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That's excellent news! All the best and good luck for the surgery!

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Those pictures and your update made me all teary, in a good way. I'm so glad things are looking up for your little girl. :

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GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!

Sophia was taken off the ventilator 3 days ago and is doing fine!!! The high kidney level is going down and her tentative surgery schedule is still tentatively scheduled! Her swelling is still there but reducing and...I got to hold her twice in the last 2 days! (and when I hold her, her vitals go through the roof on the good side)
Oh and her surgery is actually a shunt being placed into a narrow valve in her heart to make it wider. They will go through her femoral artery, not open heart. I guess its an hour or so long and very routine!

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

2 weeks old, no ventilator!
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2nd time holding her!
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Clothes! (look at her scrunched face, she HATES getting pics taken!)
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Yea, thats excellent news Lindsay! I've never seen a picture of you. You're really beautiful!

I'm so happy to hear the news of your dd's progress! Sounds like everything is going to go well! Hang in there sweet baby Sophia! :::
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somehow i missed the pics first time around...awesome! she looks beautiful! i can't get over that hair!:

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I was having a dream that we were at some sort of family get together and Davids mom came up to touch my stomach, when she did, all I saw were arms and legs trying to kick out of my skin. The pain was so intense, I grabbed my stomach and fell to my knees.

I woke up at 130am and had to pee. When I got to the bathroom, I felt really funny and after wiping a few times, I saw some blood! I noticed a little mucous plug was out too! I went downstairs and felt something trickling, my water must have broken and what I thought was pee was fluid! I went to the bathroom again and saw more blood, so I called David. I told him that I thought my water broke and he was immediately FRANTIC. I told him just to finish up work (hes off at 230am) and come home and I was going to call the midwife. I started having mild contractions immediately and I was happy when I heard David get home like 3 minutes after I called him!!

My midwife told me to go back to bed and relax if I could. What did I do instead? Unloaded the dishwasher, changed the cats litter box, fed and watered the cat, put the laundry in the dryer, EVERYTHING but relaxing. When I finally got back into bed around 330am, the contractions were pretty annoying. Because we knew the baby had a heart condition, we had 2 plans. A homebirth plan for fast labor and the hospital plan for longer labor. We live 2 miles from the hospital so our midwife told us we could choose what we wanted to do. Since I was really scared of having a baby with a heart problem at home, I told my midwife that I wanted to go to the hospital. She arrived at my house at around 7am, and my contractions were 30 seconds long, 6 to 10 min apart. She checked me and I was dilated to 3 cm already! (woohoo!) We packed up the car, woke Isabella and headed over to the hospital.
When we got to the birthing suites, the nurse escorted me into the maternity triage bathrooms and gave me a gown. I told her I would be laboring in my own clothes to which she replied, “Hospital gowns are mandatory”. To which I replied back, “I was told by a nurse here and my family practitioner that I was allowed to wear my own clothes.” She threw the gown on the shelf and said, “Oh my GOD!!” as she left the bathroom. This also happened with the “mandatory” hep lock and the “mandatory “blood draw. I got really nervous because I thought that this was how my whole stay was going to be, Id have to fight for everything. The male doctor came in a couple minutes later, checked my dilation, felt my stomach and proclaimed the baby to be “No more than 8 lbs!” hehe

When I got into the birthing suite, I felt really lucky. It was so beautiful, there was so much room for everyone (so far David, Isabella and a midwife), the shower was huge and the bed was comfortable. From here my contractions start picking up. (The NICU team was put on alert, they were going to be there for the birth and whisk the baby away if needed.) Im in and out of the shower, Im on the birthing ball, Im sitting in bed, just moving around and taking the contractions as they come. The one thing I remember was that I didn’t throw up this time. With Isabella, I was throwing up with every single contraction. Im not sure of the times but things started getting intense. The second midwife shows up and starts rubbing my feet with peppermint oil and it felt and smelled amazing! The midwives take turns rubbing my back and walking me to the shower. David was sleeping a lot of the time so he would be ready for the big finale and Isabella is just doing her thing, writing in her journal, reading her new magazines and encouraging me and rubbing my face.

