Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Liviana Faith...a birth story.

Last pregnancy pic...possibly ever... =(
So how did I go from planning a late, after my due date, c-section, to an early, before due date arrival?

Quite simply...a snow storm, state swimming, and decreased movement.

On Friday, Feb. 15 I noticed little miss had been moving less.  I remember her moving that morning, but not much throughout the afternoon.  Granted, it was Friday and I could have just missed it, but it was enough of a lack of movement that I felt I should say something at my afternoon appointment.  Well, that comment earned us an NST.  Little miss looked great, BUT my dr. was worried.  She doesn't like to hear that any of her full-term mamas are having decreased movement.  She said it was entirely up to me and we could still wait to deliver her on 2.25, but she'd feel better if we did it next week...as in Monday - Wednesday, because you see...my dr. is off on Thursdays and her son qualified for state swimming and she would be out of town Friday-Sunday....oh and there was supposed to be a full moon on the 25th.

I felt like the odds were stacked against me, but I decided to mill it over for the weekend and see how movement was.  Saturday her movement was so-so, Sunday was good.  By Monday, E and I had come to terms with the fact that we'd probably have a baby Wednesday (as late as possible).

I called the OB Monday to schedule and heard back from herNP  around noon or so, basically, the hospital was booked on Wednesday and "are you ready to have a baby?  Tomorrow at 9:45."  Um, short answer?  NO.  Holy shit, insert major panic attack and freak out moment.  This was a pill to swallow.  Don't get me wrong, I knew I was going to be having a baby, but I thought I had until the 25th and then at the very least until the 20th (you know, two more full days to finish up odds/ends), but nope...fate has a funny way of working out and BAM! it was baby day Tuesday.

And yes, I had a mini panic attack in the hallway at school that involved tears and many side-eyed looks from my students.  Eh, whatever...it's good for them, right? ;)

So as I wrapped my head around that, finished up a bunch of errands Monday night (including last minute changes/additions to lesson plans, a grocery store trip that will fill us up for three weeks of meals, and some cookie baking -- yes, cookie baking) I was as ready as I was going to be.

Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep.  I finished baking cookies around midnight or 1 AM (I brought cookies for the hospital staff when Thaddeus was born and wanted to do it again as a sign of appreciation), showering, packing last minute items, I think I finally hit the sack at 3 or 3:30 only to be up again fairly early to make sure I showered again (per random hospital directions), get little man ready, and basically to get my wits about me.

We arrived at the hospital at about 7:30, my parents showed up a little bit later to take Thaddeus.  This time was a little different as they have pre-op section for L&D vs. last time when things were still under construction.  We were in a room where no more than two other people were allowed vs. last time on the L&D floor, where really?  There weren't any limits...well, none that we were told about.  It was good thing my parents had planned to take Thad, because really, there wasn't any other option.

We were scheduled to head into delivery at 9:45, but my dr. was running ahead of schedule so we were told it'd be more around nine...but nope, it was closer to 9:45 by the time things were set up, etc.  I was a bit nervous/anxious and was given something to take the edge off.  Well, apparently it made me quite the life of the party.  I don't remember everything, but hubs has told me some of things  I said and well, let's just say it's no wonder my dr. told me I was one of her top five favorites that she had operated on. ;)  (Use your imagination and imagine me rambling about how great that drug was, how I could party like a rock star using it, and well...the men on my "list"...oy...lol, it was interesting).  

Doc started operating and our little lady still wasn't head down and there was a ton of scar tissue from my c-section with Thaddeus...after a lot of tugging, pulling, shifting, etc. little Liviana arrived!  She was covered from head to toe in thick vernix and that among some other things (though I'm not sure what things as I was a bit out of it and didn't think to ask) led the L&D nurse/doctors to believe she was 37, maybe 38 weeks instead of 39w4d like we thought.  ::insert major mommy guilt for not waiting until my originally scheduled late due date repeat c-section::  She weighed in at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and measured 20.5 inches long.  Big girl if she was actually early, but that's ok, I like big babies. ;)


I spent the next four days in the hospital recovering as E and Thaddeus made multiple trips back and forth to visit us.  This also included enduring a snow storm that dropped about 8 inches of snow in our area and gave me a chance to know the nurses really well as they spent the night in empty hospital rooms.  Recovery has been a lot harder than expected due to the extra work they had to do to remove a crazy amount of adhesions and some preventative measures they took to try to prevent them from happening again.  Doc says my uterus was literally adhered to my stomach wall and that she'd never seen anything like it...awesome...  I was also a bit sore from them trying to get her out...I guess her head was pretty wedged into my right hip and well, getting her out was a bit of chore.

