I don’t know where to start, but it wasn’t an easy pregnancy. Not only was there worry all the way through, it was topped off with the medical problems as well. But I’ll leave that for now.
I always had a sneaking suspicion that I would need a caesarean from the word go – so it was no surprise when my OB told me I’d be having one – but he wouldn’t give me a date as he didn’t think I would make it to full term. At 28 weeks I got the talk about Pre Eclampsia and was told if I make it to 32 weeks it would be good, if I made it to 34 weeks it would be the icing on the cake.
Then I got sick and everything seemed to go downhill from there. I was put into hospital for a couple of days to monitor, not only me, but the baby as well. Then my OB made the decision that the baby would be given the ‘Eviction Notice’ at 35w5d – so I made it past the 34 week mark. I was discharged from hospital and asked to come back each day for a CTG of the baby and BP checks. I also had to take my BP 3 times a day at home. I was on a high dose of BP medication that was zapping me of my energy and the swelling was getting more and more uncomfortable. I started the steroid injections to help mature the baby’s lungs on the Wednesday in prep for the delivery on Monday.
The couple of days I was at home, I tried not to think too much about the delivery. But all I know is that I wanted to hear my baby cry – that’s all – that’s pretty much all I wanted for Christmas! But nobody could tell me if I would and if the baby would be whisked off to Special Care straight away!
Day of Eviction
I woke up quite calm about it all – which surprised me as I can be quite anxious at the best of times. My sister was meeting DP and I at the hospital. She said she would be there about 8am so she could be there when I came out from the op – but I got a message from her at 5.30am that she couldn’t sleep and was on her way. Somebody was just a little bit excited.
DP and I arrived at the hospital and I said to the nurses ‘If you see a crazy excited bouncy lady – don’t call the psych ward, it’s just my sister and can you send her in!’
I was asked a couple of days beforehand if I would wax the lady garden. I told them the last time I waxed down there I injured myself. So the night before I decided to use the electric lady trimmer in the garden, but I had to do it by feel and bloody cut myself! *rolls eyes* so the nurse had to shave me. So my sister went and sat in the bathroom whilst the nurse hacked through the bush!
Then my Dad arrived at the hospital. My Dad! My Dad doesn’t do hospitals – so that was a surprise. He too was just excited. It was like my family had started drinking Yippee juice on the way in. Nurses must of thought my family were crackers – well they aren’t far from it!
The anaesthetist came in and starting going through what to expect and the ‘worst case scenario’ because of my medical problems! DP had it heard it before from my OB, but I don’t think my sister liked hearing it. But also I didn’t like the anaesthetist – bedside manner he will not me renowned for.
Then it was time to be wheeled off for the surgery and that’s when the tears started – I thought to myself ‘No! Get yourself together and try to enjoy the experience – this is your first and only time to enjoy this!’ I could also see DP was getting a bit nervy as he went very quiet. Then as they were wheeling me out of the room my sister got a call and all the nurses and I heard was ‘Oh I can’t, I’m at the hospital, my sister is about to have her baby!’ The word ‘baby’ was a high pitched ‘BABBBEEE’ – which all cracked us up!
As they were wheeling me into surgery, I saw a humidity crib waiting and the tears started again – and the panic was starting to creep in.
They got me to sit on the side of the operating table, put DP on a stool between my legs and held my hand! Then they said ‘put your chin down onto your chest and lean forward!’ Are you kidding me – lean forward – have you seen how big the front of me is? DP decided to distract me and just as the epidural went in he thought that would be the perfect time to get a close up photo of my face. Good one! Then I heard him say ‘Yep it’s going in!’ Think I may have squeezed his hand a bit too tight. Then I had to sit there until my legs went numb. It was the weirdest feeling ever – then they flipped my legs and laid me down on the bed! Totally freaked the sh*t out of me – I thought I was going to fall. Then they angled the bed to the side – so it felt like I was going to slide off the table. Then they started to prep my stomach and all I could feel was a pins and needles sensation where ever they touched me.
Then I wanted to cough! Dear god – I couldn’t – I had no feeling in my ribs.
Then up went the sheet, DP was to the right of me, talking to me, listening for me (I am deaf in my left ear and the noise from the room was all blending into one so it was all really loud.) so I just tried to concentrate on what he was saying. Then I heard ‘Ok now you will feel some pressure in the top part of your stomach!’ Pressure? It felt like they were trying to squish me until my belly popped out my bum.
Then I heard someone say something was out and then the rest is out and then…
The cry! The cry that took my breath away! The one thing I had so desperately wanted to hear happened.
Then I sobbed! I cried so much I didn’t think I would catch my breath and the baby was brought to me for a quick look and was taken by the paediatrician to be checked out. Then I remembered to ask ‘What sex is it?’
It’s a girl!
I didn’t expect it, I thought they would have to whisk her away, but they gave me skin on skin whilst they stitched me up! So I got to see the lovely newborn puffiness up close and to hear her cry. I just kept on saying ‘Hello my Little One’ ‘I’m sorry you had to come out early!’…
So, not so Little Shae Elizabeth arrived at 9.12am, 6p12oz and aspagars of 8 to 9 on the 23rd December at 35w5d.
I have now officially the door on the 16 year journey of TTC and opened a new one!
** there are photo's of Little Bwok in the Good News section that TZ posted!
Edited by Bwok~Bwok, 28 February 2014 - 10:36 PM.