I’m really bad at this blogging stuff. After my last post, life took over and worry about our baby kept me so occupied that I completely blocked out the need to update this blog. From the 33 week mark on it was pretty much touch and go. My amniotic fluid remained low no matter what I did to try to get it up, and in fact it got even lower.
By early February, my Dr was talking about the possibility of an even earlier scheduled C-section…which made us realize we could have a baby within as little as 10 days!! We were excited and scared – hoping and praying she was alright. I was seeing my Dr twice a week to be monitored and each time I was thankful she was doing well. I was in to be monitored on Feb. 16, and at that time I was not dilated, or having any contractions – so no signs of labor. The next three days I felt tired and sore, but still no signs of labor until Friday, Feb.19.
That morning I got out of bed and felt a small amount of discharge as I got out of bed, and immediately I thought “Oh, that’s not right…” but it was such a small amount and stopped for a bit, so I went on about the business of getting ready for work. It happened again a few minutes later, and I knew something was going on, so I told my husband and tried to decide if we wanted to go into the hospital, or wait until my Dr. appointment a little later in the day. I figured my water may have broken, but because it was such a small amount I wasn’t entirely sure. I guess I expected that even with a low fluid level I would still have a “rush” once my water broke…not a trickle.
My husband was trying hard to let me decide, but I could tell he was nervous.Finally after about 30 minutes of waiting as I continued to get ready as if I was going in to work I think he had enough, because he finally said “honey, lets go!! If we wait we’ll get stuck in rush hour traffic!”
We got to the hospital right around 7:30 in the morning, and they immediately admitted me to run tests and confirm that it was indeed my water breaking. It was. As bizarre as it sounds (or at least it did to me) they put me in line for a C-Section that day. Yes, there is apparently a line for C-Sections when you go to a large hospital in a major city, and I was third in line for the day.
It was a very surreal experience. I never felt a contraction, never had any pain, or anything else that indicated the baby was coming that day – so it was hard to believe that when we left the hospital we would be bringing home our little girl. She was 3 weeks early, but completely healthy and apparently impatient to make her appearance in this world.
The C-section was a really strange experience – I was numb from the chest down and didn’t feel a thing – not even pressure – so I had no idea when they actually pulled her out until I heard her cry. She was perfect!!! And very loud. Our little Eleanor came into the big bright wide world at 1:42 p.m.
We are beyond amazed by her and so very blessed to be trusted with such a gift. Not having had a baby around for 15 years, I feel like a new momma all over again – all nerves and worry. But as I sit here and write this with this beautiful little one laying on my chest what I feel most is gratitude.