I've totally been MIA the last few months of my pregnancy when it comes to blogging. But, now that our "little" man has arrived, I plan on getting back in the habit.
Around 9 months ago, our doctors told us that our son was due to arrive on April 23, 2013. Since he would be a planned c-section, I could deliver anytime after April 16 (when he was 39 weeks). As we got closer, the c-section was scheduled for April 22 due to a lack of availability at the hospital. On April 7, I started having contractions in the middle of the night and the baby hadn't moved the majority of the day. I called the doc and she advised me to make my way to the hospital. We dropped the girls off at my parents' house around 2:30am and headed to Rex. After about 4 hours, IV fluids and crazy monitors, the doc was able to get my contractions to slow down and regulate. She did have my c-section moved up from April 22 to April 18 because she was concerned about pre-term labor. We headed home, with Mike commenting that he's be surprised if I made it another week :-)
I spent the entire week having contractions fairly regularly, but not often enough to be a concern. I had my pre-op appointment with my OB that Friday. Everything was a go for April 18. The next day, I started having awful contractions around 8:30 in the morning. I tried all kinds of things to get comfy, but it wasn't working. By mid-afternoon, they were getting worse and I decided to call the doc. Off to Rex we went again, but this time it was at least daylight outside. I was at the hospital, being monitored, for about an hour before the doc stopped by. At that point, I was having contractions every 2-3 minutes. He said, "looks like we're having a baby tonight." Within 2 hours, I received IV fluids, was prepped for the c-section, met with the anesthesiologist and delivered our "little" man.
John Ernest Brooks Slawter (Jeb) was born at 6:53pm on April 13, 2013, weighing in at 11 pounds, 1 ounce and 21.5 inches long. He was half a pound larger than his sister Katie and half an inch longer than both his sisters. I can't imagine how much bigger he would have been if we had been able to hold off until April 18 or 22.