Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Birth Story

I've seen so many bloggers write their birth story and I think it's such a great opportunity to record it both for me and for little Baby BUB.  I promise there are no gross details in here.

On Monday, March 19, I went for a routine doctor's appointment at almost 32 weeks pregnant.  I had previously experienced high blood pressure and the protein levels found in my urine at the doctor's office made the doctor admit me to the hospital for a 24 hour observation.  At that time, I did not have a bag packed, nor did I consider the option that I might leave the hospital without a baby still occupying my uterus.

Mr. BUB walked me to my hospital room and went home to pack my necessities.  I was immediately taken downstairs for an ultrasound, where I learned Baby BUB was measuring in the 29th percentile, a large drop from the ultrasound 12 days earlier.  The even higher protein results the doctor found the following morning confirmed preclampsia and led to her decision to admit me for hospital bedrest.

I was upset and bored the first full day there, not to mention frustrated.  Over the next few days, I met with a high risk OB and was informed that Baby BUB was definitely coming early.  The best case scenario would be that we wait to deliver until I was 34 weeks pregnant.  I was then scheduled to meet with a neonatalogist, a lactation specialist, and various other professionals to inform me what I'd face in the coming weeks.  I was also provided steroid shots in an attempt to mature Baby BUB's lungs, since she was so early.

Friday, March 23, the doctor banned me from eating or drinking after midnight, until my lab work was returned the following day.  My continuously rising blood pressure, combined with my rising protein levels, were cause for alarm.  She placed the ban in case we would have to induce on Saturday.

I woke up Saturday, prepared to meet with the doctor and either get to eat breakfast or (and I really didn't plan for this) have a baby.  The doctor's usual time for rounds passed and I grew more hungry and less patient.  The doctor was held up by an unusually large number of women delivering.  I later learned that she'd delivered 7 babies before Baby BUB that day.  My family came to visit and decided to stay until word was received one way or the other.  Around 2:30 p.m., I was provided an IV to prevent dehydration.

Around 3:30 p.m., the doctor finally had a break from deliveries and came to see me.  She explained that my protein levels had soared beyond what she'd expected.  She had consulted again with the high risk OB and both felt it was time to deliver.  She provided the option to have a normal vaginal birth or a c- section.  She listed the pros and cons for each option.

The factors leading to the c-section included the fact that I was so early that my body was not prepared for labor.  I was guaranteed to spend approximately 12 hours preparing for labor, followed by another 12 or so actually in labor.  And I was not guaranteed to avoid a c-section after all of that pain.  Furthermore, the c-section would likely be less stress on the baby, and she was my main focus.  We made the decision and the pieces quickly fell into place for Baby BUB's birth.  

By 4:30 p.m., I was moved to Labor & Delivery for preparations.  At 5:37 p.m., Baby BUB entered the world.  Her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice, which further confirmed our decision to have a c-section.  She weighed a tiny 3 lbs, 5 ozs and was breathing on her own.  We were able to see her briefly as the neonatologist whisked her out of the room.  She was smaller than I could have expected and a little purple, leading Mr. BUB to exclaim, "She looks just like a lizard!" and the entire operating room burst into laughter.

After confirming that she was stable, they brought her back into the operating room for me while I was being stitched back up.  It is at this point that Mr. BUB supposedly peeked over the curtain and saw my abdomen while cut open.  I was able to hold her for a couple pictures before she was taken to NICU.  

I was moved to recovery and back in my normal room an hour and a half later. The next 24 hours were rough.  My blood pressure was still sky high, so I was not allowed to leave my hospital bed.  And subsequently, I wasn't allowed to see my child.

Around 4 a.m. Monday morning, my mom had enough.  She found a wheelchair and took me up a floor to see my baby in NICU.  Since then, the recovery has been fairly easy.  My pain is minimal, I'm just exhausted from waking up to pump every 3 hours.  My blood pressure is still high, but it's slowly stabilizing.

I'm still slightly in shock that she's already here.  We thought we may end up with an April baby, but I never expected a March baby!  We are absolutely in love with our little girl and cannot wait for her to come home.

In other news, the nursery is almost done!  I promise to share pictures asap.

33 comments:

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing, Heather! I'm happy to hear that you both are doing well! She was just ready to face the world early ;)

Can't wait to see pictures of the nursery!

Kathleen said...

Heather, you and baby Skeeter are ROCKSTARS! So glad that both of you are doing well! :) Can't wait to see pictures! Ps. Have y'all decided on a name for her yet? Not that Skeeter is adorable! :)

Meg O. said...

Wow, what a surprise indeed! I have no idea how that must have felt to have her two months before she was due and be so unprepared! But you did the right thing with the c-section (I know you know that). Isn't it amazing how we won't even think twice about that option when given the safety of your baby? I am so glad that you didn't have to have a rough labor and then a c-section. Yeah, Greg totally saw all of my guts on the operating table, too. Hahaha. It's crazy what our husbands go through that day, too. I am so happy the little lizard (lol at that) is doing well and that she has been breathing on her own. I can't wait to meet her (after she is big and strong, of course)!!

Michelle (michabella) said...

Wow! That is crazy!!! So glad both you and baby are healthy though!!! I can't wait to see pictures!!!!!!!

caitlin said...

so happy for you! it's so great to hear that you & baby bub are doing great :)

Mrs. Williams {Persnickety Plates} said...

It sounds like it went pretty smoothly for as scary as it must have been. I'm glad you're both doing well! =)

Sarah E. said...

What a scary journey!! But a very wonderful outcome :)

Michelle @ The Vintage Apple said...

SO happy everyone is doing ok!!! She is beautiful, and the world just got sweeter now that she is in it!!! Can't wait to see you both! <3

Nichole said...

Wow! Scary and exciting all at the same time. I'm glad Baby Bub is safely in the world now (even if she wads early!)

tara said...

So glad this post contained no nasty details. Thank you! ;)

Mateya said...

What a whirlwind! I can't imagine. Knowing you were only a couple weeks ahead of me is so crazy! Although I want Baby B to keep cooking I am slightly jealous you got to meet Baby BUB already she is happy and healthy :)

Can't wait to see more pictures of the little sweetie and the nursery!

Victoria said...

not the ideal situation/delivery but so glad it went smoothly and both of you are doing well! can't wait to see more pictures of her sweetness (and what have you and Mr named her?).

prayers still being sent your way,so she leaves the nicu sooner rather than later :)

Tea said...

I'm glad that you and baby BUB are doing well! Can't wait to see pictures of the nursery!

Bubblymuppet said...

I'm so glad it went so smoothly considering =) Can't wait to see pictures!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

So glad to hear that she is hear and you are both doing well. Still prayin' for y'all as you transition!

Amber said...

I totally wish you would've blogged about all the gross and gory details. Does that make me weird?

Either way, I'm so happy she's healthy and finally here! :)

Whitney said...

I was so worried when I heard that you had the baby, but I'm so glad to hear that you're both doing well. Also, I just wanted to let you know that my work is doing the March of Dimes this year and I have decided that I'm going to participate in honor of you and little baby BUB!

Kim said...

What a story!! I couldn't even imagine going all through so early! I also had preclampsia, high protein levels, and skyrocketing blood pressure. My dr. let me go late, and preferred inducing me, which resulted in 3 days of labor before a c section, that I asked for! Like Meg said, it is amazing how we are all ready to sign up for a c section when thinking about our little babies! It becomes such an easy decision. My little guys heart rate was dropping so I insisted on a c section, and he too had his cord around his neck. All was inevtible! Anyway, I am so happy your little girl is here and doing ok!! My baby was in the NICU and it was so tough so I can imagine what your going through! This little lady wanted to meet you and your hubs real bad! Welcome to world Baby BUB!! And congrats on becoming a new Mama :)

The McFall's said...

This made me cry because it reminds me of my birth story and not seeing my baby girl for 24 hours either. We were lucky enough to be at 34 weeks, but she still spent a week in NICU.

Stay strong. Sounds like you have a great support system. And the nurses in NICU are always great.

Keeping you all in my prayers. And hoping your baby is home with you VERY soon!!

Katie said...

So glad you shared this! I can't even imagine what a whirlwind this has all been for you guys, but you seem to be handling it so well!
What a strong little girl you have already!! She was just ready to be out where all the fun was happening.

Can't wait to see more of her and her precious room!

J and A said...

Wow what a story. Glad your Mom took you to see her! :)

Shelley said...

What a relief to know everything is okay, though!! When will she get to come home??

The Nerdy Katie said...

I can't wait to snuggle this baby girl! Did Ben take pictures of your guts? I was SO mad J didn't get any pictures of mine. Yes, I am aware of how weird I am.

Do they have any ideas when she will get to come home?

Christianna said...

What a little miracle! Baby BUB is such a lucky little girl. And strong too. It was so awesome to hear her story and yours. I had the cord wrapped around my neck twice too...

Heather said...

Oh my! Thank god you are both healthy after the whole ordeal! I dont know how you did it! They took my daughter away from me for 2 hours to do xrays (she snapped her clavical during delivery) and I was a wreck! Good to know shes healthy and will be with you again soon!

Jessica Renee said...

We can always swap gory stories if you'd like! haha.. I'm just so so happy you and Baby BUB are safe and healthy that's all that matters! Congrats again! :)

Krystal said...

thank you for sharing and i'm glad you're okay! congrats on the new addition and i'm sure you can't wait she comes home with you! ;)

Katie said...

Wow-- so glad that she's here safe and sound after all of that!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Glad you're ok and that everyone is doing well! Congrats to you and your family!

Megan said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us! I'm so glad that y'all are both doing well! Sounds like y'all made a great decision with the c-section!

LWLH said...

Glad you both are safe and sound :)

Wiz said...

Good for your mom! I almost LOST it with Sula because I kept calling the nursery asking for her and they wouldnt bring her. I dont know how long it was but it seemed like forever (not nearly as long as you!!) I finally called John in hysterics and he got it taken care of for me (he was on his way but not there.) I know it must have been a hard day. Cant wait to see all your pictures. Thinking about you!

Tickled Pink said...

I don't know how I missed this!! Keeping you and your sweet baby in my thoughts and prayers. xxoo

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