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Welcome Gabriel!

Postby mllewellyn » Sun Jul 15, 2012 03:00 pm

by mllewellyn (61 Posts), Sun Jul 15, 2012 03:00 pm

Hi everyone! On Monday of last week (9th), I went in for OB appointment. I had an ultrasound first and then an NST. On Monday, I was 36 +1. When I saw my doctor, she said, "It's time. He's not growing anymore, there seems to be problems with the placenta, and your blood pressures are high." I felt like the bottom dropped out. I was expecting more bedrest. So, I was admitted on Monday. Since I was on lovenox (and not made the switch to heparin), I was put in a holding pattern until 8:00 PM (admitted at 10 AM). At 8, I was given dose #1 of cervidil. On Tuesday morning, I was not dilated at all so I was given dose #2. On Tuesday night, still not dilated so dose #3. On Wednesday morning, I was 2 cm dilated and not effaced. Pitocin was begun at this point. I labored fairly easy until my water (which was low) broke at 6 PM. At that point, things went south for the baby and the discussion about a c-section started. Baby Gabriel then got better and labor continued. However, I asked for an epidural when I was 8 cm and 100% effaced. The anesthesiologist refused since I had not had a CBC to count platelets. An hour and much pain later, I got the epidural. Over the rest of the night, I labored but because Gabriel was small (4.5 lbs on Monday), he would not engage the pelvis. Eventually he was in the birth canal and he went into distress. I was spirited away for an emergency c-section. Gabriel was born on 7/12/12 at 2:42 AM. My worries about his size and prematurity were high, but he was squalling when he came out. His apgars were pretty good (8-10). The NICU unit whisked him away and I was patched up. The next morning, he had trouble maintaining temperature so we were told he would stay in the NICU after I was discharged. However, he is doing well and although initially lost weight (not too much), he is gaining now. It is a slow process and he is still learning to suck and doing pretty good considering he was in the 5th percentile at birth. I was discharged this morning and FINALLY got colostrum this afternoon. I have been pumping about every 3 hours since Friday. I was out much of Thursday (birth day) due to pain meds in the epidural. But, when I woke in my room, there was a pump and lots of instructions. They also left a note to call the lactation specialist as soon as I was ready to begin. I have pumped before so I just started. The lactation nurses have come by every day to encourage me and to provide support. It has been so wonderful. The NICU staff has been amazing and very positive. My fears of the incision and c-section were unfounded. It hurt the next day, but nothing unmanageable. I am moving around a little more each day but still have soreness. All will be well soon. I want to wish all of you the best of luck with your pregnancies. May all of you have apositive and wonderful experience. Also, thank you all so much for your support and concern. This forum ha\s been a source of great support and kindness to me and I will never forget this. I will check in to see what others are posting.
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby MomTimesThree » Sun Jul 15, 2012 03:15 pm

by MomTimesThree (559 Posts), Sun Jul 15, 2012 03:15 pm

Mistie- Congratulations on your lil' Gabriel!! Totally bummed neither of us made it to 37 weeks, but so thankful to hear that he is doing well! Keep the updates coming!! :)

Lauren
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2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby sam10 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 05:14 pm

by sam10 (1436 Posts), Sun Jul 15, 2012 05:14 pm

Congratulations! Welcome, baby Gabriel :D
Glad to hear that recovery for you is going smoothly. Hopefully, Gabriel will be home soon too!
~Julija (40)
MC 3/2009 and 3/2011
Henry (1/1/2010-1/7/2010) - forever loved and missed; severe PE with Hellp; partial placental abruption, classical c-section at 25.6 weeks
Matilda (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE


Our pain has been put into words, placed into empty cradles, to remember that all our babies lived, that they mattered and always will. - Field of Cradles http://www.fieldofcradles.org/
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby blythe » Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:16 pm

by blythe (3060 Posts), Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:16 pm

Welcome to tiny Gabriel! Congratulations! I'm glad you're recovery has been relatively smooth, and as you know keep watching your signs and symptoms until 6 weeks pp!

I'm so glad pumping is going well and the LCs and NICU have been so wonderful. I hope Gabriel figures out the whole eating and maintaining his temp and he can join you at home very soon!
Heather, mom to
#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby holly3372@msn.com » Tue Jul 17, 2012 07:40 am

by holly3372@msn.com (478 Posts), Tue Jul 17, 2012 07:40 am

Wow what an amazing story one that I needed to read! thank you for sharing I am so happy for you!!! Congragulations!!!
Benjamin Spider Reeves born 4-28-2010( 1lb 6oz 26 weeks to severe pre-e and Iugr) we lost you after 4 long months in the NICU. You fought so hard,and were so brave.Our first baby .We miss you everyday and love you forever xo

Expecting ,dreaming, and hoping for our baby Girl sometime in January 2013
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby mllewellyn » Tue Jul 17, 2012 08:47 am

by mllewellyn (61 Posts), Tue Jul 17, 2012 08:47 am

Update: we have graduated to the last room in the NICU. They call this feeders and growers. Gabriel is breathing fine. He is maintaining his temperature. Our jaundice scare was only a scare. And I think he has learned to suck. He still has an NG tube to top off his feedings. They want him eating 35 cc of formula/breast milk (which has really come in!) every feed. I think it is a lot, but sometimes, he does finish. The things they want for him now are to finish or mostly finish (less than 5 cc left in bottle) at every feed. So we are still working there. But, he was about two weeks early and I was expecting a two week visit to the NICU. I think he improves every day.
Thanks for all the well wishes!
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby MomTimesThree » Tue Jul 17, 2012 01:18 pm

by MomTimesThree (559 Posts), Tue Jul 17, 2012 01:18 pm

So glad he is continuing to improve!! I'm hopeful he'll be home with you soon... and how is your recovery going?

Lauren
2008-Our Baby Girl, PTL born too early at 30w6d, Fought so hard... Forever Loved & Missed
2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby lotsamom » Tue Jul 17, 2012 02:03 pm

by lotsamom (21 Posts), Tue Jul 17, 2012 02:03 pm

Congratulations! I'm glad Gabriel is doing well and I hope your recovery goes well too. :)
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby blythe » Tue Jul 17, 2012 09:08 pm

by blythe (3060 Posts), Tue Jul 17, 2012 09:08 pm

Great news! Thanks for the update!!
Heather, mom to
#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
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Re: Welcome Gabriel!

Postby tree » Tue Jul 17, 2012 09:12 pm

by tree (819 Posts), Tue Jul 17, 2012 09:12 pm

Congrats!! I hope he is able to join you at home soon.
Daughter born April 2009 at 35 weeks due to Class 1 HELLP
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