It's about time that I got around to writing this before it escapes my memory. I have obviously been a bad blogger as I have been adjusting to my new-found mommyhood.
As I was getting ready for bed the night before G-Day I knew that I wouldn't be able to sleep as much as it would benefit me to do so. I kept finding one thing after another to do. Honestly I don't remember much from the night before, but I do remember that our house had quite a calmness to it.
After our four hours of sleep I woke up to shower and get ready to go meet our Griffin. Sadly I had wanted to actually "get ready," as in fix my hair and apply a little bit of makeup, which would later make me laugh at myself. Dave made sure that everything was in the car and soon we were on our way to the hospital.
We arrived at the hospital at 5 AM, where everything went incredibly smooth which kept the nervousness away. I tried to keep all expectations out of my head to be able to absorb everything I possibly could. The c-section was scheduled for 7 AM, so I hung out on a comfy hospital bed hooked up to the monitors that I got to know during my false alarm visit. I had a few contractions while lying there and Griffin was wiggling around, I think telling me that he was ready. Dave's parents and my family came early to visit us while we waited, so the time was passed easily. I believe that this may have helped keep my mind off the potential un-nerving events ahead of us.
Seven o'clock rolled around rather quickly, so Dave slipped into his bee suit, as he called it, and we headed to the O.R. There was a shift change at 7 AM so I got a new nurse right before going back who I really really enjoyed. She was a younger girl and the first thing that she asked me was if I was ready. I responded saying something like, "Yea, you? What are we waiting on?" rather nonchalantly. She made sure to mock my calm state of mind. I appreciated that she was able to poke fun at me immediately before I was about to experience the most life changing event of my life.
Dave had to hang out outside of the O.R. while I was receiving the spinal. I didn't realize this till the day before, but when having a c-section you are given a spinal instead of an epidural. Basically the difference is that a spinal is a smaller needle that is inserted into the spine one time with enough meds to get the job done; and an epidural inserts a catheter into your spine and continues to dispense the meds as you need them. I was told by the anathesiologist that there was actually a lower risk of complications with a spinal and I should only feel a minimal amount of pain as the little needle was inserted. I was so ready to meet my son that I really didn't care what they were going to be doing to me, as long as he wasn't negatively affected. I sat on the bed of the O.R. with my spine curled out toward the CNA and my head laying in the chest of my new nurse friend ready to get this part over with. However this took about 20 minutes, instead of the five-ish that it should have. I started to feel my nerves creep in and make my knees knock, and for a split second I really thought that it just wasn't going to work. The CNA tried three times to find the "sweet spot" in my spine, while navigating the needle around inside of me. This was insanely uncomfortable, to say the least. This is where I laughed at myself for fixing myself up. I had a hair net around my shiny straight locks of hair, and during this intense 20 minutes I happened to sweat like CRAZY. My hair turned fizzy and the little bit of makeup was wiped away as I tried to clean off my face. I learned my lesson.
Things were a piece of cake after the drugs finally found where they needed to go in me; and my nerves went back to normal as Dave entered the room. (I believe his did too) Dave and I have a trust for Dr. B and knew that he'd do the best job possible with me, so we knew there was nothing to worry about him cutting on me. In just a matter of a few minutes we were hearing the first cries of our Griffin. At 7:43 I was hearing the most beautiful baby cry ever. A cry that glued a giant smile on my face, a cry that filled my eyes with tears and, a cry that filled my heart with pride and joy.
As Griffin exited my body the drape in front of my face was dropped and I got to see what would change my life forever. I literally couldn't wait to hold my screaming baby in my arms. Once Griffin was completely out Dave was able to leave my side to watch all the fun stuff. He watched the nurses clean him off, take his footprints, take his vitals, swaddle him up, etc. Then he brought him over to meet me. I couldn't believe that this was our child and I couldn't believe how incredibly beautiful this little boy was. The nurses told me that he was 7 lb 4 oz. Woah! That was bigger than we were expecting, but boy was this baby long. He certainly didn't get his length from his Mom.
I was back in the recovery room in no time, sitting beside myself in the bed. I just couldn't wrap my head around everything that had taken place in just a matter of 30 or so minutes. There was a little time that passed before I got to see and hold my Griffin while he was in the nursery, but that time was occupied by visiting with our family that came to see him. Ahh! Then my sweet nurse friend brought my baby to me and laid him in my arms. He was the most peaceful little baby that I'd ever laid eyes on, and he was mine :) Dave and I enjoyed sharing the awesomeness of our son with our visiting family, while Griffin just slept through the all the commotion.
Griffin was taken back to the nursery again and I was rolled to our "Mother Baby" room, where I would spend the next 2 nights. In this room we were allowed to have as many guests as we wanted so I wasn't worrying about breaking any rules with our vast entourage. The staff had been very accommodating to not point out our rule breaking in the previous rooms. I believe that we took a short nap when we got to Mother/Baby while Griffin was being poked in the nursery. Then just a little later our little son was brought back to get acquainted with his Daddy and I, and we all cherished ever single second of the beginnings of our new journey together.