Here is my last belly picture from the week prior. I miss her in there, but it is so sweet to know what she looks like and to be able to hold her.
It all started with me calling a few friends on Tuesday, 1/4/2011, afternoon asking them if they peed on themselves a lot during pregnancy. Yes, what a crude start, but it's honest. I thought I was peeing on myself all day. Just a few spots here and there, but after work we went to our first pre-baby counseling sessionof what was supposed to be three sessions followed by a "babymoon/anniversary trip" (the one session was great!), came home and cooked dinner, and I was cleaning to prepare for guests the next night for our church small group to come over. I was sweeping the porch around 8:30 PM when all of a sudden there was more than just a trickle down there...and I thought, "this cannot be pee." I called Cecile Gray and asked her if that was normal - she said no, so I called the doctor to call me. Meanwhile, I called Luke to come help me pack for the hospital just in case they told us to come in - I don't think he took me too seriously. My doctor (Dr. Mestemacher) was not on call, so her other partner in crime (Dr. Miller) called me back at 8:45 PM and told me to go to the hospital right away. I asked her if I had time to pack my bags and she said no, but of course I already had a list of things I needed printed off and some things washed, so I threw some things in a bag (all the while still "peeing" on myself very heavily). Luke was not in such a hurry - I don't think he really thought this was the real thing, but I was pretty sure (even though I didn't want it to be).
Here is a picture of her first load of baby laundry :) Good thing those maternal instincts kicked in and I went ahead and washed some clothes/blankets!
We got to the hospital around 10:00 PM and I had to get a towel to sit under me after going to the bathroom. I wasn't contracting quite yet, but felt tight. Once they finally got me in a delivery room they did a test with something that looked like litmus paper to see if my water had indeed broken. That first test was positive, so they called the on-call hospital doctor in there to see if I was dilated and to see if my "bag of waters" was for sure ruptured. I hadn't been to the doctor since I was 31 weeks pregnant because she said I had a healthy pregnancy and since it was the holidays I could just come back in 3 weeks. Well, the day I was supposed to see her again was the day I delivered, so I had never been checked for dilation or anything. The on-call hospital doctor came by around 11:30 and said that my water was definitely ruptured and that I was 1cm dilated and 90% effaced, so we called the grandparents to come into town! My parents were driving from Nashville and Luke's parents are in Jackson, TN. The nurses prepared for Adele's early arrival.
Ice chips - face full of fluid!
The grandparents arrived around 3:00 or so. I was feeling good just laying on my left side so the epidural would take on the left. As I was laying there talking to all the grandparents I was feeling the contractions somewhat, but they didn't hurt at all, but then I began to feel shoots of warmth down there (maybe fluid?) and knew that she was really ready. I'm so glad the nurse came back in to check me. She was thinking she would find me at 8, but I was already at 10 with the head right there, so she immediately called the doctor in.
Well, let me move on. I was exhausted from delivery and the news but just couldn't sleep the rest of the day even though I had been up all night in labor. We didn't accept visitors that day because I was an emotional mess. I was so heart broken and devastated that my new baby girl couldn't be in my arms and knowing that she was hurting downstairs and all I could do was lay in bed upstairs and try to rest. Not easy. I was glad to have a few visistors to pray over us. I will continue to blog about her stay here at the NICU in a separate post :) Meanwhile, our first child was still enjoying pregnancy...the pregnancy pillow that is (sorry Stacey! I'll wash well!!)