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Ladies -<br><br>
Just thought I would let you know that our sweet Penelope Rose was born via a glorious and amazing scheduled c-section on Monday 05/10/10 in the morning. She was 6 lb, 12 oz and 20 inches long. She is almost a full two pounds less than my other babies and seems so tiny!<br><br>
She immediately took to nursing and has an amazing latch. My milk just came in this morning full force (usually it only takes a couple of hours after birth so nearly two days later was a bit strange for me - expected but strange.<br><br>
I will write more details later, but suffice it to say that my c-section was AMAZING! Everything went just as I had dreamed and hoped it would. Well, except for the student anesthesiologist having to place the spinal/epidural combo needle TWICE! That sucked but once past that part, it was as perfect of a surgical birth as I could have ever dream up.<br><br>
As promised, Dr. Isaacs passed little Penelope across the drape as soon as she was born, all slippery, bloody, and wet. The lead anesthesiologist had released my arms and then opened my gown for me so I got to have skin to skin contact with my sweet baby for the first 30 or so minutes of her life. I only let her go because I was starting to get a bit woozy from all of the bloody fluids splashing on the drapes. At that point, Mr. Amazing Man took her to the warmer to get her weighed and measured but then she came right back to me and has never left my side since. Not once.<br><br>
More story to come later - I hope all of you who are still waiting for your little one are doing well and hanging in there. It's worth it in the end, no matter which way your baby is invited into the world!<br><br>
Smooches and hugs to all of your for your support these last months!<br><br>
Melynda
 

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Picture from the OR table: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/getfitt/4601126202/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/getfitt/4601126202/</a><br><br>
Picture of grandma Rose and baby Penelope: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/getfitt/4601126222/in/photostream/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/getfitt...n/photostream/</a><br><br>
Many more to come in the next couple of days!
 

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That is just the sweetest, prettiest name! Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
Your amazing attitude is an inspiration to those of us facing uncertain birth pathways. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow">
 

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I'm so glad beautiful little Penelope Rose made her entrance so grand mama!!! I'm so happy for you both, she is beautiful!!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Congratulations on your sweet, beautiful baby girl! And thank you for such a wonderful birth story! I'm facing a repeat cesarean in two weeks and I'm loving hearing how yours was such a healing experience. Way to go mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Have a happy recovery with your gorgeous baby!
 

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Welcome Penelope Rose! So glad your c/s went well. The pics are gorgeous and I love the blueberry hat!
 

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She's beautiful, Mama! And such a pretty name for a pretty girl!
 

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She is beautiful!! I'm glad your c/s went well too! CONGRATS!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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i'm so glad you got the experience you want!<br>
she is so beautiful! welcome to the world, penelope! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Congratulations! I am so glad that you got the type of c-section experience that you were hoping for--and that you're starting to feel better! Enjoy your snuggly bonding time with your new daughter!
 

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Pretty name. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Congratulations.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I love hearing about great c-section experiences! Yay you for finding just the right doctor, and for looking for that amazing skin-to-skin contact. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Sounds wonderful!
 

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Have a blissful babymoon! I love happy birthing stories no matter how they come! Thank you for sharing your story and your sweet girl with us, I love the blueberry hat!!!
 

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Congrats on a beautiful birth! Enjoy your baby snuggles!!!
 

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What a beautiful section story! God bless your kind doctor.<br><br>
Penelope is so beautiful! Congratulations! Hope that you enjoy a deep and restful babymoon! Happy recovery!
 

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Sounds like the best c-section ever! I am joyed for you and yours. Congrats and happy recovery!
 

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Congratulations! So happy it went so well for you both!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Congratulations! Glad you were able to have your skin to skin immediately <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She's beautiful, enjoy your recovery and the beginning of your new relationship with her!
 
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