Bridget Frances Reseburg arrived at 10:01 AM on April 26. She weighed 7lbs 6oz, the exact same as Miss Betty when she was born. She even LOOKS just like baby Betty. It's uncanny....and contributing to some MAJOR deja vu.
Just like when I had Molly, I've been spending the last week since Bridget's birth battling post-partum preeclampsia. It's some scary stuff...and although I had warned my doctors about the possibility of it happening again, I really wasn't terribly prepared for it knocking me down as fast as it did.
I went home with Bridget and the first few days were fine and dandy, but by the third post-partum day I was starting not to feel very well. My blood pressure was topping off around 160/110 and higher. Finally, I went to the emergency room and they admitted me back into the hospital for a magnesium IV. That was highly unpleasant, to say the least. Mag makes you feel like absolute GARBAGE.....and I already felt like garbage...so it was just garbage on top of garbage.
I was gonna get released at one point and they readmitted me. We just couldn't get my readings to go down.
They released me this Tuesday and the BP spiked again.
Finally, after trying some different medications over the past few days we seem to have landed on one that worked. With Molly I had to be on bed rest, post-partum, for three weeks. It was awful. I couldn't help with the baby or anything. Thankfully, this doesn't seem to be the case this time around.
Seriously, pregnant ladies...talk to your doctors about post-partum preeclampsia. It's not talked about nearly enough and if gone unchecked can lead to seizure, stroke, or death.
Doctors will tell you that the way to "cure" preeclampsia is to deliver, but this isn't always the case. My blood pressures were completely normal through delivery.
That's my PSA for the day!
Otherwise, the actual birth went REALLY well....I was able to get my epidural (thank the Sweet Baby Jesus) and it was 6 1/2 hours from the time my water broke at home to birth, so relatively short labor time.
I seriously feel like she was the missing piece of our family puzzle and I love her like crazy already.
I will be coming back from maternity leave on May 15th. If you need to schedule anything, let me know and we'll get you in!