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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

the time i fell and landed on my baby...


so i've been making a habit of spending quality time with the L&D nurses at the hospital where i'll be delivering baby sunshine. 

in addition to my weekly OB appts, i've been admitted into L&D for monitoring, stress tests or other concerns once per week for the past 5 weeks of my pregnancy.

week 33 - migraine and contractions
week 34 - shortness of breath, increased blood pressure and swelling in my legs and feet
week 35 - severe dehydration from stomach flu
week 36 - external cephalic version
week 37 - fell and landed on my abdomen

yep, week 37 was a doozie. 
on monday, i went to my OB appt in the morning. keep in mind that the hospital that i'm delivering at is about an hour drive (each way). so two hours round trip. after my appt, i stopped at the grocery store a few blocks from my house to pick up a few things. i had some trash in my car that i was throwing away before walking into the store. one of the wrappers blew out of my hand onto the ground. i didn't want to litter so i started walking and bent over to pick it up. and boom…next thing i know i hit the ground and felt the impact in my abdomen. 

it was a bad combo…
my equilibrium being off because i'm so front-heavy, the curb tapering down and wearing my mom's uggs (which are two sizes too big for me) because my feet and legs are so swollen they're the only shoes that fit on my feet. 

thankfully i was able to brace myself somewhat as my hands, right forearm and right knee are bruised and scraped up. that tells me that i at least took some of the impact away from my stomach when it hit the ground. 

but i was a mess. 
in tears. on the ground of the parking lot in front of the store. panicked that i hurt the baby. a nice man who was driving through the parking lot when i practically fell in front of his vehicle was the first to jump out of his car and help me. a store clerk called 911. and the ambulance came. 

the minutes that i was laying on the ground assessing how i felt and waiting for the baby to move or kick were the longest ever. finally once i was on the gurney and in the back of the ambulance, the baby start kicking and they were the best, most reassuring kicks i've ever felt. 

at that point, i felt like baby boy was fine. but i still went back to L&D at the hospital to get the baby on the monitor and make sure everything was okay. i just needed peace of mind. the midwife said that he looked perfect and "his strip looks textbook, exactly what they want to see when they look at a baby's heart rate." such a huge relief. 

although i'm in love with the nursing staff who've been so kind to me these past few weeks, i'm really hoping to stay out of L&D until baby boy is ready to make his appearance.


38 comments:

Jessica said...

Goodness, how scary, sweet girl! So sorry that this happened, but SO glad that baby sunshine is ok! I will be praying and hoping that you can stay away from L&D for just a couple more weeks until it's time for baby boy to make his appearance!:)

LOVESTRONG said...

Oh my gosh how scary!! I'm so glad everything's ok. Hang in there!

Cristy said...

Oh Jessah! I'm so glad everyone is okay. So sorry for this terrible scare. :(

Katelyn @ Real Housewife of Greenville said...

Oh my goodness girl! I can't imagine how terrifying that must have been for you. Thank goodness you and baby sunshine are both doing well. Hope the next time you have to visit L&D is because your little miracle is making his entrance into the world! Thinking of you lots Jessah!!

Lisa @ AmateurNester said...

Oh my! So glad everything's okay. Stay out of the hospital until it's time!

Lisa @ AmateurNester said...

Oh my! So glad everything's okay. Stay out of the hospital until it's time!

Lara said...

How scary. So glad he is safe! Can't believe how soon you will meet him!!!

Heidi said...

Oh Jessah! There is no shortness of drama in your life with this kid already!!! Let's hope this isn't a pattern that continues! Glad everyone is ok!!

Em said...

Oh my goodness. So, so sorry this happened! I am just so (!!!!!!!) glad that everything is okay. Whew.

Julia Spencer said...

Oh man! How stressful! Hoping for an uneventful few weeks for you too!

Kristin said...

So scary! Glad you and baby boy are okay. So close now!

Amie said...

Wow I can only imagine how scary this was. I am so glad both of you are ok and thankful someone was there to help you.

Caroline @ In Due Time said...

Jessah! Oh my! Thanks you Jesus that you are both ok - what a traumatic experience! I too hope you are done with trips to the hospital besides the most important one left - when you meet your sweet boy!! Hope you heal up ok and get some rest!

