Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - In the OR

In honor of Angie's upcoming 4th birthday on Saturday, I have decided to do my Wordful Wednesday post about her birth story....or parts of it anyway!!

I had a problem-filled pregnancy with Angie...... because of my histpry of pre-term problems & labor, they did all kinds of precautionary steps to keep that from happening again..... I had a cerclage put in, weekly doc visits, bi-monthly sonograms and then bi-weekly NSTs. And although those things were kind of a pain to do (because I was constantly at the doctor), it was very cool to watch her grow via sonogram every other week!!

After all that, at 34 weeks, Angie and my body decided it was time for her to make her entrance into the world!! I had gone in for my NST, feeling great....and as soon as they hooked me up to the monitor, we could see the contractions coming.... every 2-3 minutes.... can this be.... I'm not even feeling any pain....? So, my OB came in to check me and I was 2-3 cm, and he says "well, it's time to go have a baby"!!!

As soon as I stood up to make my phone calls and get Joe to the hospital, that is when I began to feel the pain!!! OWWWWWW...... I am not a good pain person.... I don't like to feel any of it... so I was not "enjoying" that moment!!

Because I had a c-section with Joseph (an emergency c-section, that I will explain another time), and because I was going to get my tubes tied, I already knew that I was going for surgery!! The problem that morning was that Joe had made me a huge breakfast that morning (obviously we weren't expecting this)....eggs, bacon, toast and grits...mmmm, sounds good right now!!! :)
But, after alot of pleading from me, they didn't make me wait (they wanted to stop the labor and make me wait a few hours because of all the food in my belly) and we were ready to go!!
Now, I was pretty worried about Joe because he does NOT handle blood or juices or any of that stuff well...and I was fairly certain that he wouldn't be able to handle it!! But, he was a trooper and stayed for the whole thing.......and then we met our baby girl.....
I sometimes look back at this picture and wonder why they put her in my arms....I was pretty loopy because they had to give me an anti-emetic that made me out of it....and if you turn this picture upside down, you can see how my eyes are barely holding up!!!!
Anyway, she was 5lbs 13 oz, which may sound small, but she was the biggest of all of my babies..... and she cried the loudest of all of my babies.....and she had more hair than all of my babies!!!
We weren't totally sure of her name yet, so for a few days she was known as just "baby girl".....well, actually she was originally going to be "Lily", so alot my family was still calling her that!!
Wow, I can't believe it has been 4 years!! We definitely needed that little angel in our lives and I thank God for her all of the time!!!


Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

So sweet..Happy Birthday to your little lady!

Carrin said...

Happy Birthday Angie!

Pam said...

Happy Birthday to Angie. The big breakfast was a minus, I'm sure!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

I don't like pain either - and I remember those weekly NST's - no fun! But I loved the ultrasound once a week!

Amy McMean a.k.a McSunshine said...

Ahh what cute pictures. One question. what is no your head in that one picture?

Are you guys doing anything super fun for the big #4?

Emily said...

i love lil angie.. love this post:) Love how they put her hands and feet on daddys scrubs.. cute idea! happy bday baby girl:)

Chris said...

A beautiful story -- we (by which I mean my wife) had three very difficult pregnancies too.

I'm glad you had such a blessing added to your family.