Good Morning All! It’s been a little over a week since my little one came into this world. We are so excited that she has finally arrived. All the anxiety, excitement and preparation were so worth it. Just spending most of my days now trying to get adjusted to my new routine. Every day there is something new that happens. A new development on her part. New things for my husband and I to get used to. It’s crazy how your routine changes, and some days don’t go as planned, but they go as they should. I’m so grateful for all the congrats from those of you who sent me loving messages and encouragement. Whether by phone or in person all the support in the beginning when you bring your little one home is so important. Today I just wanted to take a little time to share what the first week has been like for me give you just a little bit of a post-partum update.
My C-Section Experience
In my last maternity style post I mentioned that I was scheduled for a c-section about four days before my expected due date. My baby was in the breech position for about the last two months of my pregnancy and she showed no signs of moving. We waited up until the very end and tried to encourage her to move, but she was not going anywhere. In the last couple months of my pregnancy it felt like all the plans that I had made just kept falling apart and nothing was going as planned. So, my doctors scheduled me for a c-section and I went into the hospital on June 12, 2018, and I had my little baby girl. The experience of a c-section isn’t anything near what I imagined it would be. It was much worse than I imagined. It’s a very impersonal experience and it’s a strange feeling. From the spinal tap, to not feeling anything, to knowing something is happening and being awake through it all. It’s scary.
My Support Person – My Husband
In the beginning they ask you who your support person is going to be. Of course, mine was my husband. In total I got to have him by my side for only about 5-8 minutes during the whole procedure. I think that was my least favorite part of the whole process. Along with the fact that I didn’t get to hold my baby for quite some time after she was born. I was very lucky that Josh was there, and he was able to be with her from the moment she was born until I could hold her in my arms. So many emotions flooding into your system with hormones, and relief that it’s all over…or so you think. I couldn’t be discharged from the hospital until four days later and boy was I happy to get home to the comfort of our little place. The first time I got to feed her in our apartment I was so happy I cried.
Bringing Briana Home
Since arriving home, I have felt more at peace as each day passes by. Little by little I am getting my appetite back and my pain is subsiding. I was able to make it up and down the stairs today one foot at a time instead of two. Progress is important people. I can’t wait until I am back to myself and able to do somewhat more. For now, I am grateful we are all home and getting into the swing of things. Briana Rae is now a week old, cleared by the pediatrician and each day she changes more and more. Thanks again to all of you who reached out and stay tuned. I’ll have more updates and new stuff for you guys soon to come.
Much of my inspiration for this post came from a few words from one of my favorite artists…
“At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo
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XOXO Happy Girl
P.S. We took these pictures right before our first pediatrician appointment! She was so peaceful.