Monday, December 20, 2010

Parkers arrival

Parker was scheduled to arrive on Dec 22nd via csection. Well Parker had his own plans. He arrived yesterday Dec 19 at 6:07 pm.

The story of how it all happened. We arrived in St. Louis on Thursday we had our appts on Friday and then stayed here just incase I went into labor. Well thank goodness we stayed! Early Sunday morning I was not sleeping well waking up throughout the night with some minor cramps. At around 530 am they started getting worse still not bad at all. Finally at 730 am I got up and started moving around I was just not getting comfortable and the pains were getting closer. I continued having contractions all day but they were never really consistent. Sometimes 15 minutes apart then 8 minutes then 20 minutes. There was no pattern that I was noticing at all. This went on all day but it was never anything very intense so I didnt think much of it. That afternoon they started getting stronger and a little more consistent. FINALLY at 3 I talked my hubby into taking me into the hospital. He was convinced that I was not in labor and that they were just going to monitor me and then send us back on our way. I think he was in denial of everything. He really thought I was just joking about the whole situation. We got in the car and headed to the hospital.

When we arrived at the Pregnancy Assessment Center they put me in a room hooked me up to the monitors and then checked me. Well I was already dilated to a 5 almost a 6. Boy was I in shock. Labor was nothing what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting I would "know" when I was in true labor and especially dilating so far. Needless to say things became very rush rush from this point on. We called our families really quick and told them to head this way. We live 4 1/2 hours from here. They started throwing things in the cars and were on their way.

Everything started happening so fast I cant remember alot and there was no time to even be nervous. It was a bit overwhelming here we were all by ourselves our families so far away and our baby about to make his appearance very soon. They told me they had to give me something to try and delay my labor because they needed an hour to get the whole team of drs together that were going to be needed to care for Parker. They gave me my epidural when I was at a 7 started prepping me for the surgery and started getting my husband prepared in what he needed to be doing. At 6 they wheeled me into the OR and at this point I could feel him coming sure enough I was dilated all the way and they had to act fast because he was breech. My hubby came in and they started right away and at 6:07 pm Parker made his great entrance into the world. He was immediately taken away neither one of us even got a glimpse of him. He was going straight to the cath lab.

Thankfully somewhere in here I was at so much peace. We were both holding it together so well, we didnt have time for tears and all we had was happiness. Everyone has been telling me that it would be this way but I had such a hard time believing that until I went through it. Adam went to the waiting room of the cath lab to wait on Parker and I was in recovery. We were both alone but still holding it together. We kept talking through text message and on the phone and updating each other on everything going on. Finally around 930 pm Adam got to go see him for the 1st time. He did well in the cath lab and was stable. He weighed 6 lbs 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. He is so perfect. I have never felt so much love in my life. It is very emotional but a different kind of emotional than it was during the pregnancy. Now I can actually know and see whats going on instead of wondering and worrying what will happen. I got to see him finally around 1 am and fell in love instantly!

As of now we are both doing great, Im trying to get as much rest as possible but I want to be with my baby all the time. He is doing well and I know there is nothing I can do to help him but just sitting with him makes me feel like Im contributing somehow. We are still waiting to see how everything goes before they will start talking about the first surgery. Hopefully by tomorrow we will have a better idea but its all just day by day.

I will try to update some more tomorrow. Ive been very busy the last couple of days and am just now getting a chance. Were on our way to go see him now then we are going to get some rest for the night. Here is a couple of pictures of him like I said I will try to get some more pictures soon and more updates when they become available! Thanks for all the prayers and support!

 (these pictures are small for some reason its all I can do right now until tomorrow sorry)


  1. Adam & Heather,
    I am so proud of you guys. You guys have done wonderful. Parker is very lucky to have you two as parents, he is so loved!! we are here for you! I am so blessed to have such a beautiful grandson! Love you guys!

  2. Adam and Heather,
    Congratulations! Parker is beautiful. He is already such an fighter. Will be praying for you guys. I am here if you need anything.

  3. Parker shares his birthday with another heart baby. My Natalie's BD is on the 19th. She was born without a diagnosis and crashed within four hours of birth. (Critical aortic stenosis/HLHS) You can read her story at caringbridge(dot)org (visit name)nataliehand.

    I'll be checking back with you all.

  4. Congrats Heather and Adam. What an unbelieveable entrance he made. I'm sure you'll be telling that story over and over and letting him know how impatient he was to meet you both. Lots of love and prayers each and every day for all of you. Thanks for posting; I know how hard it is to find even 2 minutes to use the restroom at times like this. Hugs!

  5. Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy, Parker. He is precious!!!

    Saying many prayers for all of you in the coming days. {{{HUG}}}

  6. Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!! :) Praying for you all!!!

  7. Congratulations! You all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Congrats! He is beautiful - we will continue to pray for all of you!

  9. Congratulations!! He is so beautiful! I'm so happy for you guys that he is finally here! Will be praying for you through the upcoming weeks!

  10. Congrats to both of you! He is a perfect little guy! Heather - so glad that the labor experience sort of snuck up on you and that you were able to convince Adam that the hospital was a good idea :). We're praying for all of you now and in the coming days and weeks. Happy Holidays and enjoy your first Christmas with Parker.