Pregnancy this time around and Riplee's birth have been very different from Dane and Camryn.
At my routine 20 week ultrasound we found out that I had a complete placenta previa. This meant that the placenta was completely covering the cervix which is bad as baby needs to be born before the placenta comes out. There are lots of possible outcomes with placenta previa. It can sometimes move as pregnancy progresses, you can have bleeding problems, etc. So we closely monitored the situation with ultrasounds every couple of weeks and it wasn't moving. At about 32 weeks pregnant I had some bleeding and had to go to the hospital. Since it was way to early to have the baby they kept me in the hospital for observation and let me go home once everything had quieted down. I did however have to be on complete bed rest in the hopes that I could keep baby in as long as possible. Then at 35 weeks at about 3:00 am, I woke up bleeding very heavily. I won't go into details, but it looked like a scene from a horror movie. So Paul and I hopped in the car, and drove as fast as we could to the hospital during one of the few snow storms that Minnesota has had all season. Once at the hospital and being assessed by the doctor, we decided it was best to do a c-section right then. The c-section was not fun, but it went well. I had lost a lot of blood and had 2 blood transfusions. But Riplee Jane Goodwin was born and weighed 6 lbs 0 oz and 18.5 in long. She was breathing on her own and looking great! She wasn't able to stay in my hospital room with me though, she had to stay in the special care nursery. She was looking like she was going to be able to go home the same day as me, but she started to have trouble with her feedings. She gets tired really easily and runs out of energy quickly when she is eating. So she needed to have a feeding tube put in to help supplement during her meals. Once she gets stronger and able to do her feedings on her own, then she will get to come home. We can't wait to have all our family together!
We sure love you baby Riplee!