12.22.2012

Happy Birth Day, Connor!

I was scheduled to have a repeat c-section on Friday, December 21, 2012. However, our little man had plans of his own.

On Thursday morning, I woke up and helped get Riley ready for school. I dropped her off and headed to pick up some groceries, and felt some contractions, but didn't think much of it, as I've been feeling them for the past several weeks. I got home and asked Eric out to lunch, seeing as it would be our last day as parents of one. He was busy with work so I decided to lay down. I went to the restroom before laying down and noticed that I was bleeding. My doctors told me to call them immediately if I had noticed any bleeding so I did just that, went to find Eric and told him "we might be having a baby today!"

We went into the office and Dr. Jones checked me and I was 4 cm dilated. He sent me to the hospital where the nurses were so quick to get me into the system and checked out. They were pushing for me to have my surgery at 2 pm (it was 1:50 at the time) and it was just funny how fast everything was happening. I finally got wheeled into surgery and had my spinal tap. They then laid me on the operating table and pinched me to test if the spinal tap was working-- it was not. I could feel every pinch in my upper belly. They decided to give it a few minutes and although it was a lot less, I could still feel the pinching in my upper stomach. They informed me that if I continued to feel it, I would have to be put under general anesthesia, and the thought of that made me sick to my stomach. Fortunately, the spinal tap spread enough and they started the c-section.

It was NOTHING like my surgery with Riley. The pressure of the tugging and pulling was extremely painful, and the surgery was taking a lot longer than I remembered. Finally, at 3:03pm, we heard the strong cries of our baby boy and our tears came but a second later. We were beyond happy with how healthy he sounded and were so eager to see our little guy. They cleaned him up and handed him to Eric, who was just beaming. I was still finishing up with my surgery so Eric and Connor went to the nursery. Meanwhile, I was experiencing a LOT of pain as they were wrapping up my surgery. Dr. Vasquez was working as fast as she could and Dr. Lo came in to offer me some comfort. They offered me some medicine that they said would cause slight amnesia, and I was so paranoid about forgetting Connor's birth, but it got to the point where I needed something, anything because the pain was unbearable. And with that, they gave me the medicine and the next thing I remember was being in a holding room and getting my blood drawn for tests. I don't recall how long I was there, but they finally wheeled me into my recovery room where Eric was holding our beautiful baby boy.

Connor Dao Oberly, born 12/20/12 @ 7lbs, 1.8oz; 19.5"

And with that, our family is complete. I was so worried about how to juggle my love and attention between two kids, but it is amazing how naturally it came. Riley was a little confused about what was going on, but she is making a great transition into being a big sister.

I don't have the words to express how simply awesome it feels to welcome this sweet baby boy into our family. I am just feeling so thankful and so blessed.