Aug 28, 2015

Meet- Naomi Katherine Wyman: The Newest Member of our Family

Disclosure: My husband works for Ascension Health Ministries which is the parent company to St. John Providence Hospitals.  Additionally, Studio 11.11 Photography provided the images used in this post free of charge for use in this post.

It's been a really long road to the birth of my fourth child.  It's been tough, really tough, so tough that I told everyone that I'm not having any more children.  Pregnancy has not kind to me.

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I posted a while back with our announcement that I was suffering from depression, I had gained back all the weight I had lost two years ago.  Then add to that high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, pregnancy related carpal tunnel syndrome, bloating and swollen limbs and severe fatigue,  I was a HOT MESS!
I'm ready to have baby #4. Photo taken by Chancellor (my hubby).
On Tuesday, July 28th I had my weekly appointment with my doctor to check on the progress of the baby.  My blood pressure had spiked and Dr. Prezzato decided it was time for me to deliver at 38.5 weeks.
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Naomi Katherine Wyman was born (via c-section) on July 29th at 12:50 pm at Providence Hospital in Southfield.  Naomi was six pounds, zero ounces and 19 inches long.

Once Chancellor placed her by my face she immediately tried to nurse (on my nose).  The whole experience was amazing.


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We arrive at the hospital about 10:00 am for the scheduled noon procedure.  We walk up to the maternity wing and introduced ourselves.  All the employees are friendly and helpful. Our information is recorded and we go into the prep/recovery room.  One other mother is in the room with me, so it is very quiet.

I slowly get ready for the procedure, gearing up in the fantastically stylish hospital gown, blood work is taken and my IV is placed in by my nurse Iman.  

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I don't remember much about the stuff that happened before the procedure, lots of questions, "Any known allergies? Are you on any medications?" Blah Blah Blah...

I meet the attending Dr. Moore and the anesthesiologist, Dr. Emily Draper, both friendly and take the time to answer my questions.

I take a moment to explain to Dr. Draper that the only thing I am nervous about is the spinal.  Not just butterflies in my stomach nervous though... really apprehensive as last time the doctor seemed like he didn't really want to be bothered with the delivery of my child. So, I tell her how I was feeling, hoping she would be able to help me remain calm.

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Dr. Prezzato arrives, we talk about the details once more and then we are ready to go.  I am very excited and nervous.  It still doesn't seam real.  Am I really going to have another baby? 

I am wheeled into the OR and prepped for the surgery.  I envision that the spinal goes really well.  I am calm, there is no pain, it is over quickly. The reality is I am a blubbering mess.  My leg is shaking and I am having hard time staying still.  However, Dr. Draper is so patient and kind, and that makes a huge difference.  

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Before I know it,  Dr. Prezzato tells me to look in the mirror so I can see Naomi being born.  Tears roll down my face.  Yes, she is real.  Yes, she is mine.  Yes, she's alive and healthy.  JOY!

The staff take Naomi to weight, measure, poke and prod her as I watch my doctor snip my Fallopian tubes, I'm done having babies.  Such a double edged sword.  I sit here with a newborn baby, and while I fully intend on enjoying every moment with her, it stings that I know this is my last.  I want more children, but I don't ever want to be pregnant again.  (A post for a later time.)

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"Six pounds, zero ounces" they announce.  
Oh wow, she's tiny, I think.
"She scored a nine on the APGAR" Joann Spence tells me (the CRNA). "No one ever gets a nine out of nine."  
They bring Naomi to Chancellor and he places her by my cheek.  I'm so happy to meet her and to touch her.  She's trying to nurse on my nose.  
Time seems to fly by and before I know it the surgery is over and I am wheeled back to the delivery room.  
"Can I get a sip of water?  Maybe some ice?" I ask Iman.
She tells me I need to wait until I could move my toes.  I try to wiggle my toes... the whole bed shakes, "Does that count?"
"No" she laughs.

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I get to hold Naomi for the first time.  I hold her close, I kiss her, I inspect her fingers and toes.  She is perfect.  I place her body against mine, she's rooting, nursing comes naturally for her.  I try to wiggle my toes, no luck. Time passes slowly and quickly all at the same time.

Dr. Prezzato comes in to check on me.  Everything went well, no issues with the surgery.  Already my blood pressure is starting to drop.  I try to wiggle my toes and although I don't feel it, Iman says she saw a bit of movement.  I'm rewarded with a glass of ice.  

"Don't eat them too quickly,"she tells me.  "we don't want your stomach to get upset." 

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Shortly after I move my toes I am able to move my legs and I send Chancellor home to get the girls so they can meet their sister.  I am wheeled off to my hospital room.  Once I am settled in my bed, visitor start to arrive.  Naomi's grandparents come to welcome her to the world.  Chancellor comes back with the girls and our photographer, Laila, is there capturing each precious moment. 

To be continued.......

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A special thank you to: 
Dr. Prezzato and the wonderful staff at Michigan Institute of OB/GYN
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3 comments :

  1. i just love that pic of carlyn's little nose pressed up against the side of the casserole dish (as we call it in my family )

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  2. Such beautiful photos to accompany her arrival

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