Hey! So it has taken me forever to come back and update! Calissa Adeline arrived in this world on 12/3 at 5:22p via scheduled c-section.
Here is my quick birth story: On 12/3 we were scheduled at 5p, I had a healthy breakfast that morning around 8a and spent the day with my husband and Mother-In-Law. Got to the hospital a little before 3p and immediately went to labor and delivery, they put me in a room (I guess it was a triage room?) and started me on fluids and doing pre-surgery prep (including shaving the incision area). While I was getting the fluids we signed forms and basically just sat around until my mom arrived about an hour later. My doc came in and did one last ultrasound to just make sure she was still breech (she was) and asked if I had any questions. A little before 5p, I walked myself to the operating room with my nurse and husband. They took me back first to give me my spinal while my husband waited outside. Spinal was exactly as they described, felt like a burning and a pretty strong pinch. I did feel the anesthesiologist trying to find the space to put the medicine in but it wasn’t super painful. Once he was done, my nurse helped me lay on the operating table (which is super thin by the way) and put the catheter in. She pulled up my gown to clean me up and sort of left me there half naked (the drape wasn’t up yet and I could see my naked bottom half in the lights above the table) which felt weird but I was pretty numb so not much I could do. Husband came in and sat by my head and the drape went up, doc came in and started the surgery. I had a quick bout of nausea but the anesthesiologist caught it and gave me anti-nausea meds immediately. While he was operating my doc described what he was doing but I wasn’t really listening because the tugging and pulling was SO INTENSE. I knew I would feel it but not like this, it didn’t hurt, it just felt like I was in-between 2 people pulling me in 2 different directions, it was a really weird sensation and I couldn’t wait for it to end! Husband tried to watch the initial surgery but they nurse told him no. Anyway, after a few minutes the doc started describing her coming out, feet first, then body and shoulders and lastly her head (which I kinda felt “pop” out). They didn’t show her to me but my husband was able to stand up and see her being born. I heard her strong cry and I started to cry – I was so happy she was here after everything we had been through. They immediately took her to be examined on the other side of the room and a few minutes later brought her to us. A few minutes after that I was done and they wheeled me back to the original “triage” room. I was kind of out of it for about an hour but was able to do lots of skin to skin and Calissa immediately latched, which shocked me, she came out hungry! After about an hour we were wheeled to our recovery room. Nurses were super helpful and after about 6 hrs I was up and walking to the bathroom, I wanted that catheter out ASAP and they wouldn’t clear me until I went to the bathroom (which I did). Without getting too deep in the weeds, I spent most of my time in the hospital (checked in Monday at 3p and discharged Thursday at 12p) in bed with a couple walks – didn’t walk the halls as much as they suggested but was up and out of my bed a lot around the room. I also stayed on top of my meds, mainly Motrin and Tylenol and stool softeners but took Percocet twice – once on day 2 and once for the car ride home. Doc checked on me every morning and on my discharge day he removed my suture. I was mainly just sore until I got in the car on discharge day – I made a wrong move and my incision hurt really bad and I had to put pressure on it the whole ride home. Whew that was a lot!
Quick recap of my recovery, it’s been super easy, probably because I took it really easy. My mom was here for 2 weeks, I made a recovery kit that I carried all my essentials with, only went upstairs once a day to sleep. I was on pain meds (Motrin and Tylenol) and stool softeners for about a week after discharge and slowly weaned myself off. I also wore a abdominal support band for about a week and then transitioned to a Bellefit corset about a week after coming home (which I’m still wearing). I started driving and taking walks after about 2 weeks, still taking it slower at 5 weeks postpartum but feeling good.
Overall the scheduled c-section wasn’t bad at all, I kinda feel like I skipped all the bad parts of labor and took the easy way (even though it was medically necessary due to her being breech) but no complaints from me and I would totally do it again, and my scar actually looks really good.
Calissa is great, she was 6lbs 14oz and 19.5” at birth but lost about 11% of her weight in the hospital, we had to supplement and pump for a few days but we transitioned to exclusively breast feeding about 4-5 days after her birth, we do give occasional bottles of breastmilk though and I’m pumping about once a day. Now at 5 weeks old she is 9lbs 1oz and 21.25” long. She’s holding her head up and making great eye contact, her pediatrician is impressed with her milestones and her weight gain. She isn’t sleeping through the night but we are getting 4hr stretches of sleep now, it used to be every 2 hours and she used to cluster feed which is soooo difficult.
Ok, I think I’ve talked enough, here are pics of Calissa coming home and also of her on Christmas. I hope everyone is doing well and had a great holiday season!