|Elijah's Birth Story Continued blog
When I went in for the NST on Monday I again was having regular contractions every 2-3 minutes. Dr. Meister was the doctor on call again and she checked my cervix and again it was totally closed so they sent me home. I felt a little better this time because the contractions obviously weren't dilating my cervix so I figured that my uterus was just practicing. Still, I felt really tired.
The next day I made a doctor's appt. for a terrible cough and was diagnosed with bronchitis so I got on some antibiotics to get rid of that. Wednesday I went in for my last OBGYN appointment before the C-section (scheduled on 2/17) and realized that pregnancy brain had gotten the better of me. The appointment was actually the day before -- they were kind enough to see me but Dr. Wiggins, my regular doctor, was out of the office so I saw a different doctor. Again, she checked my cervix and it was totally closed.
Thursday I went in for an NST in the morning. Contractions had completely stopped - it did look like the baby had dropped a little but there was plenty more room and the amniotic fluids were very high. Jan, the nurse, said "The last two appointments I didn't think you would make it but now I think you'll make it to the 17th". That afternoon I finally had my energy back and I spent 4 hours cleaning the house. I did notice I was a little crampy and my back hurt but attributed it to the sudden burst of activity after being sedate for so long.
That night Matt came home from work exhausted. We decided it would be an early night. We ate dinner and I was sitting on the bed about to read Jasmine a story when my back hurt even more so I went to get another pillow. I sat down with the pillow, started to read, and then suddenly felt a little leak. I got up to check it out in the bathroom and there was a gush as soon as I sat down. I went and told Matt and then there was a HUGE gush, down my leg. We called the nurse and they said to come right in.
Even though on the way there I was continuously leaking and needed to sit on a towel I still didn't think it was real until the nurse used the strip to check for amniotic fluid and she said, oh yea, your water broke. Then I started early active labor.
That morning I had forgotten (preganancy brain) to take my blood thinner which was fantastic because there was no danger with the c-section and getting a spinal. However, since I had just eaten we had to wait until 1am. Victoria, Jasmine's babysitter, sent her husband up to SF to pick up Jasmine and then it was just me and Matt - the grandparents had all planned on being here on the 17th!
Matt's Dad and his wife Donna heroically drove all night long from LA so they could be there in the morning to help out. And Matt and I waited - we were both nervous wrecks. I was nervous about the blood thinner and the surgery and so was Matt. I was literally shaking when they brough me into the OR and gave me the spinal, but the spinal really hurt less than the IV and the surgery went without a snag. They played Chopin in the background and I asked Dr. Tsai, the anestesiologist, to tell me about his daughter so I could keep calm.
Finally they pulled out my beautiful baby boy and I heard his sweet cry for the first time. When they brought him to me he looked so distraught so I sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (the song I sang to him while he was in my womb) and rubbed his head.
He is such a good little baby and I feel so incredibly blessed - I love him so much already. Jasmine has been wonderful too - a great big sister who tolerated so well me being away from home for five days and who is so tender and sweet with her little brother. Being a mother is the best thing that ever happened to me!