Congratulations, Aurora! I can't wait to see pics of you and baby Anthony and I know you did what was right for your baby and your family!
~Ayelet & Yoram
NJ, USA to Israel 12/29/08
Welcome baby boy!! 26.7.13
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Congrats to you guys!! Can't wait to see you Anthony Please allow your self plenty of time to heal hun (((HUGS)))
Thank you so much ladies for your well wishes and the congratz. We are finally home.
It was hard to accept, but with all your great advice and support I feel good about it and look into the positives as I hold my little love in my arms. Anthony looks like a photo copy of me as a child.
Stacey thanks for the tips they where very useful.
I'll try to post this week.
On Friday, July 10, my OB scheduled a c-sec for Sunday July 12 at 8:30 in the morning. The day before my scheduled c-sec I spend it cleaning and getting everything ready for the big day. That night I tossed and turned and woke up every 30 minutes. At 5:45am I woke up and got ready to arrive at the the hospital at 7:00am. As we walked towards the hospital I took my last pregnant photos.
I was immediately admitted and put in a room to monitor the baby's heart rate. As the nurse was informing me on what to expect in surgery, she kept a close ear at his heart beats. She asked me if anyone had ever mentioned that the baby would skip a heart beat every so often. I said no, and got so worried. She told me not to worry that it could just be a temporary thing that would go away shortly after birth. The doctor also noticed and made a note of this. I was walked into the OR at 8:25am and started getting a spinal anesthetic. I was mortified about everything. A few minutes later after laying on the surgical bed my bottom half was tingling and getting all numb. Finally I could not feel or move my body and the c-sec started. There were two doctors, two nurses, and the anesthesiologist. Finally after starting, my husband was allowed to walk in to join me. I tried to resist to let out a tear, but I could not stop it. My husband wiped of my tears and started speaking to me and making me feel better. I could feel my body being moved on as they worked on me, but had no sensation.
I was all scared and the minutes seem to last forever. I could see the monitor that had my heart rate and kept a close eye at the time. Oldies music played in the background as the surgery was performed. Finally at 9:02am Anthony was born. I can remember one of the doctors saying, “He is ready for kindergarten.” I was so sleepy, but waited to hear him cry. It was such an emotional time when I hear his first cry, a river of tears rolled down my face. In everything that was happening I can remember hearing the song “Kiss and Say Goodbye” being played in the background. It was a sweet moment to finally say goodbye to my belly and be able to soon have my child to kiss and hug.
My husband stayed by Anthony's side the whole time. He even got to cut Anthony's cord (which he once told me he would not do), and it is all on film. Anthony Dilmer was born July 12 at 9:02am, weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces, 19 inches long, a head measurement of 38.5 cm, and his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck once. My OB was so glad that we did not try to deliver him vaginally, he was big not only in weight, but also a big head size and the wrapped cord could have lead to complications. I was just happy to have Anthony all healthy regardless of how he got here. After Anthony was checked and cleaned, my husband brought him over and let me see him for the first time, and it felt so good to be able to give my baby a kiss. Anthony looks like a photograph of me as an infant.
My surgery ended at 9:24am. My husband and Anthony where moved to a recovery room. I laid in the OR for around another 10 minutes as the nurses cleaned me. I was then moved from the OR into the recovery room were Anthony and my husband were in, joined with my mother and sister . Immediately after, I was given Anthony to breast feed. He had a good latch from the start, already eating like a professional. I was still extremely sleepy and could hardly keep my eyes open.
An hour after his birth I was swarmed with a visit from my sister in law & boyfriend, brother in law, and an old high school teacher (who has been a good friend to us for years). I apologize to them for me constantly tuning out and almost falling asleep in some moments. My blood pressure was monitored through that time, it was initially well but increased drastically. The nurse then decided to end my visitors stay to see if my blood pressure dropped. Two hours after the surgery I was moved to another floor and given a post partum room. I received two huge flower arrangements from my mother who came back to visit, and another from my best friend with her bf and brother. At some point there were 10 visitors in our post partum room. The nurses were surprised at how many visitors we had and kept on complimenting me on the flowers that we got.
I was glad that my husband never left Anthony's side. I was too numb, and having my husband take care of Anthony was so relieving and comforting. Anthony did not spend a single minute in the nursery, instead he roomed with us. Anthony's first care provider became my husband, who learned how to change a diaper and to swaddle. I am so proud of what a great father he is.
My whole c--sec experience was not as bad as I had imagined. All the staff was very nice, friendly, and helpful. I was not in excruciating pain as I thought I would. In the whole time, the worst was having to get up to walk on my second day, and urinating on my own after the caterer was removed. In my first 24 hours I asked for pain killer shots around three times, I wasn't in extreme pain but made sure it didn't get near it either. When it came time to take tablets the nurses were surprised that I didn't ask for medication, they had to remind me if I needed them (for the most part I denied them). My milk came in around the second day. We were released on Wednesday morning. I was all well and walking like if nothing happened. Pain or discomfort only happens when I get up in the middle of the night, it is hard to get out of bed.
Anthony is doing great, but he didn't pass his ear exam for his right ear. The technician said it is most likely due to fluid in his ear and we need to go back to retest in a few weeks. DH had to go to back to work yesterday and it broke his hard to have to leave Anthony. My husband and I are so in love with our little man, we can't snap out of cloud 9. He is such an angel, hardly gives much grief. Everything he does is just too adorable to us. I had a hard pregnancy, and then having to accept my c-sec was painful emotinally. Regardless of how hard it was, seeing him makes me (who swore to make this my last child) want another. I told my husband I must be insane to think of having one or even two more babies.
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CONGRATS! I'm glad it went fairly smoothly! I had Ethan as a c-section with no labor, and he failed all his initial hearing tests. It was the one when he was a few weeks old that he finally passed. Some babies just take a while to clear all the fluid.
Can't wait to see some pics!
Congrats! I also wanted a NCB but ended up with a c-section, if you ever wanna chat lemme know! Your baby boy is adorable!
~~Missing my lost love Isaac, gone at 14 weeks but in my heart forever~~
That was a beautifully written birth story, Aurora. It really does sound like the c-section was the best way for him to come--a footling breech with the cord around his neck would have made a pretty dangerous vaginal delivery. I'm glad your recovery is going well, and that Anthony is a good nurser. I hope he passes his next hearing test just fine. He is adorable. Congrats again!