I can’t even tell you how glad I am that Kenley is here! I was so nervous Tuesday morning when we drove up to the hospital. My previous experience with a C-section left me very anxious and I was so scared it would be like that again. I wanted to be alert this time, to see my baby girl when they held her up, and hold her as soon as I was in recovery. Didn’t seem like much, but to me, this was the most important.
We checked in to the hospital at 5:15am , walked up to the new OB department, and got settled in. They hooked me up to the IV, monitor (hello contractions that were 3-6 minutes apart!) and told me what was going to happen next.
Around 7, the nurse walked me into the OR and I got up on the table for my spinal. I was so nervous, I was shaking so bad- not to mention it was COLD in there! Once the spinal was in, things happened very fast. I couldn’t feel a thing, Brandon was on his way in, and we were minutes from seeing Kenley for the very first time. I was able to talk through the entire thing. I heard a nurse say “here comes her head!” and I was like seriously? Already? Like I said, couldn’t feel a thing.
At 7:30am, I heard the sound I had been waiting for this entire time- her cry when she was delivered. Tears instantly started streaming down my face. She was finally here! We had a daughter. And I was awake to see her over the curtain.
And she is perfect. At 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and 19 inches long- she was one ounce lighter and 1/2 inch shorter than Brayden. They look so similar to me as newborns, it is almost scary, but I see a little bit more of Brandon in Kenley. As soon as they held her up for me to see, I said “you look just like your big brother”. And then it hit me. My son was a big brother. More tears of joy, more smiles towards my husband. We did it.
After they got her wiped off and the APGAR scores, the took her to recovery to monitor her. After I was all put back together, I was also wheeled into recovery. By 8:05am, I was on the phone to my parents. And at 8:15, I got to hold her for the very first time.
Part Two coming soon!
© 2011, julie. All rights reserved. Love it? Print, email, pin, tweet or share but please don’t use my work without permission.