- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
Well, my LO turns 1 today! Its incredible how fast the year has flew by! I woke up to the sounds of him playing in his crib this morning and instantly thought back to this day a year ago.
A year and two days ago, I woke up when my Darling Husband went to work. He left at 5am and I waddled to the bathroom. It was the start of my 32nd week. I went pee and decided to curl back up in bed. When I got in bed, I was surprise to feel myself ‘peeing’. Embarrassed that I pee my pants, I went back to the bathroom to clean up. I decided that I might as well stay up now, and went to get some breakfast. While pouring my cereal, I ‘peed’ again. Now, knowing this wasn’t right, I realized it might be my waters leaking. I calmly, (not sure how), got dressed and drove myself to the hospital (literally a 2min. drive). When my suspicions were confirmed, I contacted my Darling Husband at work and he got to the hospital as quickly as possible.
We were told by the doctor on call that our hosital is not equipped to perform a birth before 34 weeks and I would be flown to a different hospital, ASAP. They also gave me a steriod injuction that would help my unborn son’s lungs develop. I was told that I would get a second shot the next day. If labor started before I got the second shot, they would try to stall it, but if labor started after that, they would just let it happen. Later that day, I was flown to a hospital a 3 1/2 hour drive from our house.
At that hospital, I had an ultrasound to check on baby and to make sure my body was replacing the amniotic fluid I was slowly leaking. I was told by the doctor there that I would be on bedrest until a) I was 34 weeks and could flown home to deliver at my home hospital or b) the baby came.
The night of August 1, 2011, I started feeling a little crampy and had a horrible night’s sleep. By 6am, the cramps felt worse and I became concerned that I hadn’t felt my LO kick in a while. So, I called the nurse in. LO’s heartbeat was all over the map and the little cramps I was feeling were actually small contractions. This was it…my LO decided that 32 weeks and 2 days was enough time for him to ‘bake”. He was ready to come out of the oven.
I called Darling Husband to the hospital and by 7:30, I was 5cms and really feeling the contractions. While laboring, we had multiple doctors telling us all the possible scenarios that could happen to our LO. What a baby born at 32 weeks might have to deal with. I was beyond stressed, but somehow holding it together. I wasn’t allowed to have any meds, as they would slow labor, and they wanted the baby out ASAP.
At 10am, it was time to start pushing. It was hard and at first, I really didn’t know what I was doing. Baby was turned to the side, so the doctor needed to use forceps to help him out. By 10:18, my beautiful baby boy was placed on my chest. I got to touch his head before he was swept over to the NICU nurses who were at the back of the room. As he was carried there, I heard him scream and take his first breath. It was incredible! He was taken to the NICU and we weren’t allowed to go see him for just over an hour.
Luckily, my LO needed no help breathing. He had a feeding tube, an IV and a wicked black eye from the forceps. He was an impressive 4lbs 10ozs for his gestation.
We ended up spending 1 1/2 weeks in the NICU at that hospital and 1 week in the nursery at our home hospital before we were allowed to take him home. There was an extended newborn phase, but by 5 1/2 months, he had caught up developmentally. Now at 1 year, he is about 20lbs and 2’4″. He stands on his own and walks around furniture. He can say ‘daddy’, ‘mama’, ‘no’ and his versions of ‘kitty’ and ‘wally” (our dog).
I am so grateful that our little preemie had minimal health issues to deal with. And now as we celebrate his first birthday, I could not be more in love with him and our little family.
Ryker @ 1 day old – 4lbs 10ozs.
Ryker @ 1 year old – 20lbs