So, I'm 36 and a half weeks and my water just broke. Baby is almost certainly breech, so I'm expecting a c-section. I feel comfortable that it really is necessary, and that's the main thing I wanted to be sure of. So today may very well be baby's birthday. Thoughts and prayers very welcome!
Headed to the hospital
I got home yesterday around noon. My little son, Victor Marius, is about the most perfect creature that there ever was. He is amazingly healthy even for a full term baby; for a premature one he's miraculous. Several people questioned my dates, but I was charting and am completely sure of them. He was healthy enough to be placed on my chest right after they pulled him out and made sure he was breathing, so we got some immediate skin to skin time in the OR. He only needed to be in a warmer briefly, for about as long as it took them to sew me up. We were reunited in the post op room and haven't been apart since. He never needed to go to the NICU or anything and was able to come home with me after just the standard three days recovery for c-section.
He had a few low blood sugar readings the first night so they were constantly poking his poor little feet and we had to do a couple formula supplementations (via sns or syringe, I wouldn't let them give a bottle), but his 24 hour reading was good enough and they quit bothering him. He lost less weight than average just from breastmilk and we are off to a strong start. He was 6 lbs and 13 oz at birth, 6 lbs 8 oz when discharged from the hospital.
I hadn't expected such a tiny baby so I'm very grateful I didn't go with just one-size cloth diapers. I think I will need to get more newborn sized ones, as it's clear they'll be fitting for awhile. I wonder if some subconscious part of me was aware that I'd need to hurry, because I was absolutely obsessive about getting my carriers, car seat, and diapers ready well before my due date. There are lots of things that weren't ready, but we had the essentials. My family and friends have been incredibly generous and helpful. My midwife was able to find me a volunteer postpartum doula who is amazing.
Things really could not be any better. I scarcely even have room to be sad about the loss of my home waterbirth because I am just so happy with how everything has turned out. If Victor hadn't been breech, the OB would have been okay with vaginal delivery, and as it stands he is very favored among the midwives and emphasized in my discharge instructions that he'd been careful to do the incision in a way that maximizes my chances for VBAC in the future, and he also emphasized that I was a great candidate for it since it was just circumstance and not anything wrong with my body that led to the c-section this time.