10.09.2011

A Baby Story

Not just any baby story... my baby's story! Riley Hong Oberly was born on October 3, 2011 at 5:13 am, weighing 6 lbs 2 oz and coming in at 18.5 inches long. She could not be more perfect.

On Sunday, October 2, around 5:30 pm, I felt something that I suspected might be leakage of amniotic fluid. I wasn't really sure if this was the case, or if I was just making up something (which was very common for me during this entire pregnancy). I decided to wait it out an hour, and then I told Eric of my suspicions. I told him if I felt it again, I would call the doctor in 10 mins, and sure enough was forced to make the call. The doctor told us to come in and get it checked out.

We got to the hospital around 7 and got checked into the triage. The nurse tested performed a swab test to check if my water had indeed broke, and sure enough the results came back positive and we were checked into hospital room 2002 at 8:30. The nurse came in and told us the game plan was for us to get some rest, as labor could be starting early the next morning and we'd need our energy. That would not be the case-- my body and my baby had other plans.

At around 1am, the doctor came in to check my labor progress and found me to be dilated only 3cm. At that point, she offered to induce the labor to move things along, but Eric and I decided we did not want to go that route. No more than half an hour later, my contractions were unbearably strong. The nurses came in multiple times, adjusting the contraction and baby heartbeat monitors. We came to find out that they were not happy with the baby's heart beat response to the contractions. At 4am, the doctor came back and told us of these findings, and said that she thought the best course of action was to proceed to a cesarean section.

I got wheeled into surgery as Eric scrubbed up. The surgery prep began at 4:48am. I was given a spinal tap, and slowly could no longer feel the lower half of my body. The incision was made at 5:07, and at 5:13am, our lives completely changed with the beautiful sound of a baby crying. I immediately broke into tears, followed by a delirious "is she a girl???" to which Eric laughed and said yes.

We were moved to our post partum recovery room (3005) at around 8am, and an hour later, Riley was wheeled into our room. We spent Monday morning too happy and excited to realize how exhausted we were. Riley was born, and all was right in our lives. We couldn't care about anything else.

And here we are, just about 1 week later, still all trying to get to know each other and figure things out. Our moms spent some time with us, helping immensely. I always loved my mom, but having just become a mom myself, my appreciation and love for her has grown to no bounds. Eric has been a rockstar of a husband-- doing just about everything while I am so limited as I recover from the surgery. Riley has been nothing short of amazing. I really don't have the words to describe the pure joy that she brings to my heart. We really could not be any happier. We are so thankful and so blessed.

Here are some photos of our first week with our beautiful daughter, Riley Hong Oberly.