Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Reign of Baby {Son}Shine

Born: June 22, 2008
Weight: 10lbs 3 oz
Height: 22 1/2 inches

Baby {Son}Shine arrived two days before the scheduled induction. He must have finally gotten the hint that I was ready for him to come! In addition to coming two days early he was 1 lbs and 3 oz larger than the last guestimation.....this is the point where you may feel free to say OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. 10 lbs 3 oz he made his way out and in the process broke my tailbone because of his mighty girth!! But lemme tell you he was GORGEOUS. Nothing like a big hunky quarterback baby being placed on your chest with big beautiful arms and legs and the cutest cheeks.
While my son has been doing well I have not.
Following the birth I just never felt good and bad went to worse until I was diagnosed with a uterine infection (about 10 days later) and about 12 days following his birth I began hemmorraging so badly I had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance where I was passing liver sized clots....I spent the next six days in the hospital feeling worse than I have ever felt, wondering if I was ever going to see my family again. I had blood transfusions and a surgery and more medicine hung and put through my IV than I had ever seen in my life.
When I finally was able to leave the hospital weak and depressed I came home only to have to return by ambulance five days later for hemmorraging again. They had drained my veins so horribly the first time (I also had phelbitis in the IV arm) that the ambulance personel tried twice to get a vein for an IV and couldn't do it. They had to leave it for the ER (also leaving me with the most painfully bruised arm from missed IV's that I have ever felt). A second surgery was done with a scope this time....apparently the placenta had adhered to the uterus making it impossible for my uterus to contract therefore causing the large amounts of blood loss. They used tweezers to pull the placenta off until they made it to the uterus wall.
I was sent home on a week of bedrest...and the possibility of the hemmorraging returning if the placenta has in fact gone through the uterus wall. If that is the case a hysterectomy is the only option.
Soooooooooooo long story short that is where I have been. Trying to be a mom to this new wonderful baby as well as my beautiful girls but at the same time being shuttled back and forth to the hospital while either bleeding profusely or worrying about bleeding profusely.
The only way we'll know the outcome is if the bleeding slows and stops right now after the second surgery OR if I hemmorrage again.
It has been a lot to go through but when I look at my son's little face I know every minute of it has been worth it.
I wanted to check in to let everybody know that he is doing well and that I appreciate all the wonderful well wishses.
I also cannot say enough thank you's to everybody who has helped my family and me during this horrible time. I don't know how we could have done it without all the help and love and prayers. I love all of you and because of your help and love my girls (who could have been traumatized) were able to have some sense of normalcy throughout this whole ordeal.
So now we cross our fingers and pray (as I get back on my feet this week) that I will continue to heal and no further medical intervention is needed!!


Wright said...

Oooohhhh Susan, I had NO idea. You made me cry! I am so so so sorry! What a horrible ordeal. I am praying for you, please let me know if I can do anything for you. I saw you at Dan's yesterday, but you were involved in a deep conversation with a girl and I didn't want to interupt, and when I came back, you were already gone. I wanted to say hello and see your cute little baby boy. Another time. I hope that you GET WELL......I am so sorry for what's happened. XOXO
PS....your little guy is AWESOME...what a handsome man!

{Le Petit Poulet/Dandelions & Daisies Photography} said...

Ad I wish you would have come and said hello!! That was my first day out of the house since all of this happened. I ran into a friend who didn't know what had happened so we were chatting about the nightmare and by then baby boy was screaming like a banshee so I came in the store and walked out....never actually shopped! HA HA. It was nice to have some human contact though, even if it was for just moments.
Thank you soooo much for the darling burp cloths, I meant to call you a zillion times but when all of this happened everything shut down.
I hope I'll get to see you soon!

Lindz said...

Holy COW!! You poor thing! As if feeling like crap your whole pregnancy wasn't enough!! You are in my prayers! And he really is beautiful!

Caitlin Domanico Photography said...

Ohhhh wow. Oh my goodness. I am sending good wishes your way. Hope you feel better soon:( congrats on your linebacker:) he's adorable!

Georgia said...

Oh! I had no idea! I knew you must have had him by now, and I have been waiting for the news. He is GORGEOUS by the way :)

I will keep you in my heart and prayers. I hope you get feeling well again soon.


carin davis said...


can't wait to hold him again! you are amazing- i can't believe all you have been through! our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!

Callisters said...

Congratulations Susan! I am so sorry for everything else that has been happening to you, so much for thinking was your darling little one came out that you could go back to normal health. Man I think from the first of the pregnancy to present you have been through everything plus some. I am sorry, but thinkinf of you. Oh, but he is so beautiful....Congrats! Good luck.

Megan said...

SUSAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought all this time you were just enjoying your new baby and taking it slow. hello!!!! You've been traumatized!!!!!!!!

I am soooo sorry that of that has happened and you are still on the mend. Please take care and our best wishes for a good recovery this time.


AnneMarie said...

Susan... Oh my goodness! What an ordeal the past 10 months have been! I'm sooo sorry you have had to go through the pain, the isolation and the sickness. And let's just talk about having a 10 lbs baby, AMAZING!! I'm praying for you.

oh and by the way, your baby boy is perfection. What a darling little face he has. I'm sure his big sisters are fighting over holding the bundle.

I pray that all of this is behind you and you can just focus in on getting stronger and enjoying the fruit of your labors. ;)

Ronda said...

Oh my goodness. First, he is so GORGEOUS!!! Congratulations!!
Secondly, oh my words, that is a horror story. Please rest my sweet friend, I hope the following weeks bring healing. I am sending you my thoughts and prayers.
hugs sweets, I am thinking about you.

Joanne said...

Congrats on your son! He is beautiful!

So sorry to hear about your hospital stays and I am sendind good healing vibes your way!

stinkypeteandcompany said...

OH SUSAN, my sweet sweet friend!
And here I imagined you frolicking about with your lasses and the new little mister.
I'll send BIG thoughts of frolick and laughter and healing and well-stuff... and hugs... lots of hugs my friend.

Please let me know if I can help.
I'm thinking of you.

Ally said...

He is beautiful, well done.

Also - WTH? Barfing for nine months wasn't enough for you? What are you, going out with a bang? Are you going to chew off an arm for good measure?

Glad to see you back in action sans placenta.

Annemarie said...

Oh Susan, you are a trooper. I am so sorry that this has been going on.
This new little guy is absolutely beautiful & I'm sure not starving for loves & attention!!

*J*E*N* said...

Wow Susan, when Carin told me you had your baby I was so happy that you could FINALLY feel better! When she told me the update I just couldn't believe it- no mother I know has ever gone through so much to bring someone in this world!!!! You know you'll be able to use this as leverage when he gets older:)!!!

Lisa Leonard said...

holy moly girl! That is insane! FYI--there are more bird necklaces if you still want one. xoxo

Mike and Joy said...

Susan....OUCH. OMGosh that is the most traumatic thing I have ever heard, and unfortunatly you are my second friend to have this happen this year!! I am sorry for all you have gone through, but man, your little boy is astonishingly gorgeous!! I hope all is well, update soon so I know you are not once again being a human pincushion in an ambulance...

Jen H. said...

Congrats! What a handsome little guy!! I'm sorry for all that you have gone through and are going through. I hope you get well soon. I'll be thinking of you! You are amazing!!!
Jennie Hess

The Anderson Fam said...

Susan, I am so sorry to hear all this bad news. I am very happy to hear your darling son is ok though. Our prayers are with you. Get well soon we pray.