Welcome to our new son!! Azure Snow was born on January 25, 2010 at 9:02 am, weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long.
Having placenta previa (see an earlier post), my c-section had been scheduled at 37 weeks as was set for Tuesday, Jan. 26. My mom planned to arrive the Saturday before to help with last minute preparations before the delivery.
On Saturday, my mom arrived from Oregon as planned and we spent a nice and relaxing day together visiting and going to a couple stores. That evening after dinner, I discovered some serious spotting (due to the placenta previa) and after getting things together, receiving a blessing and saying goodbye to the boys and my mom, Chad and I headed for the hospital to have the bleeding and baby monitored.
All was well with the baby and Chad and I spent the next couple nights/days in the hospital being monitored and working with the doctor to have the c-section moved up to Monday instead of Tuesday.
The c-section started out as planned and was going smoothly. Chad was with me and they were telling me they could see the baby during delivery. Azure was actually breech and facing up, so there was a bit more work to get him out. As they were pulling him out, I felt a tug on my heart and lungs and then everything went black. I came back to with Chad whispering in my ear and a nurse yelling my name. I apologized to everyone and then told them that my heart hurt very badly, but soon after, I could hear my baby cry and tried just focusing on that.
As I lay there, they explained why my heart was hurting so badly. I learned that my vitals dropped and I was pumped full with epinephrin (adrenaline) to bring my vitals back, thus my heart hurting and pumping so hard when I woke up. They attributed this episode to a vagal nerve being affected when they were pulling the baby out and every person in there said they had never seen it happen before. Later that evening, I also learned that there was a rush to get the baby out and while I lay there blacked out, Azure was limp and blue and took 2 minutes to revive, having to use oxygen and stimulation to get him to breathe.
THANK YOU is the least I can say to the staff who worked so hard to keep my baby and I alive. They all reacted quickly and used the knowledge they had with speed. What a scary few minutes Chad had to deal with thinking he was losing so much, but they said he was remarkable and calm and strong and just talked me through the whole ordeal with his head next to mine.
We continued to stay in the hospital until being released Thursday morning. About 20 minutes after birth, Azure had a fast heart beat and they found out that his blood sugar was very low. He was setup in the special care nursery with an IV and I was told to frequently nurse him to bring the sugar back to normal.
He also had a mildly high bilirubin count and it was decided to put lights on him, since he was already in the special care nursery. Chad drew some fun eyeballs on his glasses and also decorated his windows with drawings while I would nurse.