I'm still at peace with our decision, though, because the fluid estimate was also way off. It was way off in the opposite direction, though. My last AFI put me back down in the mild polyhydramnios range. It became clear during the c/s that that wasn't even close. One of our m/ws was in the OR, and described the amount of fluid as scary. She supports me in mourning the loss of my vaginal birth, but she has no regrets about making the c/s recommendation. Simon was also way high, and it seems like we were gambling with cord prolapse and placental abruption rather than the shoulder distocia we were concerned might happen.
Anyway, I'd have to say the birth was even more traumatic than I was expecting (my bp and heartrate kept dropping until the fluid was out and not compressing my vena cava -- I wouldn't have guessed you could be conscious with a bp of 53/30). But the recovery has so far been much smoother than I was expecting. My milk has already come in, more than 36 hours earlier than after my vaginal births, which I totally wasn't expecting. I'm in pain and obviously not doing much, but I'm improving and not miserable. Simon is fine, hasn't shown any adverse effects of his arrival method (which was my biggest fear), and hasn't been separated from me since they brought him to the recovery room.
A big part of the smoothness of everything has been because the hospital we were at is so supportive of bfing and minimizing separation. I was really impressed. I'd actually have to say that this was my second best birth. First was my homebirth, of course. But this time around still beats my experience having ds1 vaginally in a different hospital, because after birth they were constantly whisking him off and doing and saying stupid things. I ended up feeling so disempowered by that birth. It's amazing the difference a supportive environment makes.
So, the potential issues of a esophageo-tracheal fistula and kidney problems have been ruled out (whew!), and we're safely home. It's been a wild ride these last 20 weeks since everything started with finding out about the 2-vessel cord, and we're looking forward to a peaceful babymoon. So far, Simon's pretty laid-back and mellow. We'll enjoy that while it lasts!
Hope you're all enjoying your babies or soon to have wonderful births!
Momma to DD (12/04) and DS (11/09) .
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!
Mommy to Kai 2/03, Caden 1/08, Kara 10/09, 3/21/13, &
Cole 2/3/14 ♡ Happily unmarried to Papa since 2002 ♡
~We may not have it all together ♥ but together we have it all~
Jen-loving Bill, mama to Teryn 18, Kalyn 16, Ricky 13, Natalie 5, Angel Zoe '07 and Amelia Rae 22 mos bonus kids (dss) W 14, W 13 NEW grandbaby due 10/10/11
Tricia, married to DH. 2MC's & 4 yrs ttc...finally mom to Andrew6/06 and Benjamin 10/09. Adopted bro & sis 2002. My 2 fav. words: Spay and Neuter! I'm an Ultimate Viewer, 2010!
Charlize, married to DH 4/12/04. Mom to DD1 (4/2005) , DD2 (3/2007) , and DD3 (10/2009) , and DD4 (6/2011) .