We were sure that this pregnancy was going to be complicated, so we prepared as much as we could for any complications and a possible early arrival. Our Dr. watched me a little closer as we progressed because last time I developed preeclampsia and delivered at 37 weeks (3 weeks early). This time around we were not taking any chances. I planned my hospital bag, washed baby clothes and got everything ready for my mom to come up a month early just in case baby was early!
Thankfully this time around my body was a champ, I was healthy. As far as we knew everything was running normal so far ...
Nathan and I checked in for my 38 week appointment they ran the normal check up tests but this time my blood pressure was spiking. They didn't know why and they didn't want to take any chances so they monitored me and baby and eventually sent me down to the hospitals triage room. They wanted to run some extra tests, hook me up on the NST (non-stress test) to hear baby's heart beating and to do an ultrasound to check my amniotic fluid because it was concerningly low 2 weeks back.
The ultrasound tech came in and found that my fluids were lower than they were 2 weeks back! All my other tests came back normal but my fluids and blood pressure were still concerning. The Dr came in and let us know that on top of all of this my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart and it would be best to get me checked into the birth center and induce me before we see more signs of preeclampsia.
The next thing we knew we were waiting to be checked in to our room at the birth center. We bought our traditional Jimmy John sandwichs, they put in my IV and the next thing we knew we were in our room and I was getting into my hospital gown.
They placed a foley bulb to help me dialate and at 5:30am I was dialated enough to start the pitocin drip!! I was officially on the drip at 6am and my contactions were becoming stronger and stronger!! At 3pm I was dialated to an 8-9. We were all getting prepped until we had a change of nurses. Unfortunately this new nurse was no good! She pretty much halted any and all progress because she kept turning off the pitocin and messing with my monitors so everything was getting all messed up and for the next 4-5 hours there was no change Sigh... I was feeling defeated. Until we were blessed with a new nurse who was AWESOME! She knew exactly what to do when she came in! That was around 7pm and the next thing I knew I was ready to push at 9pm!!! Hallelujah!!!
My amazing husband was on my right and my sweet mom on my left encouraging me through every contraction and every push, I could not have been so strong without them there! 💙 At 9:56pm Abram James Bills was born! They placed him right on me, Nathan cut the cord and the rest was history! 💙💙
We are so in love! Jarom was able to meet Abram the next day! It was honestly the CUTEST thing! Jarom is going to be an amazing big brother! He loves his baby brother so much and we love them! 💙💙 We are so excited to now be a family of 4!
Thank you so much to everyone who prayed for us and kept us in your thoughts! We felt all of your love and support through all of this! 💙