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After many days I finally check back in! My sig line of course gives the overview but I'll go into more detail. Not done writing his birth story yet but I'm getting there....
Graysen was born at 8:19 the morning of the 4th of June. The surgery was pretty straightforward, what I expected. I did have to fight the anesthetist a bit about the drugs she wanted to give me after he was born. I didn't want to go to sleep, or be dopey--I wanted to remember everything, and she was very hard to convince (my OB had to talk to her, in fact!). That was the only rough spot in the process of the birth for me. For Gray, he was a bit earlier than we expected. Everything except his weight said that he was only 35 weeks gestation, instead of 38 as we were expecting. He did really well, though, all things considered. He was on oxygen and in the ICU from late Friday through Sunday afternoon, which was hard on me. Getting up to feed him was brutal. BUT, he didn't have any supplementation, and he nursed like a pro! In fact, since he was having trouble right after birth they couldn't bring him to me in recovery...so they took me in my bed to nurse him in the nursery as soon as I could move my legs!
The major bummer--I wasn't expecting the level of pain and disability I endured afterwards. My recovery has been much slower than I anticipated, although I am doing better every day. Still, I'm often in pain at night, sometimes near tears (perhaps, though, because I'm so tired of it, and emotional!!). I'm still bleeding a bit and just overall felt unprepared for how hard the surgery was on me. There is a post in the Birth and Beyond forum written by someone who went on a two-mile hike the week after her c/s...and carrying her 10 lb. baby in a sling, no less. Then, plenty other moms talk about showering the second day and feeling good... It's hard to read those, because I could barely stand in the shower on the second day without help!
Give me labor anyday, I tell ya.
That's the short story. Now, we're home and happy, getting adjusted to life with a newborn again. Graysen is remarkable, and beautiful.
Is this due date club convening on another thread somewhere, now that the babies have been born?