Saturday, January 04, 2014
Surprise! I was only 35 weeks 1 day, but my water broke and the risk of infection was greater than the risk of prematurity, so I was induced. I had a fairly fast labor (Pitocin started at 9:15 A.M., started having painful contractions about 4 hours later, and Layla was born at 5:28 P.M.) and had no pain medications. Even though she appeared healthy at birth (Apgars of 9) she had to be whisked away to the special care nursery due to being 5 weeks early. I was very sad because I wasn't able to be with her much during those early hours, but we've made up for it since with plenty of cuddling, feeding, and skin to skin contact. She will remain in the special care nursery until her breathing is mature, which at this point means that she will remain at the hospital until at least Thursday of this upcoming week. She also needs to prove she can continue to eat well. We are so proud of her - she is doing things that a 35 weeker shouldn't have to do and she is so healthy! I was officially discharged on Thursday, but so far they have been letting us board in a spare room to be near her. They will probably kick us out tomorrow though, although we can hang around in the hospital during the day as much as we want and just go home to sleep. She is an absolute miracle and we are so in love with our little nugget!
Um...can't believe I forgot her stats! She was 5lb 5oz and 19 inches. :) My precious little mini girl.