Ava was born on 02.23.2016 @ 8:57 AM. She was 7 lbs. and 13 oz.
I was already scheduled to have a c-section the day she was born, however Ava had plans of coming out on her own that same day. At around 2:15 AM, I heard and felt a popping sound. At first, I was thinking that it could be my water breaking, but since I was laying down, I didn’t feel any wetness. I disregarded it and a couple of seconds later, that’s when I felt the water leaking! I ran to the bathroom and sure enough my water broke. I called the hospital where I was scheduled for my c-section and asked them if I can go there early since my water broke because I wasn’t scheduled to come in until 6 AM. The nurse said to come so my husband and I made our way to the hospital. I learned that when your water breaks, you CONTINUE to leak…I had no idea. I thought that once your water breaks, that’s it, but I was wrong. During our drive to the hospital, I started feeling contractions. They weren’t bad, but it was uncomfortable.
Once we got to the hospital, they took me to the triage room and started my IV. I was starting to get anxious because the contractions started to become a lot more painful, I was hoping that they’d just start my c-section early, but when they spoke to the doctor who was going to perform my c-section, she said to wait until the time I was actually scheduled. I was freaking out because that was a huge time frame! We got to the hospital around 2:30 AM and they were telling me to wait until 8 AM. I was worried that I was going to have to deal with the painful contractions, but thankfully, the time passed and before I knew it, I was headed to the OR.
The nurses took me to the OR first because they needed to prep me before letting my husband come in. The nurse anesthetist explained to me what she was going to be doing regarding the spinal block and I was really scared at that point. I was worried that it was going to hurt! I did feel the pinch of the needle going in, but after the shock, it wasn’t that bad. I felt my legs starting to tingle and eventually, I couldn’t feel anything from the waist down. They inserted a catheter, which I’m glad they waited until I was numb because I bet that would’ve been more uncomfortable than the spinal block. One of the nurses got my husband and pretty soon they went to work. It seemed like everything happened really quick because before I knew it, I heard a baby crying. As soon as I heard the crying, I started crying. Our little girl was out! I couldn’t wait to see her…but I had to wait because the doctor had to put me back together.
I don’t really remember much after that because the medication they used to numb me had some crazy side effects on me. I remember the nurse asking me if I wanted to see Ava and I said yes and then I started feeling nauseous. I vomited a couple of times and they had to keep me in the recovery room longer than expected because I couldn’t stop vomiting. They never separated me from Ava, though. I remember her being next to me in her own little bed and my husband was also there with me.
Eventually they took me to the Post Partum unit and I was admitted for 3 days. I was actually feeling better by the 2nd day, however Ava’s temperature was fluctuating and they felt it necessary for us to stay an extra day to monitor Ava and to also check her blood to make sure there wasn’t an infection going on with her. After my c-section, I was surprised at how quickly my nurse wanted me to start walking. I thought they’d at least wait a day before having me get up and walk, but NOPE…by the end of day of when I had my surgery, my nurse was asking me to try and get up and dangle my feet at the side of the bed and if I felt up to it, to stand up and try walking. This was another hurdle I had to get over. I was so scared of how much I thought it was going to hurt, but looking back at it now, it actually wasn’t that bad. It was definitely painful, but it was manageable. Once my nurse saw that I could get up and walk, they took out my catheter. It was so weird having one in me because I never felt the sensation like I had to pee, but I definitely felt the catheter. It felt a little uncomfortable when they took it out, but again, it wasn’t that bad. I think the most painful thing throughout my stay at the hospital had nothing to do with Ava’s actual birth. It was breastfeeding Ava that was the most painful! I’m definitely going to make a separate post on breastfeeding because I have a lot to say when it comes to breastfeeding.
Anyways, long story short, Ava’s blood work came back and everything was normal. They discharged me and Ava on Friday, 2.26.16. It’s been awesome being home because I feel like my recovery is going a lot better by being home. Nothing against the hospital I was in because I loved my stay there, but it’s just better being home and having more space to move around. I’m still on my pain medications (Motrin, Norco, and Stool Softeners) and they’ve been great. I have my moments where my incision starts to give me trouble, but again, it’s been bearable and not that bad. Looking back at it now, I’m actually really happy with the way Ava’s birth happened. I got to experience my water breaking and I was able to feel contractions, but I didn’t have to feel the pain of delivering vaginally. I was also able to have my husband throughout Ava’s delivery. I’m sure I missed some parts of Ava’s birth, but it’s 1 in the morning and I need to get some sleep before Ava wakes up for a feeding.