushing.
EVERYBODY AT THE HOSPITAL
my mom, dad, jennifer, jodie, darric, judeane, dan, jessica and my grandma roberta were all there. daneane, jan and ludovic came right when i was having her. then later my aunt sandy, calie and ryan all came.
IT WON'T BE LONG NOW
dr. jones was on his way. i got to sit up a little bit on the bed, i didn't think i was going to get to sit up that far with an epidural. while everyone was starting to leave the room i told judeane that she could stay in there if she wanted to. she seemed surprised that i asked her and was very glad to stay in there. her and my mom cried, of course. my grandma roberta stayed there too. i didn't know she was going to, she was just sitting in the chair. i didn't mind her staying in there. darric had to hold one of my legs up while i was pushing and jackie held up the other one. i couldn't really feel what i was pushing, but it did feel like i was going poop. (excuse me) that's where i was pushing from. the nurse said i was a good pusher, so i must have been doing it right. there was another nurse lady in there too, she was getting everything ready for the doctor and baby. when the doctor got there i was very close. i think the head was already crowning.
deep breath. OK push push push push push. deep breath. OK push hard, come on, puuuuusssshhhh jamie. good breath. push push push push...
that was how it went until the baby was on the way out. doctor jones told me that i was going to rip so he gave me an episiotomy so i wouldn't. the nurse had told me earlier that i was going to need one because the baby's head looked kind of big. i didn't really want to believe her though. but i believed the doctor. i could kind of feel him do that, it didn't hurt it just felt weird.
when the head was getting ready to come out the doctor let me reach down and feel it. it was so neat. i was getting excited, but i was still nervous. i pushed a few more times and then he pulled the baby out. it felt weird coming out but it was such a wonderful moment. i started crying and looked over at darric and he had tears in his eyes. that was a very very happy moment.
they cut the cord and then worked on getting the placenta out. it came out pretty easy. then the doctor had to sew me up and clean everything up. him and my grandma roberta had a conversation about the placenta, it was funny. they took mackenzie over and got her wiped off, but not bathed. they cleaned her nose and mouth out. then they measured her and weighed her.
at 10:13 a.m. thursday, november 26, 1998 our baby girl was brought into the world. she weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces. she was 19 inches long and her head was 14 inches around. all the people that were waiting outside the door were getting very impatient. jennifer, jodie and my dad were all standing by the door the whole time. dan and jessica were trying to listen through the wall every now and then.
the nurse bundled up mackenzie and then brought her over to me, it made me cry again. then they let everybody come in. daneane and jan were there at that time too. everyone stood around admiring the beautiful baby girl. jan asked us if it was ok if ludovic came in. that's funny that she asked. of course he could. they took mackenzie back after everybody got to hold her and they gave her a bath. she looked so cute. i was so thirsty so darric went and got me some apple juice. it tasted so good.
darric and his family left a bit after that to go get something to eat. they were going to go to taco bell, but they ended up having to go to jack in the box because that's all that was opened on thanksgiving. my aunt sandy, calie and ryan all came to visit. sandy and calie came in but ryan didn't want to at first because i think he was scared he would see something he wasn't supposed to. the nurse was showing how to nurse the baby but i had covered back up when they got there. ryan did eventually come in and they all stayed there for a little while. sandy got to hold mackenzie and then they left a while after that. darric and his family came back. they got me some tacos but it didn't sound good at all. the nurse brought me in a thanksgiving dinner. it looked pretty good but i couldn't eat but just a little insy bit.
everyone left about that time and we had to move back into our other room that we had before. we sat around and watched TV and admired our precious baby girl. i was so tired. camie had called me and i told her everything that had gone on. i think she had talked to darric last night when he went home. jennifer and dave came to visit for awhile and to see the baby of course. the nurses had put a long sleeved onesie on mackenzie that had gloves sewed on the arms, it was so neat i really think they should have let me keep it.
jennifer and dave left after awhile and then dave potter came and visited us. i had called crystal and told her everything and she said she wanted to come visit me. she got directions and then came out. it wasn't very long before she got there. she brought her cousin with her. we talked a bit and they both held mackenzie and then a while later they left. dave stayed there for a long time to keep darric company and then he left.
mackenzie had pooped a real messy poop and darric changed her, he changed her the whole time we were in the hospital and then a few days after we were home too. she had got that tarry poop all over her hospital outfit so we had to put on some pink and white striped carter's pajamas. they were kind of big for her. i held her a lot through the night and even slept a few times with her in my arms. i even fell asleep with her between my legs once too. i woke up with every move she made so she couldn't have gotten too far.
darric fell asleep even though his fold out chair didn't look at all comfortable. things weren't really going that great that night. i wanted to be home in my own bed. every time mackenzie woke up i would try to feed her what little i had and then i would try to get her back to sleep. i was soooooo tired.
some new nurse came in in the middle of the night and asked if i wanted her to take mackenzie to the nursery, because they are in there to watch the babies. i let her take her because i wanted to go to sleep sooo bad. when she took her i felt so bad. but i felt a little better when i got to sleep. the nurse brought her in an hour or so later and asked if we had an outfit for her to have her picture taken in. i told her we didn't have anything because i didn't really want them to take her picture i guess. because all those pictures look funky. she went and got a couple outfits that the hospital had but they were all kind of gross looking so i just told her i didn't want her picture taken.
i don't really remember how the rest of the night went, but i do know they were in there pretty early the next morning. i can't remember when they took my IV out. they either did it last night or this morning. they brought me breakfast and i ate a lot of it. more than i had eaten from any other meal. darric took the car to get it washed and put gas in it. we couldn't leave until dr. schuldt (the baby doctor) came and check mackenzie out. i do remember early this morning while darric was sleeping this nurse came in and had to empty my bladder. she had to stick a little tube thing up there so it would be a clean sample. that wasn't all that fun. i think they also had to take more blood. but i'm not positive about that. i also remember last night when we got into our room a nurse made me go to the bathroom just to make sure i was capable of going.
when darric got back we waited awhile because the doctor still hadn't come. but he finally did. he was an older geeky doctor. he said everything looked good and explained what her stools were going to look like and everything. he also called her pacifier a nooky. OK. i think doctor kvarfordt came in to check on me, but i'm not exactly sure about that either.
after awhile a nurse came in and told us to get all of our stuff together and put all this baby stuff into a bag because everything but the baby clothes was ours to keep, after all, we paid for everything. so we took everything. they gave us a few bottles of similac liquid. they were pretty cute bottles. when we got everything all packed up and mackenzie in her car seat (she looked so tiny in it) we just had to sign a few things and then they had to check all of our wrist bands to make sure they matched then i had to have a nurse push me out in a wheelchair. they have to do that. it was kinda nice, but i didn't really want to have anyone see me because my hair was all greasy and gross. but who cares i just had a baby.
darric had the car right in the front of the hospital. darric put mackenzie in the backseat, he had a hard time doing that. then i got up in the front seat and we were off. we stopped right before we pulled out onto the street so i could get in the back with mackenzie so she wouldn't be real scared. the drive home wasn't pleasant, for me or mackenzie. the bumps scared her and made me hurt. we finally managed to get home though.
i took a shower since i hadn't for a couple days. then i put my robe on and wanted to go to bed. darric's sisters came over to watch mackenzie while i took a nap and darric went to walgreen's to get me some pain pills and an anti-inflammatory. when he got back i took them and went to sleep. later that night we went over to my mom and dad's house for a little thanksgiving dinner. it was nice.