Diem's Birth Story
It took almost 2 years for my husband and I to get pregnant with our little angel. Although my pregnancy was not a walk in the park, I had gestational diabetes and had to stash food in every corner of the house, even in the glove box of our car, in case I was in traffic and got dizzy. Also, being a petite woman, and measuring 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule at every appointment made things a little complicated, but I loved every kick and punch my little man threw at me, and boy did he!!
Even though I felt I was as big as a house, my husband and I planned for a natural birth, and as drug-free as possible. My original due date was smack in the middle of September, in South Texas that is as hot as you can get. As August winded down to a close and my feet could no longer fit into shoes, I waddled my way into my OB's office for my pelvic exam, it was then I was to hear the words that would turn my world upside down. "He's just a little too big for you to push out." It seemed to me like she had it planned all along, that somehow she knew that I was never going to fit the watermelon out of the lemon. Just like that, my birth plan went down the drain.
Just when I thought I couldn't be anymore surprised, after she measured me and after I was already measuring 38 1/2 weeks, she hits me with the other news. "I think it's best we take him out next week." All I could think was I still have 3 weeks left! Is he ready? Is it safe? Is he OK? But how could I say no? I was done, and I knew that she knew best.
I went to work for my last day and said my goodbyes. The next 5 days I spent in nesting mode... well as good as I could nest considering I was HUGE! The next thing I knew I was packing a hospital bag and kissing my husband goodnight on the last night of my old life.
We were scheduled to be at the hospital at 8:30 a.m. for our check in. However, bright and early on that September 3rd we got a phone call asking us to be there as early as possible so we could get in there earlier. WOW, earlier!!! Blame it on nerves but I took my time showering and double checking everything. We got to the hospital at 8:30 anyway. Before I could blink twice I was done with paperwork and in a OR gown. All of a sudden a calm came over me. I was wondering why I was so anxious? I was planning this miracle for 2 years and it was finally becoming reality. He was almost in my grasp. Just then they took me into the OR, and I got a spinal block. No one ever told me about this wonderful drug and the advantages it is to a C-Section. I had heard stories that women could feel tugging and pulling during the procedure. However ladies, my experience was great. I felt NOTHING! My husband was shocked. There we were having a conversation and then... "Mom look at your son," quickly followed by WHOA, look at him, no way you could have gotten him out!"
I melted. There he was, there was my perfect little man. I didn't even know they were operating! It went so smoothly.
Diem Edward came into this world at 38 weeks weighing 8lbs 7ozs. and a full head of hair. BEAUTIFUL was the only word I could manage out, partly because my husband was huddled near the nurses station holding him and taking in the moment. It wasn't until a nurse said to him that mom might want to see him did he snap out of his awe and finally let me have him. My stitches were done perfectly, and I was up and walking the next day.
If you are going to have a C-Section I hope this story helped or at least made you smile. I didn't think it was for me, but in the end it was the best thing for my son to safely be brought into this world.
Diem is now 7 months old and still maintains his big frame. At 20lbs and already standing as tall as mommy's thigh, Diem maintains a spot in the 60% of growth. We love every inch of him!
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