2 - Welcoming Jackson Holt Ransome
Little did we know, our last 3 weeks getting ready for Baby Ransome ended up only being 3 days! Luckily we were pretty well set up and were even doing some baby errands before we had to head to the hospital on Saturday May 12.
At first we were just expecting to be sent home to take it easy (my blood pressure had been consistently increasing over the last few months,) but the Doc said that at 37 weeks and 3 days, the baby was ready and we should just get him out while we were both happy and healthy. We had to transfer hospitals because all of their rooms were full and they didn’t think I wanted to deliver in the hallway. Luckily for us, we were able to transfer to Peter Lougheed, which is 5 mins away from our house. On the way, we stopped for our last supper: fajitas and smoked meat at Montana’s (and a couple nerve calming beers for Dad.)
After a few more tests, we got the ball rolling with the induction. They recommended I get as much sleep as possible, which ended up being about 3 hours…(little did I know at the time, that’s now considered a good night!)
21 hours later (oh man, there is a reason they call it Labor… not fun and so exhausting,) I still had a ways to go and the baby’s heart rate kept dipping, so the doctors recommended I head to the OR for an emergency C-Section. I had gone into this with an open mind, and so I was up for whatever would keep us both healthiest. Although this was our last resort, I am so happy with how everything worked out and I will wear my belly birth scar with pride!
Our little miracle was born at 5:58pm at 6lbs 7oz and 50cm.
I am so impressed with all of the Doctors and nurses at PLC who helped us through it (and I’m a tough cookie to please when it comes to health care), they really were amazing and kept me in the loop with everything. Not to mention my midwife team, who was with me every step of the way and will take care of us for the next 6 weeks.
We finally decided that Jackson Holt Ransome was the perfect name for him and after a couple days in recovery, we were discharged Tuesday morning. We were so happy to be taking our little Jackson home to introduce him to the pups and start our life as a trio.