Tuesday I went in for the regular appt and my fundal height was a little small, so did an US on Wednesday. She was measuring about 3 weeks behind the growth curve. That turned in to a no-stress test, which turned into an overnight hospital observation, which turned into another overnight hospital observation at MUSC (major hospital)... which became a diagnosis of pre-eclampsia, IUGR, and she failed the contraction stress tests miserably.
So, Friday afternoon, I was wheeled in for an emergency c-section. It has been a whilrwind of a few days. We ended up with a baby two months early. A lot to wrap my head around. It was hard to leave her in the NNICU today when I was discharged.
My husband has been a wonderful help. She has the fuzziest blond hair... and today I got to "kangaroo care" her. Basically, skin to skin contact for a good while. It was the best cure I could have had.
Best of luck to you all. I will check back in later, but we're all so exhausted- tryign to get the pumping thing down, juggling visitors, dealing with medications, PE/IUGR, etc.... we're just going to lie down while my mom makes a run to the NNICU to drop off the milk we just pumped. Then we're going to lie down together adn just try to reconnect.
I'm so glad to hear you both came through ok! It's never easy to leave them in the NNICU, I know, but once you have her home it will be just a memory!
Congrats to the first June Baby!!!
SAHM (32) Married to a bearded hunk (28) , DS 11/00, DD 06/09, two in 2013,the final piece to our puzzle is due 12/14
ps I adore her name
Mama to my little social butterfly 6/13/09
I'm so glad to hear you got to do kangaroo care with her. We'll all be thinking of you, and sending you love and support!
Mama to two sweet boys, a 7yo and a toddler .
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. - Albert Einstein
Jessica, Wife to Owen (6/7/03), mom to Amina (9/20/06) : and Colm (5/30/09) :
Hope you are able to keep holding your little girl, and she comes home soon! Take care of yourself mama!
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
Can't wait to see pictures when you are up to it
Congratulations mama! So happy to hear she is doing so well!
When things calm down a bit, head over to the Preemie/NICU forum here. There is a wealth of info in that forum. I know all too well how hard it is to leave the hospital when you're discharged without your baby. That's something I'll never forget.
And with the pumping... My milk didn't come in until day 5, but once it did, I found it pretty easy to keep up with my baby's milk needs in the beginning. They eat *so* little at first - like 1oz will last several feedings. Pumping requires a bit of a state of mind, but just remember that any amount you get into the bottle is useful, even a few drops of colostrum can be mixed with formula if necessary (that's what they did for the first couple days they fed my first son).
I'm really glad you got to Kangaroo Care!!!! That's something my NICU didn't allow. So it sounds like yours is uptodate, which is GREAT. Keep that up, and before you know it, you'll have your baby girl home.
Mama to Tornado Boy (6/04), The Brute (11/06), and Mischief (05/09)... expecting in February '15
Wow, our first June baby.
So glad to hear she is doing well. Take care of yourself mama, you're doing a great job. Enjoy that skin-to-skin
I can only imagine how heartwrenching it is to leave your baby girl at the hospital--I'm so glad you got to do kangaroo care. Take care of yourself and your little girl and I'd also LOVE to see some pics when you can get them!
Attached, homeschooling mom to Sam (10), Henry (8), Clara (5--now in public school Kindergarten) and Noah (2)
How are you doing?