On July 17 at 12:11 pm, baby boy arrived into our world. How he got here was the complete opposite of Princess Peach’s entry into this world. My birthing experience with him was such a pleasure.
When I found out I was pregnant I was so into having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) delivery. Even though I had a horrible birthing experience with Princess Peach but a great recovery after my emergency c-section I was insistent that I wanted to make my second time giving birth a positive one. My Dr was fully supportive of whatever decision I wanted. I kept wavering my entire pregnancy.
At my appointment in at the beginning of June, my doctor suggested that I go for an ultrasound as that could help make my decision if the baby was too large or breech etc. Well, baby boy was the perfect size, head down and in the right position. I still didn’t know what to do but I was told I had to book my c-section date just in case.
It’s a really weird feeling know what day and time your child will be coming into this world. I love having countdowns and this was one countdown that was exhilarating, exciting and terrifying all at the same time!
Fast forward to July 17 at 9 am. My mom came to pick up Princess Peach and took her to dance class. My dad took The Hubster and I to the hospital. We loaded his car calmly and entered in hospital in an almost comical state. My water hadn’t broken this time, and we weren’t freaking out. We just followed the blue line to the elevators and arrived on the 7th floor. It was just so bizarre to know that in less than 3 hours our baby boy would be arriving.
So up we go to triage where I was greeted by a nurse at the desk. She asked me how she could help us and I said “I’m here to have a baby!” haha. It was all so calm. We couldn’t stop laughing at how different our experience has been by just walking into triage!
So we register and do all the administrative stuff that we had to do and we were told to walk down the hall to another nurses desk. There, we were introduced to one of our nurses who showed me right to my room. I was told to change into my gown and that someone would be in soon. The Hubster and I assumed it would take a while so he went downstairs to get himself breakfast. A minute or two after he left, two anesthesiologists came into the room as well as the nurse to start prepping me. I couldn’t believe that everyone was just waiting for me to arrive. I kept asking if everyone was on time and they kept telling me they were! At some point I just assumed that someone would tell me that there was an emergency and that my c-section was getting bumped back.
The prep took around 1.5 hours. I got an IV inserted and all that fun stuff that needs to happen prior to a c-section. At around 11:15, I was wheeled down the OR. The Hubster said goodbye to me and was escorted to the waiting room while they prepped me. I still couldn’t get over how calm the entire process was. It was such a pleasure. I got to the OR and they started prepping me for surgery. Right after I got moved onto the table my nurse asked me what type of music I wanted to listen to. Really? I could choose. This is amazing. So obviously I asked it they have satellite radio as my first choice would be to listen to the Broadway station, but unfortunately they didn’t. I chose top 100 pop songs. The playlist was awesome!
The anesthesiologist came in and gave me a spinal. The spinal is SOOO much better than an epidural! Nothing sticks out of your back. The only drawback is that it took way longer for my legs and feet to unfreeze than an epidural- hours longer.
They got me all set up on the table and my OB came in and gave everyone the lowdown on me etc and off they went and got started. The blue sheet went up and then The Hubster came in. He was awesome and documenting everything. I did not feel an ounce of pain and everything went so smoothly. It was really an absolute pleasure. The doctors were talking to us, The Hubster and I were talking to each other. Then Train came on the radio. I started singing Hey soul sister. My OB was singing too. This was amazing. Was surgery suppose to be this calm and relaxed? Either way, it was amazing.
Then, the next thing I know is I felt a TON of pressure. I started to scream “owww”. My OB started joking with my about the OB who was helping her perform the surgery that he was the one pulling the baby out. Then my OB pulls the blue sheet down from the top. She was letting us watch him be born. When she pulled the sheet down the lower part of his body was still inside me. It was amazing.
I yelled “He looks exactly like Princess Peach”. To which my OB responded “except he has a penis!”. Right….I’m a mom to a boy.
He came out and they showed him to us before he was cleaned off by the nurse. Then he came right back to us all bundled. The nurse was so sweet and offered to take our first family picture.
We got to cuddle him, stare at him, and oogle over this new life for about 45 minutes. That was the amount of time it took to stitch me up. Then off to recovery we went.
Stay tuned to the rest of my story in another post…..
(p.s. for those of you who are very familiar with Princess Peach’s birth, isn’t this the exact opposite? This is was best experience!)