- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
I am 26 years old, and was pregnant with my first baby (A girl!) that was due on Wednesday, August 6. (DH and I got pregnant on our first try, 3 months after our wedding!). For a little background info: I was diagnosed with gestational hypertension from the beginning of the pregnancy, which was totally manageable and didn’t cause my doctor any concern, but they were watching me closely to make sure the hypertension wouldn’t advance to pre-e.
I went in for my normal 36 week check up on Monday, July 7. This was the ONE week of my entire pregnancy where my OB was on vacation, so I would be meeting with one of his partners. My blood pressure was a little more elevated than it normally is, so the doctor wanted to see me back on Thursday. I wasn’t worried at all. “OK. See you Thursday”.
(Fast forward to Thursday, July 10). As soon as I walked in for them to check my blood pressure, I saw a look of panic on the nurse’s face. She took it on the other arm and still looked disturbed, so she then asked me to go back and wait for the doctor. The look on her face panicked me so I didn’t even ask what the numbers were reading. A few moments later, another nurse walked in and re-took my blood pressure manually “IT’S HIGH! REALLY HIGH” she said. Oh my gosh. Okay. My doctor’s partner (who was young and attractive, hehe) walked in, talked to me for a few minutes, and he told me to go to the hosptial right away. “WHAT! I said.. My husband is deployed, he’s not here. I don’t want to go without him. Both of my parents have had major surgeries in the last two weeks (mom had a knee replacement and dad had a benign tumor removed from behind his eye) and they can’t drive yet. I’m scared, I don’t want to go to the hospital by myself. I was hysterical!” “Damn!” he said. “Oops.. I shouldn’t say Damn. Sorry, you’re just going through a lot but everything will be just fine”. He was smiling and started handing me tissues and then threw the whole tissue box at me, to attempt make me laugh (and it worked!) HAHA. I asked if I can pick up my mom or a friend first? “No, you really need to go straight to Labor and Delivery. Once you check in, we’re going to be monitoring your blood pressure and doing some blood work and we’ll need a urine sample just to make sure you don’t have pre-e”. I’ll be over to the hospital to make sure you made it okay.” Phew….okay here goes.
I drive myself to the hospital across the street. (Meanwhile I’m calling every friend I know to come meet me at the hospital because I’m not sure what’s going to happen!) As they’re monitoring my blood pressure, the numbers drop down to a normal reading, but they did find a small amount of protein my urine (yikes!). They also did some blood work to test me for pre-eclampisa (they tested my liver, kidneys, and platelets). Everything came back great..except my liver count was a little elevated, but nothing to be concerned with. The doc came in and said “So…You have the beginnings of preeclampsia. You won’t be leaving the hospital without a baby. We’re going to decide if we want to induce you tonight, tomorrow, or early next week”. OKAY..let’s do it! I said. I wasn’t scared anymore, I was ready to meet this baby!!
My brother came from out of town and drove my mom and dad to the hospital to meet me that night, and by that point I had a TON of friends that were visiting to keep me company (I ended up having over 30 visitors from the time I checked in until the time I left). My dad ended up spending the night with me in the hospital that night and we laughed and watched tv and really had a good time. Another one of my doctor’s partners walks in that night (a woman) and says “Guess what? I decided you’re getting induced in about 5 minutes and you’ll be holding your baby by tomorrow!” She inserted a balloon in my cervix, so I could start dialating. The plan was to check me in 15 hours, break my water, and start pitocin for a vaginal birth. They also started me on fluids and a magnesium drip IV (people with pre-e are prone to seizrues, so this prevents it) That SUCKED. The magnesium drip causes exhaustion, hot flashes, nausea, chills and vomitting. I was on this all the way up to 24 hours post delivery. The only part that really affected me were the hot flashes, but whatever. It’s better than a seizure so no complaints here. They also had leg compressors on me since people w/ pre-e are also prone to blood clots.