Mel said...

That's so scary and nerve wracking!!! So glad to hear they everything is ok...I guess at least you will know the L&D nurses well now! I just had a similar incident..at 15 weeks I just fell and broke my ankle-luckily didnt fall on my stomach but was still so scared until I saw baby on ultrasound in the ER. Now I need ankle surgery ...so nervous but as long as baby is ok that's all that matters. Good luck in your last few weeks!!!!

Non Sequitur Chica said...

Oh no how scary! I'm glad that Baby Sunshine is okay but no more L & D visits until he is ready to come out!!

The Run Away Stork said...

How scary! I'm so glad that everything is okay. Take it easy these last few weeks sweetie.

Molly @ The Modern Belly said...

Oh my, what a scary experience. I'm glad everyone is fine, and I hope this is your last visit to L&D until your actual delivery.

Risa said...

Oh my gosh I found myself holding my breath reading this. I'm so glad everything was ok, but seriously, I'd be a mess too. Thank God for good Samaritans.

AM said...

That sounds so scary cannot imagine how you must have felt. And all those health issues to have to deal with must have been difficult and uncomfortable. Not to mention a 2 hour round trip commute to the doctor. Really admire your strength through it all. Praying everything goes smoothly for you from here on out!

Lisamarie said...

Oh my gosh! What a scary thing to go through. Poor Jessah. This is all just too much excitement for anyone! =)

Amanda Bajin said...

Oh my goodness, you poor poor thing! Please take good care of yourself. My prayers for you and baby boy. xo

babyareyoucoming said...

Oh my gosh!! When I read the title, my heart dropped, and I gasped out loud! I'm so glad you and baby boy are ok. xoxo

ADSchill said...

Yikes! I can totally imagine the panic. I never flat out fell on my belly, but I did knock it really hard a couple of times and was nervous for a while afterward. I really hope you have a couple low key weeks where you can just relax and wait. It won't be long now and you will have a newborn to worry about. It never ends I tell you.

Krystal Sullivan said...

That must have been so scary! I would have done the same thing - rushed to get on a monitor. I know that feeling of being terrified that something has gone wrong. I am so glad that baby is doing well, and I am SO EXCITED to "meet" this little one soon! You're almost there, mama!

JenS said...

oh no. How scary. Glad you both are ok.

Sunflower said...

Oh no....glad you both are okay. You are getting close to meeting your little guy. So exciting!

J and A said...

Oh my gosh!! Thank goodness you are both ok. Now stay on the couch!! No picking up litter!

Aubrey said...

So scary!! So glad you're ok! And baby boy too!!

Aramis said...

Yikes! I'm so glad you're both ok. It's been very icy here lately, I keep getting text messages from one of my co-workers telling me to "walk like a penguin". Stay safe!

Amber said...

I had a few spills when I was pregnant, but not quite as bad as yours! So scary! I'm sooooo glad both you and baby boy are okay. What a terrifying thought that something would have happened. Gah!

Melissa Long said...

Thank goodness you're both okay! I hope that is the end to the excitement until the baby comes!!

Margie said...

This just gave me the chills...I'm so glad you and baby are okay! I can just imagine how long those moments were leading up to feeling him kick again. Praying that the last few weeks are drama free!

Laura @ Making Baby Provence said...

You had my heart racing, girl! I'm so glad you and baby boy are okay. That is just too much. I order you to sit on the couch until he's born. ;-)

Ashley Sanderson said...

Oh Jessah, you poor thing! I'm glad he is doing fine. No more hospital visits until baby sunshine makes his debut!

Dream Chase said...

So glad you're both okay and eeek!! So soon!!!!

Elisha Kearns said...

oh my gosh girlie! So scary but so thankful to the Lord right now that everything is okay! xo

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rachel said...

Oh goodness! So very scary but glad all is well. I fell with my first when I was 35 weeks and don't think I've ever cried harder. Thinking of you and your sweet babe!

Janna Renee said...

I can only imagine what went through your mind! I have been losing my balance sooo much, so I've been as careful as I can be. Luckily, most of the times I've lost my balance have been when Will is there to grab me. I'm glad you are both okay!

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