The Story of John David
They always have the father excused from the room to do the epidural or spinal block. This was their first mistake. There is only one person that can calm April during a terrified-of -medical-procedures-panic attack, and that person is Alan.
First spinal block: failed. She put it in some kind of bony protrusion in my back, so it did nothing.
Second spinal block: already reached my full level of pain tolerance from having the first spinal block with the also failed local anesthesia that keeps you from feeling the spinal…..leaving them with….
I survived. They survived. They laid me down on the table, I suddenly (psychologically) felt like I couldn’t breathe at all, and the panic hit full on.
The smart anesthesiologist said, “Okay, I did not do a good job of handling your anxiety. Someone get her husband in here now.” “I know. Bring him in early–right away.”
“Hi, I’m Super Dad. All you have to do is rub Crazy April’s head, just like this, and promise her everything will be okay and she’s doing great.” : ) Thank God for Alan!
How come the women with scheduled-c-sections on t.v. are always so calm? Actually, I was calm for my first c-section (Daniel). Oh well. Let’s get back to what you really want to see: baby pictures!
I helped the boys make the baby this sign for the hospital room door. It’s super cute. We put John David’s statistics in the middle part, and I’ll add his footprint to the middle as well. I got a lot of compliments on that in the hospital.
Recovery from a c-section is never fun. This hospital was really great at staying on top of pain medication though. We still couldn’t wait to get home, though. Hospitals do not let you sleep! Someone was constantly coming in, even waking up the baby, to check temperatures, give meds, paperwork, pictures, etc.
Right now I’m only supposed to use the stairs a couple times/day and need to be assisted, in case of losing consciousness.
Having done both, I now say with full confidence that one should do their best to avoid a c-section. This baby turned out to be fairly average sized, so maybe I could have delivered him without a problem, but there was no way for us to know that. All docs/ midwives I talked to recommended this route for me b/c of my scary natural deliveries.
There is no easy way out of having a baby, but natural is definitely easier, even if you do get a 3rd degree or have a hot spot from your epidural.
So we are calling our family complete. All present and accounted for. If I weren’t a c-section patient, I’d have a dozen babies. I really do love babies so much, but it’s not good to have too many c-sections.
We are just going to super-enjoy the babies that we have.
John David has been a perfect gentleman of a baby, so far. He likes swaddling, but hates having his arms swaddled, so I just leave those out. He has yet to see a pacifier. In the beginning, he wanted to nurse 30 minutes on each side, and I was a bit concerned for our future….but now that my milk is in, he is done after 7-15 minutes on each side. Phew!
He sleeps pretty much 24 hours/day. I figure I might as well enjoy that now, as that will be over pretty quickly!
So far he has been very easy going, which we SO appreciate!!!!
My parents leave with the three oldest boys tomorrow, so next week would be a great time for any of you to visit if you’d like and get to hold little John David.
Right now Alan is squeezing in a little quality time with the big bros. He took them to a baseball game, and I’m sure they’re having a great time.
What would I do without Alan, Dad, and Mom this week???
I’d like to thank all three of them for being so wonderful and getting us through this exciting but crazy time!!!