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January 6th, 2011, 10:11 PM
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Hi everyone! I am getting up my birth story and a bunch of pics! I tried to keep track of everything so here goes... and yes, it will be long if i can remember everything that happened!

Okay so to start, I went to hand in a 24 hour urine catch on Monday and do some blood work. My mom came with me and then took me to my non stress test. My BP kept getting higher even though i was laying down so they made me stay from 9:30 until 1:30 after they had my urine results. Turned out I had a mild case of pre eclampsia. As of right then they started me on a BP med and told me to continue on as normal, two NST's a week, a weekly appt and now a weekly u/s (had another one that day, she was measuring at about 5 1/2 lbs).

Tuesday I was home alone, laying on the couch watching tv when i checked my BP with my automated BP cuff. It was 200/115!! I called the MAT ward to tell them and since i was home alone they wanted me to come in. I called a friend and got a ride, my dad met me there since Ben was working and so was my mom. My BP came down a bit but was still high. So the doc came in and told me that they were going to induce me! Yikes! 5 weeks early! But, i was still excited to meet my little princess.

So i was admitted to L and D at 1:30 on Tuesday 1/4/11. I got checked out by the doctor and was less than 1 CM dilated, 80% effaced and at -1 station. Around 3pm they put in the cervadil... oh what fun that was! Actually it wasn't as bad as things to come! Ben and I just hung around the rest of the day, my parents were there for a bit. At first i was an idiot and under the impression i would be having a baby that day... HAH! Nice thinking. So around 11 they gave me an ambien and I slept until they took the cervadil out at 2:45 am. THey checked me and I was about 1 CM dilated and my cervix had ripened/softened. I went back to bed until the doctor woke me up around 7:30 and got me ready to put in the balloon (not sure of its technical name... but it helps dilate you)... the balloon went in around 8:30am. It was god awful I must say! It was just so uncomfortable while getting it put in and then of course there are like these 2 tubes dangling out of you! anyway, I was getting crampy and then they started pitocin at about 11:20/. Now this is the BS part... turns out my monitor wasn't working and wasn't recording my contractions. So while i thought i was just having really bad cramps, they were really contractions. Finally my mom and i timed them at 4 minutes apart, lasting about 1 minute each. The doc felt my tummy while i was having one and was like, yep! those are contractions! We swithced monitors and bam! Contractions were monitored. Now because of my high BP they didn't want me in a lot of pain so i got my epidural at 12:45 (not as bad as i thought thank god!). I wasn't feeling much after that. I got checked around 3 and was 3 CM and then they put in my catheter. The doctor then went back in to check again for whatever reason and that's when sh*t hit the fan. When they leaned me back on the bed Mackenzie's heart rate dropped. After rolling me over it went back up but it was still scary. (oh and did i mention i was given magnesum sulfate at some point because of the high BP... no idea when in all this lol). Then apparently they needed to give me another IV because of another drug they needed to give me and i started to panic a little because i'm a serious baby and i had already been through a lot without freaking out so the thought of another needle stick was too much. Well while poking my hand (of course i let them... what else could i do? lol) I started to get really hot and light headed, and the babys heart rate began to drop again. THe next thing i know i've got a face mask on, the doc is giving orders to call the OR and we are getting ready for a c section. I wasn't upset by that, i just wanted to get her out safe. It was really scary when her heart rate was dropping. *Turns out the little stinker kept grabbing her cord and wouldn't let go!*

So they wheel me into the OR... Ben met me there a few minutes later and I don't want to scare people but that sucked! Sure, I couldn't feel pain but I could feel tugging and pulling and even the slicing! EWwwwww. I was really squirmy until Ben got there. And it didn't help that the clock was right behind him so i just kept staring at the time But as awful as I thought it was at the time, it was less than an hour and they got my baby out safe which is all I can ask for.

