Introducing Adeline Grace
A month ago, my husband and I went into my OB’s office for my 37 week appointment to check on Baby Adeline. Little did we know, our lives were about to change.
Two days after my last post, I went into preterm labor. I’m 100% positive that the boys caused it. I began having regular contractions the morning of the 24th. I had been told that if I had 5 or more contractions in an hour, I needed to call the office. I’m the type of person that I really don’t want to go to the doctor or hospital unless I REALLY need to, but I reluctantly did. It’s a good thing I did, too, because if they hadn’t stopped my labor, it could have been disastrous. I had to stay overnight for observation and was sent home with medicine to stop the contractions. My doctor told me that I needed to take it VERY easy.
36 Weeks 5 Days
After taking it easy for a week, those pesky contractions returned. Even with the medicine, my body was done being pregnant and Adeline was ready to come into the world. After my Dr. checked me, he told us that we were going to be leaving the hospital with a baby. What! Talk about a shock! I was sent to L&D for observation again in hopes that some rest and fluids would calm my uterus down and stop the contractions. Everything was hanging in the balance. They pushed fluids over the course of 3 hours. In that time, all I could think about was how unprepared we were. We still had time! My c-section was 3 weeks away! I hadn’t finished her crochet baby blanket. We barely had any clothes for her. And what about her lungs?! Was she going to be strong enough, developed enough, to be born?
My Dr. came to check on me after my 3 hours were up. Nothing had changed. At this point, my Dr. was concerned about my uterine wall. Due to my 2 prior c-sections and pregnancies, my uterine wall had weakened. This increased my chance of uterine rupture. The contractions were further weakening that wall. We were told to get our affairs in order because we were going to have a baby. Tommy rushed home to take care of our dog and grab a few things for our boys to spend the night out. While Tommy was gone, I was being prepped for surgery. It was a whirlwind. I was mentally trying to prepare myself for going under the knife. Despite doing it 2 other times, I was still nervous. And this time, I didn’t have days to talk myself up. I had mere minutes.
Here Comes Baby
Going into the OR, I was scared, but excited. I was minutes away from meeting our baby girl. I tried to play off how nervous I was. We had no idea what awaited us. Everything went by quickly. My Dr. assured us that we had made the right decision because my uterine wall was very thin and that I wouldn’t have made it to my scheduled c-section. What a scary thought! If my uterus had ruptured while I was a home alone, both Adeline and I could have died! That thought were quickly pushed out of my head when we were told, “This is it; here she is!” And I heard a gurgle. She was out and trying to cry before they could even suction her! Her lungs were good and strong! And she was beautiful and perfect. We felt a sense of overwhelming relief. Everything was okay.
When I think about my pregnancy with Adeline, I can’t help but see God’s hands holding us. He carried us through from conception to birth. She was our surprise baby from beginning to end. If I hadn’t started having contractions at the end, we both might not be here. That’s an extremely sobering thought. How can you not see God in that? He protected us. Adeline had absolutely no health problems despite being born almost 4 weeks early. At 6 lbs 2 oz, she was our tiniest baby, but she was healthy and strong. She was ready to nurse before she left the OR. And she nursed like a champ starting from that very first latch. She is the little girl I didn’t know I wanted, the one I was scared to have, the one I can’t imagine life without. She completes our family like we didn’t know she would.