Today, February 18, 2015 my son Sullivan Joseph Catlett was born at 7:53am. He weighed in at 8.4 lbs and 23 inches long.
But, before we get too far down the path let's back this train up a little bit.
Sully is my 5th and final child. I know this because I have had surgery to correct the "problem" totally joking there, but I am officially done creating children. With that being said, I am completely blessed with 5 amazing kids. Parker 8, Kennedy 4, Charlie 3, Ollie 1 1/2, and now Sully!
My wife Josie and I went to the hospital at 11pm the night of Feb 17th because she had started feeling contractions around 5pm that evening. My amazing and wonderful administrative assistant Sara had offered to come watch our other kids when things went down. So Sara showed up and off we went.
When we arrived we were sent into a Triage room to be evaluated and such. Josie got checked and she was 2 to 3 cm dilated. Josie's contractions were getting stronger and as close as 3 minutes a part at some points, but they would sometimes taper off and only be 7 minutes apart. After an hour she got checked and she was 4 cm dilated and there were talks of sending us home. We started walking laps around the unit and then the nurse offered Josie to try out the jacuzzi tub. After a few hours of walking and the hot tub Josie had increased to 5cm to 6cm dilated and 100% effaced. It was decided then that we were a go and we were transferred into our room.
After another hour or so, Josie had moved to 7cm dilated and everyone was preparing for a baby to arrive soon. Josie received an epidural around 7am and then around 7:30am the doctor came in to talk with Josie. They discussed her previous pregnancies and specifically they talked about how Josie in the others had her water broken by the doctor and usually after that things progressed very quickly and baby was born soon thereafter. Little did we know what would transpire next.
The doctor broke Josie's water at 7:43am, but very little fluid came out and the babies head we were told was acting like a cork not allowing the fluid to release.
From this point forward all hell broke loose.
They had Josie roll to one side, then the other, then they had her get on all fours. They continued trying to adjust the heart rate monitors strapped to Josie's belly to find a heart beat, but were having trouble doing that. I could immediately sense a bit of urgency suddenly come over the doctor and the nurse. They told Josie to lay back down and that she would need to start pushing now! The doctor called for all the nurses and an army of 12 nurses came descending upon our room. I look down and see Josie upset, worried, and crying. I, of course, am too at this point. After a minute or so of pushing, the doctor inserts one of those deals on the babies head to get a pulse and tells us she wants to get a consistent feed from it because she is having trouble locating it.
Meanwhile the room was buzzing with activity, movement, and noise. Josie was pushing as I held her hand and head as two nurses flanked her lower body. The doctor at one point yells after everyone to be quiet and she tries to hear a heartbeat and from my vantage point, she can't. I remember looking at the doctor and she hadn't even dressed out yet. She didn't have time to. Panic has hit the room and the doctor is encouraging Josie to do everything she can and push with everything she's got. It was a fury of pushing, no breaks, no time to rest. Josie finally broke down and stopped. The doctor said, "Listen to me, I don't have time to take you over for a C-section, you can do this, you need to be the one to push him out, you can do this". Josie bears down and continues to push. His head is started to become more visible from my vantage point. The doctor was trying to use the vacuum, suction cup thing a couple times to assist getting him out. Josie was very emotional which tore me apart. I tried to encourage her on as she was getting so close and making tremendous progress very quickly.
Josie broke down and quit again for a moment. A nurse from the other side of the bed told Josie to hold her breath like she was jumping into the pool and push. She did and great progress was made, but Josie was spent. She fell back in exhaustion. I encouraged her that she had made great progress and told her to keep doing that. She pull herself back up and pushed again and the doctor was yelling at her that she was so close.
Suddenly his head was out, and as I watched the doctor in a matter of seconds, she unraveled the umbilical chord one revolution from around his neck, clamped it and cut it, then after cutting it, unraveled it another revolution as she pull him the rest of the way out and passed him to a couple nurses that swooped him off to the lil warmer station to do their thing. I noticed he was a boy at this point, which was a surprise for us this time. Once he got to the table and they sucked some gunk out of his mouth he began to cry.
This sound was the best thing I have ever heard in my life.
This was at 7:53am, 10 short, but very very long minutes after the doctor broke Josie's water. 10 minutes I'll never get back on my heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. I have probably not done this story justice as I am not the best writer and don't have all my fancy medical terms down, but all I know is this was a stressful situation.
|Sullivan Joseph Catlett est. 2015|
Thankfully, God has blessed us with another beautiful baby boy, Sullivan (aka Sully) and this story has a good ending. I am pretty confident though that I think my heart lost several years of life in this ordeal.
The next day the doctor told Josie that she was sorry it got so crazy in there and she felt terrible about it. She said that Sully's heart was under distress and that is why she made the moves she made. Josie told her she did an amazing job and made the right calls! The doctor was unaware that Sully had his umbilical chord wrapped around his neck and that she did not know that until she pull him out initially.
All I know is having a child come out completely healthy and for all intensive purposes perfect, is a miracle.
Mom and baby are doing fabulous and expected to come home tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 20th.
|Proud big sister Kennedy with Sully|