Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sean is Born - 8/5/08

It all started on the morning of August 4th when Darcy had her 40.5 week checkup appt at 10:30am. I was at work, missing this appointment having gone to the one the week prior. At about 12 noon Darcy called my desk at work for the post-appointment debriefing. The short of it was that although she was not dilated sufficiently, her uterus was low on fluid thus making it necessary to induce labor today. Oh my goodness, the day was finally here!

Nervous, overwhelmed, but most of all excited, I shut down my workstation, told my boss as well as HR the news, and was on my way home to get Darcy to take her to the hospital.

Things got off to a slow start as it took time to check in, get our room, for the nurses to drill Darcy with questions, and for them to come up with their game plan of how to go about getting Sean out of Darcy’s body despite the fact that her cervix was not cooperating. The first test was a stress test to see if Sean could handle the stress of labor, so they gave Darcy pitocin. He passed, so they then tried to make her dilate using a foley bulb (google it here), but this was unsuccessful. Krissy Schrieber, Darcy’s very good friend who also works at Devcon was visiting at this point after work.

Next they gave Darcy a misoprostol, which is a cervix ripening pill. It too, yielded no success, and took over four hours for us to find that out.

At this point we had been at the hospital for 10 hours. It was 11pm, and despite regular contractions that were increasingly more painful, Darcy was still only dilated 1 cm. To make matters worse, when Darcy contracted, Sean’s heart rate would consistently dip, indicating that he was tired, and that he may not be able to make it through a long intense labor. Based on this information, a C-Section was deemed the way to go to ensure a safe delivery for both mom and baby. This decision was made at approximately midnight.

We now called our parents, both still at home an hour and a half away in Santa Rosa and Ceres, to tell them that a C-Section was inevitable. They got in their cars immediately. I also called my sister Trisha who lives in San Francisco and she headed for the South Bay. Darcy’s sister Meghan and girlfriend Cat had been visiting for hours already as you can tell by the picture above.

By 12:50am (now Aug. 5th), Darcy was in the c-section specific delivery room getting prepped for the surgery with 6 or so Kaiser Employees (two of them Doctors and all of them women). In my scrubs, I had to wait outside the door until prompted to enter the room right as surgery began. I entered the room at 1:14am, sat next to Darcy’s head and held her hand. We were both shielded from viewing the surgery by a tarp that was there just for that reason. Darcy, numb from the chest down, was very brave and I am so proud of her.

At 1:19am, August 5th, 2008, we both heard crying sounds from the other side of the tarp. Sean was born. I immediately got up and walked over to see him as they weighed him, measured him, cut his umbilical cord, etc. I can’t describe the feeling I had looking at him, watching him crying while slightly squirming, brand new to the world. I think the only way to describe it actually is “indescribable”. Sean weighed in at 7lbs 4.6oz, and measured 19inches long.

Meanwhile, Darcy was getting sewn back up and had not yet caught a glimpse of her son. After ten minutes or so, they wrapped Sean up and let me carry him over to his mommy.

By the time Sean was born Trisha had already made it in from SF, but both sets of grandparents were still on the road, rapidly approaching Kaiser Santa Clara. We all took turns holding the baby, taking picture after picture, and commenting on how cute he is. The whole time we passed him around he didn’t cry once.

The Bakers arrived first, and then soon after the Narduzzis, accompanied by my 18 year old sister Beth who is now a rather young aunt.

After a couple hours of visiting with family, everybody went home and it was just the three of us. Darcy’s legs were slowly getting their feeling back, and we were all very tired. When we finally laid down to rest in our postpartum room it was past 5am.

It was an amazing experience that we will cherish forever.


Elena said...

Jeff and Darcy,

I am SOO happy for you two. Baby Sean is beautiful! He looks like Daddy already. :-) Congrats you guys. I wish you all the best with your new bundle of joy!

Michael said...

He looks like he has got some good handles and will be an excellent point guard!

Congratulations to the entire Narduzzi Family. Poor Bosco.

Janet said...

Congratulations Darcy & Jeff. Baby Sean is absolutely beautiful!!! I can't wait to hold him.

Love, Aunt Janet

louisgray said...

Congratulations! Welcome to the world of parenthood. Good luck to Bosco, Eddie and the family.

Diane Scott said...

Congratulations Darcy and Jeff!
Your life will never be the same again - it just improved more than you can ever imagine. I can't wait to meet Sean - he is so cute already. Enjoy every minute of family life - it's the absolute best!!!!

Athena said...

What a blessing! Darcy and Jeff he is soo cute, update pics soon. Congrats on your new arrival!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Jeff and Darcy!!
Best wishes Nate Brown.

wad said...

Congratulations! I teared up a bit while reading. A new baby is so exciting. I am happy for you both that Sean was born healthy and that the doctors seem to have taken such good care of Darcy. Good luck with your new addition and best wishes.

Sharee and Arthur said...

Congratulations you guys! He really is adorable. I hope Darcy is recovery well and quickly! Good luck functioning on less sleep. It's hard, but worth it.

Charli125 said...


And wow Jeff, you make the process sound so glamorous!