I'll start off by apologising for not posting sooner but, as many new mothers can agree, motherhood comes with a huge learning curve so I haven't had time to post about Frostie's arrival until now. But I have been following your stories (usually while nursing in the middle of the night!) and I'm so glad to hear about some of the terrific arrivals and BFPs during late 2011!
And without further ado I'm pleased to announce the arrival of James Nicholas!!!
Every time I look at him, I count my lucky stars that we have him. It still seems surreal and especially for the first couple of weeks, it felt like we were babysitting someone else’s baby and I would wake up and it would all be a dream. But now, almost ten weeks down, it feels like he's always been here.
As you would have read, I was booked in for a c-section on the 31st October due to Placenta Previa, but James decided to come a little early. On Thursday 27th October, I had cleaned the bathroom and decided to rest my inflated ankles by watching some TV. At 11:00am I went to the toilet and found out that I had started bleeding. I called the hospital and they said to come in straight away. I called BJ so he could pick me up and put the last few things into my hospital bag. At that stage we thought I would just go in for monitoring and since the bleeding wasn't too bad and just stay in hospital until the 31st.
Once we got to the hospital they set me up in a birth suite with monitors so they could keep an eye on Frostie's heartbeat and any contractions I was having. My bleeding had stopped but they still called my OB and he said to keep monitoring me for an hour. So BJ and I sat there talking with the midwife giving her a run down on our past and how Frostie was "conceived in October 2010 and was being born in October 2011"!
The monitors were showing very mild contractions about ten minutes apart that I couldn't even feel but Frostie's heartbeat was still very good. My OB called back and advised that he was 99% sure we were going to go ahead with the c-section today but would come a see me before making a decision. So I started to get ready for the c-section around 1pm, thinking it would take place around 5pm that afternoon. Nope, I had just finished my shower and worked out how to put on the lovely hospital gown when my OB turned up. Frostie was going to make his/her arrival now! A quick blood test and discussion with the anesthesiologist later and I was on the move to theatre. Poor BJ, still in his work clothes, had to call both our mum's to give them the heads up. It was only as I was speaking with the anesthesiologist that the midwives realised BJ didn't have a theatre gown or scrubs so a set had to be quickly found. And then as I'm being wheeled out of the room BJ was still trying to get the scrubs and booties on before chasing after us!
The nurses and staff were terrific while I was getting the spinal, as I was a bit worried and I think it showed on my face. I was glad when BJ could come into the room once the spinal was done and the screen had been put up. The nurses kept us informed of what was going on so I wouldn't freak out when I felt the pushing and pulling. It felt like a lifetime before we were finally told our baby was coming out. At 2:26pm on Thursday 27th October 2011, James was born. BJ jumped up so he could see over the curtain and he was the one to announce, "It's a boy!" even before our OB could! We were both crying over the arrival of our little man, the poor nurses thought something was wrong! I also had a quick peek at our boy before he was taken away with BJ so they could warm him up.
This was the nervous part, if I started to bleed too much I would put to sleep and I have to require a hysterectomy to stop the bleeding. Another lifetime later, my OB told me everything went well and they were finishing up. BJ and James were allowed to come back in and I could finally see our little boy!
This is what we had been waiting, praying, longing for the past three years. All the anger, tears, hopes and dreams had brought us our little boy and we are over the moon about him!!!