Before he even returned from the parking lot, the test results were clear...my water had broken and we were there to stay. Needless to say, I think we were both surprised; I for one, was certain they would laugh at my trip to the hospital and turn me right around, insisting that I was not, in fact, in labor. Oops.
Since I was still only dilated 1-2 cm, we were told the procedure would wait until my doctor arrived for the day at 8 a.m. My family lived 3.5 hours away, so once we received the news that we were staying and baby was on the way, we made the call around 6 a.m. to let them know things were happening. I sent Alex back to the car to get our bags...and reality started to set in.
At 7:59 a.m., I was rolled into the OR and prepped for the procedure. Alex had to wait in triage for about 20 minutes while they did the spinal block and got everything set up. When he came in, he stood at my head and we waited anxiously to find out the gender of our little one. The doctor asked us one last time before delivery, and we both guessed it would be a boy...
...WE WERE RIGHT!
Bennett Alexander was born at 8:28 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016.
Alex went over to the baby table and watched as they cleaned him and stamped his hand and footprints. They cut the cord, wrapped him up, and Alex brought him over to see me while the doctor stitched me back up. Then Alex carried him to the nursery so they could take his stats and complete initial tests.
I was returned to triage less than an hour after I left. Alex beat me there, so he texted my family to let them know "it's a BOY," and announced his name. This is when things get really really fuzzy; I guess it's the pain medicine to blame here. Baby was returned to us before we got our room...the oohs and ahhs, and "oh my gosh what are we doing" began.
Once we got our room, we continued skin to skin and enjoyed baby, hoping we'd be allowed to keep him at least until my family arrived. Just as the nurses were coming to take him back to the nursery, we got word that my family was close, so we asked to keep him a few more minutes in order for them to meet him. Family came, lunch was delivered, we settled in, and as they say...the rest is history!