- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2008
Following an eventful week last week, our son Ryan was born this past Sunday at 11 in the morning via c-section, weighing in at 6 lbs, 2 oz and 19 1/4 inches!! We are so thrilled to finally meet the little guy and just loving every moment with him.
He was a breech baby that had slipped below the 10th percentile in weight (and my husband and I are both tall) so the doctor wanted to deliver him quickly. We found this out Friday, 3 days after a failed attempt to turn him with an external version, and set Sunday as the day to deliver him . We were very grateful for the day’s notice -especially as it nearly was scheduled for Friday! – and got busy getting everything ready and enjoying one last night out.
The delivery was pretty easy overall – we got to the hospital a little after 7 and were in the OR by 10 – this felt like an eternity at the time even though it was pretty quick! I had a spinal, which was not that bad. Less than an hour later Ryan was born. Not being able to hold him or really even see him much right after the c-section was the hardest part, but they had a special peditrician team there to assess him just in case the small size and stubborn breech were due to anything serious. luckily he was born bright eyed and screaming his little lungs out, and had no issues at all.
They gave him to me as they wheeled me from the OR to the recovery room, and we spent some time together, took a few pictures, invited the grandparents up to meet him and I had my first attempt at breastfeeding. They then whisked him away to the nursery….I was sad to see him go, but then the nasuea from the pain meds hit. I ended up throwing up a few times, before they gave me some anti nasuea that cured it. The first 24 hours I was not allowed out of bed, and still a bit loopy from the morphine they gave me during surgery.
Since then everything has gone great, the pain is not that bad (I have only had motrin since the spinal/morphine) and breast feeding is going well – a HUGE thank you to Mrs. DG and everyone else who wrote on the “breast feeding is hard!” thread. Having my eyes opened to how challenging breastfeeding is allowed me ample time to read up and prepare – which isn’t to say it isn’t still hard, but I was so much better prepared and aware of the challenges. I have been Boyfriend or Best Friend exclusively since he was born and although I am sore, and the reality of only being able to sleep when he is not eating is settling in, it is going well overall. At 4 days he has already started to gain weight!
Getting around after a c section is challenging and I hate being so dependent on others to do so much, but it isn’t awful. I love being his mom and watching my husband interact with him is the most heart warming thing I have ever seen. We go home tomorrow and I can’t wait for us all to be home together!