Glenn and Caleb were in the room with me when I started bleeding out and I was trying so hard to keep it together so that Caleb wouldn't be scared, he was only 3 years old at the time. But I knew that something was very wrong so it was a struggle to not completely freak out. It's very unnerving when there are several nurses and doctors rushing around you, especially when even they seem a little freaked out! I had to have an emergency c-section; there wasn't time for a spinal block so I was put to sleep for the surgery. When I woke up I was told that my son was doing well at 4 pounds 7 ounces. One of the first things I remember was Glenn telling me that the baby's name was Benjamin David (we hadn't decided on a name at that point because we thought we had more time to figure it out). Benjamin David was the name that I originally wanted so I was thrilled to hear that Glenn had decided on that name.
Benjamin was born 8 weeks early, he weighed 4 pounds 7 ounces.
I was also told that the doctor had no choice but to do a hysterectomy. It appears that the placenta went absolutely crazy and had grown outside of the uterus and had attached itself to the abdominal wall and my bladder. My uterus was so badly damaged that they had no choice but to remove it completely. This is very rare. There was some damage done to my bladder as well so I had to wear a catheter for 10 days (that is no fun, I don't recommend it.) I also had a blood transfusion because I lost so much blood. Despite all of that, our baby boy was doing well. He did have to have some oxygen for a few days just to give him a little help but other than that he was healthy. He looked so tiny to me. Benjamin spent 5 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Look at that sweet face. So tiny.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Benjamin while he was in the NICU. He did a lot of sleeping during those 5 weeks.
All personality. Love him.