Hey Ladies! I have been quite the lurker but haven't posted much at all due to being busy working full time with two kids and a computer being down.
We welcomed our third child, a little girl, on June 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm. I had been in the hospital since Wednesday for contractions. They had tried to stop my contractions at 29 weeks and 31 weeks and this time I just turned 35 weeks. They did everything they could for two days to stop them but nothing was working. I wasn't dialating but I never do that's why I've had two previous csections. I finally broke down to my doctor bawling because I was so tired of being in pain and exhausted and tired of them pumping me with drugs which I know was not good for her, so the doctor asked if I wanted to go ahead with a csection eventhough he wanted me to wait at least another week. DF and I discussed it and my doctor came back and I told him that we thought her being here instead of trying to pump me up with more meds was better for her. Especially because I thought my due date was a week behind of what I actually thought I was. So the nurses rushed in and got me ready for the csection. I was scared and was really hoping she wouldn't need NICU time and that she would be very healthy for being early. The spinal wasn't bad just felt a bunch of pressure I kept freaking out because I could still kind of move my legs and I told the doctor this and he said, "well can you feel this?" I guess they had pinched my skin really hard and I said no so he goes, "ok well we can start!" I didn't feel anything and I love my doctor because he always tells me what's gonna happen before it happens. She was still really high and I had A LOT of fluid that's why she wasn't even trying to attempt to descend into my pelvis because she had all that fluid to swim in. They had to push on my chest really hard to get her down and I felt that but it didn't hurt. Finally I hear them say "She's here! She is beautiful!" I didn't hear her cry and I started to get really worried but then I heard her start crying. The nurses and doctor's kept saying " Yep, that's a little girl's cry!". I remember with my second he sounded like a taradactyl (sp?) so it was def. a different kind of cry. They brought her over to me to see her before they gave her to the NICU team. I told DF to go check on her and be with her. She was having some issues breathing and they told me they would have to take her to NICU for at least 6 hours to monitor her breathing, temp, and sucking reflex. Elianna Renee came in weighing at 6lbs 5 oz. 19 in long at 35 weeks 2 days at 8:11 pm. They stitched me up and they wheeled me into NICU so I can hold her for a little bit. They told me her breathing was getting better but still not where they wanted it so she had to stay the 6 hours, if she passed everything in 6 hours she would be able to go to the regular nursery. She had her eyes wide open when I held her and she was just looking at me with her pretty little eyes and it was a great feeling that I will never forget.
Six hours later I get a call from the NICU saying that she is good to go and will be heading to the regular nursery but they wanted to know if I wanted her in my room first. Of course I wanted her in my room so they brought her to me. She did great in NICU! Her breathing issue resolved on its own she never needed any help breathing. She maintained her temp on her own and her sucking reflex was super duper strong. Everyone was surprised how well she was doing for being 5 weeks early. She was a little jaundiced but never needed the tanning bed We stayed 3 nights, so all in all I spent a total of 5 nights in the hospital which was draining! A little word of advice I know all the new mamas want their baby's with them at all times but it's really nice to let the nursery take them for the night and bring them in for feedings if your BFing or just keep them for the night if your formula feeding. It was nice to be able to rest because once you're home you won't get that rest! I had a great birth experience and I am so lucky to have such healthy babies! I count my blessings every day! Thanks for reading and hopefully I'll be able to post more!
here are some pictures! Introducing..... Elianna Renee