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October 11th, 2006, 05:36 PM
Boxerlove1's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Well, as most of you know, I had a C-Section scheduled for 10/6 due to previous emergency c-section leaving me with much scarring and risk of uterine rupture. Also, my cerclage was taken out at the same time.

Matthew and I arrived at the hospital at noon, where my parents and grandparents (they came up as a 'surprise') were waiting. I went right up to L&D and got in the birthing room where they took my vitals, started my IV and put the external monitors on to track baby's hb and any uterine contractions. My section was supposed to be at 2, but some emergent patients had arrived, so I didn't go in until about 315. My nurse was a trip - and she was perfect starting the IV. I didn't feel a thing! Then the anesthesia doc came by to check on me. I was nervous, but he was reassuring and funny, so that helped take the edge off. Finally it was time to go back.

I was so scared because my last experience was, as you all know, very tragic. I also had very poor pain management due to the fact that I was on Methadone at the time, which is a drug that blocks the action of opiates. So I was expecting the worst as far as that went.

I wasn't under near as much anxiety this time, but nevertheless when my spinal was being administered, I started to cry just remembering how it was almost a year ago. The nurse held me and wiped away my tears. The anesthesia tech was very reassuring as well, and I didn't even feel the spinal... only when my butt started getting warm did I know.

So then my doc came in and started prepping me out. Initially, my arms were velcroed to the board. Matt came in dressed out. He sat up at the head of the bed and we talked. I felt some pressure, nothing major - in fact I actually asked if they had started! What a good spinal! Finally I felt the doctors take him out... what an odd feeling, like a giant weight lifted out of me - its hard to describe but its like a suddenrelease. I perked my ears up to hear his first cries. He tried to, but it was like half cry/ half gurgle until he was suctioned out. Oh, that squeal was the sweetest sound I have ever heard in my life! Then everyone just kept saying how big he was. My arms were unvelcroed and Matt was taken to the isolette to see him while he was apgared.. then they wrapped him in blankets and gave him to Matt - he came back to the head of the bed and we just cried and cried and touched and kissed him all over. They didn't even weigh him until I was almost done, just to give us more time with baby. Official time of birth was 358pm.

Everyone was trying to guess how much he weighed. When they told us our little turkey weighed 10lbs and 3oz we were in disbelief. Especially since I was only 37w3d along! His length was 20 and 1/2 inches, and head circumferance was 14, which I was told was big. I was so excited! It's like God knew we needed to have a big chunky baby so that we would feel safe. Neither of us could stop staring at him. They followed me to recovery where I had my first attempt at breastfeeding. His little chin is so recessed that its hard for him to latch right, but we have been persistant. He was rooting around at my breast making these little grunting noises.... so CUTE!!!

When I got to my room baby was in my arms. The rest is a blur of anyone and anything other than my Leo. I stayed awake all night just staring at him. He truly is the love of my life, and nothing has made me happier than bringing this baby into the world. Being a mom kicks #####!

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October 11th, 2006, 06:38 PM
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Congratulations on your big healthy boy!!! I am so glad you have this opportunity to enjoy motherhood!

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October 11th, 2006, 07:23 PM
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Aw, Robyn, your story almost made me cry! I'm so happy you have a healthy boy. Congrats to you!!

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October 11th, 2006, 08:12 PM
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October 12th, 2006, 05:41 AM
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Congratulations Robyn!!!!!! I am sooooooooo happy for you - you SO deserve a happy healthy baby!
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October 12th, 2006, 07:07 AM
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Way to go Robyn! Sounds like he is the perfect healthy boy!!

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October 12th, 2006, 09:43 PM
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Wonderful story!
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October 13th, 2006, 06:13 AM
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Congrats Robyn!
So happy for you and your family.
Best of luck in the coming weeks.
Thank you RasberryBaret for my beautiful siggy!

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October 13th, 2006, 01:12 PM
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Congratulations, Robyn! What a beautiful story... And what a BIG baby! Wow!

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October 13th, 2006, 01:35 PM
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wow, BIG baby! what an awesome and accomodating birth team! congrats!

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October 14th, 2006, 09:12 PM
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Congratulations on a good birth, Robyn! Leo is absolutely perfect! And your right...being a mom does kick #####!!! There's nothing like it in the world!

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October 26th, 2006, 06:19 PM
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oh.... he's so *so* gorgeous! i love plump babies. congratulations. here's hoping you have a happily ever after, now.
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timothy michael, august 31, 2003, 12:02pm, 8 lb. 4 oz., 21"- 38 wks.
melissa may, april 7, 2006, 1:31pm, 7 lb. 10.5 oz., 19.5"- 36.5 wks
nicholas michael, january 31, 2010, 5:12pm, 5 lb. 11 oz., 18.25"- 37.1 wks
damon michael, january 21, 2012, 1:31am, 6 lb. 14 oz., 20", 38 wks
rainbow baby left me at 6-1/2 weeks on 09.08.12~ never forgotten, sweet child

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October 26th, 2006, 06:58 PM
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YAY Baby Leo!
I bet you'll be an awesome mommy Robyn!
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October 27th, 2006, 01:39 AM
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Congrtas on the big man He is soo adorable.
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