With September 11 passing I was reminded of what may have been the beginning of CB’s problems. On September 11, 2001 I had just begun my 2nd trimester and began bleeding that day. I was very concerned and spent most of my day at the doctor’s. All looked well. I continued to have spotting throughout my pregnancy.
The night before I had CB I had a horrible bleeding incident. I was 37 weeks pregnant. I had thought that my water had broke so I ran to the bathroom only to realize that all of the liquid pouring out of me was bright red blood. It wouldn’t stop. Fish and I hurried to the hospital where I was monitored for a few hours. Once again, all looked fine and they sent me home. The next morning around 5 a.m. I began labor.
Clarabelle’s birth was somewhat difficult. She was sunny side up and right away I noticed that her head was a bit misshapen and her neck was kind of kinked. Her left ear stayed very close to her shoulder. She was very calm after birth. Just laying in her bassinet, taking in the world around her.
I was recovering from a 4th degree tear and being a mom was completely new to me. I had no idea what was “normal” with a newborn. This was most likely a huge blessing. If I had more knowledge I probably would have had many sleepless nights.