Yes I am still alive! I know, I haven’t posted anything in a long time, haven’t had any sessions, I pretty much fell off the face of the Earth. But I promise, I have a pretty good reason. As many of you know, my husband and I announced in December that we were going to be adding to our family. Doing sessions and weddings while pregnant was no problem! But then things changed when I hit 27 weeks…
I slipped. In dog slobber. I was getting ready for work and had just given the dogs their treats, and as usual I was running late and was walking around the island and slipped. I landed on my knees. Didn’t hit my belly, didn’t land on my bottom. And for the rest of the day I was fine. The next morning though…I started having contractions. They did a sonogram and baby was fine, then kept me over night for observation and released me the next day.
But the day after that, I was still having contractions. So we drove back to Peoria and I got hooked up to the monitor. I was having high frequency low amplitude contractions, and they told me as soon as they could get her heart rate on the monitor for 20 minutes I could probably go home (little wiggle worm kept moving). Then the doctor came in, and in what felt like the blink of an eye, I was told I was in preterm labor and they had to start magnesium, (worst experience ever!) to stop labor and start the steroid shots for the baby’s lungs. I don’t know if I have ever been more scared in my life.
On Monday, they did another sonogram. That’s when we got introduced to the term subchorionic hemorrhage. There was a bleed between the placenta and the uterine wall and had turned into a large clot. A couple days later they found another smaller bleed as well. This meant that the placenta was in danger of separating from the uterine wall. And led to a 2 week stay in the hospital.
Finally, after one of the biggest roller coasters of our lives, I was sent home on strict bedrest. I ended up back in Peoria once for another night of observation, but for the most part, the medicine I was put on kept the contractions far enough apart that there wasn’t as much concern. As long as I stayed in bed, on my side, and didn’t sit up right too long. And I want to give my husband the biggest shout out ever during all of this, he kept the house from falling apart and kept me from falling apart. I am the luckiest woman on the planet to have him!
After 7 weeks at home on bedrest, I was taken off my medicine and bedrest! I was 36 weeks and my doctor was convinced we would have our little girl in our arms in the next 24-48 hours! Ha..ha…that was not Sutton’s plans though. She was on the bigger side and the doctors didn’t want me to go to 40 weeks because of the trauma the placenta went through, they were worried it wouldn’t be able to withstand her size, but luckily, at 38 weeks exactly, my water broke as I was getting ready for a doctors appointment, and 11 hours later we finally had our little girl in our arms!
So that is why I have been MIA the last 3 months and I apologize! My family and our well being will always come first, but I will be back and ready to go after we have time to adjust and bond as a new family of three! My clients have been the absolute best through all of this, thank you everyone for the understanding and prayers. It means more than words can express to my family. God has truly blessed us!
So…welcome to the world Sutton Joan Maggi. Born June 29, 2016, weighing 7 pounds 6.2 ounces, and 19 inches long. And worth every second of pain and worry.