Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

Thank you for keeping up-to-date with Nathan. We hope you visit often and enjoy experiencing our son's journey as much as we do. Please feel free to leave comments.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

The Dry Run.....

Danny and I arrived at the hospital Wednesday at 6:00pm and I was given a medication called cervadel that softens the cervix over a 10 to 12 hour period and could possibly have put me into labor. I started having mild contractions at about 5:00am.

At 9:00am I was given the second medication -- pitocin. This medication brings on contractions and should have produced dialation at one centimeter per hour. From what I've heard most of you say about this medicine I'll admit I was a little scared that I was going to go from like 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds!!!! When I said that to the nurse just before she administered the medication - she laughed and said that would not happen and it would bring them on slowly. Which is exactly what happened - by 5:00pm I was having regular contractions every 3 minutes.

Unfortunately, the contractions did not produce the expected dialation -- I was only one centimeter. At this point the doctor came in and gave us our options - go through this same process again (which could possibly have yielded the same result), go home (see what happens), or have a c-section.

It was not an easy choice because Danny and I wanted so badly to meet our son but we didn't want to put my life or the baby's life in jeopardy. These medications put a lot of stress on the baby and myself -- although both of us handled it like champs!

So, we decided this would be our dry run and we'd have to wait on our son. As sad as I am that we were not going to meet Nathan and that we had gone through all of this - it was the right decision. If Nathan wasn't ready there must be a reason and we must respect that. I am still having mild contractions every once in a while and my hands and feet are swollen but other than being disappointed at the outcome I am completely fine.

I told Danny as we were driving home - Nathan's like his mommy and that I am proud of him - he is going to come into this world on his own terms!! Not mine or any doctors - his. That's my boy!!!

Thank you to all those that called, emailed, and waited patiently by the phone. We will certainly keep you all informed if and when changes develop.

Love ya!
Kandi and Danny