The day before my schedule c-section I spent the day shopping and doing all my last minute things. That night I could barely sleep, I was so excited, nervous, so many things running through my mind. I was excited about seeing my little girl but nervous about the surgery. At 5am we got up and headed to the hospital. As soon as we got to the hospital, I put on a gown, they put my IV in and then my catheter. The catheter was so uncomfortable I hated the feeling of having it in. At exactly 8:30am they took me to the OR in my bed and got me all set up. The gave me the spinal block which didn't hurt at all and now it was time to start the c section.
As they were starting the c section, I started to feeling very sick and nauseous. I told the anesthesiologist and he told me I would be fine. I kept telling him that I needed to throw up so finally they put something at my side and I started throwing up but it was mostly water. It was so weird because I was so numb that I couldn't feel myself throwing up. I don't remember feeling this numb with my first c-section and let me tell you I didn't feel a thing. With my son I felt so much pressure and tugging and with this one I felt absolutely nothing.
At 9:22am on September 21st I heard the cry that I had been waiting nine months to hear. I couldn't believe that I was finally hearing her cry and she was finally here. My husband went by her once she was born and then about ten minutes later I got to see her sweet little face and give her plenty of kisses. After a couple of pictures and kisses they took her away so she could be cleaned. My husband went with her. Isabella Rose was a tiny little one; she weighed 5 lbs 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.
After they got me stitched up they took me back to my room and I couldn't wait to hold my daughter. They didn't bring her to me right away because her temperature was low and she needed to be under lights. Finally after what felt like forever they brought her to me and my heart just melted when they placed her in my arms. She was perfect and my family was now complete! We spent four days in the hospital and Isabella did have some issues. At first she was throwing up everything she ate, breastmilk and all. They put her on a special formula and she started keeping everything down. I gave her both breast milk and formula but mostly breastmilk. She did latch on but it takes a while so I just pump most of the time. Ethan never latched on so it felt good to be able to breastfeed her. She did have some jaundice but after a couple of days that cleared up. They mentioned the cystic fibrosis when I was in the hospital because of her low birth weight and the fact that she wasn't keeping anything down but after a week at home she gained plenty of weight and they highly doubt that she has cystic fibrosis. What a relief!
The first day after my c-section I felt horrible but after that with the help of the pain killers I started doing a lot better. I really do not enjoy the recovery part; it really is painful. Ever since we came home from the hospital, life has been pretty hectic. My days fly and sometimes I don't know what day of the week it is. I can't believe how crazy life is with two kids but I wouldn't have it any other way. Isabella will be a month old tomorrow, and I can't believe how fast that went! She is eating 6 ounces every three hours and she is gaining weight like crazy. I can't wait to see how much she weighs tomorrow. She is pretty good at night. She wakes up every three hours to eat and once she is done feeding she goes back to sleep. On some nights she will go four hours straight which is great! Once she wakes up for her 7am feeding she stays up and that's when I get up and get my day started. I love being home with my two little ones and I am finally getting a schedule down. I was lost there for a couple of weeks, and I didn't know what to do first or what to do with myself. I feel so much better now that things are finally getting back to normal and I got some sort of routine down.
Watching Ethan and Isabella together is priceless. I still can't believe that I created these two little people. Life is truly a miracle. Ethan has been acting out somewhat since we brought her home but once it comes to Isabella he is very protective of her. He is constantly kissing her and holding her. He tells people that they can't take her home, she is all ours and no one else's. When he goes out without Isabella he kisses her and tells her that he will miss her while he is gone. It is so cute when I see him talk to her. When my parents bought Ethan to the hospital after I had Isabella he walked in and his eyes just got big once he saw me holding her. I told him that this was his little sister Isabella and he give her a kiss and than just started playing and completely forgot why he was there. On the day we brought her home, we walked into the house with her and he ran up to her in the car seat and said, "Isabella let's go into my room and play!" We all broke out laughing and we told him that he has to wait a couple of months before she can go and play with him. I look forward to the day when they two of them begin interacting with one another.
I am going back to work in a couple of weeks and I look forward to balancing work and having two children. I am always up for a challenge and I am pretty sure that is going to be a good one. I am so happy with my life right now. I have an amazing husband, a very hyper son, and a beautiful daughter. I couldn't have asked for more. God has truly blessed me. I want to thank you all for following me on this amazing journey and for those who gave me such great advice! I want to give a special thanks to Maribeth for choosing me to share my story with you. I wish all the pregnant mommies out there a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery!