She's beautiful Congrats!!!!
Catie is gorgeous Look at all the hair she has, too! Congrats Jen!
Oh my gosh, she is GORGEOUS!!! What a cutie pie! That little chubby face made me smile from ear to ear. I'm so excited to hear your story, Jenny. Like I said before, you just never know - these babies have a way of surprising their mommas, don't they? :rolleyes:
Welcome to your world, little Catie!
COngratulations, she is absolutely beautiful!!!
You come home today, right? Hope the transition is smooth and you're not too sore. Can't wait for updates!
Did the diabetes go away???
Hi Jenny! Just wanted to say I've been thinking of ya. Hope all is well and you're enjoying your new life as a mom.
Looking forward to an update when you have time!
Hey Jeny- Catie is beautiful! I hope you guys are adjusting to life at home well and that recovery is going well, too. KUP when you can!
Sorry I have been away so long. I have been trying to recover and just enjoying the time with my husband and daughter. Below is my birth story. I tried not be to morbid We are so happy to have Catie who is an Angel baby and is two weeks old today. Thanks for all of the wonderful support ladies!
On Monday July 7th, Michael and I went to the OBGYN for my 40 weeks appointment. Three of the doctors were unhappy that we did not want an induction at 40 weeks and the fourth was ok with waiting until 41 weeks. At this point, I had not had a cervical check and had woken up that morning at 5am terrified that Dr. T would be the doctor that day since I had agreed to a cervical check that day. He had always been mean to me and I felt like a cervical check from him would feel like being assaulted. I was happy to find out that one of the lady docs was on that day. I was a pinky dialated but very soft and my bishop score was 7. This doctor again urged us to go ahead with an induction due to that fact that there are studies that show a woman with gestational diabetes' risk of stillbirth increases dramatically after 40 weeks. I spoke to the one doctor who had treated me with some respect throughout my time with them and he also said that it would be best if I went ahead with the induction. I knew that those studies probably did not apply to me because I had stayed on my diet and always taken my pills on time and kept my sugars low so we asked for some time to think.
My husband, Michael, and I sat in a room alone discussing these facts but in the end we thought that any chance something could happen to our child was just not worth it and therefore agreed to the induction. We went home and had dinner and grabbed my bags and headed back to the hospital to begin.
We arrived back at the hospital at about 7:30pm and by 9pm the Dr. K, one of the lady docs had put in the cervidil, which was to stay in for the next 12 hours. I sent Michael home to get some sleep and took an Ambian to help me get some sleep. Apparently, I'm one of the only people Ambian does not help sleep. I was up constantly going to the bathroom and unhooking the monitor, which was driving the nurse crazy. In the end, I got two hours of sleep that night. We had timed this all out so that the doctor I trusted would be there for the actual delivery. In the meantime, the induction was being overseen by the youngest doctor in the group who loved the phrase "standard protocol." I don't think she realized that was practically a curse word to me.
At about 5am, my water broke and I called my husband and doula to come to the hospital. My membrane had ruptured but her head acted like a cork and it came out in small gushes here and there. She was still at a -2 station. They were about to start the Pitocin and this doctor told me I needed to stay in bed because it would be easier to monitor me. I told her they would just have to work around it because staying in bed was not an option. I was very tired at this point since I had very little sleep and asked her if there was a chance of cord prolapse. In my mind, I was picturing the baby up higher and my water leaking out and it just occurred to me and I blurted it out. I learned later that there really was no danger at all but she said "yes, there is that possibility." She fed on the one thing that she could grasp and my fear of cord prolapse made me agree to stay in bed. The fact that I could get up and go to the bathroom did not dawn on me as strange.
So, in bed I stayed and the Pitocin contractions began. At first, I could handle them. I just breathed through and used my hypnobabies and kept my body relaxed. As the hours went by, they got closer and stronger and my mind started to panic. My husband and doula said it didn't look like I was in that much pain because I just moaned through the contractions. I knew if I allowed myself to "freak" it would only be worse but in my head I was screaming. After six hours, I asked to please have the epidural. I knew I was not far away from losing it. The contactions were only a couple of minutes apart and sometimes there was only a 30 second break. My doula asked me for 10 more contractions and I looked at my husband with that look of "I am dead serious!" They both kept urging me to stick it out because they knew that is what I wanted but I knew there was just no way I could handle transition if it was this bad in active labor. I did receive the epi which was a relief at the time. I was able to get some sleep.
I knew going into this that Catie was ROA and would have to turn. The six hours I did feel the contractions, it was back labor. A couple of hours after getting the epi, around 1 or 2pm I got checked and was at 5cm. They assumed by 8 or 9 pm I would be ready to push. The good doctor came in at 7pm and checked me. I was still at 5cm and my cervix was very swollen. Catie had turned posterior but seemed to have gotten stuck there. He said we would see what happens over the next couple of hours and hope that she turns. Of course, I couldn't get out of bed and therefore couldn't use any of the techniques to help her turn. I had a bad feeling about this. When he came back, my cervix was more swollen and I was still at 5cm. I could tell he felt really bad. He knew how much I did not want a c-section but she just wasn't coming out. I understood that and knew a c-section was the only option at this point.
It was the weirdest thing being totally numb and having them pull out this baby and my husband bringing her around the curtain. I felt like "who's baby is that." It just didn't feel like giving birth. I couple of days of nursing fixed that and we bonded completely. They told Michael they were going to take her for 4 hours and he said "oh no you are not." He knew I wanted to her to nurse as soon as possible. They brought her into the recovery room once I was sewn up. My arms were shaking from coming off the anethesia and my doula had to latch her on for me because my arms were to weak to hold her. Michael never left her and made sure that nothing but the vitamin K was given to her. I was very proud of him.
In the end, I am not unhappy with any decision I made. All were the best I could make at the time and second guessing myself would not do any of us any good. Catie is absolutely beautiful and an amazing baby. She was 8lbs 4oz and 20in long. Her head was a little coned at first where she kept hitting my cervix. I am just so happy to have my little girl I cannot even express my joy. Being a Mother is the best thing that has every happened to me! The recovery has been rough, but I have tried not to let it slow me down too much and have been out and about enjoying all of the time Michael and I got to spend with eachother and our daughter. Now he is back to work and it is just me and Catie. I must say this is the first job I have ever truly enjoyed.
Oh, the bell's palsy if finally subsiding. Yay! It has been so annoying.
After a good meal:
Jenny she's a doll. Thanks for sharing your story.
Oh what a story! You made it and your girl is beautiful
(oh doctors :mad:)
Has it been two weeks already? Wow!
I'm so glad to finally read your story!!!! Sounds like you made the best decisions for you guys, and that she came out of it unscathed. she's a little beauty! and I'm happy that breastfeeding is going so well, hooray!
She is such a beautiful baby! I'm glad Michael stood his ground after Catie was born. Glad you're "back" on the boards.
Congrats Jenny. Catie is a cutie and I enjoyed reading your birth story.
She is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story!