Our sweet little girl was born via planned c-section at on 5/2, weighing 8 lbs 15 oz, and is 21 in long. The c-section went as planned, no surprises. I was nervous about the procedure, of course, but I really had no need to be. I didn't feel a thing, she did great, and it was over before I knew it. My husband got some really great pictures of her coming out. Not for everyone, I'm sure, but I thought it was pretty neat to see after the fact.
Afterwards, she and my husband stayed together while she was weighed and bathed. I was told she was doing great and then we were reunited in recovery. Her glucose was a little low (not uncommon for large babies?) and she was having a difficult time maintaining her temperature. They put her under the heat lamp and gave her some formula and luckily both issues resolved themselves so she was able to avoid the NICU. She also had an echo the day after she was born and they didn't detect any additional heart issues other than the one that had already been diagnosed. She'll see the cardiologist again in 3 months, but otherwise they don't think her existing issue will affect her much, if at all. Good news! Her bili was a little high, but not high enough to treat. She lost a little over a pound in the hospital but I'm hoping her weigh-in on Wednesday will be good and we won't have to supplement. It took a bit for my milk to come in so I'm hoping it's just that. She's been a decent sleeper, more so during the day than at night. All in all, she's a great baby and we're really very lucky.
My recovery has exceeded my expectations. I was off all pain meds by day 3 and today I walked to the coffee shop with my husband (+ baby and dog). I have very little pain, almost no bleeding, and I can't even see my incision. Apparently my OB gave me the plastic surgery closure vs. staples or steri-strips. I really couldn't have asked for a better birth experience (well, except for the major surgery part but I'm okay with that).
Breastfeeding has been a challenge but is getting better every day. She was tongue tied at birth and then snipped by ENT on day 3. I think we'll be fine, eventually.
Here she is:
(I'm sorry I didn't share the name on here, but we've had some major trolls on the May BMB and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I'm only leaving the picture on here until tomorrow).