- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009
At 8:52pm on July 13th (Friday the 13th AHH!) we welcomed baby Austin into the world. She was 5lbs 12oz and just two days short of a full month early! Here is our story:
As many of you know pregnancy for me was absolutely miserable. As a severe migraine sufferer, not being able to take my regular medications was my biggest struggle. As my pregnancy progressed into the later stages I also suffered from anemia, pancreatitis, pre-existing stomach ulcers, and pitting edema. As much pain as I was in I feel absolutely awful now for all the times I said I wished our daughter would come early because I think she must have heard me!
It all started on Wednesday after my 36 week appointment with the Dr. I had lost my plug and been having some painful Braxton Hicks the night before and when the Dr. checked my cervix she said I was 3-4cm dilated 80% effaced. I started to get excited but cautiously so because none of that means you will actually go into labor soon. That very night I had a lot of painful contractions that seemed about 5 minutes apart so DH and I went to L&D. That night I was told I was not in labor and was dumbfounded how I could be in so much pain/have all the signs and be so wrong! I posted more of that awful experience on the August thread. Two days later I was still experiencing the same thing; contractions ROUGHLY 5 minutes apart but not exactly like the last irritable ER nurse had told me they needed to be. They were at this point exhausting and extremely painful but again not so different from two days ago. I was convinced I wasn’t in labor but was concerned I might be leaking some amniotic fluid. I asked the Dr. if I could come into the office just to be safe.
They said I could come in immediately but when I got there my Dr. had been called to the delivery room and the only other one available was a male. Nurses said I could either see the male Dr. or wait 45 mins for mine to become available. Still convinced I was wasting everyone’s time I offered to wait. They had had me sitting with my pants off in the waiting room so when I got up to put my pants on thinking it would be a while yet. I saw the paper runner on the patient table had two big wet spots on it. I showed a nurse who was immediately giddy for me- she took a test strip and blotted the spot and confirmed it was amniotic fluid, at this point urging me to see the male Dr. so I finally consented and the Dr. said I was 5-6cm dilated and in labor!
Cue disbelief, panic, excitement and anxiety because my husband was on a plane at the time! Luckily he was supposed to land any minute as the nurses wheeled me straight over to the adjacent hospital. I was there for about two hours when DH finally arrived just in time for my epidural. I was a little annoyed because since I only thought I was going to the doctor’s office and not the hospital I didn’t have my carefully packed hospital bag with me when I arrived and my birth plan was in it. The plan involved NOT being hooked to every dang machine the hospital owned, which went completely out the window the minute I was wheeled in 🙁 I had so many cords coming out of me I literally was lucky if I old convince the nurses to turn me over once every few hours, let alone free my index finger from the heart rate monitor to use my cell phone or iPad! Thank Gosh I labored mostly at home because it was only maybe 8 hours until Austin Marie was born! It took an hour of pushing (hello I thought it was like 3 pushes and presto – stupid tv!) and some painful tearing as the epidural had started to wear off a bit.
When Austin and I finally met they put her on my chest and I was in complete shock! She was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen, but so tiny I immediately freaked out thinking I was going to break her so I asked them to take her while I composed myself. Being that she is a preemie, we consider ourselves extremely lucky her lungs were developed and the only problem she had was regulating her temp. We are so grateful to have her home just two days later – she is absolutely the love of our lives!
Below is a pic I took of her when DH & I got home. I never thought I’d be so quick to say this with everything I had been through with this pregnancy, but she is absolutely worth every minute of every second of all the pain and suffering. I have ZERO regrets 🙂