We just love our little girl. Andrew is so cute with her and I love being a mommy! So glad to be home from the hospital and getting back to normal life. It breaks my heart to think of leaving her even two days a week when I go back to work. I seriously love her so much!
This story is so people know the overview of what went on in the Browning family the last couple weeks...
Sydnee was born on Monday night at 10:11p.m. on April 30, 2012. Everything was good and Sydnee appeared to be healthy and strong and normal according to the doctors that looked her over. We went home from the hospital on Wednesday May 2, 2012 only to end up back in the hospital the following day. We were home for one day and Sydnee only had one messy diaper in 24 hours. Her temperature was low and she wasn't showing much interest in eating. I knew something wasn't right. Andrew and I both felt like we needed to take her to the ER and getting ready to go, she had an apnic episode where she stopped breathing for a minute and her lips started to turn blue. We rushed her to the hospital as fast as we could possibly go. When we arrived, they took her temperature rectally and it was 96.1! The doctor ordered a chest x-ray, did a spinal tap, a blood draw, and after poking her like 6 times, finally put an IV in her head. She was so traumatized! He decided that she needed to go to the NICU and turn the care over to Dr. Jenkins (the neonatologist). He then ordered everything you can imagine to be done to her to see what was going on. She had another chest x-ray, CT scan, retinal exam to look for fungus, EEG, echo of the heart, EKG, and more blood draws. Andrew and I were so emotional not knowing what was going on with our beautiful little girl. I have never had a rougher week emotionally than this one. After all the tests, the doctor concluded that she had a pneumonia with either a bacterial or viral bronchiolitis. We also found out she has a ventricular septal defect in her heart which we will have to follow up with the cardiologist about soon. They had her on oxygen (because her saturation levels would drop) as well as an IV with antibiotics. After spending two days in the NICU, Dr. Jenkins shipped us off to the pediatric floor to spend the remainder of our time there. The plan was to be in the hospital for 7 days to finish out the IV antibiotic cycle. She however still needed oxygen at night when she slept, so they held us another day. Hopefully, she is home for good now and we can start our life as a new family. Thanks for the prayers and to my amazing ward, family, and neighbors for their amazing support.
Last pics being pregnant. 41 weeks in these pictures.
April 30, 2012
I was scheduled to be induced on Monday morning at seven a.m. By the time I got to the hospital I was having mild contractions between 6-8 minutes apart on my own. We arrived at the hospital at 7:15 and was dilated to a 1-2 when we arrived. They started me on pitocin at 8:30. The contractions started getting stronger very quickly and came about every three minutes. By 11 a.m., the pitocin was up to a 12 and I received my epidural and was dilated to a 3. The contractions were starting to get very uncomfortable so I opted to get it sooner rather than later. Boy am I glad I did. My epidural worked great and really helped with the pain-I now mostly felt pressure. By about 1:30 or 2 Dr. Huggins came in and broke my water. I think I was either dilated to a 3 or 5 at this point. I was still pretty comfortable at this point and we just waited for things to progress. They slowly kept cranking up the pitocin. By about six p.m., the pitocin was at a 20 (which is the highest they can go without Dr approval I guess) and my doc told them to crank it up again. It was at this point that things started to get scary. They turned me up to 22 and Sydnee's heart rate dropped from like 160's to 80's and staying down there for a couple minutes. They put me immediately on oxygen, turned off the pit, and told me if that happens again and couldn't get her heart rate up, then they would have to do an emergency c-section. I was so scared. After one of the most spiritual priesthood blessings of my life, I felt a lot more calm and at peace. The nurse gave me a 30 minute break from the pitocin to see if my body would progress on its own. I was dilated to a 5 at this point. I wasn't making much progress, so they turned the pit back onto 10. Her heart rate started to drop again and turned it off. After around another hour or so they turned it back on and set it at 10, increasing it slowly. Sydnee's heart rate was doing okay at this point. Meanwhile, my epidural started wearing off so the anesthesiologist came to give me a top-off dose. It was about 8:30 and my nurse went to check me saying I was finally 10 cm dilated. She felt for Syd's head and it was already pretty low. She decided to have me "labor down" meaning laying on my side and letting my body and gravity help Syd move down the birth canal so I wouldn't have to push as long. I am so glad I did that, because it really did help things move along. I started to feel a lot of pressure on my pelvis and started feeling the urge to push. I don't think my nurse believed me when I said she is pushing on my pelvis and is ready to come out. She said lets try pushing a couple times to see if anything happens. After two pushes, she said to stop pushing because she still needed to call the doctor. The hardest part was to try to hold her in there while waiting for my doctor to arrive. I swear that was the longest part of labor (the 20 min waiting for her to get here). Once my doctor arrived, I pushed a few times and she was here. I had a mirror which I loved (allowed me to see myself pushing) and Andrew was able to cut her umbilical cord. I did tear a little bit up and down (second degree), but she was all worth it. I never knew how much love I could have for someone I barely met. I would do it all over again and I love my Sydnee so much. We feel lucky and blessed to have her in our family.
Sydnee Browning was born on Monday April 30, 2012 at 10:11 p.m. weighing 7 lbs and 1 oz and 20 inches long. She has lots of dark brown hair and is so stinking cute. We love her. Pictures to come soon. We are in the hospital now because of some health problems, but updates on everything to come soon.
Andrew and I have been married since August 2007 and I can't believe how fast time has gone by. We have been richly rewarded with so many blessings. We are so thankful to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am finally done with school now and we are both working. I am now a dental hygienist. YAY! I love my husband with all my heart and am so glad to have a husband who is also my best friend!