Labor and Delivery cont…
We spent New years eve in the hospital only to be sent home again! A text to Dayspring at 6:42am “Contractions all night long, a little sleep, lots of barfing this morning and mucus and blood but they still don’t want me to come in! I don’t know when to go back at this point!!!… Yep, (contractions) get as close as 2 and 3 minutes apart all night long only about 40 seconds long though! and painful!!! She says, “oh. ouch. I feel for you. it will be soon.” “let’s hope, this is brutal!!!”
January 1st 2012 5:40pm “Going home yet again from hospital. I was 2 now 2 1/2 after 3 hours here walking. Doctor is going to give me a shot of Visaril (sp). A medicine to help relax me and get a real good strong labor pattern going. He thinks it will work well for this situation. This is getting quite ridiculous.”
The nurse gave me a shot of Visaril in the ass, it hurt but I was so relaxed and exhausted on the way home from the hospital I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Since I had been in so much pain for the past 2 days with the contractions I had barely eaten. Guy ran to Bull Taco to get me a shrimp taco. I passed out on the couch while he was gone. Layla was home hanging out with Ahta. When Guy got home it took everything I had to stay awake to take two bites of shrimp taco and try to chew and swallow. The drugs were good and I thought it best not to choke so I stopped after two bites and passed back out on the couch! The best sleep I had gotten in days! Guy and Nicole were reading bedtime stories to Layla and putting her to bed.
At about 8:20 pm,I felt a huge gush and was soaking wet, a big puddle on the couch! “MY WATER BROKE!!!” I yelled! “For real this time!!” I kissed Layla goodbye, which is all a blur now, and we hopped in the car for our final trip to the hospital! I was so excited to get to stay and have this baby!
Another text to dayspring at 10:51 “Walking, waiting…”
Since my water broke and I was not dilating quickly the doctor, Dr. Langley who delivered Layla, wanted to start the Pitocin, which gives you gnarly contractions. I , at this point was still hoping, even after the Visaril, to go as natural in the labor process as I could. I had the most amazing Labor nurse, Winnie Sunshine, who fought for me to be able to walk the halls, in the hopes that would help me dilate without needing the Pitocin. I walked for hours. The contractions were brutal! My nurse was amazing she talked me through every contraction, rubbed my forehead and told me to relax and breath. If I relaxed my face the rest of my body would relax she said things like, breathe, once you’re through this one you never have to feel it again! She was incredible, didn’t leave my labor and delivery room all night long! It is all a blur now but at some point Dr. Langley started the Pitocin which makes the contractions even more brutal than they already are, then in the middle of the night I was starting to debate the epidural so my nurse suggested another drug to help me get through some of the pain of the contractions and get some sleep. I had really only had a couple hours of sleep in the last few days and needed to rest before it was time to push. I was concerned about the baby but she said it was totally safe, would only last a couple hours, and I would get some much needed sleep! It was great, helped me not to feel the contractions, I got a couple hours of sleep. After that wore of and those hellish contractions came bake, I dealt with them for a while. Until my eyes were rolling back in ,my head and I looked at Guy surrendering, I said, “I don’t think I can do this anymore! I think I want the epidural.” I had a wonderful anesthesiologist, I was scared and disappointed that I couldn’t do it but my nurse reminded me of how long it had been, days and how great I did. The epidural was excellent! I then questioned why I didn’t just do it earlier. I could still feel and move my legs but could not feel the pain of the contractions and was woken up to be checked and I was dilated to a 10 and it was time to push!
7:58 am Pushing to begin in 5 minutes!
The Dr. came in to check me, and best news of all Dr. Fenton my OBGYN was the doctor on call! He came on between 7 and 8, how perfect! I was so relieved! He said I was pretty close to being ready to push. The nurse, my new nurse, checked me again shortly after and said, ‘You are a 10 and ready. I am going to call the Dr. Dr. Fenton came back in and agreed. He said I would start pushing with the nurse and when I was ready he would be back. So the nurse reminded me of how I was to push, wrap my arms around my legs, hold my knees to my chest , hold my breath and push.
I did my practice push and one other push with the nurse. She said this baby is coming, his head is right here, I am going to call for the doctor.” Dr. Fenton came in and got ready! I pushed once, he held the baby’s head in and the next push he was out!
4 pushes total and baby Samuel Charles Zavodny was born. Guy and I just wanted to hear him cry and know he was okay, they placed him on my chest right away.
Guy cut the cord and Dr. Fenton retrieved the cord blood because we decided to bank Sam’s cord blood too!
He was perfect and beautiful! I was able to nurse him within minutes of his birth! It was incredible. And knowing he was perfect after all of the scares and worry was such a huge relief!
