I am suddenly a bundle of nerves. I am having my 4th c-section tomorrow. I am so nervous & yet so excited. I will be meeting my son for the first time. This baby who has put me through a lot, but who the Lord has safely brought this far. I know & trust that God will deliver him to us safely tomorrow. But I still have butterflies in my tummy!
Nate brought the kids by the hospital for a couple hour visit this afternoon. They were a bit crazy (understandably) and then Joshua got tired and decided to kick & scream for 1/2 hour until Nate finally went out to the car and brought the pack ‘n play in. It took him a good 15 minutes to get back (walking all the way out to the parking garage and back) and I tried to get Joshua to settle down in the meantime. Finally after 10 minutes of getting kicked & punched in my tummy (which is rather bruised right now from the amnio), I laid him down on the pull-out, very low to the ground bed and he finally settled down. He laid there sucking his fingers and watching everyone for 45 minutes. It was so funny.
The nurse was in and out a few times to discuss details about tomorrow. She went over my birth plan in detail with me, which I really appreciated. I’m glad she did because there was a couple of things that had been overlooked in the slight chaos that occurs when there’s more than one doctor.
I am really liking this hospital – they are going over EVERYTHING with me. There’s a couple of very minor things that are slightly different than I would have preferred, but they communicated with me 100% and because of that I am fine with it.
Nate has taken the kids over to a friends’ for the night – I am so thankful for all the love & support we’ve received from our friends. Unfortunately, none of our family – mine or Nate’s immediate family – are able to come help us out, so we’ve been calling friends and have been so fortunate to line up childcare – which is asking a lot with 3 children, one of which is only 18 months! But God has once again been very good and things have fallen into place.
My own doctor is back on call tonight and she was just in to discuss a few last minute details. She cleared up a few minor details that were in limbo due to multiple doctors being involved and has assured me that everything should be just fine. She’ll stay to do my c/s in the morning, along with the other really nice doctor who was in today. So I get two awesome doctors and I met the nurses and they are great too!
One nurse came in while the kids were here to draw my blood for pre-op blood work. Nate went to sit in the corner because he gets light headed around needles. But not Nathan & Emily. They were right there watching and the nurse was so nice & gave them each gloves & let them hand her the vials while she was drawing my blood. It was so cute.
So I am going to post my guess for Luke’s weight – the ultrasound estimate was 6 lb 15 oz today. My doctor said she thought he was bigger and more like 8 pounds based on how big my stomach is. So I am going to guess that he will weigh 7 lb 6 oz. Either way – whether he’s 6, 7, or 8 pounds, he’s going to be smaller than my other babies. I don’t even have any newborn clothes packed, just 0-3 months! I’ve never had a baby this small before with my others being 9 lb 13 oz (Nathan) 9 lb 13 oz (Emily, yep the same as Nathan), and 10 lb 7.5 oz (Joshua.)
My thoughts are all over the place. I still can hardly believe Luke is coming tomorrow. I think I am going to take my doctor up on her offer of a sleeping pill, otherwise I doubt I’ll get any tonight. I barely got any last night, so I could use a couple hours of rest.
After all this time, I’m going to be holding my baby boy. And I only have 12 more hours of being pregnant. That’s weird to think about!
Sorry for rambling all over the place. Look for more rambling tomorrow – I’ll be doped up on heavy pain meds, that should be fun to read later!