Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

Ok, so someone please tell me where the year is going? February already! Well, it has been a very busy month for us here. The arrival of Little Princess number 2 on the 7th of January has seen big changes for our family! I was so worried about how LP1 would adjust, that I didn't even realise I'd be doing plenty of adjusting myself. So, I've tried to keep things pretty laid back and just go with the flow. I mean, seriously, the world won't fall apart if the dishes don't get done, or that load of washing doesn't get hung out!! I do what I can, when I can and have a wonderful, very supportive husband to help out!

So, let me tell you about the birth day of LP2!!

The day of the birth was all very organised, a scheduled C-Section. We arrived at the hospital at 7:30am, and waited. I was first on the list for the day, but got bumped for a girl who was in labour, breech baby. So, more waiting.

At 9:30am, we were...you guessed it, waiting, this time outside theatre. I had a giggle at hubby in his scrubs and was then wheeled in to theatre and hubby was taken off to wait while they put the spinal block in and got me all numb and ready to rock!

It took what felt like forever to get the spinal block in, and I must say, that was one of the weirdest feelings ever! They had numbed the area with a local anaesthetic, and I could just feel them poking around in my spine. Then when they had dosed me up I started to go numb, that too was a weird feeling.

So then it was time to bring hubby in and get the party started!

I found it to be an awesome experience! Well, when your first childbirth experience is hours of agonizing, exhausting pushing, only then to be rushed off for an emergency c-section under a general anaesthetic, it seemed pretty darn good to me! Just before 10:43am, the midwife told me the head was coming out. Then at 10:43am, the doctor was holding up our baby girl!


After she was taken off for the routine checks and hubby got to cut the cord, bub was placed on my chest while the doctor delivered the placenta and stitched me up. I had requested to see my placenta, which the midwife brought over to show me and explained how it worked. What a truly amazing thing that is!

The obstetrician that I had been seeing throughout my pregnancy performed the surgery, which was also a new experience for me, as my previous pregnancy with Emily was through the public hospital clinic, and frankly I don't even remember who delivered Emily. I was in the public system again, but was lucky enough to have my OB deliver. I am very very grateful to her!!

Oh, look at the time!! Best be getting some sleep. Fingers crossed.