Monday, February 15, 2010

Her Birth Story

Avin Maxine Schuler
It's Avin - like Gavin without the G!
3lbs 15oz - 17.5in

I wrote this post about how it all started. We had no idea I was going to be induced that Tuesday night and had NO IDEA she would be in our arms on Wednesday morning.
I was admitted into the Birth Center around 3:30pm on Tuesday and we didn't get the amnio test back until about 8:30pm that night. PRAISE GOD that her lungs were mature and we were able to start the Cervidil ( a small rectangular pouch w/ a retrieval cord that looks similar to a tampon. This is inserted to the vagina. This is meant to ripen the cervix ) at about 9:30pm on Tuesday night.

Just like with Alex is started to work right away. Even with the sleeping pills I took I got no sleep and the contractions started almost immediately but again just like with Alex they never really registered on the monitors. At about 2:00am I started to complain to my nurse about the contractions being painful and she got another nurse to check me. She didn't want to check me herself because she was worried she would pull the Cervidil out. So at about 3:00am the other nurse came in to check me and my water broke and the Cervidil just came right out. I called my husband and told him he needed to come to the hospital! At this time I believe I was dilated to about a 3.

They did start Pitocin at some point inbetween here and that really got my contractions regular and more painful. The pitocin did it's job and got my contractions on a nice pattern and it worked fast.

At about 5am the contractions started to get really bad and they started to get me ready for the Epidural. Before I could get the Epidural they had to get an IV going, put a bag of fluid in me and treat me for Strep B because I had not yet been tested for it. When they called the drug man and he answered the phone you could tell he had been sleeping! He was nice and I could barley feel a thing, I personally think the Amnio was a lot more painful then the Epidural. At this time I believe that I was dilated to a 5. This is were they tell me that you will dilate about a cm an hour, even after I told them about how fast Alex came.

I felt great with the Epidural and Chad and I even got about 45 minutes of sleep. I even asked the nurse how I would know when I was ready to push because I was feeling pretty darn good at this point. At about 6:00am Chad and I were up and he was drinking coffee and I was eating those yummy ice chips, I love those things. I started to feel a ton of pressure and told my nurse I thought the Epidural was starting to wear off because I was in pain. She checked me around 6:30am and I was fully dilated and ready to have this baby. She walks out of the room to get the OB and get things ready. Chad was about to go get more coffee and breakfast and was out in the hall when he heard the nurse say she is ready to start pushing.

My best friend Anna was supposed to be there for the delivery of Avin but we had no idea it was going to go this fast and by the time I could text her there was no way she was going to make it to the hospital in time. She only lives about 10 minutes from the Hospital if that.

So I think I started pushing at about 7:00am and Avin was born at 7:11am. I think total I pushed through 6 contractions. After the 5th contraction there was so much pressure I didn't think I could push anymore. I wanted to ask for an episiotomy because I knew it would be a lot easier but she was here the next push. I don't remember all this pressure with Alex, I couldn't even feel my legs with her. With Avin I don't think my Epidural was as strong but everything happened so fast with Avin and she was here in such a short amount of time.

The nurses and Dr. Hallstrom were surprised at how small she was. She was 3lbs 15oz at birth in the 10th percentile for her age. She is the smallest baby North Memorial in Maple Grove has had and might ever have. They only have a level 2 nursery. I am not sure but I believe Avin is also the youngest baby to be born there at 34 weeks and 3 days.

We have no pictures of her birth! Anna was supposed to be there to take pictures but again everything happened so fast that I didn't get to her in time and she wasn't able to make it fast enough.

She was taken to the NICU right away after her birth and she has been there since. I have a lot to update on, on how she is doing. We couldn't be more proud of her and she is doing amazing. She has never needed to be on oxygen and she could always hold her own body temp. These were two things we were worried about and she has surprised us all.

We have always known she was/is a fighter and she will continue to fight and hopefully be home in no time.

I am not the best at telling stories, but I think I got all the information down! I can not believe she is here and 5 days old already. Time is going by so fast but yet I can not wait tell the day we can bring her home. My heart aches for her when I am not there with her and when I am with her my heart aches for Alex and Chad. This is one of the hardest situations I have ever been in.


Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

I am so happy to hear that she's doing well!
I bet she'll be home soon.
It amazes me the difference between babies. Dylan was born just a week later than her-at 35 weeks, 4 days-and was 7 lbs, 2 oz. He did drop down 5 3/4 lbs, but still...what a difference!
I can't wait to see more pictures and hear that she's coming home!

Anonymous said...

God is so good. I pray your sweet girl continues to get strong and healthy. She is beautiful. I hope you can bring her home soon and enjoy your family being all together!

Erica @ All About Aleigha said...

She's such a doll. I'm glad she is doing well, especially since she is so tiny. Hopefully you can bring baby girl home soon. I can't wait to see more pics of her & with Alex. Still praying for Avin & your family.