Monday, March 22, 2010

The Story of Ivy

Okay. I'm really bad at telling stories but here it goes...

It really started with a feeling. Friday night I kept getting some butterflies in my stomach but didn't want to say anything 'cause I hate being wrong haha. So I just kept it to myself. When I'm pregnant, it's not uncommon for me to wake up starving, so usually I go downstairs and down an instant breakfast or eat a bowl of cereal. Well, in the middle of the night Friday night I woke up hungry but I said to myself, "No, don't go eat anything, I'm pretty sure this baby is going to come tomorrow." So I just dealt with the hunger and tried SO hard to go back to sleep. I woke up at 7:30a.m. feeling a little anxious. I went to the bathroom, went pee (sorry) and I thought I felt a little bit more liquid than normal. Again, I didn't want to say anything or get my hopes up so I just quickly got in the shower... Just in case (plus, I wanted to look as good as I could for any photo opps that may be coming... obviously).

I heard Levi wake up so I called him into the bathroom and said, "Don't get your hopes up, but my water may have broken." He just said, "Okay." haha. So I got out of the shower, put my body lotion on, underwear, etc. then went and sat down on my bed to put my foot lotion on. When I was finished, I stood up and WOOSH, out came a TON of water (amniotic fluid, right?). There wasn't a question this time whether or not my water had broke. I would have been really worried if it hadn't been that. Serious bladder problems. Claire said, "Mom, what'd you do?" "Well sweetie, my water broke." "Your water bottle broke?" "No, my water." After that, I went back into the bathroom and did my hair and gathered some things I felt I needed for the hospital that wasn't packed in my hospital bag (that I packed 5 weeks prior just in case). Claire then came into the bathroom and said, "Mom, clean up your pee!" At least she won't be embarrassed if she pees her pants anytime soon, she'll probably just say, "That's okay, my mom does that sometimes." and she'll say it to someone who doesn't know this story and they'll think I'm a huge weirdo.

Okay, off to the hospital we go. Don't worry, I stuffed a huge towel down my pants, that feels AWESOME. Levi's dad came to get Claire and we walked inside the hospital. They checked to make sure my water did in fact break and it had. Phew. So we waited about 2 hours 'cause there was another surgery being done and some girl came in with really bad contractions FLIPPING out and screaming so she had to get taken care of first. They also had to drain my stomach of the water I drank that morning. I don't think I've ever been so hungry in my life.

Let's back up a bit. When I had Claire my water broke as well, and she was a big 5 1/2 week early surprise. So when I had a C-section they had no idea how much I had eaten beforehand so they pumped me full of whatever it is they give you to numb your body. I was numb up to my chest and was hyperventilating 'cause your brain thinks you can't breathe. That's why I didn't eat anything Friday night when I woke up hungry, I didn't want that to happen again. SO, now that I've cleared that up. They numbed me and I was so scared it was going to go to my chest again that I started freaking out haha. So the anesthesiologist (wow I spelled that right without spell check) gave me some oxygen and I calmed down after realizing it wasn't going past my ribs. After about 15 minutes, maybe, Ivy was pulled out of my stomach! So here's where the miracle happens....

After they clean the baby up, weigh them, cut the umbilical cord, all that stuff, they draw some of the baby's blood to test for jaundice and other things. WELL, the nurse had some extra blood so she just randomly checked her blood sugar. Now, that is NOT normal procedure. They usually only check that if they know the mom had gestational diabetes, the baby's premature, or the baby's very large. I guess if the baby has low blood sugar they act a certain way, too. Ivy was not acting strange, she wasn't premature, she wasn't abnormally heavy, and we didn't know if I had gestational diabetes so the fact that the nurse checked her blood sugar was totally random and awesome. A newborn baby's blood sugar is supposed to be above 45 (whatever that means) and hers was at a 12! YIKES! So they rushed to get an iv in her and pumped her full of glucose. She had the IV most of the time we were in the hospital and I was thrilled when they took her off and she was maintaing a healthy blood sugar level on her own. So, you're probably wondering what would have happened if they hadn't caught this, right? Well, she would have been developmentally slow and we wouldn't have known it until she got older. So thank goodness they caught it! And what's even COOLER, is Levi had given me a blessing before the surgery and he had said, "The doctors and nurses will be inspired if anything goes wrong and they'll know how to fix any problems that may arise." Naturally I said, "Oh crap, what's going to happen to me." But it wasn't me it was Ivy and I'm so grateful the nurse listened!

So we're home now and we're adjusting to having 2 kids. I've quit nursing as of today because it hurt like a motha and it just wasn't for me really. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel less stressed. It's awesome. I'm also amazed at how much I love Ivy as much as I love Claire. I love being with both of them and they make me so happy. Kids are good. It's also a good thing Levi grew up with all sisters, he's used to being outnumbered. He's such a good dad, too. He plays prince and princess with Claire all the time and he's so good at pretending with her. So basically we have a really cool family haha.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ivy

Here are just some pictures. I'll post the story later. There's quite a miracle involved and I'm not just talking about the birth of Ivy alone.