Monday, December 17th, 2001
Hi There! My name is Hunter Dylan Benjamin, and I'd like you to tell my story...
I was born 11:24pm, December 15th, 2001, at Saint Francis Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. It was
quite the traumatic experience, let me tell you. First my mommy, Anna Benjamin, and daddy, Tim
Benjamin, went to the doctor on Thursday, December 13th in the afternoon for an exam, one of many
in the past couple weeks. You see, my mommy was preclamptic, which meant that unless she was lying
down on her left side, the weight of my body on her arteries made her blood pressure rise and that
made the doctors nervous. Well this time the doctor said enough-is-enough and decided that it was
time to get me out.
So off mommy and daddy drove to St. Francis hospital in Milwaukee. Mommy was hooked up to a machine
that monitored her blood pressure, her contractions, and my heart beat. And I was sure to give mommy
plenty of good kicks to let knew I was okay. That night the nurse gave mommy some stuff to make the
future induction of labor quicker. The next morning, the nurses began to induce labor by giving
mommy "Pitosin" intravenously. Mommy had regular contractions all day and she squeezed daddy's hand
to help ease the pain, but not much happened. I wasn't ready to come out, no sir.
So they took her off the Petosin Friday night and gave her some more stuff to make labor go quicker.
And on Saturday morning, they gave her more Pitosin to induce labor again. She had a lot of
contractions again, and I was starting to get tired of it. So about 8:40am, I decided to tear mommy's
bag of waters to speed things up a bit. Mommy kept having contractions all day until about 9:00pm that
night. Fortunately, an anesthesiologist came in around noon to give mommy an epidural so the contractions
didn't hurt so much. After 9:00pm, my tiny little space started to get really cramped because mommy
started to push me out. I could hear her screaming a bit and yelling "Get him out!" and I did my best
to get out, but there wasn't much I could do.
Finally after 2 and a half hours of that bologna, the doctor, Dr. Hayes, put a vacuum suction-cup on the top
of my head and helped pull me out. Boy that hurt a lot!, and I have a bruise on my little head to prove
it. The doctor stuck a tube in mouth and then in my nose to help me start breathing the air. Then he
pulled me all the way out and passed me over to the nurses. The nurses weighed me and took me away
from mommy to put me in an incubator with oxygen because I was having a little trouble breathing. You
see, since the doctor pulled me out so quick (so mommy wouldn't hurt so much) I still had a little
fluid left in my lungs. Daddy came and watched over me for a little while to make sure I was okay and took
some pictures of me, but then he had to go back to mommy to make sure she was okay, too, because she had
to get some stitches.
Daddy was gone for a few hours, but then he came back around 7am the next morning to make sure I was
still okay and to take some pictures of me. Then he went back to mommy. It turned out that mommy hemorrhaged
a lot over night and got some blood clots inside of her that caused a lot pain, so another doctor did some
surgery on her to remove the clots and sewed her back up really good. Daddy watched me from outside the
nursery while mommy was in surgery, coincidentally while a different doctor was taking a little bit of
my blood. Daddy cried a little bit knowing that the two people he loved the most were in pain.
Around noon on Sunday, the 16th, mommy had been out of surgery for about an hour and was almost fully
awake, and after a few tests the doctors found that I could breathe normal air just fine. So I finally
got to spend a little time with mommy and daddy. The nurse gave me some formula overnight since mommy
was in pain and during her surgery, but I didn't like it much. Luckily mommy gave some of the good
home-grown breast milk when I got to see her so I can grow up to be healthy and smart.
I almost forgot to tell you my birth statistics:
Weight: 7 lbs, 6 oz
Length: 20 inches
Head circumference: 14 inches
Chest circumference: 13 inches
Anyway, as mommy started to feel better, I've been able to spend more time with her and daddy. Mommy
got moved to a regular hospital room on Monday and I got to hang out with her and daddy quite a bit.
I sure do like to sleep a lot: in my bassinet, on daddy's chest, in mommy's lap and while she's feeding
me. I'm a pretty quiet baby for the most part, but if something's really wrong I'm sure to let mommy
and daddy know about it. Everyone says I look a lot like daddy and I'm pretty much bald like daddy was
when he was born, and mommy keeps saying "He's soooo cute" to daddy -- I think she's talking about me.
I also had a few visitors today: Uncle Jeffrey Benjamin came to see me, and pseudo uncle/aunt Rick and Sherrie
Bird came to see me, too. They think I'm very cute too, of course!