March 17th, 2012 gave us the gift of another son. Because of having a C-Section with Thomas, I had just decided to do the same with Liam. We were scheduled to have him March 26th. The day before my 27th birthday. However, on a routine doctors visit, I was told that Liam was shutting down my liver. Scary right. Well the good news was the prognosis for this is to deliver the baby at 37 weeks which I was already a week past. So with that Chris (the most amazing doctor/friend you could ask for) says “I’m working tomorrow. Let’s have him then”! Not surprisingly I was in complete shock. Luke had stayed home with Thomas while he was napping so it’s just me hearing that I do not have 10 days to prepare (more so mentally at this point) for baby number 2, but less then 24 hours!
Back story on this is that a few months before this I had a terrible cough that wasn’t going away so the doc had some blood work done. When the test came back my liver enzymes were double what they should have been. This doesn’t effect anything until late in pregnancy, but after 37 weeks it becomes fatal to the baby.
As a result of this, Chris wanted to get an ultrasound to check on baby as well as monitor his heart rate. This is when I went from being in shock and excited to meet Liam, to a little fearful. I called Luke and got as much of the story as I could before being taken to the monitoring room. My poor poor husband. All he hears is something is wrong and we have to have Liam tomorrow. I think he made it from Union to the clinic in 1 minute. Not kidding. All of a sudden the door to the room bursts open and it’s Luke with our doctor right behind him. Chris filled him in on everything that was going on and Liam seemed to be doing fine. Next came the real test, the ultrasound. The ultrasound showed Liam doing well, but my amniotic fluid was 1/2 a centimeter low so Chris wanted me to spend the night in the hospital. So now I’ve not only gone from having the baby the next day, but to going in the hospital that night.
So many blessings in disguise here. One being that Luke’s mom was in town and was able to keep Thomas while Luke speedily came to the clinic! She also brought us dinner that night and took me on one last Target run! Another huge blessing was that The Vancleaves were on their way to spend the weekend with us! I think they were getting in the car when I texted Ema telling her she was going to get to meet Liam while she was here! And as much as I did not want to spend my last night as a mother of one in the hospital it was a worth it when finding out that the umbilical cord was in fact wrapped around Liam like the doc was afraid of.
When we finally got home (with orders to report to the hospital at 10 that night) the first call I made ( after my mom of course) was to Cari Phillips to come take pictures and then to Janie Williams because I was supposed to have had a baby shower the next day! After pictures, packing, dinner, and Target it was time to head to the hospital. By this point The Vancleaves were there and Luke stayed home to put Thomas to bed and Ema came with me to get checked in. At this point I’m feeling really well but, they insisted on wheeling me up to my room. Once in labor and delivery I hear this poor lady who is clearly in labor and walking the halls say “She’s doing really well to be in labor”!
I didn’t sleep at all that night. And the next morning it was go time! I think I was scheduled for 9 a.m. but it kept getting pushed back until finally around 11:30 they came and got me. I was so excited to get to walk to the surgery room and after having a little freak out moment earlier in the morning of “How do I have 2 kids” I was so ready. The spinal was quick and before I knew it Luke was there and Liam was almost here! Another side note, about a week before this Thomas broke my glasses and you can’t wear contacts in surgery so I can’t really see much, but boy did I hear Liam when he came! I remember Thomas crying a little but for the most part he just took everything in. Liam was loud and I think cried the whole first 15 minutes of his life. He was perfect. Weighing in at 6lbs 3oz and 21 inches long. I think the time was 12:05. On St. Patricks day.
I was so excited to introduce Thomas to his little brother and Thomas was so excited to meet Liam. They have been best friends ever since.