November 7, 2017

34 Weeks

on sunday october 22nd, my water ruptured.

that morning, I asked Neil if we could install the car seat just because. {on the thursday prior, we had taken our house of the market because it was just getting too close to baby time.} when I came inside to put some of Caius' laundry away, I felt a wetness. I went to the bathroom to make sure it wasn't blood and it wasn't. the same kind of gush happened an hour later. after looking up possible reasons and reading about "premature membrane rupture", I drove myself to labor assessment. once I got there, they mentioned the same thing I had looked up and did a swab test to see if I was leaking amniotic fluid. until going to the hospital, I really didn't think it was anything major. there was no way my water broke at 34 weeks. when the test result came back positive, I instantly started bawling. and because of how many weeks I was, I hadn't had the group b strep test done yet so that was ordered. the test results take 48 hours to come in and they wanted to start me on a preventative antibiotic treatment via IV just to be safe. it would be given every 4 hours for 48 hours and until the results came back. I asked the nurse through my sobs if I could go home to see my son and pack a bag. I had such sad and scary emotions, plus guilt. I was supposed to be training the new girl who was going to be filling my position the next day and now I'd be in hospital for a couple of days. I was able to go home in between doses and try to soak up some time with Caius while also packing. Neil was able to drive me back to the hospital and hang out with me before he had to come back home to be with Caius.

things were pretty uneventful for me while waiting for the test results. I was woken up throughout the night and had to be reattached to the IV throughout the day to get the antibiotic. I did random laps around the hospital, layed in my junk ass bed watching netflix, Lauren & Miller came to visit and brought me lunch and I tried to sleep here and there. I was leaking so much fluid that 1st 24 hours, everyone said that labour would probably start sometime soon but nothing was happening. on monday night the boys came to visit and bring me supper. I was so excited to see Caius and felt so bad that I was missing time away from him. on tuesday afternoon, my mom came to visit after work and I was just getting hooked up to my next dose of antibiotic when the nurse came in and said that I had tested positive for the bacteria. I bawled and bawled because it was discussed that if the results came back positive, baby was going to be delivered the next day. I was so hopeful that it was going to be negative and I was going to be able to go home and have baby cook a bit longer, but deep down inside I knew what the result was going to be. when I called to tell Neil the news, he was totally shocked. I again asked if I could go home to see my son and re-pack a bag because baby was going to be delivered on Wednesday at 1:30pm. I came home and instantly collapsed into Neils arms crying. I had to spend the night before my c-section at the hospital alone because of needing the antibiotic still.

wednesday morning, Neil took Caius to his parents house as they were going to keep him for a few nights and was at the hospital by 10am. we just hung out in the lounge area waiting for 1:30pm. we packed up all my stuff from my antepartum room and just waited until we were told it's go time. a labour & delivery nurse came to get us at noon to get us prepped. for my c-section with Caius, I had laboured for 18 hours before going in for a c-section and the only 2 things I remember is being wheeled into the OR and being thankful a spinal tap would stop the back labour and telling myself to stay awake while laying on the table waiting for Caius to be born. so this time, it was a completely different experience. we met each team member one by one, with them going over what their role was. I had to take a shot of this awful drink to prevent any acid reflux issues. I was so nervous while waiting. not so much of the section but as to what kind of baby we'd be delivering at 34 weeks and 3 days. my patient nurse Tabitha was amazing. she made the whole situation light and comfortable. she was a huge, huge help with me not breaking down on delivery day. at 1:30pm I walked myself into the OR and the team started it all. I had multiple people talking to me and asking me questions, it was kind of a whirlwind. 45mins. later, Neil was able to join me and the procedure started. I could feel the tugging, pulling and pushing of my belly. Tabitha kept updating us on what was going on and baby would be close. she was taking photos for us as everything was going on so Neil was able to stay by my side the entire time. finally, she said he was coming.

at 2:29pm on Wednesday October 25th, Tennyson Neil Nagy was born. weighing 6lbs 4oz. and was 18.5" long. I remember laying there so anxious to hear them say he's here and me holding my breath for the news. instant tears once they announced he was out. I had asked for a clear drape in order to see his birth, which I got, but because he came out stunned, the surgeon wasn't able to hold him up for me to see him and the NICU team got in to assess him right away. Neil went over to be with him and I waited wondering if I would even be able to see him. Neil was able to bring him over and lay him on my chest for a good while. I was so thankful that I got to talk to him and touch him for a bit before he had to be taken to the NICU.

being in recovery was strange. I had just delivered Tennyson but he wasn't with me. Neil, my mom and dad hung out with me until they got the OK to go see Tennyson in the NICU. Tabitha again made me feel calm and okay by talking to me about random things. I was told it would be 6+ hours before I could go see Tennyson. I was taken up to postpartum a couple hours after surgery and we snagged the victorian room. again, strange to have with no baby but it sure was nice to have a suite, especially after being stuck in my tiny space in antepartum. that evening, my in laws brought Caius to visit. he was able to play in the room and cuddled in with me to watch videos. they all took turns going to see Tennyson. finally after 9pm that night, I got to go meet my newest little man.

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