Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Big “C”

Baby Girl will be here before too long.  And I’m not going to lie.  I’m nervous.  Not so much about adding a third kid to our crazy mess, but because I have to have a c-section.

Little Miss Stubborn did not turn when she dropped.  She is still breech.  And because my fluid levels are on the low side, my doctor doesn’t want to try to manually turn her.

So a c-section it is.

I’m not really that nervous about the surgery itself.  I know that it’s the best way to get my little girl out healthy.

But I am nervous about the recovery.

How will a c-section affect breast feeding?
Can I expect nausea after surgery?
Will I be able to take the stairs once I get home so that I can sleep in my own bed?
Am I a total nutcase for scheduling Trenton’s 5th birthday party for two weeks post-op (his actual birthday is one week after Baby is born, but I talked him into pushing a party back a week)?
What else am I supposed to know because I feel totally clueless even though this is my third kid.

I definitely know not to expect to be able to do this anytime soon.

Two Babies
Trenton – 14 months and Charlotte – 2 days old weighing 5 pounds

I know that no matter how nervous I am, that God has this thing all planned out, and it will all go according to His plan.  It still doesn’t keep a momma from stressing out though…


Nicole said...

I haven't had a C-section but hearing from friends who have. I'm not sure the bday party 2 weeks post op is a good idea :( I'm actually kind of worried about you! But it's probably best to hear from someone with personal experience.

Jen said...

I hope everything goes smoothly! Hugs!

Chelsea Phelps said...

I wish I could offer up some reassuring advice but of course I have never had a child. I do know that God has had this baby's birth story planned since the beginning of time, and He's got you!


Chelsea Phelps said...

My friend Ruthie ended up having a C-section with her first baby, and she wrote a really honest post about recovery and what she wasn't expecting. She might be a good person to reach out to! Blog post: http://www.ruthiehart.com/2013/11/postpartumwhat-they-dont-tell-you.html


Jenn said...

Oh no! So sorry to hear she's breech! I'll be praying for a quick and easy recovery for you!

Breanna said...

I'm wishing the best for you! I can see why you are scared though, everything about the process of giving birth seems horrifying! It will all be worth it in the end of course though ;)


Courtney Bolin said...

I had a c-section with Avery. It wasn't so bad but she was my first so I didn't have to worry about other children. I don't have stairs but have heard from others that if you absolutely must go up stairs, go up backwards and go very slowly. If I were you, I'd plan to bunk downstairs for about 2 weeks or so. I had the most trouble getting in bed because it's higher than I thought. Put a step stool close by. I was never nauseated after surgery and it didn't affect breastfeeding as long as you are gentle. They wrap you up pretty good. Showering sucks but gets better in time. I felt pretty good two weeks after but of course still sore. Hope this helps!

Mrs.B said...

I've never had one so I don't know but I am praying for a quick recovery for you when the time comes. xoxo

Shannon said...

Having a normal delivery and then an emergency c section, I can say the biggest obstacle for me was not being able to lift Taylor for two weeks after delivery. She wanted so badly to be in my arms, but I simply just couldn't carry her.

The recovery definitely took a bit more out of me with the c section, but it isn't HORRIBLE, especially if you get walking as soon as possible.

I'm sure you'll do just great. You're a warrior!!

Sarah said...

Wish I could help you answer those questions but I didn't have a C with Drew so I have no clue!!! I will just be thinking of you and waiting to hear about the little girl!

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

I don't have any experience or advice to offer but I am wishing for the best for you! The birthday party one is hard, you must be so torn between making it special for Trenton and not pushing yourself too much. Just make your husband and friends do all the work and you can be the director sitting on the couch :)

Anonymous said...

I have had three c sections ( no vaginal births) and am an L& D nurse.. You will be fine but a little sore by incison site.. Make sure you get some super Motrin to take home with you to allow you to stand up and sit with less pain.. As for breast feeding if crossing your mid line hurts do a football hold position with baby.. Nausea after and during c section ask dr to address plenty of meds that they can put in your IV to address issue.. The experi

Anonymous said...

Sorry got cut off . Experience is different and depending on hospital policies and how you are doing you probably won't be out of bed till 24 hours after, so just know that.. Have plenty of help to set up for party but no need to cancel.. You will be holding everyone and folding laundry before you know it - so take any help offered ! Good luck

Rachel Ross said...

Praying your c-section goes well and that recovery isn't too bad! Can't wait to see pictures of your family of 5! :)