5.10.2011

Mama of Two

We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 am yesterday. After changing into my super sexy hospital gown and answering a battery of questions, I was hooked up to an IV and the fetal monitor.

My in laws arrived at about 6:30 to keep us company. My step mother in law was engrossed with the baby's heartbeat. It was going from about 160 bpm to 120 bpm every few minutes.

Guess what? I was having contractions. Which I think is pretty awesome for two reasons...I could hardly feel them AND whether or not we had chosen the date for the planned C section, yesterday would have been baby's birthday.

At 7:30, I was wrapped in a blanket and shuffled across the hall to the OR. I was sick with apprehension over getting my spinal. I sat on the table, clutching a pillow, tears streaming down my face. B held my hands and the anesthesiologist talked me through the procedure. The worst part? In all honesty, it was the anticipation. My anesthesiologist was a total rock star. I started having major anxiety because I couldn't feel my chest raising when I took a breath, and she showed me that if I placed my hand on my chest while breathing, I could show myself I was, in fact, taking big, full breaths. It was like magic. Seriously.

The surgery began, and at 8 am on the dot, our beautiful daughter took her first breath.

And screamed. Best sound ever.

As I write this, she's snoring softly next to me.

She has a head full of dark wavy hair. Deep, dark inky blue eyes. Long, delicate fingers and toes. Her Daddy's full, heart shaped upper lip.

In a word? Delicious.

I wondered what she'd look like as I carried her around in my belly. Now I look at her and I can't imagine her looking any other way.

Tomorrow, we go home. And begin life as a family of four. We are complete now.

This little angel beside me was our missing puzzle piece.

9 comments:

Mel said...

Ok, I'm totally tearing up reading this post. How beautifully written!! Congrats to the whole family. Love you!! xoxo

AnnG said...

Coolest thing ever to become a momma!! No matter how it happens it is still the best thing iin the world to look iinto those eyes and know that this little person is a part of you! Congrats!!

*Lissa* said...

Beautiful! xo

jaime said...

Congratulations to your entire family of four. :)

Heather said...

Beautiful! Enjoy every moment. xo

imadramamama said...

Oh, Heather, I'm so happy for you!!! I can't wait to see more pictures of Little Miss C R!!

Trish said...

Congratulations to you and your family! What a wonderful blessing! I am praying for a speedy recovery for you! Much love!

Deb said...

Congratulations. Enjoy every moment.

Tami @ ThisMomsDelight.com said...

Congrats!