Saturday, January 4, 2014

Baby Penelope - Delivery

So as I said before I had had a migraine for 9 days and had gone into the hospital to be observed. For the past 9 weeks I had had issues with my blood pressure and every time I had a spike they would tell me just hold on until you can't anymore. So basically they were leaving the decision up to me. I really kind of hated that because I felt like I couldn't make that decision. If I had decided I couldn't take it any longer and something were to be wrong with Penny I wouldn't be able to forgive myself. So I kept pushing myself. By this time I was laying in the hospital incredibly sick because of the pain from the migraine. The nurse came in and after awhile told me she was going to get me some Morphine. I was excited to get some relief, and she said most women feel good enough to go home after they get some morphine. So I got the shot and I went from about a 6-7 on the pain scale to about a 3. I also got even sicker and start throwing up like crazy. The nurse was a little surprised and she later said she pretty much guessed at that point I would deliver that day. So they decided to have me go and meet with the specialist. So they wheeled me down to Dr. Schemer who by the way is an amazing doctor who always listened to me and helped me feel comfortable with the growth of my baby and everything. When I went in there he did his exam and then said, 'well we were going to talk about this tomorrow anyway but with all the symptoms you are showing and how you are feeling now I feel like you need to deliver today.' I have never wanted to thank a doctor so much. I was so scared they would just send me home and say keep going until you can't take it anymore and I felt like I was already at that point. He talked to the doctor and said I needed to deliver right away.

So the checked me to see if a VBAC was a possibility and it wasn't so a c-section was the plan. They got me all ready and it seemed to be a whirlwind of events. Oh and I forgot to mention that Nathan was taking pictures of everything for a school assignment. And when I say everything I mean everything, my throwing up, the epidural, IVs, all of the prep. He even took pictures of the surgery. We went in and when she was born she wasn't crying as much as they would like so I didn't get to see her until they had worked on her for a bit. She got an 8 and 9 on her APGAR. They brought her over and let me kiss her a few times and then they took her to the NICU. When I was in recovery the new nurse was also so sweet and she made sure that they took me through the NICU so I could see Penny. I didn't get to do that with Elenor even though I was supposed to. I got to see her and touch her and then I went down to my room. and by just after 10PM Penny was in my room with me.

My parents had brought Elenor down to see me and she was on the bed with me when they brought Penny in. She looked up at me smiling and said, 'Mom she is so cute.' I then got to hold Penny it was so amazing. That feeling I will never forget it is when everything seems right and good. I loved that I didn't' have to wait two days like with Elenor. Those two days were torture so getting to hold Penny right away was just so amazing. Then Nate held her and then we helped Elenor hold her. It was so fun getting to see that. I am so glad they have each other. I then got to have the normal experience of having the baby in the room with me. I loved every minute. I then waited until the morning of the third day and I wanted to go home. I was cleared but they weren't sure if they wanted to let Penny go. Because she was Late Preterm (Born at 36 weeks) they sometimes need a little more time. But they tested her billirubin that evening at 4 and everything looked good so they let me go. My nurse had been awesome that day too and got everything done so that if the test came back good I could leave right away since I would find out just before shift change and she wanted to help me get home. It was amazing getting to leave with my baby. Just knowing I wouldn't have to go back to the hospital the next day felt amazing. I really was just so excited.


aubrey wilson said...

Congratulations on the new baby! So glad everything went well.

Julie said...

best day every!