It feels just like yesterday I was wobbling around with a big pregnant belly and now our little munchkin is almost a month old. It took me a few weeks to write this, but I really wanted to share our birth story. At my 37-week appointment my doctor noticed that my blood pressure had increased drastically. Since then she kept a close watch on me and had me come in to get checked every couple of days. At each appointment my blood pressure kept getting worse, but never got high enough to induce labor. At my 39-week appointment my blood pressure increased even higher and my doctor suggested that it was time to get induced to avoid more severe complications. She told us to go home, grab our hospital bag, and check into the hospital that day. I was terrified of getting induced and had high hopes of having a natural birth. I didn’t want to risk my baby’s or my health and knew that this was the best choice I had at the time.
We arrived at the hospital and were assigned a birthing suite at 2:00PM. By 4:00PM I was finally all hooked up to monitoring and my doctor started my Pitocin IV pump. Things were going very well. I felt great and baby was doing great as the contractions slowly kept coming. At 7PM my doctor came in and broke my water. My contractions kept increasing and labor was progressing. I was handling all of the contractions pretty well for quite a while. Suddenly the contractions got extremely intense and came on with little warning. After a long stressful day, and little sleep the night before, the contractions started to wear me out. I was exhausted and finally at around 12:00AM I decided to take the epidural to try to get some rest before I would start pushing.
Unfortunately, the epidural only worked on one side of my body and after waiting for it to kick in for over an hour they had to take it out and start over. By the time the second epidural was placed in and it started to work, I was almost 10cm dilated and it looked like I wasn’t going to be getting much sleep after all.
By 3:00AM, I was fully dilated and my body was ready to start pushing. My doctor decided to have me labor down for an hour because everything was happening so quickly and she wanted to let the contractions bring the baby down, so I would not need to push as hard. I started pushing at 4:00AM, but our little baby was stubborn and did not want to drop down in order to come out. She was so comfortable in there and wasn’t ready to make an appearance. At 8:00AM my doctor decided that it was time for her to be out and that we would be having a C-Section. She was progressing way to slowly and the longer we waited the higher the risk of infection. At this point I have been laboring all night and pushing for 4 hours without having any rest, I was completely exhausted. I remember barely being able to keep my eyes open. After 4 hours of pushing my energy was drained. I was so terrified of having a C-Section, but once again I knew I didn’t have much of a choice and had to trust my doctor and the medical team to do what was best for both of us.
Emma Helen Wojtowicz was born on January 30th, 2018 at 9:11AM. She weighed 7 pounds 1.2 ounces. I might have been full of drugs during the surgery, but I will never forget the moment when they took her out and she started crying. It was the best moment of our lives!!!
As we were preparing to leave the hospital 48 hours after surgery my blood pressure increased even higher than before birth and we had to stay longer then expected. My birth story might not have been what I have hoped for, but I would have done it all over again! We are so incredibly thankful that our little munchkin is healthy and that we had such an amazing labor and delivery team at the Swedish Hospital who took a very good care of us.
Below are a few fresh 48 photos that we took at the hospital. I’m so thankful that we captured some of these most meaningful and amazing moment of our lives! We are head over heels in love with our little girl and these very first photos of us bounding with her will be treasured forever!