Fast forward to 15 hours later (July 11)— they checked my cervix and NADA! I was high and tight, with no dialation. They also did more blood work- everything looked fine again, except my liver numbers doubled from the day before. Still not in the danger zone, but my dcotor’s original partner (the young, cute one) was ready to get things moving. “We were going to attempt to put the balloon in again and check you in another 15 hours, but before things turn from stable to unstable, we are going to get you in for a c-section tonight. I just did a c section, I have two in front of you, then we’ll come and get you!! Get excited!” Holy shit. Wooohoo!!! Baby’s coming!!
(((MEANWHILE: My husband was going through pre-deployment training in Ft Hood, TX (I’m located in VA) and my doctors, nurses, mom, and I had all contacted the Red Cross several times to get him up for the birth. We did all we could do, and my husband’s commander was not letting him come, despite him saying he’d let him come earlier. I was so beyond devasated!! Is my husband not going to be able to meet his daughter until he returns from deployement in March 2015? My doctors and nurses were working so hard to help us get him here!….after over 24 hours of trying to get him here, he got the OK! He got a plane ticket and he’s coming!!! One problem..this baby’s coming like, now. We knew right then he wouldn’t be able to make it for the actual birth, but he’d be there soon after so that’s fine. As long as he got to come home, that’s all that I cared about at that point!)))
10:10-ish pm hits and my nurses come dancing in with scrubs on. “It’s time for somebody’s birthday!! Come on mama, you’re having a baby!” I was so excited! The nurses were singing Happy Birthday the whole time they were wheeling me in for the c-section. My dad came in the surgery room with me (they wouldn’t allow my mom in there since she needed a walker or wheelchair at the time). Once we got in, everything moved in fast motion. My doctor’s partner (the cute , funny one) did the surgery for me and everyone was joking around and laughing in there, keeping the mood light and fun”. It was quick and painless. In what felt like five minutes after laying down I heard a crying baby!! I looked over my shoulder and daughter was here! They were already cleaning her up and getting her measurements. I was sooooo happy. “You’ll be able to wear a bikini again, Chelsea! Your incision is small and below the bikini line” said my doctor. Awesome! “and..the umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around your baby’s neck, so even if you didn’t have pre-e, we’d be in here for a c-section!” Aw okay. I’m glad she’s good now! I was so so so happy. My pre-e went away and all of the pregnancy symptoms that I had were just..gone. I felt amazing!
My husband, Chris, made it the next day and we were on Cloud 9. We didn’t name our daughter until he got there and we looked at her to see what she looked like. We’d called her Layla Victoria for 95% of the pregnancy, but that name didn’t seem to fit anymore. We hadn’t even discussed Chloe or Isabelle, but we thought she looked like a Chloe Isabelle, so that’s her name and we love it! (Plus his name is CHris, I’m CHelsea, and CHloe is just adorable and matches us, hehe).
I had my 2 week follow up appt- blood pressure is good, and the doctor said since everything went so well, I don’t even have to have a c section for my next pregnancy, I could vagnially deliver (although I REALLY enjoyed my c secton- it was quick and painless. I also have a very high pain tolerance and haven’t needed any pain killers. The day we got out of the hospital, I was already back to running around with family and friends!) I’ve also lost 29 lbs since delviering 4 weeks ago! (and I’d only gained 24 lbs during my pregnancy- thank you breastfeeding!!).
I absolutely LOVED my OB/GYN’s practice, his partners, the hospital, and all of the nurses. I had such a wonderul Labor and Delivery experience. They took a situation that could have been scary and reacted calmly and quickly to make sure both me and baby were safe. I befriended all of the nurses and loved talking to them. Whenever they would have breaks or down time, the nurses would come to my room and we would socialize with each other. I’m forever grateful for my entire experience! It makes me that much more excited to do it all over again 🙂
Anyways… without further a’do:
Chloe Isabelle Brooks was born at 10:32pm on Friday, July 11, weighing 4 lb, 11oz. She passed all of her tests with fying colors and mom and baby got to go home together on time! Since then she’s been gaining 10-13oz a week and is now up to 6lb, 5oz! She is so beautiful and everything I’ve ever dreamed of. She looks so much like my husband, I just stare at her- I love having a piece of him to keep me sane while he’s gone. <3
- This topic was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by Chelwilly.