Nova’s Birth Story

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We scheduled a c-section for August 21st at noon. Looking back on it, I wish we would have taken the 7:30 am slot instead. Throughout my entire pregnancy, I’ve had to wait a LOT for my Dr. He’s totally worth it and I will go back to him if we have another baby, but wait times for the most part were usually close to or over an hour. I had one appointment where I only had to wait 10 minutes and that only happened one time. We got to the hospital at 10 am and checked in to Labor and Delivery. They put me in a room and started to monitor the baby. The labor rooms were huge and nice! My nurse was really nice and of course I can’t remember her name. She was an older lady and asked about 1,000 questions or what it seemed like. Then it was the waiting game. At about 11:45, she came in to tell us that my Dr. had 3 women in labor and 4 other patients to see. I felt a little frustrated, but I definitely knew we were last on the list since I wasn’t actively in labor. The anesthesiologist came in before noon just to touch base. He made some comment about my Dr. never being on time and we both laughed. We waited and waited. I got up to use the restroom about 10 times over the next 3 hours and got pretty good at hooking myself back up to the monitor. Finally at about 3:30, my Dr. came in. He apologized and said it was finally our turn! All was forgiven at this point because I knew we were close to meeting our little girl. My hubby got all suited up and we walked over to the OR.

 

Nova Birth Story

 

Once in the OR, the anesthesiologist had music blaring. He asked me what some of my favorite artists were or what I wanted to listen to and had a pretty funny and sarcastic sense of humor. We decided on Cold Play, Colbie Caillat, and Sara Bareilles. He put some ColdPlay on and started putting the spinal in. The spinal went it easily and then they laid me down and started prepping. I told the anesthesiologist about my first experience with having a c-section and how I was given some med that gave me an outer body experience. He jokingly referred to it as Special K and knew exactly what I was talking about. He told me we would try to avoid the Special K.

The interesting thing about a C-section is that it is one of the only surgeries where you are alert the whole time and they allow a support person in the room. There was a light up above that I could look into and was able to see what they were doing in the reflection. I tried to avoid looking into it since it was my insides. Once they cut in, it was a lot of tugging and a lot of pressure. My hubby said the whole procedure was really clean which he didn’t remember before. It was only a few minutes after they made the first incision that I could suddenly breathe easier and I knew she was out. Once Nova was born, my Dr. made the comment that she was probably over 8 lbs. I heard her cry and felt a rush of emotion. I looked over to see her pink skin and a beautiful baby. I couldn’t help myself and the tears started to fall. She was perfect. They weighed and measured her and got her all wrapped up. 8 lbs 9 ounces and 20 inches. She’s the smallest of all of my babies but was also born almost 2 weeks before either of the boys.

 

Nova Birth

 

One of the nurses handed Nova to hubby and he held her up to my head. It was hard to really gauge what she looked like upside down and she was pretty swollen. Plus, I was a tad on the dizzy side from everything going on. Hubby held her close and she had her little tongue out and was rooting for something to suck on. It’s amazing to me that these perfect little babies come out, already knowing what to do. The next 20 minutes or so, my Dr. worked on clearing out scar tissue from my previous 2 c-sections. He explained it to me as adhesions that looked like saran wrap on my uterus and other tissues. He said there was a lot on the left side. He also noticed a mass about the size of a penny on my right ovary. It definitely wasn’t there at the start of the pregnancy since I didn’t see it via ultrasound. He said it looked very similar to what a benign fibroid on an uterus would look like, only it was on my right ovary. He told me he was about 95% sure that it would be benign but would send it down to pathology. (The pathology report came back benign.)

 

At about this point, I started feeling like I needed to cough. It was a really weird sensation since I was numb up to my chest. I coughed the best I could and I guess this can happen because of air getting into your vessels when you are open? They put some oxygen on me and it actually helped quite a bit.

 

Once they were done, I was wheeled back to recovery which was actually the labor and delivery room I started out in. I spent an hour here and got to hold and nurse Nova for the first time. She was a champ when it came to nursing and knew exactly what to do. I admired her chubby cheeks and perfect little lips. She had 10 tiny fingers and 10 toes. It’s times like this that I marvel at life. She does this thing we call kissy face where she puckers her lips up. She’s actually doing it in the first picture we got of her here and she does it quite often. It’s really cute!

 

Nova Birth

 

After recovery, we went over to the mom baby unit where we would be until Sunday. I retained a TON of water and my feet got so swollen that I couldn’t even bend my toes. I had great nurses and a lot of wonderful people that came to visit. It was so fun when the boys came up to visit and they are in love with their little sister. They like to hold her, kiss her, and get really excited when she is awake.

We also had a Just Born photo session when she was just 2 days old. We had a photographer come to the hospital to capture some of those first moments. I’ve gotten a sneak peek of a few of the pictures and can’t wait to see the rest.

 

NewBaby

 

There are still so many times that I wish I could have a vaginal birth. I see how quickly those women bounce back and the fact that they are up and moving around within an hour or two after childbirth. I got up to use the bathroom the next morning after my c-section and it was incredibly painful. I am grateful for the fact that I am able to have babies though and for my 3 beautiful and healthy kids.

