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My baby is due Feb.12th, but after my Dr.
appointment this morning discussing the birth ,
I am having a c-section now scheduled Feb.4th
due to my Dr.and I's concern due to some previous
surgery I had and how that can affect a normal vaginal
birth. So looks like the baby is coming earlier than
expected, the day of the c-section is on my brother's
b-day so I don't know how he is going to feel sharing
his b-day now with the new baby, lol. My Dr. told me I
will be hospitalized 1 or 2 days, but that is normal (even
for a normal birth).The only thing I am worried about is
that nasty needle (not an epidural but very similar I was told)
that will be inserted into my back and the fact I will be awake
when they are digging the baby out! EW!

I'm just ready to get it over with, but I am nervous as can be!:faint:
 

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well I just put my foot in my mouth, didnt I?? :shot::tongue:
Nah, you were just curious is all! I am not embarrassed in the least
to tell everyone the reason why, having a c-section would be the
safer way I was told to avoid things that could affect me afterwards
having it normally. :)
 

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wow...MM. Well I guess that's good new's that the doc's are taking precausions. I don't know about the 1 or 2 day thing. Take your time recovering as after a c section your going to tender. Even for a vaginal birth you stay in hospital for 2 days. In Ca usually 3 days for a C section.

All Im getting at is don't rush home. Take your time getting used to being a mommy and having a good recovery.
 

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wow...MM. Well I guess that's good new's that the doc's are taking precausions. I don't know about the 1 or 2 day thing. Take your time recovering as after a c section your going to tender. Even for a vaginal birth you stay in hospital for 2 days. In Ca usually 3 days for a C section.

All Im getting at is don't rush home. Take your time getting used to being a mommy and having a good recovery.
yes, take your time recovering and learning how to be a new mama!! Do you plan on breastfeeding?? If you want to talk any time about mothering I would be more than willing to share my experiences and help you along the way!! Although from what I can see on how you are with your fur babies I can tell you will have no problem!!
 

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wow...MM. Well I guess that's good new's that the doc's are taking precausions. I don't know about the 1 or 2 day thing. Take your time recovering as after a c section your going to tender. Even for a vaginal birth you stay in hospital for 2 days. In Ca usually 3 days for a C section.

All Im getting at is don't rush home. Take your time getting used to being a mommy and having a good recovery.
Yeah, I'm glad the Dr. is taking precautions as well. What is strange
is I figured I was going to have a c-section, and my husband and
I was talking about my worries of a normal birth in the waiting room
and when I went to back to see the doctor he wanted to discuss a
possible c-section with me after seeing my my past records he received.
I am a little relieved myself, I prefer a c-section to reassure my worries of
something going wrong and I told my Dr. that and now we have it
scheduled.

Trust me, I will prolly not feel like rushing home right away, lol. I will
take my time recovering. ;)
 

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yes, take your time recovering and learning how to be a new mama!! Do you plan on breastfeeding?? If you want to talk any time about mothering I would be more than willing to share my experiences and help you along the way!! Although from what I can see on how you are with your fur babies I can tell you will have no problem!!
Thank you very much. Yes, I am planning on breast feeding and I hope
it will work out! :)
 

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How fun that you know the day your baby will be born. :)

I know you are nervous, but you will be fine. With my first son I was scared to death of needles. When it's all happening and the needles come out (for Ivs and epidural) ..you will have so much adrenaline pumping through you and be so excited to see the baby that you will hardly mind. Focus on the positive. Just know that needles are a necessary thing to get that little bundle of joy into the world.

Ok, there's my pep talk. If you need any more I will be more than happy to help you out. I am the queen of worry and I hate hospitals. So, I really had to pump myself up to have a great attitude during delivery. You can't control everything about the birth, but one thing you can "try" to control is your attitude towards it. Tell yourself that you are going to kick *ss during delivery. You will get thru that Cesarean just fine. Oh, and pack a bag full of your favorite, soothing things. I made sure to let everyone around me know that nothing negative will be uttered during delivery. Everything stays positive.

Oh, one more piece of advice...let the nurses help after the delivery. I know you will want that baby beside you 24-7 after she is born...but right after the baby is born is a critical time for you to rest and build up strength before you go home. Use that time to rest, eat, and sleep as much as you can because when you get home you will have PLENTY of time to spend with the baby. lol
 

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I also have to really tell you how important it is to let the nurses help out! I know you are going to want to do it all yourself, but there is plenty of time to learn when you get home!

When my 1st son was born (over 8 yrs ago) you had the option of having the baby stay with you at night, or stay in the nursery until they needed fed...when they were hungry the nurse brings you the baby. The first night I was so scared to look like a bad parent I kept him in with me and got NO SLEEP...every time he would make any noise I was right there beside him. The nurse noticed how tired I was in the morning and told me to leave him in the nursery that night...her reasoning?

That night might be the last night you EVER get a chance to sleep knowing your child couldn't be in a more safe environment...so take advantage if you can! Even with breast feeding those 4 hours after she eats might be the best 4 hours of sleep you get for the next 18 yrs!

I know you are nervous, but you are going to do great...you will forget all about the needles, ect when you see that face for the first time and especially when you get to hold her!
 

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I also have to really tell you how important it is to let the nurses help out! I know you are going to want to do it all yourself, but there is plenty of time to learn when you get home!

