I drove myself to the hospital and on the way, called one of the girls that works at our clinic so she could come watch Paisley this evening so my mom could come to the hospital. I texted everyone too so they would know that we were getting a head-start on this baby's arrival.
Got in to L&D and changed into my flattering hospital gown. They really need to do something about those because when you're pregnant, it makes you look like a HOUSE. A new nurse spent about 20 minutes getting my IV going which is a bit ridiculous considering my enormous veins while another asked me a ton of questions.
By now, my contractions were starting to hurt. Enough that I was having more trouble talking through them. And the nurses were surprised at how large they were on the monitor. So, I guess we made the right decision to go on in. Looks like I would have ended up there anyways! Soon, Aaron showed up which was a huge relief. And then Todd got there to talk about my anesthesia.
|In pre-op, preparing for our baby's arrival- look at my sexy "leg squeezers".|
Now this is a weird experience. Walking into a surgery room feeling pretty good minus some contractions, knowing that you will be cut open soon. My friend, Todd, did my spinal while my OB and my NP stood in front of me talking. This was a great distraction, although I would have acted tough regardless since I wouldn't have wanted Todd to think I'm a sissy. Good news is that the spinal didn't hurt AT ALL. I didn't think my epidural hurt with Paisley, but I wondered if that was because I was in such terrible pain at that point with her. But sure enough, I didn't feel a thing.
They laid me down and at this point, I considered asking them to just put me under general anesthesia. The realization that I would be awake for a major abdominal surgery became terrifying and I just wasn't sure that this was a good idea anymore. I felt certain that I would feel everything! Within minutes, I was prepped and ready to go. Aaron was able to come in the room and instantly I could smell burning flesh which meant they had started!
And I thankfully couldn't feel a thing! Still amazes me that you can be awake for such a thing. And after making it through the layers, they lowered the drape so that I could watch our baby being born. "It's a BOY"!" The words made my heart so happy even though I'd felt like this was a boy all along. He immediately screamed which was a relief, even before they'd completely pulled his body out.
|Pulling him out of my uterus- LOVE surgery pics. Glad my NP was there to get the good shots!|
|WELCOME TO THE WORLD!!!|
|Our first family picture|
|The 1st time I got to hold my little man- it isn't a great picture, but it was an incredible moment!|
Next post: why I felt that a c-section was WAY better than a vaginal delivery... :)