Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Alexander Scott Robertson....Our Newest Shining (or should I say Shooting) Star!!!!!

Yes, it's true...The tiniest Robertson has arrived...Alexander Scott!!!!

23 days early Alex decided to make his appearance on the morning of a full moon. Who says there isn't something to that whole gravitational pull thing...Hee Hee!!! September 15th @3:52am he was born to two very surprised parents.

Just hours before we had been watching the funny new video release Baby Mama!!! How ironic!!! I went to bed at 10:30 feeling heavy with contractions but figured it was just par for the course for these last 2 weeks before being induced. At 11:05pm my water broke and then it was off to the hospital. Let's just say, that was off to the hospital after we packed our bags because that wasn't even done. We arrived at Auburn Regional Medical Center at about 10 minutes to midnight with contractions coming about every 2 and 1/2 minutes!!! I felt much more in control and focused this time around so the breathing exercises really helped out. After arriving at the 3rd floor birthing center we were checked into our room and I immediately began asking for the epidural. They said it would take a little bit of time because they had to place an IV and make sure I got one bag of saline solution in me before the anesthesiologist would even come in. So the race began for the epidural. I think I was more excited for pain management than I was for the arrival of Alex.

And so the breathing race began and I was doing well managing each contraction knowing that if I could make it through the next hour, I would probably get some relief with the epidural. Whew...the bag of saline solution was complete and the anesthesiologist was on her way....Yippee!!! She walked in the door with all of her tools of the trade and she began the process. I couldn't believe all the things happening at once. Mind you the contractions don't stop so I was trying to breath through those at the same time the blood pressure cuff was going off every minute and the nurse was reading off the numbers to the doctor to make sure I was in a good place for the insertion of the needle. Then, it happened.....that big needle was entering my spine and I could feel the weirdest tickles in my lower back and it started to freak me out. I was calm and collected but freaked out on the inside. My left leg went immediately numb and I thought for sure something had gone terribly wrong because I could feel my right leg but not my left. I thought for sure they were going to have to do it again, but then then the doctor said, no it will eventually get numb....Don't Worry (yeah right......I'm a woman in labor and you're telling me not to worry!!!!!) It was about that time that the doctor said they were going to try a test dose of the medication....all seemed to go well, so they taped me up and laid me back down on the bed. No sooner was I laying down and the epidural drip had started that my blood pressure plummeted to a startling 52 over 40....I was in panic as they scuttered around to get me oxygen and epinephrine to get my blood pressure back up. It was a moment of reckoning as I literally felt my body rise above the bed and I could literally see Randy sitting off in the corner and I was pleading with God...Don't take me now!!! Then, they couldn't find the baby's heartbeat and I was sure they were going to wheel me off and do a C-Section. I was seeing spots, hearing bells and then it all settled down.....I could answer questions and the drama was over. I know it was probably only about 5-8 minutes of panic, but I was not prepared for the epidural to be the most hair-raising moment of the morning. Randy was finally able to come by my side and hold my hand and that brought me the greatest relief of the morning. As we talked, he admitted that he, too, had a moment of panic where he asked the Lord not to take me now. So we were both thinking the same thing at the same moment.


The nurses began monitoring my contractions a bit more closely as they were becoming increasingly intense. And then the moment arrived, I dilated from a 5 to a 10 within ten minutes and it was time to have Alex.....but the doctor wasn't there yet, so the nurses kept saying, "Oh, just breathe through those contractions and we'll have a baby as soon as the doctor gets here." "But, but, but I have to push NOW!!!!!" And thankfully, the doctor walked in and said, "OK Lori, show me that baby...." 1 push then 2 and he was delivered, 3:52 am. Alexander Scott Robertson....6 lbs 7.9 ounces and 18.5 inches long. Just a little peanut!!!! He has dark hair just like his sister did and a little button nose just like his big brother and big sister.

We were discharged on Tuesday morning and were home by noon!!! What a whirlwind for not even expecting to deliver until late next week. I must be honest, I am relieved and so happy that Alex is here safe and sound, but my body is going through a lot. I wasn't expecting to feel so incredibly sore, weak and in pain. Alex is nursing well, but the contractions that come when he does and the cramping that go along with it are, at times, unbearable. Continue to say your prayers for a quicker bounce back than I am currently experiencing and more rest. With the other two, I felt pretty good a few days in, but this is different for sure. The nurses, family and friends all tell me that after #3, recovery is much more difficult. So, we remain in prayer for strength and energy to enjoy our growing family.

Randy is doing great and enjoying the new little bundle of joy. The kids are both responding quite well to their new little brother. They have been gentle and loving (so far) and it's been a joy to watch them around baby Alexander. They are both still sick with colds, so that presents it's challenges and now Mackenzie is about to sprout 2 or 3 new teeth at the same time.

Grandma-Nanny, Lori's mom, is with us and is helping out with so much. She has been such a trooper with us and the kids, we couldn't be more grateful to her!!!

I am going to try to post a picture here so you can see little Alexander.





We will continue to post as we find strength and energy. Thanks again for all your prayers!!!

Lovebug Hugs,
Randy, Lori, Connor, Mackenzie and Alexander

24 comments:

Auntie Heather said...

FINALLY!!!!

Congratulations Randy, Lori, Connor and Mackenzie! I have been checking the blogsite multiple times a day to catch a glimpse of my newest nephew. Yeah! He's here--safe and sound.

