I love being a mom. Growing up, I wasn't gaga over babies like many of my friends. So I wondered if that would change if I decided to have children. But from the moment I held my son for the first time I felt that unconditional, overwhelming love that everyone talks about.
I had a hard time getting pregnant with my last child. We tried for a year or so and I wondered if it was really meant to be. Then when we found out I was pregnant I was overjoyed. Everything was going along pretty well until my dad got in a car accident. I flew to California to be with him and after a few days in the hospital he was discharged and we thought everything was fine. But over the summer he started losing weight and we worried.
At Thanksgiving, he went in for exploratory surgery. I flew out for Thanksgiving thinking they were going to find out what was wrong with my dad and fix it. So we were completely unprepared for the news that he had inoperable Pancreatic Cancer. This was utterly devastating. He had just turned 60.
I flew home from spending Thanksgiving with my mom and dad in the hospital and I was feeling terrible. I was 34 weeks pregnant and my body started swelling up. I went into my regular appointment and my blood pressure was through the roof. They had my lay on my side and checked it again and it was still so high. I had pre-eclampsia.
So I was put on bedrest. After a week, my blood pressure wasn't going down, but was going up so they checked me in to the hospital to be induced. After the labor was progressing, I was put on medicine to bring my blood pressure down and it worked so well that it went down too well and I passed out. All of the alarms were going off at the hospital. Doctors and nurses were rushing around. I think my husband just about had a heart attack.
They finally stabilized me. Ella was born 2 minutes before midnight on December 6th. She weighed in at 4 pounds. And the amazing thing was that she could breath on her own.
Later after I was home recuperating, I read an obituary in the paper of a woman about my age who had a stroke while in labor with the same condition. It really made me grateful to modern science and a doctor who stayed with me the entire time to monitor me and make sure everything went ok.
My dad was able to meet Ella and spend some time with her which was a blessing too.
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