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We went into the hospital at 7 am on Monday for 9:00 am C-section. Because I was an emergency C-section with Sam we decided to have a planned one this time.
I had a lot of fear about the procedure and because of all of my grief surrounding Sam's illness and death I decided to have sedation along with the spinal.
It took a few tries to find a good vein for my IV and after that things were pretty uneventful until around 9:15. They took me back and I remember them telling me to sit on the table to put in the spinal and I was shaking so badly. They gave me a shot of Versed and I only partially remember them putting in the spinal and then they gave me another shot and I was out in lala land.
At some point I did become more aware of what was going on. I remember hearing the baby cry but not much else. She was born at 9:53 at 7 lbs 6 oz and 19 inches. I could hear people talking but I was so out I just don't remember too much until I was starting to come to. I was wearing my Ipod to help me relax also and I remember I kept telling people I was in France because there was a French composer playing on my Ipod. I also remember talking about Sam a lot. I remember someone was listening and talking to me(I find out it was the anesthesiologist) and it was very comforting. Jeff really liked her and said she was very supportive in the OR.
When I started coming out of it in recovery I finally found out that i had a little girl!!!! I was happy that Jeff got to spend so much early bonding time with her while I was still recovering.
WE had decided to bank cord blood and that was very successful and the courier's came to get that once we were set up in our room. My biggest suprise was how long it took all the drugs to wear off. I know many hospitals use their anesthesia in different ways, but I was under the influence of morphine for about 24 hours, which I was very unhappy about. After my last C it wore off in a few hours. This was much stronger so I spent the whole first day extremely itchy and nauseated. Thank god for Zofran! But nothing worked for the itchies and this hospital doesn't really like to use Narcan.
Vivien latched on well the first day and breastfeeding was established pretty quickly. My milk finally came in yesterday, I am sore though since she wasn't latching deep enough.
All in all pain wasn't too bad. I am not a big fan of pain meds so I refused a lot of my pain medicine and I know everyone thought I was weird because I kept asking for lower doses of Percocet and then only took it occassionally. I have staples so I do have some incisional pain but nothing too intolerable. I think it was helpful that I limited visitors and most of the day we had on soothing music and kept the lights down. It made it much easier to tolerate my pain and nausea.
That's the short version! WE are just so thrilled to have Vivien Grace in our lives!