So you might have noticed that I didn’t post my perspective last week. Well, New Year’s Eve was pretty crazy around here. My daughter, who was 34 weeks pregnant, had her weekly OB appointment Monday afternoon. She’s been doing well, a little tired, but overall well. The past couple of appointments her blood pressure has been a little high. This happened during her 1st pregnancy, but at the bitter end. It turned out to be the reason she had to have an emergency c-section on her due date.
Well this appointment is 6 weeks before her due date. And her BP is HIGH, really high! She gets sent to the hospital for observation and tests and I, as her mom, start to freak out (as designated in the mother contract)! After a few hours, though, her BP drops and they reluctantly decide she can come home. Until she stands up to get ready to leave. Her nurse (who I now love even though I don’t know who she is!), on a gut feel, decides to take her BP one more time. And it has gone through the roof. There is no way they are letting her come home.
If you don’t know, high BP in a pregnant mom can cause two serious problems. First, the placenta could separate from the baby or even burst and second the mom could have a stroke. Both have very unhappy outcomes. After much consultation, it is decided the BP can’t be regulated or stabilized for both mom and baby. So my daughter will be again taken in for an emergency c-section to deliver, but this time it is 6 weeks early. My son-in-law is at the hospital, I am at home with my grandson, going out of my mind. They have to wait a few hours before the surgery because of the last time my daughter had eaten–the surgery is planned for midnight!
Things go very well! My daughter is fine and my new granddaughter is fine! She weighs 5 pounds, 9 ounces and is 18 and 1/2 inches long. I’m sure this seems like a normal size baby to most people, but we have pretty big babies in our family. My grandson weighed 10 lbs, 4 ozs, and my daughter weighed 10 lbs, 1 oz when she was born. So the new little one looks like a peanut to us!
But a beautiful, glorious peanut! She’s healthy, and she was born 12:13 a.m. on January 1, 2013! Not the first in the city, but the first in her hospital. Mom had to stay a couple extra days in the hospital because BP was still giving her problems and of course the baby is not home yet, but surprisingly she may be home this weekend.
So to reiterate my post Christmas thoughts, again let me say I’m grateful for family and health! I hope your New Year’s Eve turned out as wonderfully as mine!
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