The last few weeks of my pregnancy were pretty good, but VERY uncomfortable. Hudson was sitting very low and my doctor could easily feel his head at every exam, yet I was not progressing. I was not dilated, nor effaced.
Though I went in to every appointment from week 38-40 for sure thinking she was going to tell me it was time, yet there was nothing. Every move Hudson made inside of me felt like he was going to rip through my lady parts or kick through my ribs. He was so low, and so big that my body was starting to take a real beating, but I stayed positive and really wanted him to come on his own terms. (which could have been anytime if it was up to me)
At my 39 week appointment the talk of the birth possibilities came in. There was concern about my fluid levels as my body continued to gain lots of weight, but I had minimal swelling or weight gain anywhere except my belly. There was also talk that due to Hudson's size there could be the possibility of an emergency c-section or the fact that there could be concern with dislocation of his shoulder to make him make his way through the birth canal (this was NEVER going to be an option for me) My doctor ordered me to be monitored by a non-stress test and ultrasound twice a week for my fluid levels until I delivered, to make sure everything was on track to where it needed to be.
I went to my appointments and everything seemed to be going great and no cause for concern.
My mom flew in the when I was 40 weeks and few days and was HOPING that Hudson would finally make his way in to the world while she was visiting...when she flew home a few days later, and Hudson was STILL not here we were quite bummed.
The next morning, Monday, May 4th, only a few hours after my mother returned to Minnesota, my doctor called me bright and early to state that she was worried about my fluid levels, and the size of the baby. She stated since I was almost 41 weeks and no progression had started..she felt it best, but it was up to me, that we schedule a c-section just to be safe. When she offered this to me, I was a little taken back and nervous but I was on ready to hop on board as I was so ready to meet this little man.
I started thinking she would offer me the option to schedule in the next few days but the next words out of her mouth were "We have an opening for you today at 5pm.."....and just like that it was time to prep to meet our little man.
We called all of our close family to tell them the plan and let them know that this was the day that Hudson would arrive. We wanted to keep it a secret from the rest of the world until he was here, as I was aware (and nervous) that there are risks when having major surgery.
I was able to clean the house, call our dog sitter, pack all of our bags, and prep myself mentally to meet my son. It was nothing like I ever expected that would happen in my birth plan, but it left me feeling calm, very very collected and prepared.
From the second we arrived at the hospital everything went so perfect. This was my first time ever taking major medications and anything other than antibiotics, this was my first time EVER having surgery, and this was my first time ever being admitted to a hospital. It was scary and nerve wracking but all I could think about was seeing his sweet sweet face.
at around 4:30 I was all prepped and ready to go, I called my family told them I loved them and that we would send pictures as soon as we made it back to recovery. I said a quick prayer for a safe delivery, a healthy baby, and a one of kind experience and than it was time....
After I was numbed up and placed on the table it is all a little bit of a blur as it all happened so fast. Our little boy entered in to this world with loud strong screams at 5:54pm on May 4th. He weighed 8 pounds and 14 ounces and was the most gorgeous thing I ever seen. The moment I remember the most was hearing those strong screams for the first time. I immediately started to cry and could not wait to hold him in my arms.
I am very thankful to the wonderful nurses in the room who immediately brought him to me and allowed me to hold him on my chest the entire time they closed me up in the operating room. I got 10 minutes of uninterpreted time to just stare in to his gorgeous eyes, which I know is something some c-section moms do not get to experience. It was hands down thee most magical moments of my life, and something I will NEVER forget.
For any expecting mothers who are scheduling or encounter an emergency c-section...it is NO where near as scary as anyone makes it out to be. Though it is not the "natural" way, it was our way, and it was the perfect plan for us. I wouldn't change one thing about my delivery for the world.