So, much as I suspected, trying to plan/schedule blog posts while caring for a newborn wasn’t exactly an easy task. Hence, the lack of posts for the past month. But, I finally have a moment and thought I’d share a little about my birth experience and bringing home baby.
First off, my birth experience didn’t go as planned – plans in life rarely do. Due to certain concerns my doctor had, I was induced about a week early – at 39 weeks. After having contractions for about 8 hours, I hadn’t dilated past 2 centimeters and the stronger the contractions got, the more distressed the baby seemed to get. Her heart rate kept dropping. My doctor decided that an emergency C-section was the best option. At that point, I hadn’t received any drugs but for a C-section they numb you from the waist down. And, actually, the spinal block procedure (different from an epidural) was the most uncomfortable part of my labour experience. Turns out, getting the C-section was the right move because poor little one had the cord wrapped around her neck twice. This was why she was having trouble dropping and why the contractions (which were forcing her downward) were causing so much distress.
Anyway, all that drama aside, when they delivered my baby and I heard her cry for the first time…the feelings that overcame me are truly indescribable. Yes, I felt relief, joy, happiness, pride, peace, excitement. But, truthfully, no emotion I’d experienced up to that point in my life could compare to what I felt the moment she arrived.
Waking up, or getting up rather, that first morning (about 12 hours post-surgery) was rough as anyone who’s had a C-section can attest to. But it’s much better for your recovery if you can get up and move about as soon as possible. After three days in the hospital, I was able to bring baby home. I ended up having some post surgery complications which actually delayed my recovery. I won’t lie, dealing with these complications did add to the initial stress of coping with the needs of a newborn. But I won’t dwell on that because, in the end, it doesn’t matter. What matters most is the new life that I welcomed into this world and she has brought me more happiness in these short few weeks than I have ever known.
That’s all for now folks. Hopefully, next week, I’ll be able to share a little more about my first month with baby girl. Until then, Happy Holidays everyone!
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