Monday, August 23, 2010

Isn't She Lovely!

Well, two days after my last post I was in the hospital being induced! We went in on the evening of J's birthday to get things going. I didn't have enough amniotic fluid anymore and my blood pressure was starting to creep up so we scheduled the induction at 38 weeks. The next morning contractions were really intense but the little one's heart rate was not tolerating the stress. She was having what's called late decelerations. In most cases this is due to "uteroplacental insufficiency". It's a dangerous situation if it is allowed to continue, and if the baby doesn't come out it can cause a serious loss of oxygen. So 18 hours after we checked into the hospital we made the decision to get her out via c-section. The little one was born on July 29th at 2:45pm.

Here's the very tired momma after the c-section when I finally got to hold my baby. Somehow the epidural traveled up to my arm and face so for a while I was numb really high and couldn't hold her.

Day before we went home from the hospital in mom's favorite piggy pjs.

On the way home!

She's now three weeks old! Being a mom changed everything, from the very first minute. It scares me all the time, but I've never smiled so much. I have four more months home with her and I plan to enjoy them as much as possible. It's hard work, keeping a baby alive, more than I ever could have expected. The days fly by so fast I can't even believe it. I'm sure the challenges will just keep coming, but I'm already starting to know her better. One of these days I'll possibly even feel comfortable taking her out of the house on my own! I'm getting there, slowly.

I will be starting to keep a password protected blog to post all the updates about the baby. If you would like to be added, just send me your email address, either as a comment or on facebook or to my email address. I just wanted to let everyone know that mom and baby are doing great. And dad couldn't be more proud (or more helpful, he's the best!)