Wednesday, March 11, 2009

8 Days Ago

It is hard for me to believe that 8 days ago I headed home from work with the "Itty Bitty" planning to get some last minute things accomplished before Gavin's arrival. Yep, I had worked all day and planned on returning to work the very next day to say goodbye and tie up loose ends before leaving to have Baby Gavin the next day (which would have been Thursday ~ I was scheduled for a C Section).
Needless to say, Gavin's plans were a little different then mine. When I arrived home from work and stepped out of the car to get Emma out, water had broke. I was caught off guard, but knew exactly what had happened. I got Emma out of her car seat and asked her to follow me in the house and she proceeded to tell me, "Mommy, you spilled water", clearly it was not the water she was thinking. She followed me to the bathroom where water was still gushing...I am not kidding there must have be 4 gallons of water in there at a minimum. I began making phone calls and making plans. I called the HOTY at work, of course he thought I was kidding. However he made it home in 18 minutes and his normal commute is about 35, thank God he arrived safely.
We made our way to the hospital, fighting through 2.5 hours of traffic and finally arrived around 7:25 to labor and delivery. They checked me and sure enough I was in active labor and it was on from there. My Dr. arrived as they prepped me for surgery .
Let me just tell you that as prepared as we thought we were...we were so unprepared. My suitcase was NOT even packed, nor was the HOTY's. Needless to say I wore pajamas home from the hospital when I was released. It was a crazy 3 days and I did not get to prepare my sweet little Emma the way I really wanted to, however we are all doing fine and things worked out for the best.
Looking back, I think I was in labor all day at school and just did not realize it. You see, I never labored with I had no idea what to expect. I can tell you that I did not feel good when I woke up, felt a little strange all day and had symptoms all day that should have made me realize I would be having a baby that day.
God is good and I am so glad things happened just as they did. I think I would have died of embarrassment had my water broken at school in front of 726 Seniors that I met with for the last time on Tuesday for 4 hours while the rest of the school was engaged in testing.
Even though I had a C Section, it was still very interesting and a somewhat scary journey for us. The surgery went well and my Dr. was wonderful, of course. Gavin had to be delivered using the forceps even though it was a C Section because he was so large and had already positioned himself for delivery. However, my cervix was still hard and I had not dilated at all. There was a point during the surgery when a Dr. was on top of me pushing as hard as he could and the other was pulling, that was the point I heard him call for the forceps (of course he used the medical term). I sensed that something was not right and I started asking questions, especially when I saw my husbands face turn white as a ghost. It was then that I decided to just start praying out loud and continued until the Dr. finally had Gavin out and assured me everything was okay.
Many of you asked to see pictures of me pregnant...the truth is I did not take them weekly or monthly because I did not do that with Emma. My plan was to get dressed and let the HOTY take one last picture of me looking cute before delivery. Well, I did not have the chance to get dressed up, only to grab a towel and head for the hospital (ha). However, I did want to make sure that I got one picture before delivery, so here you go.

All in all, this was a great pregnancy and I gained a total of 21 lbs. I felt huge and I looked huge, so I was glad to get the little man out.

Things are still going really well, just very busy around here. We have been to the Dr. 2 times in the past 2 days and will be returning tomorrow. Gavin is VERY jaundice and they have been testing his blood daily. We plan on returning first thing in the morning for the final testing. If the numbers are still elevated, they will begin to do photo sessions on him to lower the numbers. They will do these treatments in our home, so we will not have to go back into the hospital. Please say a little prayer that Gavin's numbers will be lowered tomorrow....because we had our own little photo session planned with our photographer in our home tomorrow to get our birth announcements started.

Oh, our cousins Melissa and Sean welcomed their twins yesterday evening, Brynlee and Chance. You can see pictures of them and read more about them on her blog...please pray for them, she delivered Brynlee and Chance came via C Section. We are so excited to meet these two sweet babies and look forward to the next family function where babies will be everywhere.


Nicole M Wood said...

I will keep praying for you!

Darla said...

I'm so glad you got that picture of yourself before you delivered. You look great...and totally excited! LOL! I hope little man turns less yellow by the morn! ;-) And I want that monkey...I really, really do!

KK said...

Please know I will be praying for little Gavin to be well very soon.
Congratulations once again and thanks for sharing 'the day' he was born with us.
Blessings today and always,
Matthew 21:22

Katie said...

I will definitely be praying for your little man! I have always wondered what it would be like to just all of a sudden have your water break unexpectedly. Mine did not break until right before I delivered. I think it's exciting! But I'm like you...I'd be SO embarrassed if it would happen if front of lots of people. It was so fun to read the story of Gavin's birth day! :o) Hope all is VERY, VERY well, with all of y'all!

Katie said...

Oh...and only 21 pounds weight gain....I'm so jealous...I'm almost to about feeling huge!

The Pococks said...

I just wanted to leave a comment about the jaundice, McKade had it when he was born and we were at the hospital every other day for the first 2 weeks of his life. I hope baby Gavin gets better and the light therapy really does wonders, if that is something he ends up having to do. He is such a doll! Good luck and congrats again on such a sweet little blessing!:)