Same ole' same ole'. Urine, weight, BP and fetal heart rate...all wonderful.
Dr. Winter and I discuss Adeline's upcoming delivery, and I leave feeling confident, content and happy about the plan. Fingers crossed that I'd get to hold Adeline soon after delivery.
December 11, 2014
I spent the day cleaning and doing laundry...packing my hospital bag. We had dinner that night and I made a mental note to eat dessert before midnight. :) I didn't eat anything after 10pm.
|My belly the day before delivery. :) Marji too!|
December 12, 2014 - Adeline's Birthday!
I woke up and put the boys on the bus for school. Ben's bus driver gave me her cell number so I could text her a picture of Adeline. :) I spent the morning pretty much laying around, despite the fact that Clint was working from home. Marjorri and I laid in bed and snoozed for a few hours. I got up and took a shower before Clint and I headed to the hospital after his mom arrived to watch Marjorri.
11:30AM (ish) - We arrive at the hospital
I filled out forms, and the reception lady called for my nurse to come get me, "Your Cesarean Lady is here..." My nurse took me to a room, gave me my gown, and "personal belongings bag". I changed and go into bed to be monitored and hooked up to and I.V. and answer 1654 questions about my medical history and general health. They even asked me if I'd been to Dallas recently...nope, can't say I have.
|Getting pumped full of fluids and meds before surgery.|
The lovely socks and calf cuff thingers. Those things are awesome!
I get all hooked up and the nurse says she'll be back in about 30 minutes to take me down to the O.R. She comes back with some antacid medication and a wheel chair. The medication was absolutely vile. I can't even say what it tasted like, but the moment I put it in my mouth, I swore I'd been poisoned. It was sour...(later to find out it tastes a LOT like a grape flavored Warhead candy. Ewwe!)
Dr. Winter comes in, asks me if I'm ready and we head down to the O.R. on the 4th (or maybe it was the 3rd) floor. On the way down, we see the midwife I'd hoped would "catch" Marjorri...Trinie! I think she was surprised to see me, but we chatted as we passed one another. :)
We get to the O.R. area and I'm taken to a room across from the O.R. to talk to the Anesthesiologist. Ehem..sorry...Nurse Anesthetist. Clint was asked to wait in another are, until I was all set for surgery.
He checks over a few things and I walk across the hall to the O.R. There it was...one of those tables that I hate so much. I had such a hard time mentally/emotionally after Ben's birth, I was really hoping this wouldn't end the same way. I sat on the table and curled up for my Spinal Block. I started to get scared, shake a little, and the nurse had to remind me to breathe...Had I forgotten? I feel the usual pressure and pain associated with the injection, and wince. I felt a shocking pain go down my right leg, said, "Owe, owe! A little to the left." The Nurse Anesthetist readjusted and a second later, I was numb. Dr. Winter comes in and says hello, and disappears. I was laid on the table and felt them push my legs up to my belly in order to insert the catheter. I talked to the N.A. and the nurse came around with this cold thing, testing to see if I could feel anything. I couldn't, thankfully. (Marjorri's Cesarean was done with minimal anesthesia, as my epidural wore off before surgery). I'm laying there, wondering how everything is going to go. The room is a buzz of Drs. and nurses, asking me about my children, what number Cesarean this is for me, and what not. It was like a birthday party but you didn't know how's birthday it was, everyone seemed happy with what they were doing, as though they liked their jobs and cared about their patients. Too bad there wasn't cake!
Surgery starts and everyone gets to watch but me. Hmph. I smelled horrible. I'm pretty sure I've never smelled anything so bad in my life, and I instantly felt ill. "What is that smell?" I asked the N.A. He says, "Oh, you don't like the way you smell? He's cauterizing the scar tissue!" "Ok...um...could you make him stop, that smells horrible!" Then, this happens:
Dr. Winter gently removes Adeline from my uterus.
Adeline and I meet for the first time. I held her first, just minutes after she was born. <3
Almost done stitching me up! I just sat her on my chest and this is the look she gave her daddy. I really didn't even think about what was going on around me, I was completely focused on her.
Here's Photos from later on that evening:
Big brother Jack and Adeline.
Addy and her cute lil Christmas hat. :)
Snuggled on mama's leg!
Baby feet and hospital bracelets.
Dr. Winter holds Adeline the day we were discharged.
December 14, 2014
Adeline 5 days old. 4 days old.