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Emergency C Section...Beautiful Baby Boy!

post #1 of 16
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WELL...We've had quite the week! I went in for my 36 week checkup on Tuesday, March 19th, and found out that I had, over the weekend, developed high blood pressure, gained 5 pounds, and had lots of protein in my urine. Baby looked fine, but I WAS NOT. So we headed to the hospital for observation. I was totally freaking out at this point, because I knew how things looked, and I was most likely not going to get my chance at a natural birth. They kept me all afternoon, collecting urine and watching my blood pressure- which never went down- and then decided to keep me overnight as well. At 6 am, the nurse came in and said my doctor would be there at 730 to do my section. So then I freaked out a little more. And then we went and had a baby.

 

At 8:03 am on March 20th,  Levi Jesse Avery was pulled bottom and "boy parts" first out of my very tired womb, and the placenta was discovered to have detached just moments before. He weighed 8lbs 13.9 oz, and is 19 1/2 inches long. He has LOTS of thick dark hair, and big chubby cheeks, and is the most beautiful big little guy in the NICU, if I may say so myself. We're doing ok- he had trouble regulating his blood sugar right after birth so IV fluids were started, and he has a feeding tube to help get down the amount of volume he needs to sustain his chubby little self. Breastfeeding is going great- I LOVE IT! And Daddy is becoming the all around diaper changing- cuddling- breast pumping- expert! ;)

 

We will probably be in the NICU for the next week or so while they wean Levi off of the IV and make sure that feeding continues to go well, and that when my milk has come in fully I he is able to maintain his blood sugar on breastmilk alone, and no more tube feedings with the donor milk. I'm doing MUCH better- it was one of those things where I didn't really realize how bad I felt until afterwards- since I hadn't ever done it before, I just figured that was what 36 weeks pregnant felt like! Its amazing how even with a fresh abdominal incision, I feel better than I did right before he was born. Of course, it could have something to do with endorphins- looking at his cute little face and holding and snuggling can't hurt, either!

 

Just thought I'd give a little update- one more baby and one less pregnant lady in the world! :)

post #2 of 16

WOW! That is quite the week. Congrats! He was pretty good sized for 36 weeks smile.gif.

post #3 of 16

Congratulations on the safe arrival of your little one! So sorry it wasn't how you envisioned but I'm very happy to hear you are both doing well.

post #4 of 16

Oh my goodness, congratulations!! So sorry for the emergency, but so so glad that he arrived safe and sound. He sounds like such a wonderful, cuddly size, especially for so early! Enjoy your babymoon!!

post #5 of 16

Oh my. I'm glad all worked out. Congratulations :)

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by BaileyB View Post

WOW! That is quite the week. Congrats! He was pretty good sized for 36 weeks smile.gif.


That's what I was thinking too!! Had to reread it just to make sure I'd read it right!

 

I'm sorry things didn't go as planned, but so grateful that there are good doctors and hospitals and c/s available when they're really needed and that you were able to get that care! Can't wait to see pictures (if you care to post them!)

post #7 of 16

So glad everything worked out, even though it was a whirlwind and probably pretty scary!  So happy for you -- you sound like you're doing wonderfully.

 

8+lb at 36w!!  AMAZING! 
 

post #8 of 16

Congratulations! So glad you and baby are happy and healthy!

post #9 of 16
That had to be scary! Glad things are going well for you and baby! Will keep sending good thoughts your way! Congrats!!!
post #10 of 16
Congratulations!
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by firespiritmelody View Post

 

I'm sorry things didn't go as planned, but so grateful that there are good doctors and hospitals and c/s available when they're really needed and that you were able to get that care! Can't wait to see pictures (if you care to post them!)

 

Ditto that. You sound very positive and happy in your post and maybe even at peace with your birth. Things don't always go according to plans but you do have a beautiful baby boy and I'm happy to hear you're both recovering well! 

post #12 of 16
Congrats!!! I'm so glad you are feeling better and 8lbs at 36 weeks!!! That's awesome smile.gif welcome little Levi joy.gif
post #13 of 16

Congrats, MrsAvery! It sounds like your little boy just needed to make a grand entrance!

post #14 of 16
Congrats!!!
post #15 of 16

WooHoo! Congrats!!!!!!

post #16 of 16

Aww, congratulations :) And what a big baby for 36 weeks!

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