A month ago today, on the 6th January 2012, our little Mika made his very quick emergency entrance into our lives.
At only 35 weeks pregnant, I woke up at 5am that morning with a shocking headache which was affecting my vision. I emailed my doctor begging him to prescribe something stronger than Panado. He replied and told me to get my blood pressure checked straight away and get back to him with the reading. My BP was 164/110 which is extremely high for someone who usually struggles with low blood pressure.
After calling my doctor back with my reading he asked me to come in to his rooms straight away so he could check everything himself. By the time I had sorted out my big boys at home with the nanny and my friend Jill had come to fetch me it was already past 11:30am. I walked into his rooms and he saw me immediately. Honestly at this point I had thought they would give me a shot to lower my BP and take away my headache maybe. I had no idea what was coming next…
After checking my vitals twice my doctor rushed into his brothers office next door, came back to me and announced that we had to get the baby out right away and then sent me straight to the labour ward.
Within 15 minutes I was admitted, in my hospital gown, had blood drawn, drip up, baby monitored and was wheeled into theatre where they gave me a spinal block and just had time to let my husband know that OMG we are having this baby RIGHT NOW!
I was on the operating table, iPhone in hand trying desperately to get my Skype to connect so my G could at least experience some of the birth with me and the next minute baby Mika was out and being handed to the pediatrician while my doctors quickly cleaned me up and glued me back together. Yes they glued me up, no stitches! Amazing!
Mika Jack was born at 12:40 on 06/06/12 weighing 3,37kgs (huge for a 35 week-er) 49cms tall and absolutely perfect. Thankfully! He was ready.
All I was worried about was that baby was ok and his lungs were working and that he had baked for long enough before being ripped out. All my doctors were worried about was closing me up and pumping me full of magnesium to prevent seizures. Apparently I had developed HELLP Syndrome which could be fatal to both mother and baby and the best way to *fix* it is to get baby out ASAP. I had no idea how serious it was and am so grateful that I decided to contact my doctor that morning.
Mika has been the perfect little addition to our family. His brothers absolutely adore him! I was quite worried how Mason would react to having a new baby in the house but I needn’t have given it a second thought as he has shown only love and gentle affection towards his baby “MikaMika”. Of course Michael has been wonderful, but I never doubted him as he has always been amazing with Mason.
I’m feeling extremely blessed right now. Not sure how I got so lucky really. I am overwhelmed with love when I look at these three amazing little boys we have brought into the world. I only hope to continue doing a decent job of raising them into strong, sensitive, amazing men.
Happy one month our little MikaMika, we love you!