Sunday, April 27, 2008

Didn't quite make it to 38 weeks!

So, our little one has made her arrival in the world at 37weeks 5days. Here is the story... Sunday night the dog tripped me on accident and I fell hard on my side. I didn't think anything of it but Monday everyone said I should call the Dr. just to tell them. So I did and they had me come in for a non stress test (NST). All looked good except at the very end her heartrate dropped. They figured it probably wasn't a big deal but decided to send me to Labor and Delivery just to be sure. So I went to the hospital and had another NST done and all was well, so they sent me home. Tuesday I went to work, got a prenatal massage, a pedicure and decided to run some errands. I thought I had started "leaking" so I called the midwife and she said again just to be safe I should go to L&D for a NST. So at 8:44pm on Tuesday I checked into triage to make sure my water didn't break. They were pretty sure it wasn't my water, but while waiting for the lab test decided just to monitor us. Well her heartrate dipped to 78 and was taking her awhile to recover. So in comes the doctor and says we are doing a C-section now...well Josh was at work, so I called him and told him it was go time. He got to the hospital, they handed him his scrubs, whisked me off to the OR and at 10:51pm we heard the cries of our baby girl, Amelia Rae. She was 7lbs, 15oz and 20 inches long. She is perfect!! We are so in love. Josh is an amazing dad already and she loves her daddy for sure. We are just so blessed that she is here and healthy. They are not sure what caused her heartrate to drop but they are thankful that the dog tripped me causing me to be monitored for 2 days and therefore delivering a healthy baby girl.
The C-Section wasn't too bad...they gave me a spinal block which numbs you but you can still's very weird. So I did feel lots of pulling and pressure. The recovery has been pretty easy. I am feeling better with each passing day. You never realize how much you use your stomach muscles until you can't. Breastfeeding was a challenge at first, I reminded myself not to get frustrated and Josh was super supportive through it all, now she is feeding like a champ...and let me tell you...She's got a grip!! haha!! Well, I fully understand now the type of love people talk about after having a child. You can't explain the love that fills your heart. I didn't know I could love someone as much as I love her. I also didn't realize how much more I would love my husband. Every time I look at her I fall more and more in love with him. He is such an amazing father and he has been an amazing husband as well. I thank God everyday for blessing me with such miracles!
Here are some pictures from the ordeal!
Here is Josh and I before they took me into surgery.
And here is our first family picture...look at those proud parents
Here she is...Amelia Rae
Daddy and his little girl, taking a nap
Amelia in her coming home outfit, the same one I wore home from the hospital 27 years ago. This is the day we left the hospital.
Thank you to all of you who have been praying for us over the past couple of years and especially these last 9 months. It has been a journey to say the least. We battled infertility, a rough pregnancy, an unplanned delivery and yet it all seems so miniscule when I hold this little girl in my arms, a little girl that was created out of love between my husband and I, and a little girl that was truly a "MIRACLE" from God!


Shannon Kilstrom Photography said...

She's gorgeous, Heather!! I can't wait to see her again! ;-)


Heather!!!! I am so excited for you guys! I called Julie as soon as I found out and she said you would be home over the weekend. I thought I would give you a few days, but would you mind if I stopped over to see her somtime soon? Wow! What a beautiful little girl! :)

Emily said...

She is such a sweetie, Heather! I can't wait to meet her! I know you're busy but let me know when a good time would be to bring a meal over to your family of 3!