May 8th was a Tuesday and Justin and I had to be at the hospital by 6 am. My c-section was scheduled for 8 am but we ended up starting early because everyone was ready. My doctor, the same one who delivered both of my boys by c-section as well, came in to chat with us before the procedure. She has a great laid-back personality and is super easy to talk to. I felt so comfortable with her for all my procedures and was absolutely thrilled that she was able to deliver Emily as well.
If you read this post, you may know that I decided on a clear drape at the last minute. Once I understood what was involved I was excited about the notion of kind of seeing her born instead of just seeing her via “drive by” as she was whisked out of the operating room. Justin was totally game too and that made her birth really special.
David’s birth was special because he was my first baby, Luke’s was special because we were surprised with learning that he was a boy right after he was born, and Emily’s is special because we got to see more of her actual birth! I love that all 3 kids have something unique about their birth even though they were all scheduled c-sections.
My procedure went very smoothly, and I’m so grateful for that. Emily was healthy and weighed 8 lbs at birth. She holds the title for my biggest baby yet! The clear drape was only during the part of the procedure when my doctor was taking her out, and it all happened so fast. The first thing I saw was a tiny hand shooting straight up into the air.
“I know what you are having!!” my doctor said, but everyone else in the room kept the news to themselves so Justin and I could look and see for ourselves!
The next thing I know I saw Emily about 8 inches from my face still on the other side of the drape, with legs splayed open so Justin and I could determine her sex! I was crying and saying, “Is that a girl? Is it a girl?!” over and over. Her umbilical cord happened to be hanging between her legs as well so all Justin could say was, “I don’t know!” because he couldn’t get a good view!
Finally my doctor said, “Yes it’s a girl!” and I remember just crying happy tears. Justin was then ushered over to the warm room with Emily and he brought her back in to the operating room all wrapped up in blankets. He put her face against mine and I just soaked up feeling her skin and looking at my daughter!
It was such a huge high of emotions which made the entire experience one I will never ever forget.
Justin and Emily then went to the recovery room while I got stitched up in the operating room. It felt like 1,000 hours before I could see her again, but finally I was wheeled back to recovery where we would be for about an hour. Justin was texting family and friends to let them know she and I were doing well and that everything went smoothly with the c-section. I was laying there feeling a little bit loopy from the drugs and still in complete shock that she was a girl.
After I could move my toes again we were relocated to the room we would be in for the next two days. We told family that they were able to come, and I had Justin run out to the car to grab the girl blanket I had bought in case it was a girl.
My parents and sister were the first to arrive and we had Emily wrapped up in a floral blanket to indicate it was a girl. My sister was the first to see and my parents were right behind her. Everyone was so surprised, it was such a special moment to see them react to the news of having a niece/granddaughter. My in-laws arrived later that afternoon and it was just as sweet to see their excitement about her.
The following 48 hours or so were probably the best we’ve had in the hospital. The nurses were fantastic, I was doing really well through recovery, and Emily was pretty chill and slept almost the entire time.
Since my pain level was quite low to begin with, I opted to skip the narcotic pain killer until it was necessary, and I ended up never taking it. The hardest part of recovery was lower back pain from sitting in the hospital bed for so long. It was hard to stand up, but every time I moved around I felt great. By the last day I was walking the halls repeatedly just to get my body used to moving again. We were visited by friends and family which helped the time pass, and we both got fairly decent sleep too.
Overall, this was definitely the best experience I’ve had, as far as c-sections go, and I know a lot of that has to do with the nurses and Justin. I missed the boys terribly in the hospital, but I also knew this was going to be the easiest time to just hold Emily and focus on her so it was bittersweet. They came and met her the day she was born and that will forever be ingrained in my memory.
It’s hard to believe she’s been here for over 3 weeks already. In a lot of ways it feels like she was always here, always a part of our family. The boys have been incredibly sweet and gentle with her, they’ve far exceeded my expectations for how well they would adjust. We’re all feeling extremely happy and deeply grateful for the gift of a healthy baby and an easy recovery for me.
Thank YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for your excitement and well wishes upon hearing about her birth. I told Justin I felt so humbled by the amount of “likes” on Instagram when we shared she had arrived. It is not lost on me that there are so many bloggers to follow online, and so many other things that take up time in our days, but your comments and interest in her arrival made it feel infinitely more special and exciting–so thank you very, very much.