I don’t remember too much about the rest of the labor, I do remember the pain being too much though. I have never felt pain like that, ever and I was screaming in agony. I remember asking why Isabellas birth was so pain-less and this one wasn’t, why my 2nd wasn’t coming fast like 2nd babies “normally” do. About 3 or 4pm, I couldn’t handle it any more, my contractions had been on top of each other for 2 hours (like 5 in a row, 10 seconds apart, lasting for a minute each). I told my midwives and husband that I needed something to take the edge off, something to help me relax in between contractions. I seriously gave up. After 15 hours of labor and being dilated to 5cm for 3 hours I knew that I wouldnt have energy to push a baby out when it came time.

The baby had been hooked up to a fetal monitor the whole time but it kept slipping off. In order to give me drugs, they had to have a heart rate strip for 10 minutes to make sure the baby was ok. Well, this required me to be still for 10 minutes, even through these crazy contractions. It took about an hour but they got the strip and gave me Fentinol which did help me relax between contractions.

Right after they gave me the drug, I started to feel pushy so the midwives told me to go with it. I pushed and pushed while on my side on the bed. Then I remember that I got onto my knees on the bed and started pushing on all fours. The OB and NICU team all showed up and got ready, the NICU team of 7 behind the curtain so I couldn’t see them and the OB team of 6 by my bed. I remember pushing and feeling Sophia coming down, the doctors said they could see her hair and I yelled “Is it curly?!” and they said “Yes!!” I was on all fours, pushing and pushing when they told me that they couldn’t find the babys heartbeat, push harder. I pushed and pushed. I remember the midwife whispering in my ear, “I see a pink head ready to be born” and I was excited and scared. I pushed and pushed and the docs told me her head was coming and her eyes were out.

This is when it gets fuzzy and scary.

I remember them saying “Lindsay, shes stuck, flip over!!” and I jumped to my back. They grabbed my legs and pushed them to my chest, it took so many people to hold my legs because the contractions took over me. They yelled at me to push and I looked up at David and he looked at me with more fear than I have ever seen on his face and said, “Lindsay. Please, push her out, NOW!” and I screamed and pushed. One of the doctors reached inside me and grabbed my sweet Sophia and pulled her out onto the bed in between my legs and she was dark purple. The NICU team swooped in and grabbed her, cutting the cord. My midwife grabbed me and said “Lindsay, touch your baby, TOUCH HER!!!” and I touched Sophia and then yelled “TAKE HER” to the NICU team. David ran over and watched as the team worked on her for 10 minutes, all I could hear was them saying “Cmon Sophia, Cmon baby”.

Side note here: My husband told me afterwards that they had intubated the baby but she still wasn’t responding and after a couple minutes a doctor was walking by the room and came in to see all the fuss and noticed that Sophia wasn’t intubated correctly! She fixed it and Sophia became stable enough to move. The weird thing is, the doctor wasn’t supposed to be at the hospital and just happen to come by!

After she was stable enough to get to NICU, they left and I was in the room with a scared Isabella who thankfully didn’t watch the actual birth, my 2 midwives and 2 doctors who checked me and delivered the placenta which came minutes after the birth. They noticed I was bleeding a LOT and gave me a pitocin shot. That didn’t help so they ended up giving me 2 IV bags of pitocin to slow the bleeding. It was so somber in the room, I kept whispering to my midwife “Is she going to make it?” She kept saying yes but I kept thinking about the women I had come across who had lost their babies, that I was going to be one of them.

We hadn’t heard any news for a while until one of the nurses came in and said that the computer said Sophias name, the word “Stable” and the weight, 11 pounds, 5 ounces!! I was happy for a minute but since I hadn’t heard from David, I was still scared. He came down later (no idea how long) and we held each other and cried and cried because our new baby was finally stable. Because of the shoulder dystocia and the botched intubation, she was low on oxygen for 1 minute, 49 seconds. (I say low because she was getting oxygen, just not enough of it)

A few hours later we got to see our newest chunky member of the family (11lbs, 5 ounces, 20 ¾ inches long). She was sleeping so soundly but had an IV in her head (over the think auburn hair), one in her umbilical cord, one in her foot, 3 monitors on her and a ventilator in. But Jeez, she was beautiful!!

Even though the birth was brutal, the OB and NICU teams were fast and efficient. I hugged the woman who delivered Sophia so hard and cried into her shoulder, thanking her for saving our babys life. I don’t think we have ever made a better decision than the one we made when we decided to have a hospital birth.


p.s. She came out an hour and a half after I got the drugs, I guess I could have made it!