Stay tuned for more on how Thaddeus is doing as a big brother, my love/hate relationship with breastfeeding/pumping, and how my emotions are holding up in regards to the baby blues and PPD.

26 comments :

  1. Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Very nice story. Congrats to you and your family :)

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  3. Congrats! Can't wait to read about more about how everything is going!

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  5. Congratulations!!!!!!! She's beautiful.

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  6. So so glad you are both healthy. Yes, interesting that she has so much vernix caseosa but weighed 8.6 That's an ounce more than my whopper boy was! Big fat babies are the best :) Text me anytime day or night friend. I emailed you my #. MUAH.

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  7. Congratulations hon! She's beautiful!
    ♥ Kyna

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  8. I'm so glad everything turned out awesome for you! She's beautiful and can't wait to see more of her. You're story brought back thoughts of mine. At the 38wk growth scan, they saw my fluid was low and said I had to go to the hospital right away and that I may have her that night. I had the same feeling as you, holy ****, followed by a pale face, a couple of tears and some shaking lol. Glad to hear the second c section was a success, I'm nervous about having a second one. Hug that little girl tight <3

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one that panicked! It just makes me laugh now to think about it, but man, you'd think I would have been more prepared since I had 9 months to plan. ;)

      I will say the second one seemed a little rougher in terms of recovery, but I believe that has a lot to do with all the adhesions they removed...and I hate not being able to pick up Thaddeus yet too. =(

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  9. Congratulations!

    If you've remotely got a moment, I would absolutely love for you to link up at the Friday Baby Shower a linky party for all things pregnancy and new baby, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

    http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-friday-baby-shower-3.html

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  10. Congratulations! Fun fact for you: showing before surgery isn't so random... It dramatically reduces infections. (Did they give you a special soap to wash with too?)
    Hope your soon loves being a big brother!

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    1. Oh I know the showering isn't too weird, I just thought it was weird they wanted me to do it the night before AND the morning of with anti-bacterial soap...lol, because you know, I got awfully dirty while I was sleeping. ;)

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  11. Wow, I'm so glad I’ve found this story. I'm going to be a mum so soon with a little baby girl. I’ve enjoyed your story and so thankful for sharing it.

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  12. Aww I haven't stopped by in forever and missed some big news. Congratulations! Love love her name :)

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  13. Congratulations!!!!!!!!

    I'm so happy little miss L arrived safely and that all went well. You made your doctor's top 5...Awesome!! Always great to be remembered for being 'Happy', while being under the influence of feel good meds!! My 1st son was 8lb 6oz and my 2nd was 6lbs 6oz. The 2nd son's birth was so much easier!!

    Take care!!
    Pam

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  15. Super awesome name and (late) congratulations! Love the birth story. Cracking up at your sarcasm. xoxo

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  16. Congrats, mama! And don't feel guilty - she's healthy and big and that's all that matters. Also...why was doc worried if your NST looked good? It's totally normal for less movement at the end....there's not much room and look how big she was! All is well though!

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    1. Thanks!!! And I guess she gets nervous when her full-term mom start feeling less movement. She explained the chances of a stillbirth were low (very low really), but also doesn't feel the risk of waiting would outweigh the benefits in my case...after all, it was less than a week later and my due date was only three days from when I delivered. I also think she was nervous about the storm and being out of town should I go into labor. Over all, I still think about the fact that she might have been early, but I'm very thankful she's here and that my doctor was able to deliver her...especially with all the adhesions they had to remove.

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  17. Thanks everyone, we feel very blessed and love her to pieces!

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  18. you look very nice...wish all good to young family!

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