Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Welcome to the World LMI!!!

Little Miss IT (aka LMI as she will continue to be known as here) was born on Tuesday, August 23rd at 2:33pm weighing a whopping 5lbs2oz!

On Monday A and I went to our scheduled OB appointment and growth scan. At the ultrasound she was officially declared IUGR weighing 5lbs2oz, it placed her at below the 10th percentile. I knew from that moment that we would be meeting her very soon. The OB agreed and called to have me put on the induction list. He told me I would get a call within the next 24hrs and would need to be ready to get to the hospital. I would not be going home again. A and I were starving from being at the hospital for so long that we decided to have lunch in the hospital cafeteria before heading home. We ran into my long time friend and staff OB at the hospital who by fluke happened to be on call on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. I told her my situation and she immediately called the L+D floor to see what my timing would be. We were 2nd on the list (its based on priority) so she estimated at least 4 hours.

So what do you do? We went home, and I met my sister-in-law for a mani/pedi session (they were already chipped from last week and wanted the extra pampering). I knew that at anytime I could be called, even though it was unlikely, so I paid before I got started. The manicure felt like it took forever. My nails came out great, I got a french manicure in the shellac polish so it would last and then got settled for my favourite part, the pedicure. I had my feet soaking in the tub and she had just finished filing the nails when, you guessed it, I got THE CALL. I told the manicurist that I needed to leave asap and could she please polish my toes as quickly as possible. Of course, I chose a colour in the red family (Jewish tradition wards off evil and bad things) Cajin Shrimp and quickly left with A for the hospital.

We checked into triage around 415pm and I was brought in within a few minutes. My friend was the OB who checked me - not dialated at all and started the rippening of my cervix. At 500pm she inserted the Cer.vadril, worst part was the internal, and at 600pm I was brought into a room to wait. By 1130pm I was feeling menstraul like cramping so I was brought to
L+D where I would stay. The Cer.vadril usually takes 12-24hrs to work so I was checked at 515am, but I had made little to no progress. The cramping was getting pretty uncomfortable and at 845am I begged to be rechecked and yup, 3-4cm dialed which meant they were able to get the party started. As soon as the Cer.vadril was taken out, the cramping lessened. I then asked for some time to process before getting the epidural.

At 1100am I was given the epidural and my water was broken at 1130am. I was really scared for the epidural and to be honest, there was some pain that felt almost like a pinched nerve, but it was short lived and totally worth it. I was then given the Oxc.tocin to bring on labour at 1230pm and it didn't seem to be working at first. I was told that I would dialate 1cm every 1-2hrs. Well, within an hour and half I felt the sensation of "having to shit" and told the nurse. Although unlikely she thought I should be checked just to see where I stood - I was 10cm, no one expected it. The dr on call (my friend was in surgery) left to go stitich someone back and my nurse, A and I started pushing. I was told for a first time mom it can take 1-2hours...14 minutes later with a tiny 1st degree tear, my daughter was born!

She was perfect, healthy and over 5 pounds. My dreams have come true. I have never been more in love or in awe in my life. The rest is a bit of blur right now, but life is great. A and I could not be happier right now. She is truly a miracle.

-R.

43 comments:

  1. In tears reading this. I am over come with happiness for you and A. welcome to the world little girl, you are so lucky to have such amazing parents who wanted and loved you for so many years already.
    I am glad she is here and healthy. Sending much love and congratulations to you.

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  2. What an amazing ending to this incredibly long journey you have had--of course it's really just the beginning but I think back to our time together on the other boards and our dismal fert reports and slow growing embryos and now LOOK AT YOU!!! YOU DID IT!!!

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  3. Congratulations!!! And welcome to the world, LMI.

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  4. What thrilling news! Congratulations! It's been such a long road and now you have a perfect healthy baby girl. Wow.

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  5. YAY!!!! Congrats - I am so thrilled for you. Thank you for sharing your story as it gives me hope. Enjoy every moment with your litte bundle!!! :)
    Love,
    Maddy

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  6. wow!!!
    congratulations to you both! what an ending... so happy for you, r!
    i love that you had a fresh pedicure for her birth- made me laugh!

    she sounds so beautiful, and healthy, and i bet you are all on cloud9 right now.

    so, so happy! congratulations again! give her a big hug and kiss from me!
    soulshine

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  7. Congratulations!!!!!! So very happy for you and A! She shares the same birthday as my first born son (via IVF 4yrs ago). :)

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  8. Welcome LMI! So very happy for you! Sounds like her birth went as smoothly as you could hope for. Congratulations!

