welcome, hendrik duane lawrence simons
hello my dear friends!! i'm so happy to be back on the blog and to be able to finally introduce you to our sweet little boy, hendrik duane lawrence simons; born on friday, may 5th at 5:43 PM, weighing in at 7 lbs, 13 oz. he is perfect in every way; words can not describe how much love bradley and i feel for our little man.
at three weeks old (tomorrow), we've found our rhythm over here at the simons' house so i thought it would be a good time to write about our birth experience and share some photos! going into this pregnancy, i had a very open mind. whether i had a natural birth, c-section, needed pain medication or not, i was game for anything that made me feel better and was safe and the best choice for hendrik. early friday morning (4 AM), i started having consistant contractions for the first time, and at 3 days over due, this was exciting! at about 10 minutes apart and now 9:30 AM, bradley and i packed up the vehicle and headed to the hospital. when we arrived, my contractions were 5 minutes apart and very intense. it turns out i'm a big baby, and requested an epidural STAT. after our assessment we walked upstairs to our room and got settled. within the hour, i had my epidural and was feeling great. at 3:00 PM, i was examined again and learned we were 10 cm and ready to push but in the same breath, they told us that hendrik was in the posterior position (back to back) and diagonal position (head at my left my hip and feet at my right breast) so this was not going to be an easy delivery and they forewarned me that they may have to assist with forceps or a vacuum. yikes. so fast forward two hours, pushing was getting me no where, i was completely exhausted and hendrik's heart rate was dangerously rising, so the decision was made to assist the delivery with a vacuum. due to the stress on hendrik during labour, he had pooped inside me, and when a baby does this, there is a danger for Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS) where the baby inhales the meconium and amniotic fluid and it can potentially block baby's airways...so on top of the 3 nurses and doctor doing the delivery, there was a team of 4 medical professionals waiting to work on hendrik once delivered to clear his airway. i was extremely scared, and everything was happening so fast, but the staff, my dear husband and mama were there by my side, ensuring me everything would be okay. the next and last 10 minutes of the delivery were the absolute worst part, the pain from the vacuum was excruciating and on top of that, they had to do an emergent episiotomy, fun times! but.....when it was all over, our baby boy was finally born and was healthy, beautiful and everything we hoped and dreamed of, and more. there is no way to describe the feeling of seeing your baby for the first time, and how your heart instantly fills with love you didn't even know there was room for. it was hands down, the best moment of both mine and bradley's lives.
following the delivery, another complication arose; every time i would get up to walk, my left leg would give out and i would fall. at first the nurses thought it was my epidural wearing off, but after receiving an assessment from our doctor who discharged us, we found out that i had femoral nerve damage, something that can happen during assisted deliveries, and the only thing that really helps healing, is time. but with that information, we were still good to go home and get comfortable with our new little family and we were discharged around 1:00 PM the following day. the next few weeks were a bit of a struggle as i was recovering and unable to walk around with hendrik, so bradley had to pretty much be at my beck and call (best husband ever!) and thankfully hendrik is such a good little baby, that having the newborn was the easiest part!
so here we are, three weeks later and we are all doing great! it took about two weeks for me to start feeling normal again and bradley headed back to work, and now we are getting into a routine over here, with changing a lot of diapers, doing laundry constantly and cuddling and kissing our little boy as much as possible. we absolutely love being parents and both agree that hendrik is the best thing we have ever done. he is beautiful and healthy and the start of a new chapter for us. the future is so bright and we are already looking forward to giving hendrik siblings. thanks for stopping by to meet our little one and hear about his journey into the world. i can't wait to share more with all of you as he grows. xox