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June 18th, 2008, 07:59 AM
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Monday June 9th 2008

M and I headed to the hospital at 9:30am. We were to be there at 10am since our c-section was scheduled for 1pm. My mom came to my house to watch B. After the baby was born and I got sent into the recovery room, M was going to call all family members (my side and his) to let them know that they could come up and visit once we got into a room. Except for my parents, who had B, who would be able to bring her up right away since she's the big sister.
We got checked in at the front desk and headed to L&D. We walked in and told them we're here for a 1pm c-section. One of the nurses looked at me and said "You know you're not going until 2pm, right?" Umm, no. We did not know that. My OB had pushed it back, but no one ever informed me of this. So, we were given the option to stay or leave for another hour. We opted to stay, because going back home would only confuse B. I got into the lovely hospital down... yuck! And I was hooked up to the monitors for a couple of hours so they could keep an eye on the baby's heart rate and to see if I was having any contractions. I knew I had been crampy for the past couple of weeks... but darn it, I was actually contracting! Some of them were getting really painful while I was hooked up to the monitor. I believe baby just knew it was about time for her to enter the world! I sent M to the gift shop to buy me a word search book, I was bored! And to get a bottle of water to share with me. I wasn't supposed to have anything-- not even water. But my mouth was so dry... I had to!
At one point, around noon, I started to freak out a little bit. I was HOT... very HOT! I needed a fan and NOW! Because I was hot, I was miserable. That stupid hospital gown was driving me nuts. The stupid bed was not comfortable. All I could think about was "If I'm this uncomfortable now, how do I think I'll feel after I'm sliced open?" I looked at M and said "What were we thinking? I don't want to do this! Let's go home!" and I started to cry. After I got my fan, I cooled off and felt a million times better. Looking back on it, that was all rather silly!
Around 1:30pm, the nurse came to check on me. We asked her if we were still going at 2pm. She said they were getting flooded with patients, there was an emergency c-section going on right then and they'd have to get the OR cleaned up before they took me. She also said that my OB still wasn't at the hospital and he wasn't at his office either. So, my doctor was MIA. Right after that we had a knock on the door. It was DH's brother and his wife. I swear, some people just don't listen! We told everyone to stay home until we called them. I was ticked off. 20 minutes later, another knock. DH's parents and his aunt. That about sent me over the wall. Here I was, uncomfortable as hell, impatiently waiting, in this tiny (I mean tiny!!!!) L&D room packed full with 7 freaking people. I tried my hardest to not say anything. Oh I was so mad! For goodness sake, MY family wasn't even there. MY daughter wasn't even there. We told them to stay home! I can't stand these people.
3pm rolled around and the nurse finally came in and said lets go! I was so happy! I thought I'd be so nervous getting up out of that bed and walking into the OR... but I wasn't. Not nervous at all. All I felt was excitement! I kissed DH goodbye and told him I'd see him in a few minutes (they bring him in after they prep me).
I walked into the OR... so much different than I remember with B. I got up on the table and got my spinal right away. It didn't hurt, I was surprised! My anestheiologist was AWESOME! Seriously! She was the greatest! She talked to me and walked me through everything, told me what I was about to feel... and I did! I told her what I was feeling, and she assured me that it was normal and meant the spinal was working perfectly. I told her I didn't want Versed, she said ok fine! I told her I didn't want my arms strapped down, she said no problem. I told her I was hot... she unsnapped my gown and pulled it down a bit to get me some air. I told her my shoulder hurt from laying flat out like that, she let me bend my arm to my chest. I told her I didn't want the drape close to my face, she moved it back. She was perfect! Soon my OB came in, follwed by DH. My OB said sorry about the hold up. We just had a big flood and well, his house got flooded so he had been dealing with that and the clean-up. I totally understood. No problem. Lets get the show on the road and have this baby!!!!
DH and I held hands the whole time, everyone was chit-chatting... talking about nothing really. Just random stuff. Animals, the flood, this and that. It was so calm and relaxing. The radio was on and my OB was singing. It was funny!
At 3:54pm, Isabel Reese was born.... and the song on the radio was "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed. What a perfect song for her to be born to!

Here are some of the lyrics from the song:

Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I closed my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open

Well I don't know if I'm ready
To be the man I have to be
I'll take a breath, I'll take her by my side
We stand in awe, we've created life
With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open
I'll show you everything ...oh yeah
With arms wide open..wide open

Isabel R.
June 9th, 2008 3:54pm
8 lbs 1 oz 22 inches

I had high expectations for my c-section and recovery....... but I will honestly tell you that the way everything went, went WAY UP AND ABOVE the already high expectations. It was perfect!!!
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June 18th, 2008, 09:08 AM
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Great story! Sorry about the family members who don't listen. She's beautiful and you did great!

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June 18th, 2008, 12:25 PM
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Thanks for sharing OR pix!! I love those.

Sorry about the stupid family. I even had a lady from my church show up 2 hours *before* my gall bladder surgery. She drove an hour to get there! Sheesh people?!?!?
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June 18th, 2008, 12:29 PM
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Awww...congrats! Makes me so excited for September!
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June 18th, 2008, 02:19 PM
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That's the perfect song to be playing during a birth! Thanks for sharing. Congrats again!!!

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June 19th, 2008, 07:54 AM
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Thanks for sharing your great birth story. I can't believe the nerve of some people showing up before your section uninvited! What a great song to hear when being born.

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June 19th, 2008, 02:51 PM
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What a great story. I love the pictures.
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June 22nd, 2008, 05:55 PM
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Awwwwww! What a great story!. I'm so glad everything turned out fine!

Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!
Aiden John
January 4, 2007
8lbs 11oz 21.25 inches

Caleb Michael
February 16, 2009
9lbs 5oz 21 inches

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