Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ruby's Story

Many thanks to my guest blogger, Rexpennae-AKA Robert W. Nance, for updating the blog yesterday! Have I mentioned lately how much I love my teenagers?

Ruby Jean Elisabeth and I are still up in the hospital. Yes, you read that right. Hospital.

I'm not going to share the gory details, but when my water broke yesterday morning it was immediately apparent that Ruby was in trouble. Home birth plans were scrapped and we headed straight for the hospital. Heart rate problems led to an immediate c-section.

I was very emotional in the OR, having flashbacks to the night Ralph was born. That curtain in front of my face bugged me a lot! I wanted to see everything. James was crammed in at my side and was feeling claustrophobic. He help up well, nonetheless.

Ruby was born kicking and screaming! Praise the Lord! She needed a little oxygen at first but pinked up nicely after a few minutes. She is so tiny! Only 6 pounds 12 ounces.


I'm feeling pretty good, considering. My arms are quite bruised...failed IV sites + blood pressure cuff = blown veins. I wanted to go home today, but Ruby is not nursing well. Please pray that she will get with the program so that I can feel comfortable taking care of her at home.


Rexpennae said...

Oh, good, I like the spelling "Elisabeth" better.

Anonymous said...

Oooh! I know you were disappointed at not having the home birth, but I give you great compliments for putting Ruby first. (Don't know Ralphie's birth story - didn't help you relax I take it.)

I just realized yesterday that Ruby is your second girl. How wonderful for your family!

Praying for her little mouth to get in order with the nursing. I bet you know lots about nursing and I won't get into advising on that. I had difficulty with one of mine, and I know that is stressful. Praying for you, too, for quick healing from the surgery.

And, my thanks to Rexpennae also. The last few times I clicked on his link - no blog! I'll have to go back.
Hugs and blessings,