We cannot believe our baby girl is here! She is a complete diva and has taken control of this pregnancy and now birth, in true princess style!
On Wednesday afternoon, I began to bleed heavily with clotting. I contacted Dr. Stowers and he told me to immediately head in to labor & delivery. When I arrived at the hospital, I was found to be dilated to a 4. It was decided that trying to stop the labor was pointless, since I was so far along. Within a few hours, I had progressed to a 5.
Once I hit a 5, everything stalled out. At this point, it was decided that an attempt to stop the contractions would possibly buy her some more time. After several doses of Terbutaline and Nifedipine through out Wednesday night and Thursday, I still ended up dilated to a 6 by Thursday evening. Thursday evening, the contractions stopped again and I was able to get a little sleep.
Friday morning arrived and I was feeling pretty good. I was having no contractions and it appeared that it was going to be a mellow day. Josh contemplated going home for a few hours, to be with the kids, but ended up climbing in my hospital bed with me and we took an hour nap. About 10:30 am, my nurse knocked and I woke up...not 2 seconds later I felt a slight pop and a gush of fluid. For a moment I thought, "How am I going to tell Josh and the nurse that I just pee'd all over us?" A second later I smartened up and looking at my nurse slightly panicked, I said, "I think my water just broke!" One look under the covers confirmed that! I had quite a puddle of fluid and Josh's leg was quite wet!
I was immediately moved back to L&D and found that Presley was -1 station and I was dilated to a 6+. We started calling everyone that had said that they wanted to be there and everyone quickly started arriving. Amey, Rachel and Mickey all arrived at the same time and we sure had a blast laughing with my nurse, Auri. After an hour or so, I sat on the birthing ball, while Mickey gave me a fabulous back massage.
I really wasn't feeling any contractions and Presley was moving so much, that it was hard to keep a tracing on her heartbeat. So, a few hours later it was decided that an inner uterine contraction monitor and fetal scalp electrode would be placed.
My nurse was not certified to place those yet, so another nurse was called. When she arrived, she began the process of trying to insert the IUC monitor. I about shot off the bed! She had to reach in (past her freaking wrist and half way up her arm!) to find my cervix. She said that the baby was no longer head down; she had moved into transverse position. My nurse couldn't understand this, because she had recently checked me. So, she checked me again to see what the other nurse was feeling and was shocked to find that Presley had moved waaaay far up. A quick ultrasound confirmed that her head was now to my left and her bum to my right. Because I had already lost so much amniotic fluid, she was stuck and wasn't moving.
Dr. Stowers was called and it was decided that the best course of action would be a c-section. Because my water had been broken for several hours, he didn't want to chance the risk of infection, waiting to see if she would move. We already knew that we would be dealing with Preemie issues...we didn't want to deal with infection issues also.
Within 30 min, I was prepped and they began the surgery. Because it turned into surgery, only Josh and Mom were able to be in there with me. Amey, Rachel, Micky and Brittney all waited outside for the news.
Shortly before the surgery started, I could feel a panic attack coming on and I spent the entire surgery trying to breathe deeply and calm myself down. All of a sudden, Presley made her way into the world, screaming at the top of her lungs! I kept hearing everyone say how big she was for a 33 weeker! After a quick peek over the sheet, so I could see her, they passed her through a window to the special care nursery. My anxiety quickly resolved itself, once I knew that she was doing okay. Josh went over to the nursery with her and quickly relayed the numbers...5 lbs 2 oz and 17.5 inches long! She was so much bigger than we had anticipated!
Dr. Stowers confirmed with me that I wanted my tubes tied and began that procedure. It seemed to be taking an awfully long time and that's when Dr. Stowers told me that I was having a bit of a bleeding issue. He said that everything he touched started bleeding and they were trying to get it under control. Finally, it was resolved and I was moved back into my labor room to recover for an hour. They are watching my blood count today, to make sure the bleeding issue is completely resolved, but as of now, everything looks great!
I finally got to go back and see her after an hour and she was doing fabulous! I was even able to nurse her for 15 minutes, something that I didn't think I would be able to do.
Presley is one special baby girl! She knew how she wanted things done, that's for sure! I can't wait to bring her home and incorporate her into our typical chaos!