It has been a while since I have made an update, it has been a busy few weeks. Towards the end of the pregnancy I started having increased blood pressures, like 140’s over 90’s, which my normal is 1-teens over 70’s, so the concern began to be possible early signs of pre-eclampsia.
The night before baby girls arrival we went to the hospital because I had a headache that wasn’t going away with tylenol or water. When we arrived at the unit my blood pressure was again elevated, my co-worker, and now my nurse was concerned. I am unsure what her and the doctor talked about, but I can imagine, especially once he came in and stated that he wanted to admit me. I was scheduled to be induced the next day so the plan was just to start the process later that night after I had dinner and had a bath.
Around 10 pm we started the process, yet at midnight there hadn’t been any progress. However, over the night I had contractions, with the help of pitocin, and the next morning we moved to the next step in the induction, breaking my water. At that point the pain became extremely bad and at that point, with the encouragement of A and my nurse, I got an epidural. (Side note: I feel silly with how much I felt like a failure for getting the epidural. Knowing how the labor and delivery goes I am very happy with that choice now.)
After the epidural, I got a nap or two in, my mom arrived, and we watched as baby girl’s heart rate would keep dropping when I would have a contraction. Stressful!! That morning was stressful. I knew I was in good hands, but watching her heart rate drop with the contractions was scary. At one point one of my co-workers came in and turned off the monitor.
Throughout this some were saying that they should just take me back for a section, and knowing what I know and the risk factors that I brought to the equation I completely understand why they were suggesting it. However, one of my doctors wasn’t quite ready to go there; when he was he came in to check me one last time. At that point I was far enough along that he had me do a test push, which I pushed well enough that baby came down a little bit and her heart rate showed that she handled that well enough that the doctor decided to allow me to push and attempt a vaginal delivery.
After about 3-4 sets of pushing baby girl made her entrance. She was perfect! She did have the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, which explains the drop in her heart rate during each contraction.
The “delivery” of the placenta was still the worst part, however this time all I could feel was a lot of pressure (thank you Epidural!). My placenta was adhered to my uterus, which means that it had to be manually removed instead of coming out on its own. Thankfully they got it all out and both baby girl and I are okay.
Baby girl was born March 16th, 2018 at 12:46 PM. She weighed 6 lbs 14 oz. and was 20″ long.
Anyway, that is the story of her birth. I am so thankful for my friends, my family, also known as my coworkers for taking such good care of us during this whole pregnancy, to my mom for everything that you have done, and for being there for her birth and for holding my hand during the labor and delivery, and to my wonderful wife A, you were amazing during this whole experience and I know that I couldn’t have done it without you; Baby girl and I are so lucky and thankful that you are in our life!
I will try to do another update soon, but for now I need to go pump…