Genesis' Birth Story
After being married for about 6 months we learned that I had endometriosis. The doctors initially said they would give us six months to get pregnant. I had my surgery February 29th, 2004. We learned we were pregnant April 29th. I was so excited but scared because I was experiencing cramps and pinching like sensations. I had to have ultrasounds for what seemed like every week. I also had all day sickness, sometimes to the point of having to go to the Emergency Room to get fluids. Finally around 20weeks we learned we were having a girl. We were in church the week before the ultrasound and he was preaching on the book of Genesis. Right After church my aunt told me that a baby’s name should bless the baby. So I thought that Genesis meant a new beginning and, oh my, if that isn’t the truth! On October 25th, I went to my work as usual. I had a severe headache and could not shake it for some reason, along with having sharp pains in my back. I tried resting and went to my college class where my baby’s godfather met me. The pains continued. I called the doctor knowing that I was only 28.5 weeks pregnant and that it was too early for her to come. The doc said to come in. After spending a week in the hospital convincing the little one to stay in we went home. I was on bedrest for the remainder of the time. It was emotional.
Finally 37 weeks came around! I went to the doc and he said, “You’re 2 to 3cm dilated. I want you to wait one more week.” I tried convincing him now and he told me not until after the New Year. So the next week we went to the doc and my husband and I were prepared to tell him that on Jan 5 we wanted to be induced. He checked me and said, “Be at the hospital tomorrow morning at 5am. You’re dilated to a 4 and I want my New Year’s Eve to go over without having to come do a delivery.” I don’t blame him.
December 29, 2004, they started the Pitocin at 6am and my water broke on it’s own at 6:30am. I got the epidural, which was wonderful had it worked all the time. I was dilated to 10 at 2pm. But the baby’s head was the wrong way. They tried to see if she would turn and she wouldn’t. I pushed from 3:45pm to 5:29pm. The doc had to use the vacuum on her head to assist. At 5:29PM SHE WAS OUT! She came out but decided not to breathe correctly. They took her and swept her away. I did not get to see her at all. Later we found out that it was because of the boles doses of the epidural I had to have. When my mom helped me push lifting my head we learned the epidural catheter was broke. No wonder the thing did not work.
About 7:30pm, I finally got to see my baby. She was beautiful. Although she was in the nursery getting some special attention she was beautiful. Then about 9:30pm they brought her to my room. She was 6lbs 2oz and 19.5 inches long. She was so beautiful. She has changed our lives so much. She is everything and more to me.
After having another surgery our life is about to change again. She is going to become a sister.
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