Alexis’ Birth Story

Alexis’ Birth Story

Mama: Christy A.

Stats: 7 lbs., 8 oz.

Type of Birth: Cesarean

Birth Location: Hospital

Primary Care: Obstetrician

Wednesday, November 24 was supposed to be just another day; my husband and I had planned on running some errands, cleaning up the house and that afternoon having a sonogram.

I thought the sonogram was that afternoon but for some reason at 8:45 a.m. my husband decided he would call to confirm what time our appointment was, instead of being told it was at 1 p.m. like we thought, he was told it was 9 a.m.!

I asked if we could push it back to later in the day and was told no, they told us they were overbooked and we should just reschedule for next week. I was not going to do that— I was too excited to see Alexis that day to push it back another week. Thankfully, we only lived ten minutes away from the hospital, we were able to get ready and make it there by 9:07 a.m.

We were taken back right away and the sonogram was started. The sonogram seemed to be normal, the tech got all the pictures she needed and then told us she was going to get the doctor to check everything out and then we could go.

Enter the doctor. She was looking over the sonogram with the tech and kept watching the baby’s heart rate. Next, she started asking me very up-front and weird questions like if I had used any street drugs and started naming them off. At this point I looked at my husband and could tell he felt the same way I did: we knew something was wrong.

The doctor looked up at us and told us Alexis’ heart wasn’t pumping strong enough and my fluid was extremely low. After what seemed like forever, the doctor looked at us with a worried and serious look on her face and said “I think the two of you are having a baby today. I just have some concerns and need to make some phone calls and find out the best place for that to happen.”

Holding back tears, the only thing I could do was text my parents and tell them today might be the day.

Two minutes later the tech came in and asked when the last time I ate was and left again, my husband looked at me and said, “Those are surgery questions.”

About five minutes later the doctor came back and explained exactly what she was seeing on the sonogram with Alexis’ heart, which was showing that she was in distress, and they wouldn’t know more until Alexis was here.

Because of her heart they were sending me to another hospital—St. Joes— to deliver because that hospital has a level 1 NICU.

I asked if I would be induced to try for a vaginal delivery and the doctor said, “Oh no, you’re getting a c-section, they are waiting for you.”

She also said the ambulance was on its way and would be here in about an hour. Within 20 minutes— not an hour — we were loaded into the ambulance running with lights and sirens to the other hospital 45 minutes away.

Once we arrived they took us straight to labor and delivery and I started getting the “work up.”

Luckily, once they hooked everything up, Alexis’ heart rate went back to normal so things slowed down a little. All of the grandparents were able to make it to the hospital before I was taken to the operating room.

They explained everything to me, I signed all the paperwork I needed and off to the operating room I went.

They performed the c-section and Alexis joined us at 1:03 p.m. weighing 7 lbs 8.9 oz and she was 20.75 inches long.

Since we were in this situation because of Alexis’ heart, the NICU nurses took her as soon as she came out and did a full work up on her— she looked great and her heart sounded great.

Unfortunately, since I had gestational diabetes, Alexis’ blood sugar dropped and that sealed her fate that she would be whisked away to the NICU with me only being able to see her for a second and give her a kiss.

My story wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t tell you the hurdles that we had to overcome to get out of the NICU.

They did two tests on Alexis’ heart and they both came back that everything was alright. They don’t know why she was in distress, but all of the doctors have said it was a good thing it was caught when it was because they believe the outcome could have been a lot worse.

They soon found out that Alexis had trouble breathing and eating at the same time, then she wasn’t handling the regular formula it was causing her to throw up after she ate and, at times, stop breathing.

She was switched to Enfamil Gentlease and with the practice of feeding every three hours, she was no longer having those issues. Once we thought everything was under control and we would all be able to leave together as a family when I was getting discharged, we hit another bump on the road.

We found out Alexis was still losing weight and they were keeping her until she gained weight, or at least stopped losing it. At this point, she was down to 6 lbs 13.5 oz which was 8% of her birth weight.

Luckily, we were able to stay in the parents’ room in the NICU and Alexis got to stay hooked up to all her monitors and sleep in our room with us.

Monday morning was the moment of truth. She weighed 7 lbs 1 oz and we were all going home!

Our hospital stay was quite an adventure and I was glad to close that chapter and leave the NICU in the dust.

3 Responses to Alexis’ Birth Story

  1. Reading this story feels so weird… on one hand it feels like so long ago but at the same time it seems like just yesterday! I’m so thankful that everything turned out ok and I’m praying that your second delivery (one day) goes much smoother than your first one did! I love you and that “giant baby” both very much! <3

  2. I could feel the fear via text message that day! I knew you were scared, but you had an amazing support the whole way. I remember finally getting to see baby Alexis and that (#$%@$%@[email protected]%@%#[email protected]) nurse wouldnt allow me to hold my niece. Grr face! However seeing her and knowing you were okay was all that matters and was nowhere near a wasted trip. Shes such a beautiful little girl and love the fact that I can be apart of her life. Love you both

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