After 3 long days being cooped up on the ward, the day we got to meet Seed was finally there!
I remember feeling nervous the night before when midwife came in to remind me that I needed to be nil by mouth (fasting) and gave me the ranitidine (anti acid) tablet. The uncertainties were overwhelming! I told the midwife, if myself, a doctor, working at that very hospital, was feeling that way, imagine other patients. Future mums. Being at the receiving end of NHS couldn't feel weirder.
That Monday morning, I was up early. Not that I could sleep much anyway. Adam came, and I was told to change into the hospital gown and put the TED stockings on (they were horrible!) and make my way to labour ward. Specifically, the operating theatre. Not sure why, I wasn't particularly anxious anymore - Adam instead had this worried look all over his face, haha. The consultant did another scan. Seed was still breech, but wasn't footling anymore. Oh well not that it mattered at that time.
Right before I popped!
After a whole lot of check by the obs gyn and anaesthetist, in I went.
The consultant anaesthetist was amazing. He was too kind - he put lidocaine (local anaesthetic) onto my hand before putting in a grey (largest possible) cannula! Yes, I judge kindness by how unlikely you're going to inflict pain on me, lol.
But no, really, Dr Salter (the cons) was just too sweet - when I said I was an FY1 - he asked which med school I was from, what I wanted to specialise in later (ha!) - and I suddenly felt like an FY1 again, it felt normal. Instead of the "paediatrician parents" the midwife have been referring us to! (so much pressure).
Aaandddd, the spinal kicked in, I was paralysed waist down. Again, another super strange feeling.
Aaaanddd Adam was called in.
Aaannddd less than 10 minutes later, we heard the loud strong cry.
Aaandddd the whole theatre was amazed at how chunky this baby was.
Aaaandddd even more amazed at his actual birth weight - 3.945kg.
Aaaanddd here's our little man, born 15th May 2017, at 1107 via elective caesarean.
My two boys.
I want to remember this look - fresh out of oven, covered with icky gooey stuff from the womb, with blotchy face and newborn rashes.
"Your first breath took mine away."
Meet my son, Noah.