Born: 17 December, 2007
Age: 5 years & 156 days
Birthday in: 209 days
Development: See the 32 months page.
Biggest achievement so far:
Learning to mimic all the animal sounds. Also learning basic spanish words and commands.
Isabella was born when I was 34 weeks and 6 days pregnant. She was 5lbs and 10 ounces, 18 inches long. I went into pre-term labor at 34 weeks and 3 days. I was transported via ambulance from the military medical facility I was treated at to a civilian hospital. The military hospital did not have a NICU just in case anything went wrong, so I was sent elsewhere. I stayed overnight while the doctors tried to stop my labor with this horrible medicine that made me feel as if knives were being struck into my chest. I have never felt such intense pain in my life, not even child birth. Eventually I was sent home on bed rest. 2 nights later, at 12am, my water broke. My hubby was scrambling in a panic trying to get everything ready while I relaxed in the shower; shaving, shampooing..etc etc. haha. We drove to the military medical facility at around 1am. The nurse checked me and tested my fluids to make sure it was in fact amniotic fluid and to rule out that I did actually break my water. Well duh. We just decided to drive to the civilian hospital ourselves instead of being transported since she was still considered a preemie. The whole way to the hospital, my contractions were getting so strong and painful. I just sat in the car singing to Pink Floyd songs, trying to calm myself down. I was admitted at 2:30am. I was 6cm dialated when I finally asked for an epidural, which by the way did not work. I felt everything..no wait, I think my toes were numb.
My precious little girl was born on December 17, 2007 at 11:47. (7*7*7)
That experience was the most unbelievable thing I have ever endured and now that I look back, I miss every aspect of that moment. Other than the pain of feeling like I was pushing a bowling ball out of my butt, I would do it over and over and over again just to experience the beautiful moment of giving birth to my own child.