well on August 16th we welcomed our third child into the world...and I really wish I could say that she did it drama free...but really would you all believe me if I did. :) On Tuesday the 14th we had an abnormal heart beat....on the fetal monitor and so they had me sit for a one hour NST (non stress test) to see if she was just moving too much to catch a consistent beat. They could hear on that that it was irregular and that is common in fetus' at the end of pregnancy...but only if it returns to normal on its own. so we did an ultrasound to make sure she was healthy and that blood flow was still good....and all was but they wanted to monitor me til it returned to normal in the next hour or so...or we were going to have a baby. Not quite as shocking hearing that this time as it was last time...as we were an additional almost 4 weeks along than we were with Avenlea when I heard the words.... "you ready to have a baby today". I have to say though...no matter when you hear those words when they are not planned...it makes my own heart skip a beat and my brain immediately responds by shooting up a prayer.
well heart beat went back into normal rhythm and they sent me home about an hour and half later...and I was baffled, nervous and not sure what to do. I was worried more than I could imagine and also not sure what the plan was from here on out...and for those of you that know me...I deal ok with chaos...if I have even a vague plan of action. well I spoke to my doctor that night and we determined that we would make a decision after the NST in the morning.
So at 9 am I went in for another NST and all sounded great. My prayer was still the same and God was still answering my calls...the docs on call that day were not the ones that I trusted from past experiences and He new me and my baby would be better waiting another day. After my OB conferred with the Neonatologist and her fellow OB's....we determined that we were all ok with delivering a week early at 38 weeks. So the plans were set up for us to arrive on thursday morning around 8:30.
I couldn't have asked for things to be better....I new and trusted both OB's in the operating room, the neonatalogist was a friends aunt and a wonderful doctor, the anethesiologist was exceptionally gracious and helped me through some trying reactions to the drugs in the operating room, the nurses kept us all in great spirits and I was surrounded and supported by my family. First child I was able to have my parents here for the birth of...and it was wonderful to come out of recovery to see my wonderful husband, mom, dad and mother in law all there when they handed me my baby girl to take back to my room. I can't even put into words the joy that I felt when they told me that everything sounded great with her heart. THANK YOU GOD!!
and here is our beautiful baby girl....