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  9. Oh congratulations!! Same birthday as my 2 year old daughter as well!! August 23rd must be a magical day! I'm so happy for you all. :))

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  10. Congratulations!!! Completely thrilled for you and very relieved!
    Love
    Amy xxx

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  11. Yay finally the post we've all been waiting for! Big congratulations to you all, a little family at last. I don't think there can be anyone out there who's followed your story who could read this post without feeling the tears prickling behind their eyes - I read it on the bus and got a few funny looks! I remember those first few days with my little one so well, it's such a magical and precious time and I'm so happy you finally get to experience it after all you've been through. Glad she's a good weight too, can't wait to see some pics! Love Jen x

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  12. Congratulations and welcome to the world beautiful, little girl! The first day of the rest of your life!!!

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  13. Congratulations!!!! I'm so excited for you! Love your tiny little baby, they do grow so fast. My tiny one is now over 10 lbs! Breath in these moments, you deserve them, and you've waited long enough for them!
    All my very best!

    ks

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  14. Great news! Congratulations, mama!

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  15. Congratulations, I am so happy for you even though I am almost in tears ( I would be if I was at home but I am in work right now).

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  16. Congratulations!!! Enjoy every moment, it goes by so, so fast.

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  17. I am so happy for you, A, and LMI!

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  18. Congratulations! I am so happy for you guys!

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  19. HOORAY!!!! Congrats Mom and Dad!! Sounds like your body did a great job - so hooray for your body too!

    I'm just overwhelmed with happiness for you, R. You deserve every happy moment. :)

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  20. Congratulations R and A!!!! I am so thrilled for you and teared up while reading this last night. The road has been so long for you, and you have made it to the other side. LMI is lucky to have such determined, loving parents! Hope things continue to go well!

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  21. What a magnificent event! How do I even begin to share my joy and excitement with you??? Oh wait, you know!!!!

    Welcome Little Miss! You have a huge fan loving you from Chicagoland with all her heart.

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  22. Congrats R!!! Yay for fairy-tale endings! I am so happy for you!

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  23. Congratulations on the birth of your little girl! So glad you are both doing well.

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  24. I have been lurking and following your story with amazement. You are amazing and am so happy for you and your little family!!

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  25. Congratulations! so happy for you all!

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  26. OH MY! So exciting! The wait is finally over! Congratulations x 1,000,000! I still remember how my spirits rose when you got this unexpected spontaneous pregnancy. I am so happy for you guys! Enjoy your little family!

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  27. wonderful, wonderful news! After all you've been through, I am so happy to hear about this absolutely perfect birth story! Congratulations!!

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  28. Delurking to say Congratulations!! Welcome to your Little Miss! :D

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  29. I just love this post. So glad LMI is here safely.

    If someone had told you this time last year that this would happen, you never would have believed them :) SO glad it all ended up so well!

    (14 minutes?! It took me two hours. I is SO jealous!! ;) )

    xxxx

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  30. Yay yay yay yay!!! Delurking to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

    Rebecca

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  31. Hijacking a signal here on vacation to check in on you! Hooray!!!! J and I both just read your post and are beyond happy for all THREE of you! I'm welling with tears thinking of how your dreams have finally come true. I know how blissed out you must be right now. Enjoy every moment! And when you have a chance, email me a pic! (We are getting hunkered down to weather a hurricane, so might not be able to check back for a while.) Huge hugs to the whole family!!
    -Cassie

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  32. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Thrilled to bits for you--and so glad that the birth was smooth after all the complications you've already endured.

    Welcome LMI, and my best wishes to the new family!

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  34. So glad LMI arrived and you and baby are well. Now will start a completely new journey of worries and the overwhelming but awesome feeling of being a mother. Congratulations!!

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  35. Mazel tov on your new blessing!

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  36. Congratulations, R. I am just thrilled for you that after ALL OF THESE YEARS of crappy outcomes, you are a mother at long last. I am just so happy for you. Enjoy this time with LMI and A, as the three of you get to know each other.

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  37. So sweet and hooray for a quick delivery. Thinking of you...

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  38. Congratulations, R!!! I'm so very happy for you!!! I came online just to see how you and LMI were doing and here she is, can't wait for more updates. Sending you both all of my love! (Totally with you on the Cerva.dil too....) Welcome LMI!

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  39. congratulations!!!

    welcome to the world LMI! so happy to hear that everything went well. hope you are feeling good and not too tired...and getting some sleep (when you can!)

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  40. Congratulations R! I am so very happy for you. Enjoy every moment - you will love being a mommy. It really is the best thing to ever happen to you. Love and hugs.

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  41. r - a perfect ending to a twisting and turning story to become a mom! so happy for you and your husband! wishing you all the best with your new family of 3! love, daisysmom

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  42. A very late but equally sincere CONGRATULATIONS MAMA!!!

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