Hello everyone! You may, or may not, have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve written here on our blog. I have a confession – a little secret I kept from the online world for 35 weeks.
Meet our daughter, Charlee Rae! Charlee was born November 6th. She weighed 6lbs4oz and was 48.5cm long – a decent size baby considering she was born premature at 35 weeks gestational age.
My pregnancy with Charlee was an experience. The first trimester found me very sick all the time (nothing new, I know, but seriously…the puking!) I also suffered a hemorrhage at 7 weeks pregnant and spent the weekend in emergency at the hospital getting blood tests and ultrasounds. The second trimester was a breeze; I felt great, looked great and cruised through those three months. The morning I started the third trimester I woke up and vocalized, “I’m done!” The third trimester was, well, terrible for me. I was hospitalized for four days at 32 weeks and was; therefore, not allowed to go back to work (I haven’t been teaching since October 15th). I was hospitalized a second time on Hallowe’en and that time I didn’t leave the hospital until Charlee was born on November 6th. Actually, I DID leave the hospital. I was sent to Vancouver via helicopter the day before Charlee was born because there wasn’t space in the special care nursery here in Victoria. To top that all off, I developed pre-eclampsia halfway through my 35th week of pregnancy (combined with placenta previa and an anterior placenta). Charlee was born via a “high risk” c-section, but all turned out just fine. You can read the full story on our family blog if you’re keen to know more.
So, 36 viles of blood, 35 weeks of carrying this baby, 10 ultrasounds, three hospitalizations and one high risk c-section later our baby girl arrived!
Here are some photos of our champion little girl.
I intend to stay connected with the education world via this blog while I am on maternity leave for a year, after all, I can’t leave Meaghan hanging! That said, I might only pop in every now and then until we get a set routine in our new life. See you all soon!