This is my story of why I decided to come a month early! Well everything had basically been going smooth while I was in mommy's belly. First they thought she had placenta previa, so she got to have an extra ultrasound where they determined that she didn't have placenta previa, and that I was big for my gestational age. Well that was good news for mommy because it meant that Dr. Thompson would be willing to start her early! Well things kept progressing and she took her gestational diabetes test, and her number was too high so she had to go back in and take a 3 hour fasting test where they drew her blood 4 times. The results were in our favor and all was well. So then at the beginning of July mom started swelling up, nothing too bad, and it would be gone in the morning after she was off her feet......Well it kept getting worse and worse, at her Dr's apt on July 21st her blood pressure was up just a little bit, and she had proteins in her urine. Well that was not good, they told her to come back on the 23rd and they were going to take her blood pressure and protein count again. So Thursday night mommy asked daddy to give her a priesthood blessing. She could just tell that things weren't going to go as planed. The Lord assured her that even though things weren't going as planned that everyone and everything would be fine. That gave mommy lots of confidence as she went in to the Dr's on Friday. Well her blood pressure was 160/115 or so which is really high and her proteins were out of control high too, so they told her and daddy that they needed to go over to the hospital and they would do a stress test for me, to make sure I was ok and then see what the next step would be.
Well they dropped of Braxton with Grandpa Jeff, and headed to the hospital, when they got there they hooked mommy up to all the monitors and I passed my stress test, I was doing great :) They took an ultrasound to make sure fluid levels were ok, as well as everything else. This is when Mommy and daddy started to realize that everything wasn't alright. I was measuring like I should be due at the end of September, well my due date was August 20th. So that was a bit of a fright....but they saw that my lungs were functioning and so that was reassuring. Well with all the information they gathered they said that Mommy was going to have a baby today!! She was really excited yet it was still kinda surreal.
I'll let mommy tell you about what happened next! So when I went in I was dialated to a 2, they started me on the Pitocin and because my blood pressure was so high they had to start me on Magnesium too, which meant I had to have a catheter. The risk of the magnesium is that it passes to the baby, which can shallow their breathing. Well I didn't have too many options so we signed all the papers and were ready to have a baby. Dr. Thompson came over about noon and broke my water to get things moving. I had the epidural about 2ish. They had me laying kinda on my side, something to do with the magnesium and my lower back was killing, so I asked the nurse if I could adjust and she said " oh that's prob. the baby crowning....let me check well sure enough it was and I was like a 9 and 1/2 she said it'll be no time know. Then I threw up just enough to push him the rest of the way. She said that Dr. Thompson was on his way but that they were going to have everything ready because Boston was coming really soon! So they got me all situated, all the nurses came in as well as like 6 people from the NICU. This was a precautionary thing as they didn't know what was going to happen.
Well Dr. Thompson walked in got his gown on and told me to hold my breath and count to three, and suddenly we had a baby....The nurse told me to look down, and there he was. The Dr said stop pushing......now just a little push and he was out. He could barley reach to be put on my belly his umbilical cord was very short.....and his placenta was tiny. He was breathing fine on his own and so after they evaluated him the NICU staff left. I got to hold him and love him! He was a perfect little package weighing in at 4 lbs 14 oz.
I wish this was the end of the story but it's not. They couldn't get mommy's blood pressure to drop so she had to stay on the magnesium which makes you feel awful.....she couldn't keep any food down and would throw up the pain meds too. So they had to put them in her I.V. it made her feel better. This finally stopped on Saturday night...no more I.V. Then Sunday she was supposed to be discharged but her blood pressure was still really high that morning, they were talking about making her stay......she was not happy about this. So when Dr. Thompson came by and said that we could go that evening she was extactic!!
I had to pass a car seat test before they would let me go, 90 minutes sitting in the car seat......I passed with flying colors! :)
Daddy and Braxton came to the hospital to pick us up.....as we were walking out we got lots of comments on how cute our little family was! :)