Post Baby Craziness

Hey everybody! Yup, I haven’t written in a very long time, but for very good reason. There has been way too many unfortunate things that have happened to me since baby Harper arrived. But, alas, we are getting back into the swing of things and I’m finally starting to know what normal is like again.

First, I had my c-section which everyone knows takes a while to recover from. My c-section recovery has been very smooth sailing. No problems whatsoever (knock on wood!). Second, at about two weeks post baby, I had just gotten to sleep one night and around 11pm I all of the sudden started to get these awful pains in my chest. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. The pain lasted for about 45 minutes and then all of the sudden disappeared. A few days later it reappeared same time but for a few hours. I had no idea what was going on. The next day I called my OBGYN thinking it may be due to the c-section and he told me to make an appointment with my GP dr and he thought maybe I had an ulcer. The day after that I went to the GP and they ran a bunch of tests on me. Did an EKG (which with my luck turned out abnormal – eventually got an echocardiogram and everything was fine), drew blood, and got an x-ray. Everything else came back perfectly fine and they just thought my digestive system was slow at trying to get back on track post c-section. More on this story in a minute…

A few days after that (baby Harper had just turned three weeks old), I noticed she was starting to feel a little warm. I took her temperature and it read 100.5. Now I had read that any temp over 100.4 call your pediatrician right away. I did and they saw us at 5pm that evening. The dr took her temp and it read 100.8. Of course I’m starting to freak out because it’s going up. She said I’m sorry but I have to send you over to Valley Children’s ED. Luckily, my mom had just come in town that afternoon. So we dropped her and Ben off at the house and packed a couple of items not knowing how long we’d have to wait. Once we got there the line was practically out the door. It was so busy that they were only allowing the patient and one other person to be in the waiting room. So Jay had to go wait in the cafeteria. I had to wait in line for 45 minutes just to be checked in and once we did that there was only one seat left in the entire waiting area. I again am freaking out because I’m by myself with her, she was still warm, and I had no idea how long we were going to be waiting for. I only waited roughly 5 minutes before they called us up. Apparently they don’t mess around with newborns. Her temp was still 100.8 so we were rushed immediately to a room and three drs came in with us along with about 4-5 nurses. She was instantly swarmed with people poking and prodding her and she was crying nonstop. One nurse was yelling that her heart rate was way too high. The head ER dr even came in. It was all very overwhelming and Jay hadn’t even gotten to the room yet! All in all, she had to get a catheter for urine analysis, an IV put in, blood drawn, and lastly a spinal lumbar puncture which tests spinal fluid for meningitis. At that point we were told that we were going to be admitted and had to stay for at least 48 hours. The reason being she had labs done (which turned out fine btw) and they had to grow cultures on all the labs because the initial results are not 100% accurate. It was a very long two days and one of the worst of my life, but it turned out she just had a viral infection. Thank God!!!! Valley Children’s was just amazing though and made our time there the best that it could be. Here’s some pictures of her at the hospital…my poor little girl 😦



Once we were cleared to leave, we now had to address my lovely heart attack pains. I actually got an attack while we were at the hospital with her which sucked. The attacks started progressing to every other day and the pain was right in the middle of the chest. Fast forward to a week later, I got the pains so bad one morning and they lasted for at least 8 hours and I started to throw up from them. At that point I decided to go to the ER. Turns out I had gallstones and was having gallstone attacks. My liver levels were so high that they almost decided to do surgery that day but eventually decided I should schedule in an outpatient clinic. Apparently getting gallstones and attacks after you are pregnant is very common. A week later I had a consult with my surgeon and three days later I had my surgery. Turns out I had more than 30 stones in there!!! They even think I could’ve had this for a long time (think as far back as my first pregnancy) and that I just never had any symptoms until Harper was born. It’s been two weeks now since I’ve had my surgery and things are finally starting to look up and life feels normal again. The first week I was on a very low fat diet. Since then I’ve been slowly introducing foods again. Jay and I actually had our first date night since Harper was born last weekend πŸ™‚ And of course, my luck, my surgeon was at the same restaurant as us and spotted me!!! haha oh well! Here’s some pics from our date night…



From now on, I will do my best to post more often on here! For now, here’s a picture of my smiling girl and another of my two kiddos together πŸ™‚



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