Saturday, February 26, 2011

Famous Last Words

Boy, did things take a dramatic turn on Thursday!
When I last left you I was anxiously awaiting to hear when the cesarean was scheduled bu I heard nothing the rest of the day, to all our disappointment.
Later in the evening, I got up from the couch but it felt wrong to me. It hurt a lot and I felt something strange in my uterus. I walked to the bathroom and then the deluge! My water broke!
Q and I quickly finished packing our hospital bag and he drove us in driving rain to the hospital, in less than an hour I was in Triage, hooked up to monitors and having contractions every 3-4 minutes. They wanted to rush me into surgery but it became a game of hurry up and wait because an even bigger emergency occurred just before we were to enter the operating room, and the doctors attending to us were called in to save a mother and her baby.

But, by 12:19 am on February 25, Jessie had been delivered into the world.

7 lbs 8 ozs, 20 inches long. Beautiful. Overall a calm demeanor although she becomes very unhappy when we change her diaper or clothing. Loves to be swaddled and loves to snuggle close to me. Loves her Daddy's voice.

Needless to say we're exhausted. I had maybe three hours of sleep between Thursday morning and Saturday morning. And dealing with a cesarean is no picnic, either. And I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia after I delivered. Fortunately that cleared up quickly but the cure was worse than the disease.
But we're so happy and enjoy every second with our baby. I can't stop staring at her, kissing her, and I want to snuggle with her as often as possible--I still can't believe she's ours! Breastfeeding has its challenges but we made big strides today.
I'll be in the hospital until Tuesday and I really hope to catch up on some sleep before we leave. I feel there's so much I could write about but I'm simply too worn out.

The bed rest chronicles are over. The baby chronicles begin. (But first let me take a nap!)


  1. YAY!!! Congratulations on a beautifully, healthy baby girl! I am so glad everything went well (minus the Pre-E!).

    Let me know if you need any breastfeeding help!

    Congrats, again!

  2. Congrats on an adorable baby girl!

  3. Thanks, Steph and Katie.
    And Steph, I appreciate the offer for breastfeeding help as it's been a challenge. Fortunately, I've been offered a lot of help along the way and will be meeting with a lactation specialist on Wednesday. I have to keep reminding myself it's only been a week.

  4. Mother and baby look remarkable beautiful in spite of the hurried calamity. I wish you and your family light years of love and happiness! Blessed be!