Our little girl arrived at 8:10 on November 7, 2011 via c-section. She was 7 weeks early and weighed in at 4 lb. 8.8 oz. We got to see her & Micah got to hold her briefly before she headed off to NICU. I saw her briefly & got to touch her while en route to my postpartum room. Audrey is doing as well as can be expected. She was breathing quite fast last night, so they had her on a cpap (something that forces a little bit of air into her nose), but when the NICU doctor visited me around 11:30 this morning they had moved her to a nose canula (just a bit of extra oxygen available if she needs it). This means she is breathing primarily room air on her own!. When I saw her last night, she was curled up on her belly sleeping away. This morning when Micah went to vist her, she was on her back & being quite “feisty”: crying & kicking her feet, although she did settle down when Micah held her hand & stroked her cheek.
I won’t lie, the c-section was not kind to me & it is taking (& will take) some time to recover. I’m told all the epidural will wear off after 24 hours, so I’m kind of dreading that. However, God once again showed that He is in control – it’s kind of medical, so I’ll post it at the bottom after the pictures. My goal today is to regain enough strength so I can take a wheelchair ride down to the NICU & finally hold my daughter!
Fun fact: Audrey was delivered by the same doctor that delivered my niece. With 6 doctors in the group, there was no guarantee of this happening!
Weighing in! You’ll notice that her foot & toes look a little ‘off’ – this is from not having enough fluid around them. They are saying that a little physical therapy while she is in the NICU should take care of it. Let’s pray they are right!
Mom & baby
Dad & baby with her eyes peeking open
First picture with mommy & daddy
All hooked up in her isolette this morning
Holding onto Daddy’s hand
Medical version: We left my room for our c-section at 7:40. It took a bit to do all the prep work, but once they started the actual process the time between the first incision & Audrey being born was quite short. It was a pretty emotional moment when they pulled her out & announced she was a girl! I think the fact that she had stayed in so long & the relieft that she was finally here after being so scared I was going to lose her all combined in that moment! She started crying almost immediately. It wasn’t a full-term baby’s robust cry, but she was definitely letting us know that she was not happy about life at the moment! She scored 8 & 9 (out of 10, which I’m told are never given) on her APGAR. As we were listening to her cry, I noticed that my doctor was calling for another doctor. I figured that since there were already 9 people in the operating room at the time (including 2 doctors), this was not a good sign. It turns out that my placenta had eroded away the wall of my uterus. This meant they couldn’t get the placenta out & even if they could have my uterus was ruined. So, instead of simply getting stitched back up, I ended up having a hysterectomy instead. It is a little emotional for me realizing that we are done having children. However, we had talked about the possibility of only having two kids & so I had gone into this pregnancy with that mindset, but this was much more final & happened much quicker than we anticipated.
That being said, God allowed so many miracles. If that cord hadn’t shown up on the sonogram & I had gone ahead with a normal delivery, I would have had to be rushed into emergency surgery for a hysterectomy (& I’ve heard that recovering from a c-section after laboring & delivering is much tougher). The surgery went really smoothly given the fact that they weren’t prepared for it (the doctors were all quite impressed with how well it went). Also, the fact that Audrey stayed put for as long as she did, continued to have really healthy results when she was being monitored, & came out as healthy as she did given the state of her ‘home’ the past few months. Not to mention that I stayed as healthy as I did! God obviously has big plans for this little girl & we are excited to see what they are!