Elizabeth's Pregnancy Story
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:27 PM
I took a test early in the morning before I showered. It was negative. I got in the shower and cried. When I got out of the shower, I looked at the test again…there was a very faint line! When I woke up my husband, he said the line wasn’t dark enough to count, but I told him, “A line is a line.” Later, on my way to the blood lab, I stopped and bought a digital test. I took it in the bathroom of the blood lab. After three long minutes, the word “Pregnant” finally popped up! I was so excited that I called my husband right then and told him.
When I went to get the sonogram, my husband and I sat in the waiting room holding hands. We were so nervous we couldn’t talk. Finally, they called my name. As I walked to the ultrasound room, it felt like the hallway grew by 100 yards. It seemed to take forever. We got started, and finally, the technician said, “There’s a heartbeat.” A beautiful heartbeat of 106 beats per minute! I was in love.
At our 20-week ultrasound, my husband and I had the sonogram technician write the sex of the baby in an envelope. I held on to that envelope all day. That night, we went to the same restaurant where we’d had our first date. We gave the envelope to our waiter and asked him to take it to the bar and open it. We instructed him that if it said “boy,” he should bring us out a blue drink, and if it said “girl,” a pink drink. When the waiter came back to the table, he took the lid off the shaker and poured it—it was pink!
On Wednesday morning at the OB, my baby scored high on all of her tests, but she was measuring very small—in the third percentile—so my OB made us an appointment for a high-risk OB that afternoon. When we got there, the high-risk OB did a sonogram. He said that the baby looked good and that my fluid levels were a little low, but not bad. But he did say that my baby’s cord was constricted, so she was going to need to come out sooner rather than later. “What does ‘sooner’ mean?” my husband asked. The OB replied, “Oh…tonight!”
I was admitted to the hospital only hours after our appointment with the high-risk OB. In the operating room, they prepped me and gave me a spinal for my c-section. I could feel everything and was so worried I wasn’t going to go numb. I held my husband’s hands and stared at the ceiling. Finally, at 1:31 p.m., Katherine April was born. She weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. She came out crying, and when I heard her, I started crying too. Katherine didn’t look anything like I had pictured, but she was so beautiful!
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