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Thursday, January 11, 2007

It's a Boy!

Yes, we had the baby 4 weeks early! A week ago last Wednesday, our little guy, Benjamin decided to make an early appearance. It was a surprise for all of us...and to be honest I was in complete denial. Mentally, I kept telling myself that this baby is not going to come until February 1st and having him at 35w6d was way too early. But what do I know.

Here is how it went. Tuesday night, I noticed that I was having a lot of discharge so I was concerned. I called the doctor on call and he asked if I had any pains and I said no, just lots and lots of discharge. He asked if it was mucusy(spelling?) or if I think it might be my water and I said it looks more mucusy than water. He said that it was okay and this is normal for where I am in my pregnancy. So I went about my evening...and went to bed. The discharge was still going strong(I had to change panty liner 3 times during the night). This concerned me, so when I got to the office the next day, I called Dr. Shut Eyes to see if I can come in, because I wasn't sure if it was discharge of my water breaking. She told me to come in right away, so I left work. She checked me out, definitely not my bag of waters, they were still in there. She checked if I was dilated and it turned out I was 4cm dilated. I was in total shock...I just looked at her and asked what should I do now. She said go back to my normal day, if this baby is coming, it's coming. She told me to check back with her the end of the day and update her on my discharge. I asked her it is possible that I can walk around at 4cm for a couple of weeks and she said yes. But I think she knew I was having my baby that day, but didn't want to freak me out. I was very upset since the baby is only 35w6d and it will be a premie...I keep trying to talk to the baby and asking him to just hold on for another week.

So I went back to work....thinking about it now makes me realize how crazy this was. Around 11:00 am I noticed some pain but not sure what it was, I figured it was related to exam that Dr. Shut eyes performed earlier that morning. The pain was about 9 minutes apart, but still I was in denial. Finally, at 1:30 I went home and called Dr. Shut Eyes and told her about the pains and she told me to go to hospital when they are 5 minutes apart. So at 4:00, S and I drive to the hospital and by the time we got to triage, I was 6 cm dilated!!! Holy cow, I am having this baby today! So they transferred us to labor and delivery and by 10:00 I was fully dilated and the baby was out by 11:15!!!

So here we are, at home with Benjamin and learning the ropes of feeding a premie. I am not going to lie and say it is wonderful--because it is far from that. We are feeding him every 2 hours and it takes an hour to feed him since he is so small and tends to fall asleep. So essential, we get an hour break and we are doing it all over again! I keep telling myself...hang in there, you just need to survive the first six weeks and things will be better....I hope


Blogger ChicagoGirl said...

Congratulations! That's an amazing story -- I can't believe you went back to work! :) I'm so happy to hear that S was there with you and not in New York. When you're up for visitors, please drop me an email. I'd love to see how you're doing and to meet beautiful Benjamin. Congrats, again!

January 11, 2007 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Watson said...


OMG! I am so happy to hear your news. Much love and congrats your way.

You were one of my very first friends in the blogosphere, and I've loved reading about your journey to motherhood.

Can't wait to hear more -- love you lots!


January 11, 2007 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Lynnette said...

Congratulations! He's a cutie!

January 11, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful!

January 11, 2007 6:55 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

Congratulations! He's lovely!

January 11, 2007 7:01 PM  
Blogger My Reality said...

Congrats on your beautiful son!

January 11, 2007 7:09 PM  
Blogger electriclady said...

He's RIDICULOUSLY adorable--congratulations! You'll figure out the feeding thing and things will get better. So happy for you!

January 11, 2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

OMG!!!!!!! Congrats! What a surprise! I'm glad that all is well and that he is healthy. What a beautiful baby! I'm so happy for you. Good luck with the first 6 weeks, I'm sure you will all do just fine.

January 12, 2007 9:43 AM  
Blogger Baby Blues said...

He's beautiful! Congratulations!

January 12, 2007 9:46 AM  
Blogger serenity said...

Congratulations! A girlfriend went 4 weeks early with her first daughter and was in TOTAL denial at first too. They didn't even have a bag packed when they went to the hospital. :)

He's beautiful. Congratulations, mommy!!!

January 12, 2007 10:15 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

Wow he is beautiful and I love the name. Congrats, things will work out fine, I was 4 weeks early and look how great that turned out :-)

January 12, 2007 11:25 AM  
Blogger Zee said...

I came over via Watson's blog. Congratulations! It's always heartening to hear of those who "made it over the wall"!

January 12, 2007 1:33 PM  
Blogger Beagle said...

He's beautiful! Congratulations!

January 12, 2007 8:58 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love reading birth stories. Thanks for sharing yours.

January 13, 2007 6:42 PM  
Blogger OHN said...

I LOVE THOSE CHEEKS! Congratulations on the adorable little guy!

January 14, 2007 4:07 PM  
Blogger ak1908 said...

What the heck!!! Congratulations MoMo! I am so happy for you. I was taken aback when I first came to your page and the first thing I saw was his beautiful little face. Congrats and hang in there kiddo!!!

January 15, 2007 12:54 PM  
Blogger ~M~ said...

Congrats on the beautiful baby boy! I wish you both the best of luck.

January 15, 2007 4:56 PM  
Blogger Pachy said...

Finally - I kept checking in to see when you were going to write that Benjamin arrived - I knew your faithful readers would want to know! Can't wait to meet him!

January 16, 2007 2:42 PM  
Blogger Thalia said...

mazel tov sweetie, he is lovely.

January 16, 2007 5:25 PM  
Blogger the waiting line said...

He is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations (& I hope you get some sleep)!

January 17, 2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger Hopeful Mother said...

Congratulations, Momo! What a story!

You were also one of my first blog friends, so you (and Benjamin!) hold a special place in my heart.

I hope you are adjusting well to motherhood and that DH and Benjamin are fine as well.

January 17, 2007 6:09 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

what a beautiful baby boy! such a super cutie! congratulations! I hope that you and your baby figure out the routine quickly so you can get some rest. take care

January 22, 2007 12:40 AM  
Blogger soralis said...

Congrats on the arrival of your son! He is adorable!

January 24, 2007 9:29 AM  
Blogger Alli said...

Oh, he's gorgeous! Congratulations and I hope it gets easier soon! HUGS!

January 28, 2007 5:05 PM  
Blogger Ren said...

Congratulations! I happened to do a search on breastfeeding woes and found your blog. You've got a lovely little boy. I just gave birth to a boy 2 weeks ago too! Cheers!

Greetings from Singapore!

October 27, 2007 10:22 PM  

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