Friday, March 7, 2008

Jack's Birth!

Happy Birthday Jack! February 28, 2008 (from my journal)
Well the wild ride has begun! Jack Henry Allen came into our family on February 28, 2008! Todd and I went to the lake that morning to try out the new boat that we bought. It was so fun to be on the lake again! I had forgotten how fun it is to be out there, especially on a weekday when there are so few boats. We practically had the lake to ourselves. The guy was showing us all kinds of tricks, and going really fast and stuff to show us how the boat worked, it was pretty crazy.
When we got back from the lake, I went straight over to my doctor's appointment, and Todd went to work. My blood pressure was kind of high, which was unusual (except I didn't tell them about the crazy boat ride...), and I had protein in my urine. I was showing signs of preeclampsia, and I was already dilated to a 4, and Dr. Tutt was like, "Do you want to have this baby today?" I was like, "Are you kidding? YES!" So he told me to go right over to the hospital and they would get me checked in immediately.
I called Todd as I headed over to the hospital, and he got there within the hour. They started pitocen at 1:30 to induce labor and I was already to 5 cm. By 2:30, Dr. Tutt had come to break my water and I got the epidural--HOORAY! By 3:30 I had dilated to 8 cm. By 5:00 I was ready to push. It was such a fast labor compared to the other kids, thank goodness! Todd wanted to wait a few more hours for a Leap Year baby, but this baby wasn't going to wait! After 3 contractions, and 5 pushes, Baby Jack was born! He was 7 lbs. 5 oz., and 20 inches long. A cute, healthy little BOY! I felt so blessed as I held him in my arms for the first time, like I had already known him before. It was love at first sight.
Bob and Sue got there right after he was born and brought the camera that Todd had forgotten in his rush to get to the hospital. We got some pictures and moved to the recovery room--then came the craziness! At about 8:00, Katie, Chris and Cindy came to bring us a Blizzard--YUM--and see the baby. Toward the end of their visit, I started to have really bad cramping. I was in severe pain, and started to tell Todd to get the nurse so I could have some pain medicine when I felt myself get light headed and pass out. All I remember is having a great dream about Israel (Todd's parents had just told us they would be serving their mission there), and a peaceful rest. Todd told me later that I was actually convulsing like I was having a seizure or something and then I just went limp and quit breathing for a few minutes. They used smelling salts to wake me--and I looked up into my husband's ghost white face. When they pulled back the sheets, they realized that I was losing a lot of blood, the bed was covered in it. They got it cleaned up and called the doctor in. When he came to examine me, he massaged my belly and a blood clot the size of a softball came out. Todd almost threw up that time. He advised us that we needed to have a surgery to scrape the uterus, and make sure that there wasn't any retained placenta. Within minutes, I was on my way to surgery.
It was a little scary going under the anesthesia--I just thought, I hope I wake up from this! Then, after another nice rest I woke up to Todd sitting next to me in the recovery room and was SO thankful to see him. I looked up to see 2 units of blood dripping into my IV--ugh. I needed it because I had lost too much blood during the surgery. It was all pretty freaky, and a little surreal. It all seemed like a dream at that point. We got back to my room around 2 a.m., and Todd was SO tired! Bless his heart, he hadn't even eaten dinner and had to stay up all night. We slept until around 9 a.m., when they finally brought Baby Jack back to us. It was great to see him healthy, and bathed and happy since I hadn't seen him at all that night! He is SO adorable!
We have had him home now for a week, and WOW is it crazy with a newborn! I knew it would be, but you just forget how utterly exhausted you feel when you're up all night. Todd has been an amazing help to me! He is as exhausted as I am, and I can tell that work is stressing him out, but he is still trying to take care of me and put my needs first. I love him so much and am so grateful we made it through this together. Most of all, I am grateful for this new little spirit in our home. Jack, you are such a wonderful blessing, and our family just wasn't complete without you!
This whole experience was very scary, but all I kept thinking was--I have had a Priesthood blessing, and things will be okay. I am so grateful for my husband, who can use his Priesthood to bless my family. I am also so grateful for the Gospel, and for my Savior. I truly felt the Holy Ghost comforting me as I went through this experience. I know that the Lord is always here for us--and I am so grateful for that knowledge in my life.
I'm so grateful for each of my children. They are all so awesome, and bring such joy to my life, in their own way. I know this baby was meant to be in our family, we love him so much already. I am so grateful for my calling as a wife and a mother. This is the best and most important job that I could ever have, and I love it! I have to keep this feeling in my heart--even in the months to come as I start to feel overwhelmed, I just have to remember that there is nothing more important than my children or my family! Welcome home Jack Jack! We waited a long time for you--we're glad you're here!
Love, Mom

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