On January 12th, I got a call around 10pm from Mari saying her water had just broke, she was 37 weeks and 1 day, and told me that they were heading to UCSD and would keep me updated when they found out what was going on. Having Mari be a first time mom I figured it would be a few hours till I had to leave to head down to UCSD, which is about an hour away. As I was getting in bed, the phone rang again, this time her husband Ryan, they’re at UCSD, baby is breech, and c-section is in an hour. I was immediately out the door! 50 minutes later, I was there. When I talk to all my clients I let them know that if something happens, and c-sections are needed it’s up to the hospital and staff, but it’s usually just one person allowed in the room at the time of the birth, which was the case for this birth.
After waiting a few hours from being pushed back do to other c-sections, it was finally Mari’s turn. The nurses took Mari back to get ready, and Ryan got ready in the room and waited till they were ready to bring him back.
They were finally going to meet their baby girl- and I would wait.
Early January 13th, Adriana was born at the exact weight her dad had guessed just hours before, 5lbs 2 oz. Unfortunately, Adriana was 0.2 oz. too small and was taken to the NICU. Ryan had some amazing one on one time with his new baby girl while Mari recovered from surgery. Most parents don’t really know what to do right after their baby is born, everything is still so new and happening so fast, but Ryan was amazing! He knew how to comfort his little girl and got her to sleep.
After two hours in the NICU Ryan and I headed back to check on Mari. Since Mari still hadn’t had time with her daughter, I showed her pictures from the back of my camera and told them I would come back after Adriana was out of the NICU so I could get pictures of them all together.
Make sure you come back next week for the second half of this birth story!