When my 1st son was born (over 8 yrs ago) you had the option of having the baby stay with you at night, or stay in the nursery until they needed fed...when they were hungry the nurse brings you the baby. The first night I was so scared to look like a bad parent I kept him in with me and got NO SLEEP...every time he would make any noise I was right there beside him. The nurse noticed how tired I was in the morning and told me to leave him in the nursery that night...her reasoning?

That night might be the last night you EVER get a chance to sleep knowing your child couldn't be in a more safe environment...so take advantage if you can! Even with breast feeding those 4 hours after she eats might be the best 4 hours of sleep you get for the next 18 yrs!

I know you are nervous, but you are going to do great...you will forget all about the needles, ect when you see that face for the first time and especially when you get to hold her!
How fun that you know the day your baby will be born. :)

I know you are nervous, but you will be fine. With my first son I was scared to death of needles. When it's all happening and the needles come out (for Ivs and epidural) ..you will have so much adrenaline pumping through you and be so excited to see the baby that you will hardly mind. Focus on the positive. Just know that needles are a necessary thing to get that little bundle of joy into the world.

Ok, there's my pep talk. If you need any more I will be more than happy to help you out. I am the queen of worry and I hate hospitals. So, I really had to pump myself up to have a great attitude during delivery. You can't control everything about the birth, but one thing you can "try" to control is your attitude towards it. Tell yourself that you are going to kick *ss during delivery. You will get thru that Cesarean just fine. Oh, and pack a bag full of your favorite, soothing things. I made sure to let everyone around me know that nothing negative will be uttered during delivery. Everything stays positive.

Oh, one more piece of advice...let the nurses help after the delivery. I know you will want that baby beside you 24-7 after she is born...but right after the baby is born is a critical time for you to rest and build up strength before you go home. Use that time to rest, eat, and sleep as much as you can because when you get home you will have PLENTY of time to spend with the baby. lol
I am not trying to ruffle any feathers here, but I disagree with letting the nurses take the baby! The first couple of days are a very crucial time for the mother and baby to bond especially if you are planning on BF. This is a learning time for both you and the baby so just remember you both are new to this whole time!! I ALWAYS request the baby to be given to me directly after delivery and placed on my bare chest and within minutes we attempt BF. After an hour or so of snuggling and bonding does the baby get cleaned up and weighed. Just my little piece of advice.:tongue:
 

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You can bond with the baby right after and try to bf and still use the nurses through out the night. I did that and am really glad I did. Also, my first wouldn't latch right away so there was one nurse who was a specialist and that REALLY helped. She came anytime I had questions and helped me get a shield that I used the first week to help the baby latch. After a week, he had it and I didn't need the shield anymore.
 

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I am not saying to not use the nurses. All I am saying is to bond and establish that BF bond as soon as you can. The sooner you do I think the better BF experience you will have.
 

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I am not saying let the nurses do all the work after the baby is born! I am just saying that since you will be there over night at least 1 or 2 nights...if your hospital has an over-night nursery then one night off won't hurt your baby and will help you! Again, when the baby gets fussy and needs FED the nurse brings it to you! If the baby needs a pacifier or a diaper change then the nurses take care of it, and you get a few hours of sleep.

Many hospitals no longer offer this, in some hospitals the baby doesn't leave the room at ANY TIME unless with one parent or another...most hospitals are somewhere in-between.

Now in the hospital I was in, they would take the baby at about midnight or WHENEVER I SAID I was ready to go to sleep, then they brought him back to me 4 hours later when he needed fed, after I fed him, burped him, changed him, cuddled him a few minutes until he fell back to sleep...the nurses took him back to the nursery at about 5 am, then returned him about 7 am again.

Now the same hospital no longer allows this to be done...my youngest child who is 11 months old stayed in my room the whole night and believe me I wished for the couple hours of uninterrupted sleep before I headed home.

I didn't mean to sound like I wanted you to let the nurses do all the work, but especially after a c-section you will be tender, tired, sore and everyone knows that sleep is very important to recovery!

I am just saying try to get every minute of sleep you can in the hospital and while your BF is home with you before he has to return to work...don't be afraid to say I AM TIRED!

We all think you are Superwoman Britt...but don't be afraid to ask for a bit of help! Even if you don't think you need it, you probably can use it!
 

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another good piece of advice those first few months and then after~~~SLEEP whenever the baby is sleeping!! Dont try to catch up on everything home related just because the baby is sleeping. :focus:
 

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You can bond with the baby right after and try to bf and still use the nurses through out the night. I did that and am really glad I did. Also, my first wouldn't latch right away so there was one nurse who was a specialist and that REALLY helped. She came anytime I had questions and helped me get a shield that I used the first week to help the baby latch. After a week, he had it and I didn't need the shield anymore.
Yes, exactly. With my second, the nurses would take him while I slept...and if he got hungry they would bring him to me. I still bonded and still got to feed him. While I was awake he would stay with me, but if I needed a shower or nap I wasn't afraid to call the nurses in to take the baby. With my first I was afraid to even let the baby out of my sight. With the second I lightened up and enjoyed the help. lol
 

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another good piece of advice those first few months and then after~~~SLEEP whenever the baby is sleeping!! Dont try to catch up on everything home related just because the baby is sleeping. :focus:
ITA!!! at first I felt like a bum sleeping during the day, but believe me...you need it! I will make things so much easier.
 
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