Sunday, January 28, 2007

A year ago today, I was in the hospital, 29 weeks pregnant. After 4 weeks on bedrest at home, my water had broke Christmas night, and I had laid in the hospital for 5 weeks in a constant state of worry that I'd miss signals from my body that things were going awry. They kept telling me, "oh, YOU'LL KNOW"... but on that day last year, I didn't REALLY know, I just felt a little off and wasn't feeling the baby move much. Sure enough, when they put me on the monitor, I was having contractions... and with each contraction, a big dip in Lauren's heartrate ( a decel, as they call them). They moved me over to the Labor and Delivery floor, where they monitor you constantly. Chuck and I watched the monitor for hours, focusing on the number for Lauren's heart rate, anxious to see it go back up after each contraction. The contractions got further and further apart. They almost sent me back to my room, but decided to wait until morning... thank GOD they waited. If I hadn't been being monitored, Lauren would not be here today.

5 comments:

Elaine said...

An amazing story. An amazing little girl. Happy Birthday, Lauren!

Aprille said...

Again, best wishes to this special babe and her strong mama. Happy Birthday!

Miss W said...

A very happy birthday to the big girl!

(And I think the doctors and nurses here need to say something other than "you'll know" because I really didn't either!)

Karlene said...

Congratulations on reaching this milestone and happy, happy birthday, Miss Lauren! May your year be filled with new wonders and exciting developments.

catie said...

Happy Birthday, Lauren.