Sunday, January 8, 2006

Excerpts From My Diary: Day One {Payton's Birth}

Around 3:00 p.m., we went to the hospital because I wasn't feeling well ... I had diarrhea all day and had thrown up. Upon arrival, I was having small contractions and was also very dehydrated. They gave me several bags of fluid to hydrate me and to see if the contractions stopped or if I was truly in labor. The contractions began getting stronger and around 10 p.m., the doctor broke my water. I was about 5-6 cm dilated at that point. By about 11:40 p.m., the baby had descended and we got ready to push. Payton was born at 11:52 p.m. after I pushed three times. She was having trouble breathing and wasn't turning as pink as they would have liked, so a NICU team was called in. Even after the NICU team gave her extra oxygen, she didn't get her breathing up, so she was taken to the NICU.

After awhile, the NICU doctor came by to tell us that Payton was breathing okay, but that she was on oxygen. The doctor also made a comment about her eyes being slanted upward and that there may be some things they need to look at ... but the doctor wanted the swelling from birth to go down first. I immediately knew she was talking about Down syndrome and asked about other signs. The doctor wanted to wait for the morning doctor to get there an d see what he thought, but I told them to go ahead and draw the blood for the chromosome test, because I knew she had Down syndrome.

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