Thursday, July 1, 2010

Everleigh Diane

She's here! Our 4th beautiful blessing is here, wrapped in her daddy's arms at the moment, with an older brother and sister chomping at the bit to get to her.

So, the short story......

I went in for a regular appointment on Tuesday, June 29th. I had been having a lot of discomfort the couple days prior- mainly a lot of pressure between my legs that would not go away. So I was eager to see my OB and see if she had any easy fixes for me. (I had chatted with a couple friends- Lisa & Annette, and both told me they felt the same thing right before their babies arrived- which was weird to me because I was 38 weeks and I've not ever had a baby attempt to come early.)

At my appt, my doctor said I was dilated to 2! That was super exciting to me, because, again, that has never happened. I still felt sure that she would hang out for another week, until my scheduled c-section on July 6th. She sent me upstairs to do my non-stress test, something I had been doing for about 5 or 6 weeks.

When I was upstairs, I kept having these weird cramps. After a few, an OB whom I had only met a couple times came in and told me that I needed to stay put. The cramping I felt was regular contractions, coming about 4 to 5 minutes apart. They said that if the contractions continued they might end up delivering Evie that day. I immediately called my husband, stressed and a little uneasy.

Can I just say, we were totally unprepared. We had grown accustomed to the scheduled c-section and had all sorts of plans and things to get done before  July 6th. So, he was at home with the 3 kids and was asking me whether or not I would be home in time for him to get to work. He was not believing that I was having her, because- like I said- I don't have baby's early.

Barely a minute after I got off the phone with him, monitors started going off and a team of people rushed in. Evie's heart rate went from about 125 to 50 and was not climbing back up. After about 5 seconds, it did, but they all stayed put and seemed concerned- which freaked me out. The OB started talking to others about getting an IV going- just in case- and told me that he needed to make a call. Right after he left the room, her heart dropped again. At that point, he came back in and said they needed to do an urgent c-section-- not emergent, which I guess meant that I did not have to have general anesthesia. They told me to call my husband and have him come immediately, but that they would not wait.

Well, he got there JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME. And thank God!! I was a mess and worried about our little girl but tried to stay calm. I felt worlds better once I saw my husband's calm face.

And then she was born. At 1:44 pm on Tuesday, June the 29th, Everleigh Diane* was born weighing 7 lbs 5 oz, and measuring 20 inches long.

It turns out, the reason her heart dropped is because her cord was wrapped around her neck- something that's pretty common. In fact, that is the reason Tyler ended up being an emergent c-section. But the doctor's who performed my c-section said they thought that even had she not gotten snagged in her cord, she would have been born based on my contractions and her position in the pelvis. 

She is healthy and beautiful and sweet and eats like a champ! She took about 12 hours to figure out breastfeeding, but man- once she did, she REALLY did, and I am thrilled!

That's it for now.....I'm going to get back to breathing this sweet child in! Thanks for all the prayers and sweet words, and for loving on our sweet little Miss!!

*A few weeks ago, I started mulling over other names because Evelyne didn't feel right to me. I loved the name Everleigh, my husband still loved Evelyne. We thought about it A LOT, and my husband told me to I did! 


Amber said...

Congratulations you guys! I'm so happy for you all! What a surprise you had. Can't wait to see her grow along with her brothers and sister.

Jessica said...

What a wonderful surprise! I'm glad everyone is doing great! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She's as gorgeous as her name :)

Rachel said...

Just read this today. Congrats--what a birth story!! God is so faithful.

She is so beautiful.


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