For many the 4th of July is no doubt remembered across the world as American Independence Day. For me though it was the due date I was given for my second daughter.
As you all now know she came even earlier due to Creatinine levels in my body which concerned my kidneys. She on the other hand had been growing really well inside me.
In the last maternity post I wrote about how my daughter may have had other ideas as to how she was going to arrive. All through the night I had felt uncomfortable with contractions that showed up clearly on the monitor all night and well into the early morning. These continued right up until I was sat on the bed and the medication I’d been given seemed to run up my legs leading me to no longer feel the sensations in my body.
From the birthing room next to me I could hear the cries of a newborn baby and knowing that my child would soon be in my arms I wept overcome by emotion. I had bumped into the couple that had gone in before me during the meeting I’d had with the head anaesthetist the day before and they’d told me that they too had diabetes. I was the second patient that day to have this condition. I was told they don’t normally undertake two c-sections where the patients have this condition in succession but that day they had made an exception.
In the birthing room I was joined by my husband who held my hand and soon our second surprise – our daughter had joined us too. Having heard from several people over the past months that they were expecting boys I too thought I may have had a boy. I was of course overwhelmed to be joined by our baby girl and once again my eyes filled up with tears that rolled down my face.
I'm sharing my birth story with the hope it may help others out there who read it as well as being a memorable moment recorded for my daughter. I hope she won’t mind me sharing it and answering any questions you may have.