Addison's Birth

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Addison's Birth
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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 10:22am

I figure I'd better get this down before I forget!

Addison was breech since forever. Little stinker was super comfy up high under my ribcage and normally laid with her head on my right side, chest center, butt left and dangled her feet. At my 32 week visit my OBGYN brought up a cesarean section just to put it out there. The baby could still turn, but it's a possibility. At 34 weeks, she was still breech. At 36, still breech. :/ My OBGYN was also going on vacation the week I was due (6/24) so either way, the baby was coming at 39 weeks. She scheduled me for the week before my due date, 6/17. My ds came 13 days early, so it was a possibility that this baby would come early too. But she didn't, she stuck it out. ;)

We arrived at the hospital at 12:15pm for a 2:30pm surgery. They were super busy in L&D so we were pretty much left on our own for a good hour/hour and a half. At this point we didn't know if the baby had flipped (I gave up on trying to figure it out on my own, because I always looked like a fool when I told the doctor, "Oh yes, I definitely think she flipped." LOL) so it could go either way—csection or inducement. The doctor came in at 2 and did a scan and sure enough, still breech.

They got me ready for surgery with the iv fluids (two bags!) and we walked down to the OR. As I have never had surgery before, I was amazed at how small the room was, lol. Definitely not at all like on tv. ;) They sat me on the table and the nurse stood in front of me while the anesthesiologist gave me the spinal block. I was afraid of that and it really hurt (I have lower back pain as it is). I didn't have an epidural with my first, so that was all new to me. After that, they laid me on the table and set me up for the surgery. Everything went pretty normal and Addison Jayne was born at 3:14pm weighing 8lbs 12oz and 20½" long. As they started to close me up the spinal started wearing off. I must have been making faces because the new anesthesiologist (they switched in the middle) asked me if I was feeling pain or tugging. He said they were pulling really hard but I said I felt pain. So he asked me to wiggle my toes and I did. Then he asked me to move my knees and I did. :/ Luckily they were just at the end. But by that time it had pretty much completely wore off because I was able to move myself onto the hospital bed from the OR table, lol. And here I was worried about being numb for hours after. ;)

Recovery didn't go so well the first 12 hours or so. I was very sick afterwards, lots of nausea to the point of dry heaving. :( I also got super, super itchy and was scratching the daylights out of myself. :/ Incision wise I felt fine, but the motion-sickness feeling was horrible. I didn't get to really hold the baby until the next day. I had held her, but when I felt sick I'd have to pass her back because I was afraid of dropping her. At midnight they got me up to walk to the bathroom and by that point I had been given some benadryl and it had helped a lot. The next morning I felt 1000x better.

Next up was feet swelling. They were so swollen they looked like Fred Flintstone feet. That didn't get better until about 4 weeks pp. It did, however, get my OBGYN to take my bp when I went in early for her to look at possible incision issues (there weren't any). I'm currently being treated for PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension - normally brought on during pregnancy).

The delivery for Addison was perfect. She was Frank Breech so her legs were up behind her head. They weren't up there terribly long (as we had seen her feet hanging down the side of me a week or so before) but the pediatrician thought she heard some clicking at the one hip. So we had her hips checked out by a pediatric orthopedic who said he thinks she looks great but wants an ultrasound, which we did. Her scan came back perfectly normal. :) And legs hardly ever raise up in the air, so they are getting back to normal. :)

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Sun, 10-21-2012 - 12:11pm

Congratulations i hope you'll enjoy each n every moments with her.Take care

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 3:04pm

It really does. I still can't stop thinking about it. I feel horrible and helpless. I didn't know her *that* well, just as a teacher/student/parent relationship, but we chatted about the pregnancies and our last phone call turned into a fetal movement call and all that stuff. So it's just awful that she lost the baby.

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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 5:46pm
Oh my gosh that's horrible!!! It really does change the perspective, doesn't it?!
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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 3:34pm

Thanks, Jennifer! :)

My son is over the moon in love w/her! Truthfully it took me longer than we would have liked to try for another because I couldn't get over the thought of loving another baby/not having enough love for him. Of course now I know that's ridiculous---just like how I can love LL Cool J and Alexander Skarsgard at the same time! ;)

When he first saw her he thought she was so cute and did all the baby talk to her. He still does, although now he's not afraid of her cry OR of picking her up (which I have to keep reminding him NOT to do).

Sadly I just found out his teacher, who was pregnant along with me--due two months after me--lost her baby two weeks ago. :( She was approximately 36/37 weeks pregnant. I feel horrible. It definitely makes me enjoy even the not-so-great-screaming moments, kwim?

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 11:16am
Thank you for sharing Addison's birth story!!! :)

I know all too well about the breech baby stuff! Except mine was one that DID flip at the end. LOL It was my ds#3, and I too was never sure about the position. The only time I really knew was when he would get side-to-side cause that made my belly look really funny. LOL

It's so hard for me to believe about your spinal!!! So scary!!! But, I just posted for the Tuesday Talk about pain control that it really did take HOURS for me to even wiggle my toes again. So, I just would have freaked out if I had felt anything while I was still on that table. I had to completely trust the nurses to put me on the bed, and I remember even telling the one to move my leg cause I felt like it was trying to fall off the bed, but it wasn't even close to the edge. LOL

I didn't like that type of numb feeling, but at the same time, I preferred that over feeling ANYTHING from the surgery!!!

I always get the itching after the spinals and epi's. :( It's awful, isn't it?! But, I didn't have any nausea at all. I'm so sorry your first day was so rough with that! :(

Tell me what your DS thought when he saw his new baby sister? Has he been thrilled with her?!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hope you are enjoying every second with her!!!
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 11:16am
Yeah, I'm not sure why it wore off. The only thing I can think of is she miscalculated OR my body has a high tolerance. It could be the latter as pain meds don't help me much either afterwards.

Right after the birth the ped said she heard clicking, but it was intermittent. When we had the follow-up one week appointment, she said the same thing (it was just Addison's left hip, which turns out is the most common) so she recommended a ped ortho. We saw him and he recommended an ultrasound on the baby between 4-6 weeks of age to be sure but we had to go to a special place that actually says "yes" or "no" and not "could be/looks like/possibly". Luckily they took our insurance as well. *phew* So we found out at the scan that her socket is fine. We go at the end of December for a follow up with the ortho, but he didn't seem concerned at the first visit. She does have some stiffness in the one knee, but that has been going away on it's own, like the ortho said it would. We just have to keep bending it when playing, etc.

My doctor doesn't do inversions and honestly, lol, I had a friend who had a bad experience with it and the baby flipped back to breech anyway. :/ I also think her position was part of the issue as well. She was at the top of my uterus and transverse. It was most likely easier and safest to just do the csection. I had been dealing with some urinary issues for 9 months prior to getting pregnant and had seen numerous doctors and my OBGYN was with me throughout it and I really trust her judgement, etc., so I felt comfortable with the decision to do the section. :)
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 10:57am

sounds kind of scary with the wearing off of the pain meds!!