Saturday Michelle was having contractions and we went into the hospital for the heck of it. They were about 10 to 7 minutes apart. Doc came in and basically said not much we can do until you get down to about 2 minutes apart. So we packed up and headed home. Michelle was leery because the contractions were close to 5 minutes apart but we headed home anyway.
As the night moved on they were definitely 5 and sometimes closer apart, all the while increasing in pain. By 7:00am Michelle was in quite a good bit of pain. Unsure if it was just the labor pains or her sciatica acting but with every contraction she said it was like someone was jabbing a knife into her back. She called the Doc again and they said come on in we’ll see what we can do. So while Michelle was getting ready I got Matthew ready and packed the car with the essentials that I missed Saturday.
We got to the hospital and by this time contractions were between 3 and 5 minutes apart and Michelle was in a great deal of pain. Reluctantly she came to the realization it would probably be best to do a C-Section than try natural with as much pain as she was feeling, so we talked to the nurse and she said she would have the doctor come and talk to us. Doctor James came in and was extremely delicate in her examination of the cervix, extreme sarcasm at this point, which was dilated to over 3 cm. Michelle gave quite a scream and the Doc said OK we’ll get you in for a C-Section.
At this point everything moved real quickly. I don’t think there was any need to rush as far as issues go, because both Michelle and Morgan were fine. I really don’t know what the rush was but there was a rush. From the time the Doc said C-Section to the time she was in the OR, it was only about 3 hours or so. Thanks to Tom and Theresa who came to the rescue quick fast and in a hurry to get to the hospital to grab Matthew and whisk him away.
The epidural didn’t go so well as the “resident” or as I call them trainee, took numerous jabs at Michelle trying to get it right. Luckily I wasn’t there as they gave it to her in the OR and I was waiting in the recovery room until she was all ready. Finally they came and got me and back I went to the OR. This is where I tell you the story that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I, in no way, consider myself an expert in births or C-Section’s having taken place in only 1 before, so just keep that in mind. When I came in I sat down behind the curtain next to Michelle’s head where she was out cold. As I watched her as the procedure was happening I kept seeing her eyes move around and her lips move like she was dreaming. I made a mental note to ask her if she remember what she was dreaming about because it looked like she was active to say the least. Well they started pulling on her pretty good and all of a sudden her eyes just popped wide open. I start hitting the anesthesiologist and pointing to her, not wanting to alarm her any more than she already was. He looks down and looks back at me and says “What?” Shocked and appalled my wife possibly was awake during this thing and feeling everything I start frantically pointing at her and he again says “What’s wrong?” So I politely but nervously say “She’s awake!” He then proceeds to take all the air out of me by saying “She has been awake the whole time.” So as I look down at Michelle and she gives confirmation of this, I have to take a huge breath and relax. OK all of you can stop laughing, because it wasn’t so funny to me at the time, I promise you 🙂
So, now at 2:27pm on Sunday May 18, 2008, Morgan Michelle Miller was born weighing 5 pounds 14.2 ounces and 19 inches long. Crying and screaming away as she came out, and it got worse as they tried to suck the gunk out of her lungs and pipes 🙂 Afterwards, Michelle had no issues at all and is doing well. Morgan the same. The whole family is doing well. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers and continue to do so please.
That’s it for delivery day, will try and post some more especially Matthew’s first visit with Morgan earlier today either tonight or in the next day or so. Will also post a few more pics as well.