February 17, 2017
This time, five years ago, I was sitting in recovery having just undergone an unexpected c-section. Just moments before I was laying on the couch not feeling a single movement from her. This was completely abnormal for her or for her size. I knew in my gut that I needed to go to the ER so we quickly grabbed our bags, made arrangements for our son, and headed to the hospital. Our little girl’s cord was wrapped around her neck in a way that wouldn’t allow her to drop into position for birth. With every contraction her heart rate was cut in half. We knew she needed to come out soon.
I was quickly hooked up for monitoring and contractions were regular enough so they watched me overnight to make sure things weren’t progressing too fast. The next morning, around 10am, my OB walked in and the nurses started prepping me for surgery.
The anesthesiologist had to tend to my husband a couple times to make sure he wouldn’t pass out during surgery. He sat on a stool next to my head, swaying side to side and moaning. It’s funny now when I think about it. But at the time, I was a little irritated that they were occupied with him more than with me. On top of that, the OB had to practically get on the table with me to pull her out. She really didn’t want to vacate the home that was hers for the first 9 months. But once she was earth-side she let out a single cry and was content to lay on the table looking around.
Even to this day she’s the same curious and content little girl she was on the day she was born. She’s taught me so many lessons about dealing with fear and what unconditional love feels like. My heart grew so much the day she was born!
Happy 5th birthday, Thea McKenzie! I couldn’t be more proud to be your mama!