Samuel Charles Zavodny Born at 8:19am January 2nd 2012 7 pounds 7 ounces 19 inches long
Nursing my son within the first minutes of his birth! He is wearing the hat Nanny knit for him!
Nonna and Papa holding their grandson for the first time! They were both getting over the same thing I just had so we decided instead of not allowing them to come see Sam and be a part of his first hours and days they just had to wear masks, wash hands, and keep contact to a minimum.
Papa admiring his beautiful grandson!
Guy, myself and our perfect baby boy!
Father and son. Guy admiring his beautiful baby boy!
I love this picture! We have one of Guy with Layla just like it! Pure joy after the birth of his child!
Guy helping get Sam ready for his first ever bath
It was so awesome that Guy was able to help give Sam his first bath.
All clean and tired out! It was a big morning
Sheer perfection! SO IN LOVE!
Layla meeting her baby brother for the very first time!
Nicole brought Layla to the hospital an hour or so after Sam was born. Layla wanted to bring balloons for Sam and I , she is so sweet. She chose a Strawberry Shortcake balloon for me and a Mickey Mouse balloon for Sam! She was wearing her Big Sister shirt. These are the pictures as she enters the room and sees her baby brother for the first time!
Seeing her baby brother for the first time up close!
So precious watching her in awe of her new baby brother!
Here Layla is already helping try to calm him, rubbing his back! Sam had a “Big Sister” present to give Layla to thank her for being his big sister!
Sam got her a princess digital camera so she could take lots of pictures of him and show everyone! She was so excited! She wanted to know if Sam really got her the gift!
Nicole, “Ahta” holding her nephew for the first time.
Sibling love! Layla checking out this tiny baby who she gets to love forever! Melted my heart!
Layla holding her brother for the first time with lots of Mommy’s help!
A picture with our amazing labor and delivery nurse, Jillian!
A picture with the one and only Dr. Fenton! He was so honored to have a picture taken with our family! We were so grateful he was the one who delivered Sam into this world and our lives!
A proud Auntie!
Auntie Michelle and Uncle Joe came to meet Baby Sam within an hour of his birth! They also brought us a beautiful bouquet of flowers!
This is the first time Joe had ever held a new baby! And talk about new! He never even held any of his nieces or nephews! He was super nervous, tentative and didn’t even want to hold Sam. We told him he was ridiculous and made him hold him! This is what they get to look forward to in about 6 months!
Uncle Joe in awe of newborn Baby Sam.
Leaving Labor and Delivery…
As we left Labor and Delivery we stopped at the front desk and Layla got to press the button announcing to the until that a new baby was leaving Labor and Delivery. When the button was pressed a lullaby played over the intercom! It was an absolutely awesome moment, we had waited so long for this! Then, during our hospital stay, each time we heard the lullaby play it made us smile, say, “awww…” and feel happy for another family’s special moment!
Auntie Val came to meet Baby Sam and hung out with me while Guy and my parents went to get something to eat and a few beers!
Auntie Val and Baby Sam!
Keith Scher and Baby Sam!
Layla enjoying a blue lollypop in celebration of her new baby brother!
Nicole doing the honors! Changing the first poopy diaper!
Meconium poop, sticky yuck!
Layla “helping” change Sammy’s diaper!
Sam with Nonna.
A little father and son bonding time! Sammy on Daddy’s chest.
Alicia and Diana came to the hospital to meet Sam the night he was born! They brought beautiful flowers for us too!
Looking tired, swollen, and blissful! And in need of highlights!
Our baby boy one day old and a little nugget of perfection! We are so in love with him!
Sam is a champ when it comes to nursing and of course I have plenty of colostrum!
A tired, happy and very relieved Daddy!
Ahta and Layla at it again! Diaper duty!
A little Sam and Ahta time.
Layla holding Sam all by her self for the very first time!
Aww Kisses for Baby Brother Sam!
Mother and Son, and it almost looks as if he is smiling!
Sam was born on Monday and we had the choice whether we wanted to go home on Tuesday or stay. The wing was not very full, we had our own room and me being unable to take anything for pain except of course Tylenol and Ibpurophin, we decided to stay! Guy wanted to go home, we thought maybe Nicole could come spend the night with me and the baby at the hospital and Guy could go home to be with Layla. We left the choice up to Layla. She wanted Ahta to go home with her. Thankfully that was her choice because the night got a bit crazy and I was so grateful Guy was there with the baby and I!
Sam kept spitting up, a lot! So the night nurse asked us to keep and eye on it and if it continued we may have to have his stomach suctioned. Well, unfortunately it did continue and we had to have his very tiny stomach suctioned. The reason being, when babies do not spend enough time in the birth canal, like Sam, they do not have their chest compressed for long enough to get out the amniotic fluid in their bellies. So I walked down with Guy and the nurse but I could not stay and watch. I was so scared and I knew it would not be a good thing if I were there watching. I walked back to our room and paced while they were gone. Guy stayed with him while the NICU nurse stuck a tiny little tube down his throat into his stomach and sucked out the amniotic fluid and colostrum in his belly. They came back to me and he was fine!