I am also enjoying the pictures Bryan took on his quick visit to see you Monday. I can't wait to see Alex and the rest of the family.

Congratulations again! I hope you are all feeling better soon.

Love,

Auntie Heather

Izabell said...

ok he is soooo cute!!! congrats!!!

amanda said...

Congratulations! Beautiful Baby!

Some scary moments there, but I'm glad everyone is ok, and I will be praying for recovery.

Besides the scary moments your labor sounds so much like my middle baby! I had the heaviness that would come and go, and I just thought it was the late stages of pregnancy, but I soon realized they were every 2 minutes. I started at 12p, and she was born at 5:55p. I had to wait on the epi too! Finally, and guess what I could still feel/move everything! I was so scared-lol, but we made it.

sarah and the troops said...

Congratulations Randy, Lori, Connor and Mackenzie. Welcome to the world baby Alex. Alex you are beautiful, and what a wonderful family you have just joined. God Bless you all in the next chapters of your life. Also, I will pray for you all for a quick recovery, easy adjustment from 2 to 3 kids, and wellness for you all. Congratulations again!

Hidden Jewel said...

Congratulations! I'm glad everything turned out okay.

I heard one midwife say that there actually are more women in labor during the gravitational pull. Crazy huh!

On the cramping, a heat pack saved me while nursing those first few days.

Cynthia

Kathy said...

What a JOYFUL miracle! Congratulations Randy, Lori, and kids. You are always in the prayers of all your "family" at LifeSpring.
Love & prayers, Gene & Kathy Carter

Heather said...

HOW BEAUTIFUL he is!!!! I am so thrilled to have a new little Roberston in this world! Oh, it just tugs at my heart even harder to get to WA to see all of you. Give the new little peanut a hug and kiss from Auntie Heather #2 and give big brother and sister the same with a high 5. :)
I love you all! Lori, you get as much rest as humanly possible. I'll be praying!

Auntie Heather #2

Sky said...

Oh he is just so cute, what a gift :) Lori you have the most hair raising deliveries, Im so glad everyone is doing good, and I pray that your strength comes back full force soon... I cant wait to see a pic off all 3 kids and one of all of you!!! Lots of Love Always Sheila

hjoy said...

He is absolutely beautiful, congratulations.
Heidi & Junior

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the Robertson family. Wr are so excited to hear all about the new addition. We will continue to pray for you all.
Hugs, Kathy & Darrell

Andy and Steff said...

Yea!! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Randy, Lori, Connor, Mackenzie and baby Alexander,

Congratulations! It is so exciting that baby Alex is here! He is so adorable! Blessings to you! I will keep Lori in my prayers for a quick recovery.

Angela

Anonymous said...

He is adorable!!

Congrates on your newest baby boy.

Cheryl Maulin

denessen said...

Congratulations on your new baby son, a shooting star.
Hope Mamma and baby are doing well also the rest of the family. Hope they finished their colds.
Love Oma and Opa Denessen

susanke said...

It was so fun to see Randy on Sunday as he showed off the pictures of your newest bundle of joy. Glad Alexander is here and all is well. You definitely have a house full now. I vaguely remember having three little ones three and under. We're so happy for you! Blessings to you all!

Robin said...

Congratulations!! Welcome to the world Alexander. Be sure to sleep through the night very soon so Mama can get her rest. Ladybug hugs!

Dylan and Family said...

Congratulations! Sounds like an exciting adventure as well.

Hugs to you all!

Kristy

Sky said...

I was thinking about you today Lori, I hope your feeling great, up and around running running running!!! Hugs to all of you from Sky and I Sheila

Emery six said...

What a cutie! Alexander sure is handsome.

I have this feeling that you and Randy were influenced by the things you had experienced and seen when Bug was in the ICU at the time you both prayed that God wouldn't take you at that moment of panic and pain during your labor. I believe we come to realize how fragile our lives can be and it gives us a deeper sense of appreciation for life and each other. I thank God for answering your felt prayers during that time of need. Bless you as you care for yourself and your three little ones.

I know the birth of our third was the most difficult for me, though it seemed like it should have been easier rather than harder. Sure didn't make sense to me, but that's just the way it was.

Welcome Alexander, you've been born into a wonderful family!

-susan (and John and kids)

Anonymous said...

A BIG Welcome to your new baby boy!!

You sure have a cutie! We hope you are feeling stronger everyday Lori...
and hopefully we can get a peek at Alexander before too much time goes by! Congratulations!!

All our love,
The Frazier family

trevor said...

Congrats on your new baby boy!

Jackie

amanda said...

Ihave 3 babes, and at one time I had a teen, a todd, and a newborn, so I know how busy you all are, and I know how you probably wish there were 2 0r 3 of you running around there at times. Hope things start slowing down a bit between now and the next post. Thinking of you...

Sky said...

Lori your family has grown so much from when you first started this blog, have you thought of changing the name to the Robertsons adventurous journey? I hope all is going good, and that your getting some sleep! I think about you often and Im always sending prayers for a healthy happy home! Love Ya Sheila

Tammee Angel Michael said...

Lori,
What a joy it is to read your blogs. Thank you for the nice and warm phone message, it brought tears streaming down my face. We think of all of you often! I can not believe how beautiful your family is! I'm saddened that Conner has been in so much pain. I pray that the Doctors at the mayo clinic find something and get Conner on to a healthy and pain free life, in which he deserves! Stay positive- Your family is in our prayers- Lots of Love! tammee, howie, austin and angel michael