I can’t believe that the last time I posted something was for our 23 week appointment! Shame on me lol. Well in my defense there really wasn’t much to report. Doctors appointments got more frequent (as they normally do) But Ari also started to have high blood pressure issues. When they found this out, she was scheduled for non-stress tests 2 times a week with the maternal fetal medicine doctor along with her regular OB appointments. Things were getting pretty hectic for a while!!
Ari’s midwife put her on modified bed rest (meaning she couldn’t work but didn’t have to be confined to the bed 24 hrs. a day). This only lasted a short time though, because on September 22, 2014 at a routine OB appointment, Ari’s BP was high enough that her midwife sent us right over to Labor and Delivery to get monitored. They started to monitor the baby as well as her BP and it was quickly learned that we would not be going home that day (or anytime soon for that matter). The doctor came in and explained to us that Ari would have to be induced and that it could be a very lengthy process (that was an understatement lol). For the next 2 days Ari underwent so much. They did numerous blood tests, hooked her up to IV medicines and fluids and attempted every method possible to dilate her cervix including breaking her water. Unfortunately none of this worked. I have to give my wife all the credit in the world though because she was an absolute champ during this time! Her spirits stayed high, she always had a smile on her face and we made some awesome memories!
So on Wednesday September 24th at around 7pm the doctor on that night came in and told us that we had reached the end of the road and that they were going to have to perform a C-section. We agreed and they called in the team right then and there. By 7:45 she was prepped and ready to go to the Operating Room.
Ari and I are very proud to announce that at 8:30pm on September 24, 2014 Piper Jae Gabor was brought into this world at Day Kimball Hospital. She weighed 5 lbs 15 oz and was 19 inches long. She was 3 1/2 weeks early but was perfectly healthy. Mommy and baby were both doing great!!
As all babies lose weight when they are born, Piper went down to 5 lbs 7 oz and the doctors only concern was that she wasn’t gaining the weight back. They wanted to have 2 consecutive days with a weight gain before they would let us leave. Apparently Piper really liked it there…Sunday night (Sept. 28th) the nurse came in after weighing her and told us that she still hadn’t gained anything. We were devastated this point because we just wanted to bring our little girl home. She advised us that we had the right to ask that we be released anyone and said that she would advocate in our favor because everything they were doing there, were things that could be done from home with checkups at our pediatricians office. Monday morning the Nurse Practitioner allowed us to take Piper home!
3 weeks later (today), I am happy to say that Piper is doing great and has gained almost a pound. She’s up to 6 lbs 5.5 oz. She’s sleeping for about 2-3 hours between feedings at night and things are going pretty smooth considering. I think mommy and I have a pretty good system down at night. Unfortunately I’m back to work now and I’m already taking some overtime. Its hard to leave my girls at home alone and even harder knowing that Ari has to do it all on her own. She’s a trooper though and I can’t thank her enough for everything that she does!!
Here are some pictures from start to finish!! Thanks to everyone for following our journey and I promise to keep updating on Pipers progress!!