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It DID feel better to write it out!!! I kept remembering all the amazing things my family, the midwives and the docs did. Those things make me realize that yeah, bad things happened but YES!!! great things happened too!!!

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Wow. What a scary and amazing story. Sophia is so strong and so are you! I think you had a wonderful team and were very fortunate to have such skilled people around. Sometimes the hospital really is the best place to be.

I lost my second son to shoulder dystocia 7 years ago and my labor was a lot like yours, way more painful than my first. I think about little Sophia and you and your family a lot and I am so thankful she is here and getting such good care for her heart and I pray that she will be home with you all soon!

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Wow. What a scary and amazing story. Sophia is so strong and so are you! I think you had a wonderful team and were very fortunate to have such skilled people around. Sometimes the hospital really is the best place to be.

I lost my second son to shoulder dystocia 7 years ago and my labor was a lot like yours, way more painful than my first. I think about little Sophia and you and your family a lot and I am so thankful she is here and getting such good care for her heart and I pray that she will be home with you all soon!
Thank you so much. Im so sorry to hear of your loss. I never thought shoulder dystocia was that big of a deal, but now I understand how much it really effects the baby.

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Saw this on new posts.

Holy goosebumps batman! That's one heck of a birth story!

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wow! thank you for sharing. and good job!

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i definitely had chills. thank god you're all safe!

Mama to one little blur, watching everything move too fast. Eden 4/10/2009.
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what an incredible story...and an incredible little (or not so little) Sophia. thank god you are all safe!! :
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That's a scary story. Thanks, for sharing, Lindsay, and I am very glad it turned out well. Also, glad to know that writing it out made you feel better!

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nak

you are amazing, so glad baby is with you, bravo for following your mama instinct to have baby @ hospital.

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Wow Lindsay. No wonder you wanted to wait till we were all done having our babies! I can't imagine how you must have felt espeically when you thought you might be the third in our DDC to loose a baby. I'm soooo glad you are all safe and will keep praying for your precious Sophia! Thank you for sharing your story, I"m glad it helped to get it out. We all need to hear these amazing miracle stories!
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I cried through that story. What a ride, wow!

I really got the chills when reading about the doctor who came from nowhere to re-do the intubation. That was a sheer miracle!

I'm so happy you guys are ok.
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Thanks for sharing your story. As humbling as it is sometimes hospital births are necessary as I also found out. Beautiful baby!!
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Wow!! I'm glad she is okay!! I too got the chills when I read about the random doctor walking by and helping with the intubation. I can't help but think how much worse the outcome could have been if you had gotten an epidural! That took a lot of work to get that baby out and an epidural would have really interfered with that!
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Wow!! I'm glad she is okay!! I too got the chills when I read about the random doctor walking by and helping with the intubation. I can't help but think how much worse the outcome could have been if you had gotten an epidural! That took a lot of work to get that baby out and an epidural would have really interfered with that!
That is EXACTLY what I said! I was feeling REALLY guilty for taking the drugs because I felt like it made me not push as hard as I could when it really counted. Then I thought about the epidural, well, I try not to think of it because the outcome would have been horrible.

And I also have to add, I think that all the exercise I did throughout this preg REALLY gave me the stamina and power to push the baby out too!

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The doctor coming in and re-intubating was the part that was a real mind-blower. DH said that when she walked in all the docs and nurses were surprised and saying "Oh Dr so and so, what are you doing here?!" SHe had just got back from vacation earlier in the afternoon and had decided to come to the hospital, and she said she didnt know why!!! Afterward one of the nurses said that the Doctor was the best when it came to infant and pediatric intubation.

Honestly, Im not religious at all, (not to start a debate, I accept both positive thoughts and prayers alike!) because I have never had tangible proof. Um, this has pushed me a little closer to believing I think. So many things happened in those first 24 hours that are unexplainable. Im really having a hard time processing it, kwim?!

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And I also have to add, I think that all the exercise I did throughout this preg REALLY gave me the stamina and power to push the baby out too!
All 11-something pounds of her, you amazing mama!!

