It’s been almost two weeks now, and I’m happy to say that we welcomed baby Ellia Dawn (named after our grandmothers Ella and Eleanor, and my mother Dawn) into the world on September 24th, 2014 at 8:09am via a scheduled c-section (thanks to placenta previa). She weighed 7lbs and 6oz and was 19-1/2 inches long. Impressive for a whole week early, I think, especially since we were expecting her to be a tiny, little bundle based on my own size. She’s healthy and, as any new mother would say, quite perfect.
The transition into motherhood has been surprisingly, or unsurprisingly depending on who you ask, gentle. I feel good about being a mom and taking care of a tiny human. I was worried that it wouldn’t feel natural or that the whole process would be awkward and stressful, but instead, it’s almost as if I’ve been genetically programmed for this sort of thing. Go figure, right? Evolution has its perks.
The whole labor thing really wasn’t as scary as I was expecting either. I did have a c-section, so I was able to avoid the hours of contractions, but delivering a baby by any means is still an intimidating experience. We were the first surgery of the day, so we arrived at the hospital at 5:30am and I was wheeled into the operating room by 7:30am. From the time I got the spinal to the time I was all stitched up was about 45 minutes to an hour. I did get nauseous in the beginning, but the anesthesiologist was on top of things and regulated my blood pressure to take care of that. The rest of the surgery went great and I felt only numbness. It’s just like what I was told–you feel pressure but no pain.
Corey and I both cried when we heard Ellia enter the world. Considering my state at the time, and the giant sheet in the way, Corey was offered first dibbs on seeing and holding the baby and it’s an amazing feeling to see your husband hold the life you created for the first time. He was able to trim the cord and be there for all of her first measurements, after which I was able to see her too. That first moment of seeing your child is unexplainable.
We remained in the hospital until the following Saturday. Ellia had a tiny bit of jaundice that has since cleared up, and besides the pain of my contracting uterus, I’m doing fine. My incision site is still numb and the extent of my pain is very minimal. In fact, only the first few days were bad, with the first time getting up out of bed being by far the worst of things. I only took pain medication for two days, Motrin for a couple more, and then I’ve been med-free since then. Corey thinks I’m some kind of superhero for that, and the nurses were impressed, but I have a high tolerance for pain. I’m pretty much back to my old self–no post partum issues that I know of. I’ve already lost around 20lbs, which is just 10lbs more than what I was before this started, and I’m feeling pretty mobile. Needless to say, I can’t complain. This pregnancy and labor experience were not much to gripe about and I got a neat little baby as a reward. I think that’s pretty awesome.