Blond hair & blue eyes…maybe, we aren’t exactly sure on that. 10 perfect little fingers and 10 perfect tiny toes. Covered in vernix, my baby was finally here and is SO tiny. Weighing in at 5lbs 4oz and 18.5 inches long this was my tiniest baby I’ve had by far! I am sure you are all wondering if I have a new son or daughter as was I as I laid there as they all decided who should share the news.
I think daddy was speechless because he wasn’t talking so finally my darling nurse said “It’s a girl!”
They let me see her for a short second and I remember thinking, wow! She is so tiny! After weighing and measuring her they bring her back so Daddy and I can oogle over her then they take her & Daddy to the nursery while the Dr’s finish up with me. From here things get s bit fuzzy. I remember my OB peeking over the curtain and saying it’s a good thing we got her out, the placenta doesn’t look good. It had started shutting down which is why she was so little and had low fluid. She wouldn’t have made it to my original C-section date. Its hard to imagine if I didn’t follow my mama instinct my baby girl would not be with us right now. And then the world started spinning and I got queasy.
They kept pumping me full of meds and I could hear the Dr’s ordering the nurses around because I was losing a lot of blood. Eventually I made it to recovery where the crowd of family was waiting for me. Everything is still fuzzy. I remember throwing up over and over again. I remember holding my daughter for the first time and thanking God for my little angel.
By the next day they determined she had low blood sugar. It was the worst hospital stay I’ve ever had. I had to repeat multiple times I was breastfeeding and did not want my daughter to get formula or have a bottle. Most of the nurses were awful. They kept telling me they were taking her to the NICU, after I agreed upon tube feedings to help get her sugars up until my milk came in my night nurse told me if I didn’t give her a bottle she was going to the NICU that it takes less energy to drink from a bottle than a tube. This same nurse was very slow at getting me things I needed and emptying my drain tube, which they had placed from all the excess blood inside me, I yelled and requested a new nurse, I never saw her again. They put an IV line in my daughters arm without even consulting us….& they never used the IV so I am still curious as to why they so urgently poked holes in her.
I did have one shining star. Julie if you’re reading this, I love you! You let me cry on your shoulder when I broke down. You stood up for me when no one else would. You stayed with me after your shift ended when my son was admitted to the hospital with a severe asthma attack and I felt like a complete failure. You helped me so much and I cant thank you enough!
Her sugars finally went up and by day 4, even though my baby only weighed 4lbs 14oz, we were both being released.
Zylie has a sister! I have another daughter. I’m speechless as well. I had a super strong feeling she was a girl, so much so that I might have bought more girl clothes than boys.
I am proud to officially introduce you to Jaylie Brooke! She is absolutely perfect!
Jaylie got off to a rough start. She’s what they call a late term preemie, due to her size mainly & the placenta problems but I am SO glad she is here!
Listen to those mama instincts ladies!