Jennifer - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hi my name is Jennifer. My husband and I have been married for almost 9 years in Dec. And we are currently in the process of adopting my cousins baby. We currently have him in our custody. Zachary Christopher was born on May 19th at 2:25am, weighing in at 6lbs 12oz and was 20inches long.
We have been truly blessed with this wonderful opportunity to adopt Zach, since we have been trying for a baby for almost 9 years now. I have been DXed with two infertility and the chances of us conceiving is almost slim to none without medical intervention.
Back in Jan I had received a phone call from my cousin stating that she was pregnant and that she wanted us to adopt the baby. I of course said, "You know what my answer is, but convincing Chris (dh) was something else.", Well it only took about a week to get an answer from him. And from that moment on I was researching every option we had, considering we didn't have a ton of money to do the complete adoption the way I would have liked it to have been done, IE, finalized as soon as he was born. But I did find a lawyer that took payments and is WONDERFUL!!!
Well fast forwarding to the birth of him.... BEAUTIFUL!!!
I was fortunate enough to have been able to travel to my home state to witness the birth of my son. I left on a red eye on May 5th got there on the 6th (traveling West to East, its the only way). She was due on the 11th, so thinking I got there just in time...Nope Mr Zach had other plans. She had to be induced. We finally got the call from the Dr to be at the hospital by 8pm on May 17th. We get there and settled in, and then at 10pm they started the Cervital to help soften the cervix, since she had not dilated at all. Well throughout the night she had been feeling some pressure and contractions (a lot of contractions). Nurse checks her out and dilated to 1cm. They stopped the Cervital at 6am so she could shower, and eat some breakfast. At 8am they placed the bag of Pitocin on her IV drip. Well through out the day it was horrible seeing her go through the sickness and strong frequent contractions. She was just miserable the entire time. Well she still wasn't dilating at all. So by 5m they had to stop the medicine so she could eat yet again. Even though she couldn't keep anything down. So yet again she still wasn't dilating, so they start her on the Cervital again at 8pm. By 10:30-11pm she was in so much pain she was asking for a C-section, well of course the Dr wouldn't approve of this. The nurse checks her, and she "gave" her a 2.5cm. The nurse gives her some medicine to help her sleep, but it didn't help for only maybe 20-30min. The rest of the night she was in pain and contracting. Around 2am she gets up to use the bathroom, I noticed some discharge on the bed. So I asked her if she felt the need to push, she replied that she felt like she had to poop....I told her calmly that I believe she needs to get back into the bed, that I was going to get the nurse. I run to the nurses station, and told her that I think her water broke...totally forgetting about the mucus plug (which that is what it was). The nurse came in, and checked her. "C" was asking 3,4,5? while she was feeling, the nurse said, "no I think its more". "C" was again asking, 6,7? Finally the nurse says, "No honey, I can't feel your cervix, you are completely dilated." So when I heard those words, I started texting everyone, and calling family to let them know she was about to start pushing in a little while. It was so surreal to know that in a short amount of time the baby would be here. At first she asked for an epi, but by the time it was put in and started receiving medicine it wouldn't help, so she didn't get one. She was put into position to start pushing as they are bring in the equipment and calling the Dr. By 2am the Dr came in and said he was going to get changed, he got back about 10mins later. The baby was crowning, and the Dr had to break her water, a few more pushes after that he was born and crying.... I was able to cut the cord, and then see my son first the first time. At this time, the only thing I could even concentrate on was Zach and making sure he was ok. Also making sure that I was tending to "C"s needs at the same time. It was just a wonderful experience of my life. She did a wonderful job, and only needed one stitch. Zach scored an 8 for his one min APGAR, 9 at the 5min, and a 10 at 10min. He has not had any problems with jaundice or gaining weight. He is truly a perfect baby. And already sleeping through the night at 3 weeks old.
Thanks for reading, if you did get through it. Sorry for the length.