September 17, 2009
6lbs 7.9 oz 19 1/2 inches
Born at 35 wks exactly
Amelia holding Daddy's hand!
Labor began on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. After being in the hospital for 6 days, my body was giving out. I began cramping and contracting throught the meds. I was checked and had gone from a 5 to a 6. Two and a half days later, still contracting I was still just 6 cm.
Finally, on Thursday, September 17, my Dr. agreed that things were just too dangerous to continue being pregnant. My bag of waters had been bulging into the cervix for over a week and I had been bleeding for almost 3 days at that point.
We talked about what to do and I agreed to small dose of pitocin. They started it at the lowest setting and my contractions never got regular. After about 2 hours they turned it up a tiny bit and then turned it up a tiny bit more about an hour later. I started contracting regularly for 2 hrs and still no change. After about 5 hours on the pit and horrific contractions, I agreed to the epidural so they could break my water and turn the pitocin up. I was still 6 cm.
The epidural was AWFUL!!! The itching was horrific and it was turned up too high so I got numb all the way to the top of my head. They turned it down to lowest setting and turned the pit up to 1/2 max. My Dr. broke my water at about 5:35 pm and by 6:20 I was ready to push.
Five big pushes later, Amelia came into the world screaming and kicking! This was the first time that I got to hold one of my babies right after birth. She was placed on my tummy and she looked right at me and stopped screaming. It scared me, but my Dr. said she knew who mama was. DH cut her cord and they took her to the warmer. Turns out, she had a knot in her cord so it was a good thing we got her out when we did! Her apgars were 8/8, but after about 10 minutes she was having troubles with her breathing. The took her to the intermediate nursery for evaluation. When her respirations got up to 90-100 per minute, she was admitted to the NICU and placed on an oxygen hood.
She's really beautiful and has loads of black curly hair. She looks so much like her daddy and Natalie. It didn't really hit me that she is here and she is mine until I saw her in the NICU with all the wires and stuff. She should be fine but will need to stay a week or so in the NICU just to get her stabilized and let her learn how to eat.
Jen-loving Bill, mama to Teryn 18, Kalyn 16, Ricky 13, Natalie 5, Angel Zoe '07 and Amelia Rae 22 mos bonus kids (dss) W 14, W 13 NEW grandbaby due 10/10/11
how did you get a 35wkr over 6lbs!?
heartfelt congratulations - i know it's not term as you may have hoped, but you should be really proud of literally doing everything possible getting her to stay in.
i bet she'll be home in less than a week!
mama to callum (april 8,07) and everett (sept 24,09) - blessed to be married to my life's love since '98.
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Tricia, married to DH. 2MC's & 4 yrs ttc...finally mom to Andrew6/06 and Benjamin 10/09. Adopted bro & sis 2002. My 2 fav. words: Spay and Neuter! I'm an Ultimate Viewer, 2010!
She is such a beautiful little girl, and so big! I hope she is home soon and you both recovery quickly. *hugs* I'm so happy for you!
Mommy to Kai 2/03, Caden 1/08, Kara 10/09, 3/21/13, &
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My first daughter was also born 35 weeks and she was 6 lbs. 13 oz. Little Amelia must have been doing somersaults while growing to make that knot! Did you feel her kicking or moving a lot? You might want to think about gymnastics when she gets older. Lol. So glad the both of you are doing well.
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She looks so healthy and is such a good size. Glad she doesn't need to much looking after in ICU, you kept her cooking long enough and just needs a little garnish.
Clare briefly mother for 3 weeks to Isabel 25-12-08, Soaking up every precious moment with my little guy Dec-10. My blog link is in my profile.