William Sawyer: A Birth Story-Part 2
After getting into my hospital room that night, I felt like I was on cloud nine. My pain was non-existent and I wasn't tired or loopy from the medications. Since I was feeling so good, I decided to hurry up the process. By that I mean 12 hours before I had a csection, I was told I couldn't eat or drink anything and then after the surgery I could only have clear liquids until I passed gas. The reason for this is due to my spinal block, which put my bladder and bowels to sleep. To guarantee after surgery everything was getting back to normal and waking up, I had to pass gas or have a bowl movement before I could devour anything. Since I felt great; however, I ordered lots of juices and broths to jump start my system. The only thing wrong with this is that the sugar from the drinks interfered with my spinal block and caused me to be very nauseous. This led me to throw up for about 10 minutes, which was the worst part of my recovery because I just hate throwing up or feeling the slightest bit nauseous.
After that everything was smooth sailing. Z stayed in a fold out bed in the hospital and got up with me at night to talk with me while I fed Sawyer. My Mom came during the days to keep me company or watch little man while Z and I took naps during the day. She was also nice enough to leave for a few hours every day so Z and I could have alone time and enjoy being a new little family of 3.
I wanted to have our hospital room and stay be very calm, relaxing and stress-free, so I didn't have a lot visitors or guests. Not that I didn't appreciate or want to see my friends, but I just wanted to enjoy every moment with just Z and our little one for the first 2 days.
After 2 days, we slowly invited a few friends and family into our little hospital home. We were so grateful for those that did come. They came bearing food and little outfits for Sawyer and it was so nice to finally introduce him to some of our closest friends.
And with the doctor's permission, we had a champagne toast and Sawyer toasted with his bottle.
Then after 4 days, we left our little room and the great staff to go home to start this new chapter and lemme tell ya, it's been a crazy and fantastic whirlwind since then.
I do want to end this story by saying I was so terrified to have a c-section. So much so that the week leading up to it I would just break down and cry. I had never heard anything good about c-sections and was nervous about the recovery. That I wouldn't be able to participate and help out with my baby, but that couldn't be farther from my experience. I was up and walking the day after my surgery and felt back to normal quicker than a lot of the Moms that had vaginal deliveries. I know that everyone is different, but I think my one piece of advice for any Mom that has to have a scheduled c-section is that it's really not that bad and sometimes, like in my case, you'll recover faster than Moms who have had vaginal.
But no matter how you deliver or what your story is or will be, it'll be beautiful, special, and one that ends with the most beautiful ending-your little one.