Moses Joshua Myers
Born January 12, 2012 @ 8:43 am
8 lbs 9oz, 20.75 inches long
He's here! He's beautiful! I'm in love! I also have my answers:
Will I be awake for the surgery, or will they have to put me under?
Yes, I was awake!! It was all dependent on my platelet count (which determines whether you can get a spinal rather than general anesthesia). With Jack, it had to be 100,000. It was 101,000 that day. This time it had to be between 80,000 - 100,000. It was 79,000. One over, one under. God likes to work in small margins! Thankfully, the anesthesiologist felt comfortable going ahead with things. Praise the Lord.
What if I wake up and something terrible is wrong with the baby?
The only point of concern was when Moses wouldn't calm down for an hour, and his skin tone was a blue shade (he was pretty mad). They put the tiniest oxygen mask on him I've ever seen and sent a pediatrician in to make sure he was o.k (he was!) Moses had lots of mucus in his lungs (typical of C-section babies) so they had to keep shoving a suction thing into his mouth to get it out. I'd be mad too if that was how I was welcomed into the world!
What if I get a spinal and it causes paralysis?
Nope. Not paralyzed.
Is the baby going to be just as healthy?
So far, so good! He scored high on those.. baby tests they do (?) ... and his little body has been working just as it should. He's also great at latching on and eating, unlike Jack who took a few weeks to get the hang of it. He has such a sweetness about him too.
What will he look like?
|Jack (left) and Moses (right)|
He's also got really long toes and fingers just like his mom!
Will the recovery be just as smooth?
Yes! Better in fact. On a scale of 1 to 10, my pain level has remained at a one and without the aid of a lot of medication. I bounced back from this surgery sooner. Still waiting for my blood sugar levels to normalize, but I'm covering it in prayer and hope my pancreas will bounce back in the coming days/weeks.
How am I going to manage two children once I get home?
I have no idea. But I was filled with this overwhelming sense of peace and contentment the day after he was born. Fear had been replaced with joy and worry had been changed into relief. I hope that same sense of peace takes me through the next few months. It's also encouraging to see just how fascinated Jack is with his little brother - he likes to give him little head pats here and there. I think these little boys are going to love each other very much!
A couple of other wonderful things about this C-section experience was that in the end I was so much more relaxed as they prepped me for surgery as well as when I was finally on the operating table. Covering those hours in prayer is what helped me to stay focused and calm. Best of all, Moses was able to stay with me as I was recovering from the surgery. With Jack, they let Tim hold him for about five minutes before taking him to the nursery for observation (babies of diabetic moms have to have their blood sugars monitored right away). Thankfully, they did this all from the comfort of my arms :)
Today is our last full day at the hospital and while our experience has been a positive one, Tim and I can't wait to get home and sleep in our own bed again and introduce Moses to his new home. We also can't wait to see our little man Jack, who's been with his grandparents since Wednesday night. We are so blessed and I can't stop thanking God for his goodness to us!