||Alexander William Locke K.
Born: 16 February, 2011
Age: 2 years & 95 days
Birthday in: 270 days
Development: See the 27 months page.
Biggest achievement so far:
Walking at of 10 months! Reading at 15 months! Full sentences at 18 months! Swimming, riding his scooter and balance bike at 2!
Original due date: February 3rd, 2011
Type of delivery: Cesarean section (Emergency)
Duration of labor: 25 hours
Weight @ birth: 9lbs 8oz
Length @ birth: 20.4
Alexander William Locke K.'s birth story
We went in to be induced on February 15th (41 weeks and 5 days) at 7am. At 10am they inserted Prostin gel into my cervix and found that I was 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. I was only having tightenings at this point and was able to get a nap in... At 3pm they inserted another dose of Prostin gel and told me I was 3cm. By 4:45pm I was feeling the contractions and by 9pm they were every 5 minutes. I was fully efaced by 1am, and took a shower to relieve some of the pain. I was contracting every 4 minutes and it continued like that all night long so I didn't sleep at all.
By 6am on February 16th I was getting a bit distressed with the contractions and a vaginal exam told us I was 6cm dilated, with a bulging bag of waters. They moved me to the Delivery Suite and I was contracting every 3 minutes.
At 7am they broke my waters and I took another shower. By 8am, I was 8-9 centimetres dilated, shaky and very nauseous. I hadn't eaten at all so I ate a banana and drank some orange juice and vomited soon after.
By noon (still 9cm, contracting every 2 minutes) I finally received my epidural. Apparently, I have an excellent poker face because *every single* doctor, nurse and midwife who came to check on me remarked that I was super calm and handling the pain so well, etc- it`s even written throughout my paperwork several different times. I think my poker face worked against me because it took AGES for them to finally give me my darn epi even though my birth record has 'requested epidural/ still requesting epidural but SO CALM' all through it!
At 12:35 they started the Syntocinon (same or similar to Pitocin) drip. At 12:45 they increased my Syntocinon drip. At 3pm, I vomited and they increased the Syntocinon drip again, and I`m pretty sure that it`s at this point (probably closer to 2:00-2:30) that my epidural had fallen out because I asked about getting my epidural upped if they were upping my other drip and was feeling really distressed about it because in my head, if they were upping the Syntocinon AND the Epidural- then nothing would change and I`d be in just as much pain.
It was during this time I started really complaining about unrelenting pain in my hips and pelvis. They checked my catheter bag and noticed there was blood in it-- which they later surmised was from the baby being stuck and hitting my bladder as labour was not progressing. My poker face finally broke as after requesting that we stop the Syntocinon drip about 4 times; I finally threatened to rip the freaking IV out myself if they wouldn't turn it off. They turned off the drip of doom and we finally began discussing our options and the doctor advised that as labour was stalled, we should consider having a cesarean section. I quickly agreed and they began prepping me. I`m fairly certain that I just scribbled on the signature line for my cesarean consent form.
In the OR, they discovered my epidural had fallen out and I had the lovely experience of having to sit forward on the bed, arching my back and staying as still as possible through unrelenting contractions (plus having the shakes from the pain) while they prepped my back and inserted my spinal block. I loved the spinal block. I smiled through my entire cesarean because the relief was so amazing after being in pain for so long.
Josh sat beside me holding my hand and in NO time at all, I heard a beautiful healthy cry and Josh followed the nurse over to the table where they cleaned off my son. Daddy cut his Umbilical cord and as soon as I saw him I burst into tears and lay there sobbing as Josh took pictures. After they did his APGAR score (9/10 on 1 Minute, 10/10 on 5 minutes) they laid him across my chest and finished stitching me up and rolled me into the recovery station.
He was 9lbs, 8oz and 20.5 inches long. He`s got HEAPS of dark hair, blue eyes and dimples. He came out pink and crying and didn't have a single problem in the world (only receiving a 9/10 on the 1 minute APGAR for blue palms) and is such a calm, peaceful baby. We are absolutely in love with Alexander! <3
I have nothing but positive things to say about my cesarean experience; which is funny because I was so dead set against having one when Alexander was temporarily breech. The doctor told me that because of how big he was, and that he was stuck in the wrong position, that he was unlikely to have progressed into a natural labour anyway, so thankfully we made the right choice and everything worked out amazingly. :) I've had an awesome recovery and my wound-site is healing with no issues!
||Lily Seraphina Primrose K.
Born: 07 September, 2012
Age: 0 years & 256 days
Birthday in: 109 days
Development: See the 8 months page.
Biggest achievement so far:
Rolling over since 10 weeks old. Has her first tooth and is sitting up at 5 months!
Original due date: September 18th, 2012
Type of delivery: Cesarean section
Duration of labor: N/A
Weight @ birth: 8lbs 8oz
Length @ birth: 19.6
Lily Seraphina Primrose K.'s birth story
We arrived at the hospital at 6:45am. After waiting for about an hour,
they finally let me into my room to change & wait. At around 11:30,
my doctors and midwife were all there and
it was time to roll me back into the operating room! I had an AMAZING
anaesthesiologist who covered doing my hand IV this time! Apparently I
have very uncooperative veins so last time it took 3 different nurses
and a lot of holes poked into my arm... it hurt a LOT. This time she
gave me a little numbing shot and got the IV straight in! What a relief,
I was actually more worried about that than I was the surgery!
sat on the table with my back arched out so they could administer my
spinal, then laid down while the numbing sensation spread. They inserted
my catheter and prepped my abdomen. I could actually see my surgery in
the reflection of the overhead
light-- which delighted me! I watched as much as I could, it was really
cool to see. I was a bit concerned because the reflection was making it
look like my incision was vertical, which I didn't want. I asked my
Midwife and she told me that no, it was horizontal. Woo! My husband
decided to take a look and got a bit pale (he probably shouldn't have
peeked over as they were using scissors to start the cut into my
Within no time they were announcing that they'd almost
out, Josh stood up and watched as they pulled her out. I immediately
started crying, I was so happy. I was so relieved to hear her cry, but
also shocked because she was
*SOOOOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOUD*! I've never heard a baby cry that loud, I think
she's inherited her Nana's loud voice! They held her up for me to see
(and the first thing I did was peek to make sure she was a girl!). Josh
followed her over to the table to be cleaned off & cut her
umbilical cord. They brought her back over to me to cuddle while I
got stitched up. She was so puffy and bloody and covered in vernix, but
she was perfect to me! My little Lily! She born at 12:04 in the
& was 8lbs 8oz, 19.6 inches long! Pretty good sized considering she
was born at 38w 3d!
Soon after we got skin to skin and initiated
breastfeeding. She latched on like a champ and quickly fell in love with
nursing. She has dimples in her smile lines, blue eyes and brown hair--
and just like her big brother it's already turning golden. We're so in
love with her, she's such a sweet heart & has the girliest cry! Big
brother Xander is being very gentle with her so far but otherwise
doesn't pay much attention to her yet! :) She's definitely a Mommy's
girl and prefers to be with me whether she's hungry or not. She squeaks
and grunts in her sleep and I could just listen to it all night long!
Such a reassurance that she's sleeping safely and peacefully!