Well hello again…remember me?! My last post was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my baby girl, and now she’s here!! And she’s been here for 3 weeks (well a little over 3 weeks). And technically, she wasn’t even supposed to be here yet – so as promised, here is little Miss B’s birth story 🙂
I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy, thankfully. I didn’t have any morning sickness, gained an average amount of weight (although it felt like I gained a thousand pounds) and went about my pregnancy completely normal. Until I made it to 34 weeks…and this intense itching hit on the bottom of my feet. After two days of itching myself crazy and Joe telling me he thought I had athlete’s foot – I called my doctor. And if I’m being honest, I only called because all the meds for athlete’s foot were off limits during pregnancy. Little did I know, I did not have athlete’s foot. Fast forward two more weeks, lots of blood tests, a ton of additional appointments for myself and the baby, and my doctor diagnosed me with cholestasis of pregnancy.
What is cholestasis of pregnancy? Yea, that’s what I asked too. I can’t honestly tell you that much about it, despite having read enough on google that I should be an expert, but I do know it has something to do with the pregnancy hormones and my liver, and too much bile backing up into my bloodstream. This causes an intense itch to me. To the baby however; it can be extremely dangerous. And there’s no cure other than birth. So at exactly 36 weeks, I walked into the hospital to be induced, having only found out I was being induced 2 days prior.
After over 48 hours, and trying every trick in the book to get my labor going (literally – they tried everything and I was at risk of a c-section), I finally hit 10 centimeters and was ready to push – yay! After about an hour of pushing (giving birth is nothing like what I thought it would be, nor was it as quick), Miss Beckett Sara Ventimiglia entered the world. She’s a tiny little peanut, weighing only 5 pounds and 9 ounces and perfectly healthy…mom however (that’s me) was not. I started hemorrhaging after I had her and the rest was kinda a blur. They took the baby to the NICU because I couldn’t take care of her, but I do remember a lot of blood (TMI), a lot of doctors, a lot of meds and several hours before they could get the bleeding under control. I stayed in the delivery room for about 6 more hours before they moved me to the mother and baby unit and allowed me to have Beckett in the room with me.
The next two days were completely normal and right before we were supposed to be discharged they confirmed that Beckett had high bilirubin levels (meaning she had jaundice) and they would be taking her to the NICU for phototherapy. She stayed in the NICU for 3 days before we could bring her home, so our vision of her birth and us taking her home was completely different than how we pictured it during the pregnancy. Nevertheless, she and I were happy and healthy and that’s all that matters.
And now she’s home and Joe and I could not be any happier if we tried. Sleep deprived? Yes. Completely in love with everything about her? Yes! She’s the epitome of perfect, even when she cries or keeps us up at night. And as we’ve gotten used to her and are finally getting into a rhythm, I’m looking forward to getting back into blogging! So be on the lookout for some new posts soon…not only for my fashion, but for a whole new avenue for the blog – baby stuff!! I’m talking adorable baby girl clothes, baby products, baby gear – the whole works!
Now, to get in a little nap before she wakes up! #priorities