After that I noticed that Sam looked quite yellow! I pointed it out to the nurse and she agreed. So the lab tech came in and pricked his poor little tiny heel for a blood draw! The results came back, his bilirubin levels were high and Sam was jaundice. Enough so that he was going to have to spend the night in the light box! Guy and I were so worried and our hearts were breaking for our baby boy! The light box is a hard surface where he had to spend as much time as possible in a diaper only wearing little tiny goggles! Up to this point he was being held, skin to skin or wrapped up in a tight swaddle. This was going to be very difficult for him. The nurses said that in instances like this, they will give a pacifier to hopefully help sooth the baby since he will be unable to nurse for comfort. Guy and I did not want him to have a pacifier this early due to our concern for nipple confusion. We wanted him to establish a great latch and be good at nursing before giving him a pacifier like we did with Layla. But again, things do not always go as planed! Normally, Scripps Encinitas does not give pacifiers but in situations like this they want to help the baby feel comfortable and if giving they a pacifier helps they are okay with it.
It was brutal to watch for the first few hours, he could not get comfortable and we were worried the goggles would come off and the light would harm his eyes. After a few hours he seemed to get used to it as the nurse said he would. Needless to say it was a really rough night for all three of us! No one got much sleep at all!
Sam in the light box.
At about 6am Sam had another heel prick and the results came back better, his bilirubin level went down and therefore we would be able to go home. We did have to follow up with Dr. Worpel and have his levels tested again in a day or so. We ended up having to have his heel pricked for blood draws everyday and then every other day for about a week. His levels went up and I had to put him on formula for 48 hours which broke my heart, but it was necessary to determine if the jaundice was what Dr. Worpel called “breast milk jaundice.” This is what it was, his levels then continued to drop as he got older, his body was able to process the bilirubin and Dr. Worpel assured us that he would be just fine! It was a very scary, sad, and stressful few days! All you want is your baby to be healthy and happy!
Sam’s In Hospital Newborn Photos Wednesday
This one in Guy’s hand was my favorite and the one we used for Sam’s birth announcement.
This one shows all of his hospital bracelets, his baby Lo-Jack, and the bandages on his heels from the heel pricks for the bilirubin blood tests! Poor little dude!
Getting Dressed and Ready to Go Home!
one last feeding in the hospital before the drive home,
getting strapped in to his infant car seat for the very first time,
Teeny, tiny in the car seat! Strapped in and safe, unhappy yet ready for the journey home!
A very proud Daddy getting ready to click his baby boy into the car for our ride home!
A family pic with breast milk or spit up all down my shirt, nice! I couldn’t care less though because we get to take our baby boy home today!
So happy to be taking our precious baby boy home!
Clicked in and ready to go!
We were welcomed home by the best big sister ever! Layla was ready and waiting to greet her baby brother and show him our home!
Welcome home baby boy!
Sammy meeting his dog Louie for the first time! Louie meeting his boy Sammy for the first time.
Layla showed Sammy her room.
Next she showed him his room and the bear she made him at Build-a-bear was waiting in his crib for him! It has a recording in t in Layla’s voice that says, “I love you Sammy!”
A proud daddy home with his boy!
Layla and the “Welcome Home Sammy!” sign she made to welcome her brother home.
Layla holding her brother at home for the first time as Daddy and Louie look on.
Sweet sister kisses!
A very proud big sister.
Layla, Sammy and Ahta.
Mommy, Layla and Sammy!
Layla, Papa and Sam!
Nonna, Papa, Layla and Sam! Nonna and Papa were taking Layla to Disneyland for the afternoon and then for a sleepover at their house! Then they were going to take her to swimming the next day! She was very excited! This would give Guy and I an opportunity to adjust with a newborn in the house for the first 24 hours without Layla there!
Auntie Val and Ahta with new baby Sam.
Todd and brand new Baby Sam!
My very first half a beer out of my keg of Hoegarden!
Chase holding Baby Sam!
Tiny baby hands! Absolutely precious!
My boys! (Notice Sammy starting to look yellow again!)
Nanny meeting her very first Great Grandson for the first time.
perfect sleeping angel!
Layla and Ahta on diaper duty.
Tiny baby boy, newborn diapers, and an umbilical cord stump!
Layla working the diaper genie like a champ!
Diane holding Baby Sam for the first time!
Out for our first family walk with the rad Uppa Baby stroller!
A visit from an old credential program friend Molly.
Sam’s first time hanging out in his crib!
First Bath at Home!
