Sorry I haven't gotten on the past 2 days. Needless to say, it has be CRAZY! Let's see if I can get this whole story out. As you all know, we were scheduled for a c-section on Monday evening. We got off to a late start due to an emergency c-section so we didn't even go in until almost 7pm. Once Dr. Adam said it was time to go, there was a mad rush afterwards! The epi was probably the worst part since I had to be poked TWICE before it was in there right. Not fun to go through that twice. Then before I knew it, my legs were getting numb. Then my toes, etc. Thankfully I didn't experience the not being able to breathe situation. Dr. Adam came in & said are we ready? Someone tried to tell her that Todd wasn't in there. This happened a couple of times. By the time they got Todd, she was already in to me & working on getting Sofia out. I'm serious, there was hardly any time at all! It was amazing how fast she worked!
I did experience all the tugging & pulling that everyone says, almost feels like your belly button is being pulled in every direction. Very weird! Before I knew it, I heard a cry & there went Sofia to her team of nurses & dr. Of course, Todd & I started to bawl! I'm trying not to cry typing this out. Before both of us knew it, Gabriella was out & then Ian! It happened soooooo fast that they were all born in the same minute. Yes...in the same minute, 7:20pm. They were all rushed out to their respective teams & Todd followed. He stayed out there, got his shirt printed w/ their feet & the baby books printed also. He came in to tell me that Ian & Gabriella were both on room air & Sofi had a little oxygen tent over her but was breathing w/o any problems.
I didn't know, but I was able to spend some time w/ the 3 of them while they were stitching me up. They brought in Gabi first & I actually got to hold her. It was so amazing. I couldn't believe I was holding my daughter. Then they brought in Sofi & although I didn't get to hold her b/c she had the tent over her face, I did get to touch her. Finally, they brought Ian for me to hold. Todd was holding Gabi & Sofi was between us. We were instantly a family of 5. WOW!
Sofia Genevieve, 4lb 9oz...no longer the smallest!
Gabriella Marie, 4lb 4oz...our middle girl!
Ian Giovanni, 4lb 1oz...our baby!
Recovery went well, I suppose like it should have gone. I was shaking like crazy! I was also allowed to make some phone calls which was nice. Todd went to tell the family & friends in the waiting room everything. Finally, at about 10pm, I was taken up to my room. Unfortunately I was not able to see the babies that evening. I got to see a few people but by that time, the demoral had kicked in & I was tired!
The next morning, the first thing I wanted to do was see my babies. I was wheeled down there to see them. Again, pure amazement! Sofi was on room air only a few hours after being taken to the NICU. All did not have to go to the Level III & were placed in the Level II NICU which was a huge relief. All had their 1st feeding of formula in a bottle. YEP! My babies were sucking, swollowing & breathing! Ian had a bit of trouble & a feeding tube was put through his nose but that only lasted for 1 feeding before he was back on the bottle. I'm so proud of my brood!
Our next visit was that afternoon w/ my parents. Todd had gone home to clean up so he missed that one. We happened upon feeding time & I was able to feed Gabi & Sofi. Again, I was just amazed that I was looking at my little girls. I couldn't believe they all fit inside me! It was so surreal! My parents were in awe of them. Just like them, so was I. We spent about 45 minutes in there before tired set in & I was ready to go back to bed.
Today was busy w/ NICU visits during feeding time & also pumping what little collustrum I can get. I pumped enough today for Ian to have a full bottle, 18 mL. I hope to get another bottle full for the girls tomorrow. It also looks as if the kids may be home w/ us by the middle of April, especially if they continue the way they are doing now. That will be a huge relief!
I have also swollen up quite a bit but they say it is totally normal so I am not too worried, just very uncomfortable. The pain from the incision is manageable. Honestly though, I can't wait to get feeling a bit better. Also, the baby blues have set in & I have been crying like a baby for the past 2 hours. Other than that, all is well in the world. I am now a proud mommy of 2 daughters & a son!