Because I had never been pregnant before, I didn't know that how I felt the last month was anything other than normal pregnancy sickness. Little did I know I was on track for a 2 week stay at the hospital after she was born.
Here she is visiting me - if you look closely you can see my lovely bruised up arms (from so many blood draws) and skeletal wrists. In addition to the weight you lose inherent to having a baby I lost another 20+ pounds in a couple weeks. Not really my recommended post-partum weight loss program.
I'll spare you most of the details (mostly because I can't think too much about it without getting teary) but in short, 10 days after she was born I was taken to the ER with a blood pressure of 180/130, had two post-partum eclamptic seizures, a blood clot in one of my ovarian veins and a small stroke in my left ear.
1 yearThe good news is that my baby was fine. She has been so healthy! I have mostly recovered, I mean, I'm fully functional and have gone on to have one more healthy pregnancy and delivery (and hoping for the same this time around). It was a totally crazy experience, and every time I tell a doctor about my history they give me a look like, "and you're still here?" and I reply, "I'm not making this up!"
She is such a fun, spunky little girl. And is constantly saying and doing funny things.
The big 3!
She is a great big sister and loves being with her friends. Right now she's definitely into dress up and other girly things. And she's convinced she's getting a baby sister this spring. We'll find out tomorrow!
I love my pretty in pink girl! I'm so honored to be her mother.