Sammy’s first sponge bath at home, with an entourage, of course!
Not real stoked and looking a little yellow!
Sweet sleeping yellow bellied boy!
Sammy enduring “Tummy Time” for the first time! He was not a fan!
Very strong as a brand new born baby!
Layla loved holding her baby brother! She asked every morning to hold him!
The first weekend we were home we hosted tons of visitors! Of course Guy cooked both Saturday and Sunday and people came to meet our son!
Sean Keenan holding Baby Sam!
Mindy holding Baby Sam!
Debbie holding Baby Sam!
Alison holding Baby Sam!
Michelle holding Baby Sam!
Eric holding Baby Sam!
Joe holding Baby Sam!
Diaper changes were a family affair! Guy was teaching Joe how to change a diaper!
Diana holding Baby Sam and a glass of wine, a picture she insisted on!
Sammy lifting and nholding his head up and looking around at only 5 days old! We were all shocked! Such a strong baby boy!
Guy and I admiring our little miracle baby!
Sunday January 8th
The Caltigerone Family came to visit and meet Baby Sam!
Margaret holding Baby Sam!
Darren holding Baby Sam!
Trevor admiring Baby Sam!
Connor holding Baby Sam and hanging with Layla!
An awesome sweet sleeping baby picture that we ended up using for Sam’s Open House invite!
Layla opening her Christmas gift from Arden and The Marshalls.
Courtney holding Baby Sam!
Ted holding Baby Sam!
A little Sammy and Papa time! Sammy totally awake hanging out with Papa, checking it out!
Nonna admiring her grandson!
Nonna and Sammy!
Little Miss Arden and Baby Sam!
Layla and Anderson!
Baby on the wall! Sammy’s first!
Arden and Baby Sam!
Nanny and Baby Sam
Aww sweet Nanny kisses!
Dean and Baby Sam!
Best Big Sister EVER!
Mike Mundell Newborn Photos
Sammy would not sleep for any of the newborn photos. Mike even came back a second day and Sam was asleep until right before he got there and as soon as he left he went back to sleep, so needless to say these are not the newborn photos I had dreamed of and envisioned! Oh well, there are no redo’s when it comes to newborn photography!
Watching her baby bro in the swing!
1 Week Old!
Layla had a 1 week old ice cream cake so of course Sam had to as well!
Two of the greatest parts of my life! Pure joy!
Every morning Layla asks to hold her brother! Melts my heart!
She even helped give him a bottle!
Sweet sleeping boy.
Kisses for her brother!
Such a proud and helpful big sister!
For being such a good girl, and filling her “caught being awesome” behavior sticker chart with stickers, she got to go to the Disney Store and pick anything she wanted! She picked a Tangled nightgown!
Being a Helpful Big Sister!
burping her brother,
feeding her brother a bottle,
and helping give him a sponge bath!
Nonna and her loves!
January 12th Layla and I took Sam to meet Dr. Lovell who has been Guy’s Dr. his entire life. Layla loved spinning around on the stool!
Dr. Lovell was so happy and very thankful that we brought Sam in!
The first full Diaper Genie load!
Sam and Papa!
Sam and Nonna!
Kaylee holding Baby Sam!
Dax holding Baby Sam!
Celebrating Papa’s Birthday! We celebrated my dad’s birthday with dinner, family, friends, and an amazing malted chocolate cake that Guy made!
Uncle Dave T. snoozing with Baby Sam
Two of the greatest loves of my life!
Layla helping give Sammy a real bath now that his umbilical cord stump fell off!
Layla is such an awesome big sis! Enjoying being able to help!
Bundled up in Daddy’s arms after his bath.
Layla looking awesome dressed and ready to go puddle hunting with Daddy after the rain!
Ali holding Baby Sam!
Gracie holding Baby Sam!
January 16th, 2 Weeks Old!
January 17th Circumcision day! After that we took Layla to Gymnastics and she showed us some of her moves jumping into the pit!
Elizabeth holding Baby Sam !
The Aunts Meet Sammy!
Aunt Donna and Aunt Carol came down on January 21st to meet Sammy for the first time! They had been sick and did not want to come meet him until they were well! They were both so thrilled to meet and hold him!
Aunt Carol holding Baby Sam!
Aunt Donna holding Baby Sam!
Auntie Michelle did a beautiful French braid in Layla’s hair. Nonna and Papa were going to take Layla to Isabella Peraza’s Birthday party!
Uncle Mark-y holding Baby Sam!
Layla doing some post birthday party painting on the living room floor
and reading some books to Uncle Mark-y!
January 23rd, 3 Weeks Old!
All swaddled up like a little baby burrito in his crib!
Sam’s first time laying down under the play gym!
Nonna and Papa admiring their beautiful grandson!
January 30th, 4 Weeks Old!