Saturday, May 13, 2006

Finished Object


There's a reason I've been AWOL from this blog for the past couple of weeks. I have a long birth story to tell but that will have to be for another day. Here's the high level:

I developed a severe form of preeclampsia very quickly, literally overnight. In a span of 3 days, I went from my normal routine to Suddenly Motherhood. The complications from the preeclampsia made the labor long (26 hours after induction) and the delivery quite torturous (back labor with very little epidural effect). Plus, I had to have an assisted birth (vacuum) because the baby was stuck and I was exhausted and panicked.

When Karalyn finally showed up, though, it was like a miracle had just happened. I still get teary-eyed when I think about it all.

I was in the hospital for another 3 days while the doctor tried to get my blood pressure and edema under control - don't I look like I have Gary Coleman cheeks?? As of this writing, the baby is still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is doing wonderfully well - she's off any medications, she's eating well (I have already started to breasfeed) and she doesn't seem to be suffering any ill effects from all that had happened in utero and during L&D.

Everyone says she is a princess, though. She knows what she wants (a diaper change, feeding, etc) and gets it. I don't have a problem with that.

It's so hard to leave her at the hospital after a visit and I can't wait to have her home. So far I am enjoying everything about motherhood that I am allowed to experience. I feel so very, very lucky.

Karalyn Eve
May 7, 2006 3:50pm
4 lbs 14 oz
17 inches

(BTW, I finished Kristy's baby blanket! And right now I've knitting a hat for Karalyn. Preemie clothes and hats are very hard to find - knitters who have donated crocheted and knitted hats are angels.)

21 comments:

sherry said...

OOOHHHH, CONGRATULATIONS!!! she is utterly ADORABLE!! so glad she and you are fine.
was worried a bit about you.Take care of yourself and before you know it, she will be home.
BTW, you look great!!
sherry

Shannon said...

She's so beautiful. It sounds like it was a difficult delivery but you both came through it beautifully. I'm so happy for you.

LoriO said...

Oh I just had a feeling something like that might have happened! So glad Karalyn is healthy and everything turned out ok! She's so little and precious and beautiful. Congratulations!

caitlyn said...

Congratulations, Lynette and Karl!!!! Even though it sounds like you had a rough experience, I am *so* very glad that you and Karalyn are doing well!!!! Both of you look great. I hope she gets to come home soon. Take care and enjoy. Hugs!

Ruth said...

wow, she is absolutely beautiful!! congratulations!!!! glad to hear that you guys are doing much better after such an ordeal!!! This is probably the best "FO" to date! =)

Cassie said...

Congratulations! Definitely, the most incredible "FO"! I had a terrible birth experience but 18 years down the road its all just water under the bridge. I hope you're both home and together as soon as possible.

Purse_Ho said...

CONGRATS ON YOUR LITTLE ONE!! she is absolutely gorgeous!! i hope you are feeling ok, new mom. :)

jennysbelly said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful! Enjoy this time in your life!

Agnes said...

Congratulations! I know it would be any time when it came to May ... so I had been holding my breath! You look great ... and the baby looks really smart with those sparkling eyes! Wish you can take her home really soon.

Stephanie said...

Congratulations Mom. A little angel just in time for your first Mother's Day. I am relieved everything is ok w/ you both - you gave us quite a scare. Take care of yourself and Karalyn.

Beth C said...

COngratulations on your latest FO! She is absolutely lovely, and I'm sure she will give you and Karl a lifetime of love. Happy Mother's Day, Lynette!

Rebekah said...

Oh wow! Congratulations, she may be just about the most beautiful baby on earth! I've been out of the office sick and haven't checked blogs since Friday morning. I'm so happy everything is now going well. Take care of yourself and that beautiful Karalyn.

Birdsong said...

Oh, I am so relieved to know you are ok! Many hugs and congratulations, and of course, Happy Mother's Day! Hope she is home by now and that you can take plenty of time to recuperate and bond together.

JoanM said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful baby. It was very hard on you, but she is so worth all the trauma. I am glad she is doing well, and hope you can take her home soon.

KnitNana said...

She's absolutely beautiful and so are YOU - New Momma's always are! Hope you both are soon home and settling in together.
(((hugs)))

Tena said...

I am so glad you are both doing well! You look maa-va-lousss dahling! and Karalyn is mui bonita! I'm so happy for you and Karl!

Cathy said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your precious little daughter.

Cathy

grumperina said...

Congratulations on your most adorable daughter! (Who, by the way, shares my birthday :))

Zippianna said...

Beautiful Baby! Lynette, I'm so glad for you. Happy Mommyhood!

kittensmittens said...

Congratultions! She is adorable!

Suzie said...

She is gorgeous! Hope you are all doing well!