Friday, January 7, 2011

I'm a Mommy!

Its official. I’m a Mommy! I could probably write an entire book about what has happened this past week, but I really don’t want to hash out all of those details right now when they are still raw. But I wanted to at least put up the super condensed version of events since I’ve been THE WORST with calling people to keep them updated. I want to say right away that I wasn’t trying to KEEP the news from anyone, but you think you’ve been overlooked, I hope you will understand after this update.

Around New Years Eve, I swelled up drastically and got a splitting blinding headache. Those are 2 big warning signals for Preeclampsia, a blood pressure condition in pregnant ladies. That kicked off trip to Labor and Delivery over that weekend, an OB appointment on Monday, and a 24 hour urine test (I got to carry around a jug of pee for 24 hours and keep adding to it… yeah awesome). Tuesday afternoon, I get a call from my OB telling me to pack my bag, and get my butt to the hospital. She said my test results were through the roof, proving severe Preeclampsia, so he needs to induce me ASAP before I have issues like seizures, or liver or kidney failure. I’m told that in laments terms, my body can no longer house both of us, and I’m, in a sense, allergic to the baby, and that is causing toxins to be spilled into my blood, making everything fail.

Kenny, my Mommy, and myself get to the hospital that night, get our room, and I get hooked up to drugs to start my labor. Without much effort, my labor kicks in, and before long I’m having super strong contractions. Started pushing at about 2pm. After about 2 hours of pushing, it became very clear that there was something wrong. At this point I couldn’t even talk because of the amount of pain I was in. They wheeled me in for an emergency C-Section.

Once they got the spinal block in, my pain was erased for about 2 minutes. Starting at my toes and working up slowly, I went totally numb, which was great until the meds reached my lungs. After about 2 minutes, all I can do is take the tiniest quickest gasps. Once the med doc finally notices this, and checks my arms to find out that the spinal block traveled too far up, he puts an oxygen mask on me. I couldn’t talk, and barely breath. I couldn’t understand the voices around me, I could feel Kenny rubbing my face, but I couldn’t find him. I legit thought I was dying. I heard a tiny squeak of a cry, then nothing. I couldn’t see her, I no longer heard her, and I couldn’t tell what the voices around me were saying. They had to wisk her away to the NICU.

Coming out of the spinal block I just wanted my baby. I knew there was something wrong, but didn’t know what. I wasn’t able to meet her until about 11pm. Then I wasn’t able to hold her until the next day… That brings us to Thursday…,

She is still in the Nursery, but she MIGHT be able to finally come to my room today. And if I’m super lucky, she MIGHT be able to leave with me on Saturday… With all of the extra drama, me and Kenny decided its best to wait for her to be back to 100% before she starts meeting everyone we love.

So, Wednesday Elizabeth Lane, born via emergency c-section, January 5th, at 5:44pm, 7lbs, 4oz, 18 inches long. She is getting better everyday, and is absolutely the most beautiful baby ever.


  1. After all the quite horrible experience, you've got a lovely baby! Congratulations, Jes!

    I hope you can go back home together soon!

  2. jes! sounds kind of like my first! it was harsh not being able to hold your baby right after delivery....i pretty much passed out and didn't get to nurse him or anything for almost a day! i'm glad you two are recovering!!!! keep lookin' up!!!