Happy New Year! I can’t believe we are already one week into 2015. In case you missed it in social media, our sweet bundle of joy, Ezra Mark Turner unexpectedly arrived the morning of New Year’s Eve!
On Friday, December 26, I saw my midwife and my b/p was slightly elevated and the swelling that I had been experiencing for weeks wasn’t looking great. I had preelampsia with Elias, and the midwife said to have a low threshold for calling the clinic if I wasn’t feeling right.
On Monday, December 29, I was 38 weeks and went to work as normal. By 10 am, I was REALLY swollen and not feeling great. A few colleagues said that I wasn’t looking well and affirmed that I should probably call the midwives. The midwives got me in within hours, tested my urine for protein (sign of kidney damage from preeclampsia) and found that my levels were elevated. They sent me home with a jug to collect my urine for 24 hours (fun!) and wanted to see me back the next afternoon.
Tuesday, I went back to the clinic, my b/p was still slightly elevated. The midwife said that I would get a call about the protein results and if they were elevated, I would likely need to come in for my c-section the next day (New Year’s Eve).
That night we received a call that my levels were very elevated and that the midwife on that night and the physician at the hospital wanted me to come in to Vanderbilt (the hospital that I work for and where we were delivering) and be monitored overnight. This was at about 9 p.m. and really got us scrambling. The kids were in bed, I wasn’t quite packed and was a bit overwhelming for Matthew and me.
I called Angie and she said we could bring the kids to stay overnight at her house. I quickly packed a bag for them, we woke them up and told them Mommy was going to the hospital and they got to go stay at Aunt Angie’s. This was all news to them, but thankfully they didn’t mind going have a sleepover!
We got to the hospital at 11:30 and I was monitored for fetal activity and my b/p was taken every 15 minutes. Around 6 am they made the call to do the c-section that morning.
My other children were delivered naturally, but because of a long recovery and delivery complications, we decided to do an elective c-section this time around. This was a decision that we spent a lot of time thinking and praying about and really felt like it was the best choice for our family.
I have never had surgery before and wasn’t nervous until they wheeled me back to the operating room. It was so sterile and obviously felt A LOT different than my other births.
That said, it was the best it could be because Vanderbilt offers family-centered c-sections, which was the kind of section I was going to have.
We saw Ezra enter the world through a window in the surgery curtain, he was brought to me for skin to skin for the finishing of the surgery and we had someone there to rely on and guide us through the experience. Plus they captured some great cell phone pics for us (many used in this post)!
Ezra Mark Turner was born at 8:39 a.m. on December 31, 2014. Ezra means helper and Mark was chosen after Matthew’s cousin who unexpectedly passed away a few years ago.
He was 20 inches long and weighed just 6 lbs., 9 ounces. (My other kids were both over 8 lbs., so Ezra is just a peanut!)
His size didn’t impact his lungs as he loudly cried and cried.
One unique element about our c-section was that we were fortunate to have a Vanderbilt photographer present for the delivery. The photographs she shot will be used for a variety of marketing purposes and of course, in Ezra’s baby album. We’ve only seen a few shots (like the family photo at the top of the post and the one below of me and Ezra), but I can’t wait to get them all!
As a memory keeper, I am so incredibly thankful to have the birth documented in beautiful photos (something not many have when having a c-section) and be able to help the hospital.
While the c-section was very different from a natural delivery with a midwife, it was beautiful. Angie was there waiting as I was wheeled back to my room and was the first to hold Ezra (after Matthew, of course). Having her there was so special since she was present for Elias and Adeline’s births too.
On New Year’s Day we brought Elias and Adeline to meet Ezra and they were smitten. My heart was so full seeing the three of them together.
Check out this hilarious little video I shot of them.