The section, although FAR from the birth I planned, went really well. Everyone has been taking wonderful care of me, the nurses said they had never seen such a beautiful repair job, and I am feeling GREAT--was up and about as soon as the clock struck 6hrs post-op, haven't taken any pain meds except a couple of doses of ibuprofen, and was eating by early yesterday afternoon . . . off the IV at the same time . . . they removed the catheter this morning and the hep lock too.
Baby is BEAUTIFUL and healthy and bringing us lots of joy; she weighed in at 5.5 lbs at birth, 19 inches, and her name is Ilze Liepa. I will post pics when I can, but it will probably have to wait until after I am discharged because I can barely stand to be away from her long enough to post here!
Nursing is going really well too, although her mouth is so tiny that we have to use nipple shields to help her latch on . . . the lactation consultant thinks we will be able to stop with the shields after the first week. And I have been pumping so that I can give her extra colostrum by syringe (she has been really sleepy, and prefers to use my nipple as a pacifier or nurse while sleeping); the nurses are so impressed by what I can pump, as a first-time mom, and so am I. The birth may not have been what I planned, but it looks like breastfeeding is going to go smoothly!
I'll be back with pics later--hoping to be discharged tomorrow morning. Now, off to cuddle the baby . . .