Thanks Margi! I was just about to repost the birth story when I saw you post.
Yes ladies its rue...Evelyn is here! She arrived Friday via C-section. I have been feeding and sleeping so I haven't had time to repost. you know how it is.
Okay- so here is how I ended up having a C-section...
You may recall that I was super nervous that the plans for my induction were going to change a THIRD time since our game plan had been changed by the various Docs so many times. Well Thursday morning we had an ultrasound in order to ensure that the fluid levels had remained relatively normal. Lo and behold after three bleeding episodes and at least 10 ultrasounds we finally found the cause of the bleeding. The ultrasound tech Thursday was actually able to move the baby's head off my cervix and what did we find? PLACENTA!!! Turns out my low lying placenta was actually marginal placenta previa.
I was certainly relieved to finally know the cause but was also concerned that knowing what the culprit was the OB on call would want to continue to wait and monitor. But alas, the OB felt very strongly that it was a reason to move forward quickly as they worry with previa that you will go into labor and bleed heavily. So it was set...we would NOT have an induction and instead would have a c-section on Friday morning at 8:15.
And boy am I glad we did! What we found after the doctor delivered our amazing little girl was a placenta with previa and also a very large clot that where a portion had torn away from the uterus. The doctor told me that someone was watching over us because had we induced we most certainly would have been in an emergency situation. Wow! All this time and so many opportunities and we pick this up the day before our induction. Just like every other aspect of this pregnancy it was nothing short of a miracle.
Come Friday I had one more scare when the nurse took my temperature and I was running a fever! I had been nursing a cold since the 29th with a bad cough and sinus congestion but no sign of infection until the morning of the c-section. After talking it over with the doctor she felt the risks of waiting were higher than the risks of delivering with an infection, especially since Evelyn had been receiving my antibodies since I got the cold 8 days ago.
Finally it was full steam ahead! I was really calm and DH was spectacular, especially when they told him to look over the screen as they pulled Evelyn out. We hadn't expected that and I was so worried because this is the man who turns ghost white during vaginal ultrasounds. He looked though and is glad he did. He immediately began crying and so did I. She quickly began crying perfectly with her 37 week old but mature lungs. It was remarkable. They quickly cleaned her and did the Apgar tests and then brought her to Mommy for kisses. I cannot explain what that moment felt like and I have never been more purely happy in my life.
When they brought her to me she was already licking her lips and rooting. A very good sign for an early baby! Sure enough when we went to recovery she latched right on the very first try. It was so magical! So far I think breastfeeding has been my favorite part. I could breastfeed all day long!
DH has been simply fabulous taking care of her as I healed. She has been a very good baby and the nurses have nicknamed him "The Baby Whisperer."
I never would have guessed it since I have a well researched birth plan that I started in July, but this birth experience has been everything I had hoped it would be and even more. Sure, the plan went completely out the window with the complications and the C-section, but it was still a beautiful birth and an incredible moment supported by loving people and caring staff. I wouldn't trade it for the world as it brought our dear sweet Evelyn Gail safely to her family.
And here we are!