Sunday, February 28, 2010

Her Birthday

So, I thought I should post a few more details about Kate's birth while I still remember them...

We arrived at the hospital around 10:30 am on Thursday and got straight in and they started prepping me for surgery, getting my IV fluids etc. Right around 12:40 or so, they walked me back into the operating room. Ryan got to come with me right away, which was a change from my other deliveries. I went straight in and got my spinal, never my favorite part, but it was quick. They laid me down and I was numb very quickly. I felt very heavy and tired, but I was excited. They got started with the surgery very soon after, and very soon after I heard Kate's first cry. I wasn't ready for it, I was sure it would take them a while longer to get in because I'd heard it took longer with 3rd c-sections, but she was born at 1:07. The doctor lifted her over the partition so I could see her, I have a picture but she's pretty bloody and I know not everyone appreciates that, so I'll leave that one out. :) They then moved her over to the warmer to clean her up and I could kind of see her from where I was, but Ryan took lots of pictures and brought me the camera every minute or two to show me. I was in total shock when they weighed her. I seriously thought I heard wrong. I expected her to be slightly smaller since she was 2 weeks early, but I did not expect 7 pounds! I still can't get over how little she is. I just stare at her all day! Soon the surgery was over and they wheeled me into recovery. Ryan walked right behind me with the baby. I was beyond excited that she got to stay with me. Beth and James were both whisked away while I was still in surgery and I didn't get to see them for hours, so getting to keep her by my side was the best thing ever! Once we were moved to Mother/Baby they gave her her first bath in the room with me so I got to be there for that too, which was awesome. She literally did not leave until 1am that night when I sent her to the nursery so I could get some sleep. I could not force myself to sleep with her in the room, I just wanted to stare! I have enjoyed every minute of my time with her, she's had very few fussy moments, mostly she just sleeps and eat and poops. Nursing is going far better than it did with my other kids at this point, so we're keeping our fingers crossed. We got home from the hospital just about 2 hours ago or so and are very grateful to be home! Visitors are still welcome!

8 comments:

BensonFam said...

Oh she is so so sooooo beautiful!! I can hardly wait to get over this nasty cold and come snuggle her! Let me know if you need anything in the meantime (a run to the grocery store or anything) and I'm planning on the kids on Tuesday.

Fiddlefish said...

She is just the cutest little thing! Congrats!

The Woolley's said...

She is so beautiful Diane!! I wish I wasn't sick and could come visit! Hopefully soon!

the emily said...

She is too sweet. So glad everything went well and you're home safe and sound. I bet your kids are just gonna LOVE her!

Ellingson Fam said...

congratulations! she's adorable. I hope nursing continues to go well for you!

Tiffanie said...

That's great that you were able to have so much contact with her after the c-section. I have heard just the oppostie with a lot of others. 7 lbs would be preemie to me too, but I think this one will be smaller. I guess it depends on when he comes--AJ was 2 weeks early and 8'10 so I won't hold my breath:) Have fun adjusting with the third-sounds like you have a lot of help there. Good luck with nursing..it is never my favorite for the first little while.

em said...

Wait, your little baby ticker still says there are 11 days to go. I'm so confused :p
It's so much better to keep your child and your husband with you. Glad it was such a great experience.

Julie and Matt said...

Congrats! She is beautiful! I'm so happy everything went well. We will be over soon to visit, once we aren't sick that is.