We arrived at the hospital at 5:30am for my scheduled c-section at 7:30. We were put in a pre-op room and a nurse came in to start the IV and hook up the fetal monitors.
Around 7:15 we made our way to the OR. Robert was given scrubs to put on and then he was to wait for a nurse to get him when everything was prepped and ready.
The anesthesiologist came to start my spinal block. She first injected me with something to numb the area and was all, "This will sting like a bee sting." Bee sting my ass! It felt like I was being injected with fire.
Then came the fun part, the spinal block. I had to sit on the edge of the table and hunch over so she could get to my lower back. Apparently, I have a small curve in my lower back and that was a problem.
Home girl had to try FIVE frickin' times to get the block positioned correctly.
That was just plain awful. I could still feel her digging around in my back with the needle even though the area was numbed up. It felt like really sharp cramps and was not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination.
Eventually, she got it done and the nurses quickly moved me to a laying down position. Then they put up a sheet and started some morphine in my IV. Ahhhh....
Robert came in and sat by me and the anesthesiologist looked over the sheet and then told me that it had already started. And I had not felt a single thing! A wave of relief came over me. I had been seriously worried about feeling the cut. I know, I know, the spinal block handles that, but I've heard of not working as expected. So, I relaxed.
I felt a lot of pushing and pulling and pressure while they worked at getting Kylie out. The way she was sitting, her butt came out first and she was crammed up in my ribs, so it took a lot of force to get her down and out.
As a result, Kylie's little legs were all bruised up and so is my abdomen, both inside and out. Most of the bruise color has faded from both of us by now, but my abdomen is SO sore.
Robert tried to stand up at one point and look over the curtain to see what was happening and the nurses made him sit back down. I guess there have been dads who have passed out, which is a bit of a liability for the hospital there!
As soon as Kylie was out they held her up over the sheet so we could see her. I'm not going to lie, newborns fresh out are gnarly looking. Regardless, I was amazed to see her and started to cry immediately. I couldn't help it! I was so overwhelmed by relief and in complete awe of the little life we just brought into the world.
Kylie Kathryn Brown was born on 7/3/12 at 7:56am, weighing 7lbs, 15ozs and measuring 19 inches long.
Robert was given the all-clear to take photos after they showed her to us. The nurses checked Kylie out and she promptly grabbed a hold of the stethoscope. Robert was all excited, "She's grabbing the stethoscope! She's going to be a doctor!" LOL
Robert got to hold her first. I love this picture, his eyes are so happy!
Our first family photo!
Kylie's first bath! She was not happy about it.
Clean baby with all her hospital gear on.
The nurse held her up for me to see as I was wheeled to the recovery room.
This is the first time I got to hold her.
Getting kisses from Daddy.
Our sweet Baby Kylie.