The small guy is here!

Yes, the day finally arrived and our little boy was safely born yesterday (17 July) at 8.35am. He weighs in at 3.420kg (about 7 and a half pounds) and is a very long 53cm. 

The boys holding hands!

As an overall summary of the c-section, it was remarkably unstressful and painless. I had been nervous as hell about the whole thing in advance, especially the epidural, but actually that stress was misplaced. 

I was taken into the theatre at 8am and the epidural took a few minutes to administer. The general anaesthetic before they insert the epidural was barely even a prick of the skin (it’s much more painful to have the central line put into your hand). It took a few minutes for the epidural to take the full effect and the only bad moment was that my blood pressure dropped dramatically at this point and I felt very nauseous, did some dramatic retching into a dish and had a bit of a cry. I was given something else to balance me out and felt fabulous after that. 

The actual c-section surgery was very quick – maybe 10 mins long – and totally painless. I had two surgeons working on me and they were pulling and yanking and leaning on my chest to get the baby out which was strange but did not hurt. 

Hubby was fascinated by all of the surgery so spent most of the time watching that rather than sitting with me. Watching his face was a good distraction – he is not at all squeamish so he loved seeing the whole process unfold. 

Before long our little guy was pulled out and I immediately felt substantially lighter and able to breathe fully again!! No big surprise after we learned how long he is! He let out some beautiful big wails straight away so I knew he had strong lungs. The doctor gave me a little peek at his face before the paediatrician took him for a few mins to check him over. 

He was still crying when she brought him to me and so she rested his forehead against mine – would you believe even that small amount of skin-to-skin contact was enough to soothe him. 

At this point, I also got a good look at him and I realised actually he doesn’t look like a replica of my husband as we thought the scans showed but actually he looks just like me as a newborn!! That was quite a surprise!!

After a few minutes of being sewn up I was taken to the recovery room where I was reunited with the baby, our son, for some proper skin-to-skin. The midwives helped me to get him to latch on and within less than 30 seconds he was feeding. It was incredible! In fact it turns out he is a real booby-lover as I’ve had almost no problem getting him to latch on since. 

I felt pretty good for the rest of the day yesterday which was certainly assisted by some light epidural top-ups and so much adrenaline coursing through my veins!!  We had some immediate family come as visitors yesterday (everyone has now seen my boobs) and now today there are other people popping by which is nice. 

This morning I was finally disconnected from the catheter and the central line which meant I could have a shower. It was a magnificent shower as I felt so gross but I found myself very overwhelmed by dizziness and nausea and barely made it back to bed before vomiting quite heavily. I think I’m a sensitive soul when it comes to vomiting in general so they gave me some anti-nausea meds and I’ve felt great ever since. 

It’s been quite a big developmental leap to parenthood but it’s great so far. I’ve even gone from being a nappy/diaper-changing novice to changing two today – one of them quite a messy meconium poo one. 

My belly has gone down significantly which is great. I do wonder what the scales will say too! I still have some bloating and baby belly flab (of course) but I am hopeful at least some of this will shift in the next few weeks. 

So 30 hours into motherhood and I’m hooked!! Seeing how much this little guy is bonded to me already and my heart is melted. 💙

*In the interests of retaining anonymity on the blog, anyone who wants a better photo of the baby is welcome to comment below and I’ll email you some pics directly. 

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41 thoughts on “The small guy is here!

    1. You were so true and I did remember your words as I was going in. The bit where the epidural made my blood pressure drop was not fun but everything else has been a BREEZE. How are you doing these days? xx

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      1. I’m good, sleeping getting better as well, and my princess is 4.4kg now, growing so fast!!!! Just remember, take it easy and try not to put your baby on your belly when breastfeeding because it might cause you having a bruises u see your skin on your belly-not a nice feeling and do not lift anything apart from your baby, even if it’s just for one second

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  1. Congratulations! I have been very excited to see your update and hear that the little guy arrived safely. It sounds like a lovely birth experience, I am so happy for you.

    I hope you get plenty of rest and cuddles with your little bub. Enjoy every second.

    Looking forward to hearing more when you have the time/energy. 🙂

    I would love to see some pics and hear the name (sorry for being so nosey!) if you want to share, you can email me at: clarissa.terry@gmail.com

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  2. Sending huge congratulations to you all. I am so happy for you and I can’t wait to see your little boys face. Actually in tears reading your post; do dam happy for you. Can’t quite believe you’re blogging a day after having him ha ha. Get some rest; lots of cuddles and family time and take it easy after the c section. I would love to see a picture and my email address is thepregnancypantry@outlook.com but of course plenty of time for that. I can be patient argghhhhh well done hun. xxx

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    1. Some pics have come your way so you can see him for yourself. How are you doing? I’ve got to say it’s nice to have my lungs back and not to need to pee every 10 mins. Hahahaha! xxx

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  3. Yay! I’ve been on the lookout for this post and I’m so so so happy to hear he is here safe and sound! And I’m glad you’re doing well too. I hope you don’t have too much pain recovering, I’m going to be following your journey for sure!
    I would love a photo! My email address is chantelleawatt@gmail.com
    Don’t rush! I know how hectic it can be with a newborn. I’m so excited for you though. Congratulations mumma! Xx

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      1. Thank you. That’s very kind but keep in mind I didn’t have any labour to endure first. That must make a huge difference.
        Recovery is probably based on many things but you have age on your side at least. Other things to consider include your surgeon’s performance, your fitness and mental attitude. Of course it hurts but I always expected it to so it’s important to have realistic expectations. But having some tiny degree of control was mentally helpful for me. I’m sure you’ll be great as your previous delivery sounds waaaaaay worse!! 😊

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  4. A massive congratulations. Thank you so much for sharing your story, you have been an inspiration, and as I prepare for a likely c-section in the next number of weeks it is so reassuring to hear that your experience was not all bad. So happy for you, enjoy every minute xx

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