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On the 30th of December, I woke up about 5:00 AM with weird period like cramps. They were coming spaced out like contractions, but were so mild I didn't worry too much about it. As the morning wore on, they grew in intensity and by about noon, they were 6 minutes apart. I knew I had an appointment with my midwife at 2 and figured I would ask her when I saw her. About an hour before I was set to go, I went to the bathroom and there was bloody show. I knew that wasn't a good sign, but was in total denial about being in labour since I was so early.
When I got to midwifes office, she said we had to go to L&D right away. They checked me there, and I was at 3cms. The local hospital doesn't deliver unless you are at 34 weeks, and doesn't have a NICU so I was rushed by ambulance to a hospital over an hour away. The ride down there was kind of scary. My contractions were coming every couple of minutes and we were praying that I wouldn't have her in the ambulance.
We made it to the hospital, and they gave me the steroid shot for her lungs. They also put two nitroglycerin patches on me to help delay the labour. For the next 35 hours, I had contractions ranging from two minutes apart all the way to about twenty minutes apart. There were times when it looked liked it had stopped the labour and we wouldn't be having her at all. In all those hours, I barely dilated.
At 4 PM on the 31st, we asked the doc to check me because my DH needed to go home to let the dogs out to pee. The doc checked me and I had progressed to 4.5 cm, but since it had taken me all day to progress just half a centimeter, she figured it would be fine for him to make the hour drive back. DH left, and I tried to rest.
DH had been gone about an hour when I felt like I got kicked in the stomach, and heard a big "pop". It was my water breaking. I called my DH and told him to get back right away. The doc checked me and I was at 5 cms. The contractions started coming on quick. They checked me again 15 minutes later when I was screaming that I had to push, and I was at 8cms already. They raced me to the delivery room, and the doc was there just in time to catch her at 5:31PM. DH arrived back at the hospital at 6 PM and managed to miss the whole thing!
Eloise came out screaming. She was a feisty little thing! She looked really good, and was a great size for 33 weeks gestation at 4lbs 15oz. The one thing that had everyone perplexed is that she was leaking this runny substance from her bowels. The ped said he had never seen anything like that in all of his years of practice, and they started running a bunch of tests to try and figure out what it was.
Eloise is now 9 days old and is doing pretty well. I held for the first time when she was 5 days old. They never figured out what the infection was, but she managed to fight it off. She has always been on room air which is fantastic. She struggled with getting her glucose levels right for the first 5 days or so, and that also seems to have resolved itself. She was taken off of her IV yesterday, and is being fed breastmilk via a tube in her nose. There are a ton of problems that could still come up, but we are so grateful to see her improving.
Eloise a couple of hours after she was born.
Eloise at 5 days old.
Eloise at 8 days old.
Last edited by Wednesday; January 9th, 2011 at 08:39 PM.
OMG I can't believe your DH managed to miss the whole thing! I also can't believe that you couldn't hold her for 5 days! I can't even imagine. I had my baby 6 weeks early and couldn't hold her for 24 hours because she was taken to another hospital and I wasn't transferred to the next day so I have an idea but still, you had to be really strong I'm sure! I hope all is well now and you are both doing great!