Addilyn Grace Hooker
      September 1st at 4:46pm
      6 lbs. 5 oz. | 20 Inches

       

      I’m sitting here and our little girl is sound asleep in the bassinet next to me. Erick and I have been living in dream land these last few days – soaking up every second of our first few days as a family of three, and of course, enjoying the sweetest newborn cuddles. Addilyn’s birth story was NOTHING like we had planned. She came into this world quickly and unexpectedly – but her birth was so beautiful and showed us so much of the Lords grace and kindness.

      On Sunday morning we woke up and after spending some time in bed, I mentioned to Erick that I hadn’t felt Addilyn move all morning. We had only been awake for an hour or so, but it was pretty abnormal for me to wake up to her being so still! We got ready and headed to church – stopping for some sugary coffee hoping to encourage Addilyn to wiggle around. After church, we were nervous because I hadn’t felt her through the entire service. We called our doctor’s office and were told the doctor on-call would reach out when she was back in her office. We stopped for some soda hoping again it would help her get moving. When we got home, we were waiting for a call and decided to go ahead and load our bags in the car just in case we were told to come to the hospital and ended up needing to stay. When the doctor called back around 1:45pm, she told us to head to the hospital to get our girl checked on! (She also said that any time you feel reduced movement in your baby after 35 weeks, it’s safe to just go straight to the hospital – make note of this if you’re pregnant!)

      At about 2:15pm we got hooked up to a monitor and the nurse let us know that Addilyn’s heart rate was strong and the monitor was picking up small movements! Major relief. After monitoring for a little while, Addilyn had a few small dips in her heart rate. The nurse let us know she was still doing well, but the doctor was going to come in and do an ultrasound just to be safe. When she did, she saw low fluid and decided we were getting checked in! Between the heart rate dips and the low fluid, she thought it would be safest to go ahead and induce labor and welcome Addie to the world. The words, “you’re not going home until you have a baby,” were NOT what we expected. We were filled with the most crazy mix of nerves and excitement as we called our family and let them know what was going on!

      We grabbed our bags and got checked into a labor and delivery room. After getting hooked up to all the monitors, signing all the papers and doing blood work, they started the induction at 3:00pm. The nurses kept reminding me to try to stay still and not move from laying in the bed so they could monitor her heart rate. When they told me this, I was so dissapointed and started to get emotional. When we wrote our “birth plan,” I was hoping to have a very active labor – being able to walk around the room and labor in whatever position felt most comfortable. I had planned to not have an epidural almost specifically so I could labor outside of the bed. Little did I know, this probably should have been the least of my worries.

      I began to have contractions pretty quickly – they were so small that I couldn’t even feel them! Erick and the nurses had to tell me I was having them when they saw them on the monitor. After a few minutes, the doctor came in and said she was a little nervous because the baby’s heart rate was dipping with every contraction. Since I was hardly even in labor at this point and contractions were weak, our doctor was very worried Addilyn would not handle labor well at all. She suggested we go ahead and do a c-section to avoid a potential scary outcome. I was shocked and could not bring myself to stop crying. Everything we had expected and planned for had changed in less than 2 hours – and now, they were telling us they wanted us to have a baby within the hour! After a lot of questioning the doctor, tears, and denial about these changed plans, we agreed – ultimately, we wanted to do whatever would be the safest option for our baby. I got taken back for a c-section at 4:15pm and they got right to work. Erick changed into a gown and mask while I was in the operating room getting a spinal block.

      Surgery went very quickly and smoothly, and the atmosphere felt calm – thank goodness! We had a very kind nurse standing by our side explaining what was going on minute-by-minute and making sure I was doing well the whole time.

      Our sweet girl was born at 4:46pm! After pulling her out, the doctor counted aloud that the cord was around her neck SIX times. SIX!!! She told the room that the most she’s ever seen in a *living* baby was three. Any baby she had delivered with higher had been a tragic outcome. She told us that if we had continued to labor or tried to deliver a different way, we would have wound up with a VERY emergent c-section. If we had ignored the reduced movement and waited to come until I went into labor naturally or was induced, the result could have been fatal.

      Through all of this conversation, our girl was being worked on by the nursery doctors. Erick got to go straight over and be by her side while they got her oxygen levels up and took care of the amniotic fluid that she had breathed in at delivery. The pediatritian checked in with me multiple times and assured me that our baby was healthy, she just needed a little bit of help before she was ready to come over and meet me!

      A few minutes after 5pm I got to meet our precious baby girl. It was the most surreal & emotional moment of my life. Knowing we now had a HEALTHY little girl with us in the world was overwhelming enough to bring me to tears. Seeing her sweet and precious face was worth every bit of chaos the day had brought.

      (The kindest nurse secretly took pictures of this precious moment.)

      The rest of the evening was a blur between spending time in the the recovery room and *finally* getting to hold my baby, and getting transferred to the mom/baby unit to start learning to care for our little girl!

      Overall, we are SO incredibly grateful that we came in when we did. Because of God’s grace & kindness alone, we have an adorable and HEALTHY baby girl. When our plans were being changed it felt very stressful & traumatic – but the Lord was still near to us. He put in me the awareness and intuition needed to decide to call our doctor. He surrounded us with an excellent care team that made hard decisions when we weren’t able to. We are thankful for the kind, but firm doctors who made a call that brought us a healthy baby. They were patient and reassuring while we cried and processed. God brought our girl to us and gave us the most incredible sense of peace immediately after her delivery. I never thought I would need an “emergency” c-section with our first baby – but I am so thankful for the Lord’s timing, protection and always perfect plan.

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