Now as far as Mackenzie goes, she made a small cry or 2 after being born. And I already knew ahead of time that it was a good possibility that she would be moved to a hospital with a NICU. They cleaned her up a bit and brought her over to me so i could see her and give her a bunch of kisses. (when i get the charger for the camera i'll post those pics) She was born at 3:39pm on 1/5/11 weighing 4lbs 13oz and 17 1/2 inches long.

After being sewn up and brought back to my room Ben came in with the ped doc and told me that she would be going to Uconn. Her breathing wasn't great at first but she was already doing much better. The UCONN team came to get her and met with me before they left explaining everything. Finally at this point i got to see her again. She was sooo tiny! But i had seen pics that Ben had taken. I said goodbye and Ben followed her down there shortly after. And we chose her name right before she left... Mackenzie Jane. The plan was for me to join them the next day... which i did. I'm got here around 2pm today... longest hours of my life. It was surreal to know i had given birth during emergency surgery yet i had no baby in my arms. But i was just glad that she was with her dad. Ben sent me a pic of him holding her which made me feel good because he wouldn't be holding her if she wasn't doing well.

Although, once i got here i found out that after her first feeding she stopped breathing for a second or so and they had to give her some meds and stimulate her to get her breathing again. Her 3pm feeding was good and I gave her the 6 and 9 feeding and things were fine. They say she could be here 2-3 weeks but she seems to be doing very well and I think they always overshoot so you don't get disappointed... at least that's what I'm hoping. So basically that was the story of Mackenzie's birth plus a little extra! ENjoy the pics!

One of Mackenzie's first pictures

Ben holding Mackenzie for the first time

My first time holding my daughter... don't mind my swollen face! hehe


Last edited by JessMitch; January 7th, 2011 at 05:37 AM.
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January 6th, 2011, 10:22 PM
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Omg she is precious!!!!! Congrats!!!

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January 6th, 2011, 11:15 PM
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Awww!!! She is adorable!!!!! Congrats!

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January 6th, 2011, 11:18 PM
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She is so cute! Congrats!
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January 6th, 2011, 11:21 PM
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OMG squee! I have to stop looking at these pictures because it is making me seriously want my baby! She is so incredibly gorgeous. Your story is pretty scary but what a wonderful prize you ended up with.

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January 7th, 2011, 02:05 AM
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Aww, she's so sweet and adorable!! Congratulations!!
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January 7th, 2011, 04:30 AM
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Congrats! She's gorgeous!
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January 7th, 2011, 04:39 AM
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Ahhhhh...she is so so cute! Good job mamma!
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January 7th, 2011, 05:19 AM
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She is perfect! I have tears in my eyes! Sorry everything was such a whirlwind, but I'm glad it all worked out ok.
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January 7th, 2011, 07:19 AM
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So glad everything turned out well. Hope you get to bring her home soon and you have a quick recovery. She is a doll

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January 7th, 2011, 07:23 AM
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congratulations! You're very blessed
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January 7th, 2011, 08:06 AM
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Oh she is so cute! Love all the pictures!! Hope your feeling better & KUP on little Mackenzie!
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January 7th, 2011, 08:22 AM
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I had an emergency c/s with my son due to pre-E, so I know how scary that whole thing goes. His heart completely stopped a few times.

She is a doll! I hope she gets to go home with you guys sooner than later. Congrats!
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January 7th, 2011, 08:55 AM
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She is precious! Congratulations

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January 7th, 2011, 09:20 AM
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She is so cute!!! It sounds like you went through quite an ordeal. I'm so glad to hear that she's doing well! I hope that she gets to go home soon.

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January 7th, 2011, 09:56 AM
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She's adorable!

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January 7th, 2011, 10:08 AM
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She's so CUTE!!!! Congrats, hope you both get to go home soon!

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January 7th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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Congrats Jess she is adorable!! And what a crazy scary thing to go through!

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January 7th, 2011, 11:01 AM
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She's so incredibly precious! CONGRATS!

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January 7th, 2011, 11:25 AM
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What a cute doll baby sorry you had such a scary experience! I hope your recovery is fast and she gets to go home with you soon!
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