‘The surgery went pretty breezy, 30 minutes and he was out. Although I could see everything they were doing in the reflection of the light above my head. Que wheeziness -blood.. so much blood.’
After my birth blog with Eli a lot of you were interested to know about Leos birth. I can assure you this one wasn’t as interesting (which is a good thing for my healths sake haha).
My pregnancy with Leo was a crappy one. We kept the gender a surprise and in the beginning I was adamant he was going to be a girl because I was so sick and so large. I was also always paranoid I was going to have to go down the same road as last time. The doctors had a close eye on the whole pregnancy and I had scans regularly which I wasn’t mad about because I got to see my baby more often.
My obstetrician and I agreed the safest option for me would be to have an elected cesarean at 38 weeks, keeping a close eye on everything incase something went wrong. We booked in my cesarean date for 16 April and I was to come in to the Queen Victoria Operating Suite at 8am and wait my turn to be cut open.. I was last of course.
The surgery went pretty breezy, 30 minutes and he was out. Although I could see everything they were doing in the reflection of the light above my head. Que wheeziness -blood.. so much blood. Although it wasn’t my ideal birth plan it was still magic all the same.
‘Look at those cheeks’ was the first thing I heard them say then they pulled him over the screen and I saw.. dick and balls. There he was. Our beautiful 7p 7oz baby boy.
My first thought was wow how big are his balls hahaha along with why isn’t he crying. In the moment I was just freaking out wondering why he was not crying, why had I not heard him scream like all the movies. The midwives reassured me that he was just content and happy (5 months post birth I can confirm he has made up for all that silence in the delivery room haha).
“what’s his name?’ the midwives asked.
“hmm we haven’t decided yet” we beamed back, so in love. Little did we know for the next few days he would be known as ‘baby of Paige’ until we had set one in stone.
When they laid him on my chest all I felt was pure happiness, the most amazing moment I have in my memory (breaks my heart I don’t have this memory of Eli). I wish I could go back and have 5000 more babies just so I could re-live that feeling again.
They wheeled me back into recovery and Will and I sat there in pure awe of the second little human we had created. We asked for everyone not to come into hospital this time around, Will and I just wanted to soak up all the first few days to ourselves. My mum came in for a few minutes to meet him, my best friend Laura popped in once and my Dad bought Eli in every night apart from that it was just Will and I and it was perfect.
My recovery went really well, I was up walking about (struggling but still) that same day. After day 3 in the hospital I was over it and just wanted to be home in my own bed. They requested that I stay in a little longer as Leo had lost over 10% body weight but then agreed we could leave as long as he had put on weight by my next home visit (he did).
Eli meets Leo for the first time
We are all so in love with the newest addition to our family, especially Eli. I was a little worried at first but boy did we under estimate just how loving and caring he really is. I count my blessings everyday, my heart is bursting with love.