Skratch375: Surgical Birth
Monday, December 17, 2007 5:51 PM
"Elizabeth Rose made her appearance at 9:18 a.m. on 11/27/07. She weighed in at 8 lbs., 3 oz., and was 19 inches long."
We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. to "check-in" and were given an ultrasound right away to make sure she was still breech. Once the ultrasound was complete and we were settled in the hospital bed, my parents and my in-laws were allowed in the "waiting room" with me and Daddy, as we waited for the big moment to arrive.
Hearing The First Cry
At about 8:30 a.m. we were being wheeled toward the OR. Daddy was asked to wait outside while the spinal block was put in place and I was moved to the OR table for surgery. The spinal block was very weird. I was told that my legs would feel warm and then numb, and by the time I was told this, it actually happened. I could feel that I still had appendages, but I could not move them. By 9:15 the incision was made and three minutes later I heard the most beautiful sound in the world!
The Most Beautiful Sight
Since the operating room was an open space, her cries were all around me, and I was fretting that I couldn't see where she was. Finally her daddy turned my head to the right and said, "She's over there,” and I saw the most beautiful sight ever! After she was cleaned up a bit and bundled up, she was given to her and he held her close to my face so I could cuddle with her the best I could. Then they took her back so that her daddy could help move me back to the stretcher and I was wheeled away to my recovery room.
Becoming a Family
Daddy kept running back and forth between my room and the nursery to give me updates on what was being done and how she was doing. Once I was finally able to move my legs enough to transfer from the stretcher to the real recovery bed, she was brought to us in her bassinette, and we were finally allowed to hold her and cuddle with our daughter.
I know I am biased, but she is the most beautiful baby. I never knew that I could love someone so much! I'm so pathetic - I cry every time I hold her and look at her because I still can't believe that she's here and we created such a beautiful baby.
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