In January 2014, Hubs and I were surprised to find out we were pregnant with a fourth baby. We weren’t planning on having anymore, but it was definitely a welcome surprise!
My first trimester was full of heartburn, mild morning sickness, dizziness and exhaustion. My second and third trimesters weren’t any better, and in fact constant hip/back pain was a very unwelcome addition. I had no idea if we were having a boy or a girl (even though I had guessed with the other pregnancies) The two boys pregnancies were almost identical and Zoey’s was the opposite of them, so everyone tease that since this pregnancy was so different again, and because I started showing so soon after getting pregnant that I was probably expecting twins. (eek!) Alex however was adamant right from the beginning of my pregnancy that he was going to have another little sister.
On May 7, we found out that Alex was right! He was going to have another little sister!
At 28 weeks, there was one evening that I was getting very regular Braxton Hicks contractions and I also lost part of my mucous plug. I was scared, but my Dr reassured me that everything was fine and it was normal, especially since this was my fourth pregnancy and they were all close together. He also mentioned (again) that I wouldn’t make it to my due date but he was sure I would make it to term, even if just barely.
When I was 35 weeks pregnant I went in for a prenatal appointment (Tuesday Sept 2) I told my OB that I was feeling off. I had been getting Braxton Hicks for a long time, but these felt different. She did an internal exam and assured me that although I was 2 cm dilated it didn’t mean anything and there was nothing to worry about. I was not in labor and she would see me in two weeks. On Thursday (Sept 4) at 7pm my ‘Braxton Hicks’ were 5 minutes apart and some of them really hurt! But I was convinced it was nothing. I took a warm bath, a tylenol and tried to sleep. By Saturday (Sept 7) the contractions were 3.5 minutes apart and lasting 45 seconds. I was still refusing to go into the hospital, sure I was going to just be sent home and told it wasn’t labor. After all, I was only 36 weeks. At about 11am I was getting the kids dressed and ready to go to my parents house. All of a sudden I felt a small gush of fluid as I was getting up from the couch. My mom and husband convinced me at that point to go in and get checked out.
When I got to the hospital the nurses agreed that I was leaking fluid but couldn’t get a positive on the test to confirm my waters had broken. So they monitored me for awhile and confirmed that I was in labor and got me up and walking around. At 4pm I was 5cm dilated and the contractions were starting to get stronger.
At about 8 pm my contractions had stopped. The Dr decided to start Pitocin and I opted to get the epidural since I hadn’t slept in a couple nights and I had a feeling I was in for a long night ahead.
At 3:50 am, the Dr did another internal and I was still 5 cm. He determined at this time that there was a bulge of water beside the babies head and so he popped the bulge to release what was left of the amniotic fluid. (At this time it was confirmed that my waters had indeed broken the day before based on the amount of water that was left)
After the Dr popped the bulge of water things went fast. At 4:30 I was feeling the urge to push and at 4:40am Emma-Rose Agnes made her debut!
She was 7lbs 2oz and 19.5 inches long. After being checked over it was determined that even though she was considered late pre-term she was healthy and wouldn’t need to go to the NICU.
Over the next few days, we struggled to get her to take in enough food. By the time she was 72 hours old she had lost more then 11% of her birth weight. Her pediatrician decided she was going to need to be put on a feeding tube which meant she needed to be placed in the NICU. Shortly after she was placed in the NICU her blood work came back and her jaundice levels were increasing instead of decreasing.
She was placed on the lights to treat her jaundice for 24 hours. After 24 hours her levels dropped low enough to be taken off the lights and our biggest issue was getting her to eat from a bottle.
On September 15, after 5 days in the NICU she was able to come off her feeding tube for a trial run to see if she could consume enough to come home with us. On September 16, at 9 days old (and weighing just 6lbs 4 oz), we were finally able to bring Emma home! It was an amazing feeling!!
Today Emma is almost 4 weeks old. She is 7 lbs and 13 oz!
Love, hugs and more to come later!