Meridian Rayna made her way into the world on Monday morning, weighing 6 lbs 13 oz and measuring 18.5 inches. Surprisingly, everything was right on schedule. We showed up at the hospital at 7am, they took us back almost immediately and got me prepped for surgery. I had less time to freak out this time than last time. But, I still dislike hospitals, and hate having an IV. Especially when they have to poke me more than once to get a good spot.
The anesthesiologist, Dr. L, was *amazing*. She got the job done right on the first try and chatted with me the entire time to distract me from what was happening. We talked about The Checklist Manifesto which I read earlier this year. I was thrilled to note that as part of the procedure, my doctor ran through a checklist/intros before they got started. So cool to read about it, then see it in action.
Both TJ and I are very squeamish, so we had them put up a screen, and asked the docs not to tell us what they were doing and that we were perfectly happy to assume that babies come out perfectly clean and wrapped in blankets :)
Just like last time, I cried when I heard BabyM's "voice". She has a ton of dark brown hair and deep blue eyes, both of which are probably temporary. The time holding her in the recovery room passed quickly, as did nursing her for the first time.
The nurses who took care of us were FANTASTIC, again. We were lucky to have them looking out for us and responding to my requests for help getting M in and out of her "crib", swaddling her tightly, getting me up and walking, and working with me to find a painkiller/schedule that worked.
With that, a short list of things I am grateful for:
1. Feeding - Baby M is one of those mythical babies "born knowing what to do". She latched on right away. She's quick. It doesn't hurt and is actually kind of a nice peaceful cuddly time. (Did I really say that?!) This was definitely *not* the case with T in the early months.
2. Husband - I count my lucky stars to have TJ (sappy alert). M would not sleep in the hospital's Baby Tupperware (aka "crib") so he slept with her in his arms every night and for some naps. We are currently practicing "divide and conquer" to shepherd T through her schedule and keep BabyM fed, clean and happy. I can't imagine if it had to be all Mama, all the time.
3. Sleep - Of course we could be getting more sleep, uninterrupted, but after the last month of pregnancy, what I'm getting now is amazing. Plus, BabyM sleeps in 2-4 hour stretches, which is more than I expected. So far, so good.
4. My mom - She stayed with T at our house while we were in the hospital. T somehow convinced her to co-sleep, so I'm sure my mom didn't get much rest. She also left us a huge pot of chili which we are still eating (when we remember to eat). T is at her house today to play. Hooray.
5. Narcotics - It's really too bad I don't enjoy them more. My doctor is very thorough and sent me home with a bunch of different ones to try, since both of the options I used in the hospital made me dizzy and nauseous. But honestly, all I need right now is the high dose ibuprofen, alternating with Tylenol + codeine. When I remember to take them on schedule, nothing hurts. Hooray for modern medicine.
Life is good around here, if a bit hazy from lack of sleep. I think there might be nothing better than cuddling a sweet, sleepy baby, with nothing else on the agenda.