On Wednesday, Jan 14th we deceided to do some last minute shopping before the big day. We met Jon-Michael's parents to pickup Abbie and had dinner at Jason's Deli. We wanted to keep Abbie's routine as normal as possible and decided that she would go to school on the 15th and only miss the 16th.
We got up early on Jan 15th and got Abbie ready for school. We told her that uncle Johnny (my brother) would be picking her up and bringing her to the hospital and that she would be going home with Grandma and Pop Pop for the weekend.
We were told to call the hospital prior to making the driving to confirm they had a room available for me. I called as we took Abbie to school and they said to come on over. This was it...the nerves were setting in and I was upset that my mom couldn't be there with me as well. Jon-Michael and I arrived at the hospital around 8am and I was taken to LDR14 (my home for the next 17 hours or so). I was induced at 8:50am. At 11am the Dr. Sanjani checked and said that I was at 2 cm (which was very disappointing seeing that I was 1-2 when I arrived). We were told that if I hadn't progressed by 4pm or so that they would stop and re-start the process on Friday. Thank goodness that didn't happen.
My aunt Doris and uncle Marvin came to see me around 11:30am (since my mom couldn't be there my aunt thought she should be). I allowed them to stay in the room until around 12:30pm and I asked Jon-Michael to have them along with my mother-in-law leave. The contractions that gotten worse and it's really hard to have conversations going on around you when you are in that much pain.
Around 1pm or so I was checked again and had only progressed to 3 cm. I told Jon-Michael to go home and get Lucy (our Chi) and take her to the vet for boarding. I was certain nothing would happen while he was gone and my in-laws were in the waiting room if I needed someone. Around 1:30pm my mid-wife Suzanne said she was going to break my water. I didn't think they were going to do this until later but I knew Jon-Mike wouldn't mind missing this. The nurse said that I could have my epidural any time at this point. I wanted to wait until Jon-Mike got back and really tried my best but couldn't. The contractions were coming faster and stronger. The nurse went ahead and gave me some pain medicine through my IV which helped but not for long. I told her to go ahead and make the call for the epidual and she helped me through that process.
Well you've heard the story that the epidural didn't work. I'm not sure if that was my case or not but throughout the night I was given additional pain medicine to help me manage the pain.
At 9pm we were told that within the hour it would be time to "push". Those were wonderful words to hear. Although I had taken cat naps throughout the day I was exhausted. At 10pm it was time. I pushed for 3 hours using every technique and nothing was working. Kyleigh was not ready to make her appearence. I guess it was around 1am that the decision was made to have a c-section. The doctor said that she was being stubborn and asked which one of us she was taking after. Jon-MIke just laughed b/c he knew she was taking after me. This was the last thing I wanted but the best thing for both me and Kyleigh. I don't remember alot between 1am and when she arrived other than I was shaking so bad b/c I was nervous. As they wheeled me into the OR they had Jon-Mike put on his scrubs as they prepped me for surgery. I will say that he looked good in his OR attire (I wish someone would have taken his picture).
At 1:45am, January 16, 2009, Kyleigh Elizabeth DeBona made her appearence. She was beautiful. She had a head full of dark drown hair, dark eyes (not sure of the color yet but probably brown like her daddy). Weighing in at 7lbs even and 20 3/4 inches.
Jon-Mike stayed with her as I was put back together and taken to recovery. I think it was around 3am when we were taken to our mommy/baby room (#2163) which was our home until Monday, Jan 19th.
Big Sister Abbie is very excited about her little sister. She loves holding her and helping me get diapers, wipes and clothes from the nursery since I can't walk up and down the stairs right now.
I've recovered well thus far from the c-section. The doctor is still very concerned about my blood pressure and I've been placed on blood pressure medicine as of 1/23/09. After taking the medicine for one day I had such a headache that the Dr. on call told me to stop taking it. Kyleigh is doing great as well. She was born with a "bruise" under her left eye which the doctors were unsure of what it was. Fortunately, after a visit to our pediatrican and a pediatric eye doctor on Wednesday we were told that it was a clogged tear duc. We are so thankful that it was nothing worse. We are having to massage her eye every 2 hour to relieve the fluid build up and giving her eye drops to stop the infection but she looks so much better now than she did.
We decided to go ahead with our baby ahower on Saturday 1/24/09. Kyleigh made an appearance towards the end of the shower and everyone enjoyed meeting her. We got lots of goodies and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Tara, Tanya and Saundra did a great job.
More pictures coming soon.