Monday, June 16, 2008

Birth and Bear

Spunketta was born June 5, 2008.

I had contractions from 3:30AM until 9:00PM, at which point I got an epidural and thanked God for drugs. (I was one of those who wanted natural childbirth. Out the window...)

About 11:00PM, they broke my water. Spunketta's heart rate went down seriously, due to the fact (we later found out) he had the umbilical cord wrapped twice (not just once) around his neck.

Enter the emergency c-section.

We're all well (although I have developed some complications -- more after tomorrow when i see my doctor for my follow up).

But! I had this teddy bear -- my father gave it to my mother when they found out they were pregnant with me. My mother used it to practice swaddling and diaper changing. I had had this Bear all my life, and he had accompanied me to many an IF appointments. I held him in my hand when they implanted what became my son.

But I left him in the labor room (when they wheeled me into surgery) and no one has seen him since.

So happiness, but sadness too. Everyone has said something to the effect of swapping a treasured artifact for a live child is an equitable trade. I just wonder why God always has to take something from me to give.

More later...

15 comments:

Heather said...

I'm so sorry about the bear. It would have been great to pass the bear on to Spunketta. Maybe the bear will still turn up.

YAY for Spunketta!! I know that wasn't the birth you dreamed of. I can't wait to see pictures!!

Somewhat Ordinary said...

CONGRATS!! I can't wait to hear more about Spunketta. I'm sorry to hear about the bear, but oh the joy you must feel to have a son!

lori said...

it's so good to hear that you are mostly well and your son is here! congratulations!

i'm so sorry about your bear. i hope he turns up soon.

Rachel said...

Congratulations on the birth of your son!

I hope you are enjoying motherhood.

Samantha said...

I was just thinking about you this weekend and how things were going. I'm glad Spunketta is safely in this world, even while I'm sorry about your bear.

Congrats!

Katie said...

Congratulations! I can't wait for further updates and pictures and I hope your follow up appointment goes well.

And as for the bear. . . I do hope they find him. It's possible that he got tangled in some bedsheets and taken to laundry. I would keep contacting housekeeping to see if they can find him. I once lost a treasured stuffed animal in a hotel (maid wrapped him in the sheets). I thought for sure he was lost, but he turned up about a month later. So, I will keep my fingers crossed on that.

Dianne said...

I'm sorry about you bear and that the birth didn't go smoothly.

But, CONGRATULATIONS on your son! Can't wait to hear about his name and other details.

Delenn said...

Congrats on the birth! Sorry about the bear, hope someone finds it!

docgrumbles said...

Congratulations!

Sorry about the bear, too!

Familyof2 said...

Congratulations on the birth of your son! You must be over joyed.

I am sorry you lost your bear. Hopefully he turns up and gives you your second miracle!

My Reality said...

Congrats on your son.

I hope your bear turns up.

Bea said...

Congratulations! I was wondering about you. Glad everyone is more or less safe and sound, except for the bear. Wish the bear was, too. And wish you didn't have any complications, but hoping they clear up fine.

Bea

Anns said...

I think it's a good trade though.

Elizabeth said...

congratulations!!!

Miss said...

Congratulations! I really hope they are able to find your bear...