Mommyhood · Pregnancy

Meet Axel!

01-99The newest member of the Holl Family, Axel, made his arrival on October 4th!

I was originally scheduled to be induced on October 6th, but since he was already late, I asked my doctor if I could push that date up to the 4th. I wanted the 4th for two reasons: First, I was worried about his size based on what they estimated (was thinking he was around 9 lbs.). Second, I thought it would be awesome to have him on the 4th! Charlotte was born Sunday, August 4th, our anniversary is Sept. 4th and my dad’s birthday is November 4th, so it’s pretty neat we have 4 in a row!

Anyways, the doctor (obviously) okayed it and we went to the hospital at 7 a.m. on Oct. 4th. We got settled into the delivery room and around 8:30 they started a pitocin drip. They only did the smallest amount (6 drips/hour). I was about 2 cm at that time. I had actually started having more frequent contractions that night/morning, but nothing consistent. Around 9:30 a.m. the doctor came in to check me and break my water. I was around 3 cm at that time. Once she broke my water things went fast. Contractions were now about every 2-4 minutes and getting stronger!

The nurse asked if I wanted an epidural at that time and I said no as I wanted to see how far I could go without one. Turns out not very long. About 5-10 minutes later I asked for the epidural and they contacted the anesthesiologist, who was at home. They said it could take as long as 40 minutes for him to arrive so they asked if I wanted something else to help take the edge off. I agreed knowing how quickly everything was progressing. It helped, but made me really hot and a little dizzy. They mentioned it would make it feel like I’ve had a few drinks – that was not a lie!

About 15-20 minutes later (I think) the anesthesiologist arrived and we got started on the epidural trying to time it through the contractions. They had to readjust it once and then once it was done, I realized that I could still feel my right side pretty well, but it was manageable. They mentioned that I was progressing so fast that sometimes the medicine can’t keep up.

So after about an hour or so, they came and checked and I was at 9 cm! She said I even went to a 10 while she was checking. So they started getting the room prepped and let the doctor know. He was ready to make his appearance! I felt a lot of pressure and at one point was worried he wasn’t going to wait for the doctor to come.

Once the doctor arrived, I only had to push three times and he was born! Like I said, he was ready to come out.

He was born at 11:30 a.m., weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz. and was 22.25″ long!

Because he was over 8 lbs. they had to do glucose testing for 12 hours, which he passed.

I’m not sure if I could have had a smoother delivery and this time around the recovery has been much better.

We named him after my great grandfather (Axel) and my grandfather (Sather). His nickname is his Ash, for Axel Sather Holl, but I have yet to call him that. I have a feeling it will be like Charlotte, where I call her both Charlie and Charlotte.

Two-Week Update:

Yesterday we had his two-week well check. He is growing! He is now 10 lbs. and 23″ long! As I have mentioned in previous posts during pregnancy with him, he has a pelvic kidney. Last Friday we took him in for an ultrasound to check it out. It was a little hard to see it because of where it’s placed in his pelvis, but they did get some images. They think it’s a little smaller than the left kidney and unfortunately they can’t tell function from an ultrasound, but they aren’t too worried since he’s having regular bowel movements and a lot of wets.

They did say they want us to see a specialist, who may want to do some additional tests/blood work to figure out functionality. We were going to get set up with a specialist here in Des Moines, but apparently that doctor is moving and not taking any more patients. So now we have to go to Iowa City, which is about 2 hours away. That appointment is scheduled for Nov. 2 so that should be interesting. Hopefully it will be fine and we’ll just have to do regular check-ups every couple of years or so.

Charlotte has been doing awesome in her new role as big sister. She gives him kisses before she leaves for daycare, when she gets home and any time she can. She also likes to rub his head. She’s a great helper, wanting to get diapers, throw dirty ones away and so forth. Hopefully this continues!


7 thoughts on “Meet Axel!

  1. Great birth story! Went fast and smoothly, that’s awesome. I am hoping to go into labor any day now (due Friday), and I keep hearing of all these fast labors and hope I am in that crowd.

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