Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Complete

Exactly one week ago today, I gave birth to this little dude!

Meet baby I

The weird thing about a scheduled c-section is just how normal the whole process feels, despite the fact that you're about to be sliced open and have another human being hoisted out of your innards.  

While my first c-section wasn't strictly an emergency, there was enough urgency to it that things passed in a bit of a blur.  This time around, I got to have nice leisurely chit-chats with my anesthesiologist and the OB who would be performing the surgery (since my own had to bail at the last minute for a high-risk delivery).  I surprised myself at how calm I was about the whole thing, right up until the point that the anesthesiologist was about to put in my spinal block.  I was hooked up to a heart rate monitor at that point, and he asked if I was nervous and commented that he could see my heart rate going up a little bit.  I replied something to the effect of "Well, you ARE about to cut me open, so there's that" which the nurses agreed seemed pretty reasonable.

The surgery went off without a hitch and at 3:24pm baby I entered the world at 8 pounds 4 ounces.  The biggest difference this time around was that, while Q had a few breathing difficulties that necessitated a quick visit to the respiratory unit, M and I were able to hold baby I pretty much straight away, which was a lovely distraction from the stitching up process.

So here we are, a family of four!  Right now we're smack in the middle of the transition process, which has been both amazing and challenging.  Amazing in that Q was absolutely thrilled to meet his baby brother and has been beyond gentle with him, asking to hold him and then gently touching his tiny features with a huge smile on his face.  Challenging in that Q was a MUCH better sleeper/eater right off the bat, whereas I has been going through some pretty fierce day/night confusion and cluster feeding so that's been putting us through our paces.  I knew we had gotten off easy the first time, but maybe not exactly HOW easy.  But with a little help from M's mom, who stayed with us until yesterday, we've been muddling through and I'm confident we'll find our feet soon.  

Who would ever have thought when I started this blog five (5?!?!?!) years ago that this would be where we'd end up?  But here we are.  Me and my boys.  

Complete.


36 comments:

  1. This post made me smile. Congratulations lady! May you and all your boys have more than a lifetime of happiness and joy.

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  2. Congratulations! So very happy for all of you!

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  3. YAY! Welcome baby I! So happy that your c-section went well. I'm not going to lie, the first few months of having two kids is difficult but remember that it is a phase and you will get through it!

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  4. Congratulations on the birth of your son and being complete! I’ve bern getting my head around the idea of being complete and resolved too. It’s a big deal! So happy to see you reach this point of your journey.

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  5. Aw that's such great news! Congratulations to you all! He's precious

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  6. Whoa! I've been away a long, long time... this is so amazing!

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  7. This made me smile so much.

    Congratulations!

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  8. Congratulations!!!! He is absolutely beautiful. Hopefully he'll catch on to the whole sleep/eating thing soon and you all will be settling in as a family of four!! Also, I love that Q is so excited about his little brother!!

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  9. Waiting 5 years for this post! So beyond happy for you!

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  10. So much love to you and Baby I. <3

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  11. Congratulations!!! He is precious. I’m so happy your family is now complete and hope the transition and healing get a little better every day. Hugs to all four of you!

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  12. Aw, I'm so very happy to read this. Congratulations!! Enjoy them :)

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  13. I have followed your journey for years with a great deal of interest, and a feeling of connection, since reading your story feels like looking into a textual mirror (we had the same doctor and everything). I just wanted to say congratulations, and I'm so glad you got your happy ending! You give me hope that one day I will also feel complete. Enjoy every moment!

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