I am so excited to introduce Brynn Gracelyn!!! She has made me happier than I ever thought possible.
Tuesday the 29th was our last day before Little B was scheduled to make her appearance and we spent the day hanging out running errands and going to dinner. We went to the restaurant that we went to the day we first saw her on the ultrasound. A very yummy Italian place pretty close to home. We were going to go to the place we got married but I was having TONS of contractions.we decided to play it safe since we were so close I didn't want to go into labor and have to rush into surgery. After dinner we stopped by the InLaws house for desert since we were about 5 minutes away and they called tempting me with strawberry shortcake! ;)
Afer we were home we spent the night cuddling and talking about what was about to be the best day of our lives! And I continued to eat and eat and eat. I wasn't allowed to eat after midnight and I knew I would be starving in the morning so I ate as much as my stomach allowed as close to midnight as I could. ;) We had to be at the hospital at 10AM for the big event. ......... This is my 40 Week Bump Picture. Yes it is a little blurry but its the best I have.
We got up on the 30th at about 8:30 both showered, Jeff loaded up the car with all of the things we needed and put the car seat into the base and we were off! As we got to the hospital Jeff could tell my nerves were starting to set in and I was getting anxious to get going. But he was AMAZING. He made me stop and take a minute to breath. He told me how much he loves me and was so happy that we were having out little girl that day. Then he said a quick prayer for all of us, for a quick and easy surgery for both our baby and for me. I of course started crying because I was an emotional wreck at that point. I love that man so much it is unbelievable sometimes.
Once we got up to the hospital we checked into the Outpatient area and they sent us straight over to Labor and Delivery. We were greated by all of the friendly nurses. 2 of them being the nurses that took care of me during our over night stay the week before. They were joking around saying how they couldn't believe I was just about to have the baby and she should have been here a week ago.
They put us into a L&D Triage room to get prepped for surgery and that is where we spent the next 2 hours getting vitals done and going over paper work. During that time they also got my IV started and let me just say I.HATE.IVS. HATE them! I have bad veins and this time was terrible it took 3 trys to get one going and I got super hot and weak. Yeah maybe I'm a sissy but I can't help it. Then they got me hooked up with the catheter. And then our families came into visit. They all wanted to say HI before surgery. Then the DR came in and kicked everyone out to do a last minute UltraSound to see if she flipped. At that point after being there for 2 hours, going through all of that with the IV and getting a catheter if she flipped too dang bad they were cutting me open anyway. I was not about to leave that hospital without my baby girl. Thankfully that wasn't an issue she was still all cozy with her butt down.
Then started our "long" walk to the OR. I say long because it was really short but it seemed forever away. With each step I got more and more anxious about the spinal. Our families were sitting outside taking pictures and wishing us good luck. I kissed Jeff and was escorted into the OR. EEKKKKK!!!!!!!
I got up onto the table and got more and more nervous The nurses were AMAZING. They made me feel so comfortable and helped me to relax. The anestisialogist was great too, he talked me through the whole spinal process and it was nothing!!!! One of the nurses helped me lean over far enough and whispered in my ear telling me when to breath and when to push back against the pressure. I felt 2 little pinches when the did the local to numb me before doing the actual spinal. That I didn't feel at all! I was soooo relieved. And instantly my toes started going numb and then the sensation started traveling up my body. It was crazy. Once they got me draped and my stomach prepped Jeff was brought into the room to sit by my head. I was very happy to see him. :)
Surgery started at 12:07 and I made him talk to me the whole time. It was so weird. I couldn't feel any pain but there was definite pressure and pulling. I felt like my body was sliding across the table with the amount of pulling going on. Then all of a sudden they said "wow she is a big baby!" They could see my little girl Right after they pulled her out the lowered the drape a tiny bit so we could see her before they took her to get checked and cleaned out. I could see her cute chubby cheeks and I just started crying! She was born at 12:27. The pediatrician then took her over to the warming bed to get checked out at that point she had not made a peep yet and I was starting to get a little nervous and then just as the thought hit me she let out a yell, thank god for that I was not wanting to panic. They then called Jeff over right away. Jeff was put on picture duty since I clearly couldn't do it! They had the bed positioned so that I could see her and see Jeff the whole rest of the time I was in there and I was sooo happy for that. Jeff swore up and down that he wouldn't cut the cord if it was an option but I saw him do it. He couldn't right away because the other side of the curtain was a sterile area but he did get to shorten it and he did it. He came back over to me a couple minutes later and showed me a couple pictures of her and I just couldn't believe she was ours! That was my baby I was looking at. Once she was all checked out Baby Girl was wrapped up and brought over for me to see her. I started crying again and told her Happy Birthday. It killed me not to be able to touch her and kiss her but I had to wait. Then Baby Girl and Jeff headed to the nursery while they finished getting me back together. While one DR finished closing me up the other DR called the nursery to find out how big she was. 8lbs 4 oz 20" long! The DR was surprised thinking she would be bigger. By 12:47 surgery was over and I was being wheeled to our room.
Her First Picture
Seeing my baby for the first time.
Getting Weighed 8lbs 4oz 20" Long
Family seeing her for the first time.
Her first hairdo
I then spent the next hour with 2 nurses who were checking my blood pressure and my ability to move my body every 10 minutes. It was the longest hour of my life. My blood pressure was even more elevated but my body was starting to return to normal. It was such a weird sensation. When my body started going numb it went from the toes up and when the numbness was going away it went from my belly to my toes.
At 10 minutes to 2 Jeff and the newest love of my life were brought into my room and I couldn't stop smiling!! The nurse brought her over to me and layed her in my arms and I started crying again. I couldn't stop telling her how much I love her. The whole time I was listening to Jeff talk about how things were in the nursery and I asked him if anyone else held her while they were there. And he told me that he hadn't even held her yet! I was shocked!!! I told him I wanted him to hold her and be with her while I couldn't be but he really wanted me to be the first one to hold her because he knew how important it was to me and how I was so sad that wasn't an option since I had to have a C/S. More tears! What an amazing man I married!!!
My first time holding my baby girl
Our First Family Picture
Jeff's First time holding baby girl
At that point I had him come and get her so he could hold our little girl for the first time. It was the best thing I had ever seen in my life. After a few minutes he gave her back to me so I could feed her for the first time. This may be TMI for some people but she took so easily to breast feeding I was so happy. The nurses helped me the first time and there were really no issues.
We spent about an hour and a half just the 3 of us. I could have asked for anything better. At that point our families came in and met our girl. I think the first question was "what is her name?" Of course we still didn't have an answer for anyone.
On that note I'm going to discontinue this post and continue it later. I figure this was getting a little long and I have quite a bit more that I want to say. More to follow during the week as my little squeakers allows me some time. But here are a couple other pictures just because I think she is so cute!!!!