I loved this story, even as scary as it was. It has the best ending ever... a happy one. HUGS! :

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The doctor coming in and re-intubating was the part that was a real mind-blower. DH said that when she walked in all the docs and nurses were surprised and saying "Oh Dr so and so, what are you doing here?!" SHe had just got back from vacation earlier in the afternoon and had decided to come to the hospital, and she said she didnt know why!!! Afterward one of the nurses said that the Doctor was the best when it came to infant and pediatric intubation.

Honestly, Im not religious at all, (not to start a debate, I accept both positive thoughts and prayers alike!) because I have never had tangible proof. Um, this has pushed me a little closer to believing I think. So many things happened in those first 24 hours that are unexplainable. Im really having a hard time processing it, kwim?!
My dh has a story like this. he was a 30 weeker back in 1978. he also needed heart surgery and his heart stopped one night and a dr who wasn't supposed to be there that night just happened to be in the nicu and got his heart restarted. Amazing serendipity!

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I don't know how often I've opened this thread but couldn't find anything to say...

I'm thinking a lot about Sophia, you and your family. You're so strong (and she is sooo beautiful )
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I don't know how often I've opened this thread but couldn't find anything to say...

I'm thinking a lot about Sophia, you and your family. You're so strong (and she is sooo beautiful )
Thank you so much

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No surgery tomorrow. Her kidney levels are going way down but arent at the regular newborn level yet. Im ok with waiting, I would rather wait longer than have her kidneys fail after surgery! Her lungs are great, her breathing is great, her EVERYTHING looks good, even those kidney levels are regulating. She pulling her Leeds off (sticky monitor things on her body) and rubbing her head on her blankets to get the oxygen tube out of her nose! Acting like a "real baby". The nurse told me yesterday that shes hitting regular milestones too!

Its weird but Im finding a real balance between being a "regular" mom and a NICU mom. It IS hard having her there but Im so pleased with the care shes getting that its really easy to leave her. The nurses and docs love all those kids and I always hear them soothing them and talking in silly voices. Today, she has a male nurse (one of 2 in the whole NICU) and when she was fussing he called her Little Sweetheart, and Little Love. They are just so amazing with her. EVERY doctor and specialist take time out to learn not only our babys name but our names. I saw a nurse type notes on the comp the other day and it said "Isabella is in the 2nd grade". They write notes down so that everyone knows personal info about us!!! They are always asking about OUR feelings and dont even think twice to give out hugs when they see our tears!

The social worker (assigned to every single baby) was wondering today if Im holding back feelings and do I need to see a doc for PPD because she couldnt believe I could be this happy. I told her that I have the greatest support from family, friends, my online friends, nurses, docs AND the baby is actually doing amazing. I literally have nothing to be upset about!

I am having a problem with my BFF. In the 3 and a half weeks since dd2 was born, she has called me a total of 1 time and emailed/text me 4 times. They were all about manicures and celeb gossip. DH says she probably cant handle "real life" situations and shes scared of what going on. I called her the other night an after talking for 20 min about our friends wedding planning, she asked how the baby was. I told her good news and then it went back to her boyfriends bday party plans.
she has NEVER been close to something scary like this so Im trying to be understanding. She did a cruise to Mexico so I said she couldnt see the baby but its been almost a month, should I bring her to the hospital? Maybe if she sees dd2, shell realize how much I need her? Sidenote: She started crying a few weeks before I delivered because she couldnt believe that she was so close to meeting a person that was going to be in her life forever and that she was going to love so much! Her and my dd1 proclaimed their BFF status a few years ago, so I know she loves dd2 already!

Thanks for letting me vent! I found a blog I started years ago and DH suggested I start writing again, it would probably make me feel better!

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Yay! I'm glad this experience is feeling okay for you. It would be so easy to be totally stressed out and unhappy. Once again, I so admire your positive attitude. And I'm so glad all the people taking care of Sophia are so kind and caring.

Maybe your BFF's feeling a little left out because she hasn't seen the baby yet? I would totally invite her to the hospital. It will probably make both of you feel better. It sounds like she's already primed to fall head over heels in love with the baby.

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I found a blog I started years ago and DH suggested I start writing again, it would probably make me feel better!
Share the blog link if you want... I'd love to keep up.

Much : to you and yours... she's amazingly beautiful, Lindsay, I've got everything crossed for the bestest possible outcome!

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You and your family are in my thoughts. Thank-you for the regular updates! Your birth story was powerful!

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