Sunday, December 02, 2007

The View

First I have to say, "Thanks!" for all your well wishes. It is so good to not be pregnant (I can touch the floor!) and to have a healthy baby here. Wendell did a good job blogging for me, too.

Thursday was a loooooong day. I woke up at 3:30 am and I couldn't get back to sleep. I was so excited to have the baby. But I stayed in bed until 4:45 am when I got up to shower and go to the hospital. We got to the hospital at 5:45 am and they got me logged in and cued up for the first C-section of the day.

The OR was freezing and it was hard to stop shivering as I got my anesthesia. I did joke with the docs that they should do a tummy tuck while they were in there. They didn't think it was as funny as I thought it was. (Really, though, 5th C-section with a tubal ligation, can't they throw a tummy tuck in there too and save me $10,000 down the road?)

When they opened me up, Dr. Jacob kind of gasps and says, "My goodness, your uterus is thin."

"In fact," Dr. Gammette interjects, "it's transparent. We call this a 'Womb with a View.'"

After we chuckled at Dr. Gammette's "pun"-i-ness. Dr. Jacob said seriously, "I'm really glad that you decided to be done."

From conversations that I had with the doctors, I think they would have told us we should be done anyway after seeing the condition of my uterus. It was nice, in that moment, to have ratified the decision that Wendell and I made for this little boy to complete our family.

Soon after, they got our little boy out and I kept calling for them to show him to me.

"Hang on," Dr. Gammette said, "we've got to get him breathing first."

Oh, yeah. Kind of important.

The anesthesiologist hung the drape between us (me and the docs) so high that short little Dr. Jacob had to hand the baby to Dr. Gammette who could hold the baby high enough that I could see him over the drape. He was all purple and screaming and lovely. Oh, and he peed all over the doctors. That was cute too.

I can't tell you, though, how surprised I was by how little he is. Like Wendell said in our last post, Cohen Beck is our second smallest baby. But Dr. Gammette did say I was carrying a lot of extra fluid which would make everyone think the baby was a lot bigger. (Actually, Dr. G said something about me having so much fluid he was now standing in a puddle. Always something funny to say....)

I will have to tell you more hospital adventures later. But suffice it to say that we are home and resting. And happy.


Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph said...

Wow... so glad all went well! He is BEAUTIFUL and I absolutely LOVE his name!


Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

It's always fun to have a funny birth story. Welcome home. I'm glad you're doing well. The pictures are darling. How are the other children with him?

Laurie said...

Birthing stories are great! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to hear the rest of it. I'm glad that you are home and that he is here. Congratulations!!! I'm so glad we get to keep in contact through your blog. Even Ken has been watching your blog since Wendell wrote on it.

Lara said...

I'm so so so excited for you! And how wonderful to know that your body is now your own! Enjoy it all- sounds so amazing!

*Tanyetta* said...

Beautiful!!!!!!! I am so happy! I love his name. He is perfect.