 

Nova5

 

While we were in the hospital, my hubby woke up the second morning feeling like he had strep throat. He’s had strep quite a few times so he went down to the Instacare and of course tested positive for it. He was told that he needed to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before he came back to our room.   Both the boys had colds too, alas why they are wearing masks in the pictures.  My mom came up for the night that night and helped me. She did so much and it was fun to have her there for the night. Hubby came back and spent the last 2 nights there with me.

 

While we were in the hospital, Nova got down to just under 8 lbs, but I think she was over 8 lbs when we left the hospital. At 9 days when we went to the pediatrician, she was 8 lbs 5 ounces, so she was on her way back to her birth weight. We went back to the ped for her 2 week well visit at 15 days old and she weighed in at 9 lbs 2 ounces. She’s starting to chub up and it’s so cute.

 

I’m so incredibly in love with this little girl. She is mellow, beautiful and just perfect. I’m always amazed at new life and know that newborns are so close to the other side. Sometimes I wish I could get a glimpse of what she still remembers.

 

Fruit

 

Now at 2 weeks out, I’m starting to feel better and am getting closer to getting off all my pain meds. I’m just having to take ibuprofen and deal with the massive night sweats.  I also have to really listen to my body and not push it too much. Thankfully my mom was here for a week and my hubby is still home from work. He will go back to work on Monday but I’m feeling optimistic about being able to do everything I need to do.

 

 

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  1. 53

    Congrats on your beautiful bundle of joy. She is so cute!
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  2. 54

    She is so beautiful Tiff. Congratulations!
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  3. 55

    Nova is so beautiful and perfect! I love that you had a photographer come into the hospital to take photos, what a fantastic idea!
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  4. 57

    She is absolutely beautiful and perfect. I’m with you. I want to scream because it’s so frustrating that I can’t have a vaginal birth, that my options were taken away. I know all that is important is having a healthy baby, but I just once wanted to have a baby the normal way. We are already scheduled for the day for our C-section, but not the time yet. I’ll definitely be asking for the first slot!
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  5. 58

    Love 🙂
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  6. 60

    She is perfection! Congratulations to you and your family.

  7. 61

    Congratulations she is adorable.
    It’s lovely to read about birth stories

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  8. 62

    She is absolutely beautiful. So precious. Congratulations!!! Hope you are doing well
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  9. 63

    Congratulations! She has the most darling little cheeks! She was the same weight as my son, and he was my smallest, too! Enjoy your beautiful family. What a blessing!

  10. 64

    Congratulations! What a beautiful little girl, and her name is precious too. I love that last photo of her, she looks so peaceful.
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  11. 65

    She is so amazingly gorgeous! Congratulations (and I’m jealous you were awake for your c-section; I was out cold for my first and I was in and out of sleep for my 2nd).
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  12. 66

    She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations again.
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  13. 67

    Congratulations! She is so cute!

  14. 68

    very cute! love the name and the watermelon outfit is adorable!

  15. 69
    Vickie Couturier says:

    Congratulations! what a nice story an she is so cute an perfect..

  16. 70

    What a beautiful story, and what a sweet little girl you have now. I am so glad that the mass came back as benign too!
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  17. 71

    Congrats! You have adorable kids. I love the little watermelon outfit on your little girl. Enjoy these moments.

  18. 72

    Congratulations! She is so beautiful!
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  19. 73

    I can’t believe a bout of strep struck right after the fact! That was interesting about the coughing sensation you felt too. Your little bundle is beyond precious!
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  20. 74

    I had a (not planned) C-section and my husband was there to watch. I never felt a thing. I was so emotional, though. It all happened really fast once I was in the operating room. Although it wasn’t the natural birth I’d planned all along, things worked out the way they were suppose to so that my son and I were okay. I’m so glad yours went well. Congrats! She IS beautiful!
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  21. 75

    She’s beautiful and I am so happy everything went smoothly

  22. 76

    She’s beautiful and I am so happy everything went smoothly.
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  23. 77

    Congratulations. She’s beautiful.
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  24. 78

    Not so nice that Daddy had strep – kind of convenient that he could just go downstairs to find out though 🙂 Can’t wait to see more pictures of Nova and her brothers on the blog 🙂
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  25. 79

    She looks just perfect! The benefit of a c-section is that you get to go in with nice hair 🙂 I looked like a disaster! I love everyone in their masks 🙂
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  26. 80

    Thank you for sharing your story! She’s so, so cute!
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  27. 81

    So cute. One plus to C-sections, they don’t give babies that cone head look the first day or so…lol
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  28. 82

    She is absolutely adorable! Her in her little watermelon outfit is just too cute.
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  29. 83

    Your experience sounded similar to my third one except I did pick the 7:30 LOL and that is what time my daughter was born. My nose itched like crazy though LOL.

    Your daughter is gorgeous what a great photo.
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  30. 84

    Oh my goodness, she is absolutely precious. Glad you are doing well and so is Nova. Congratulations again hun.
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  31. 85

    Ohhh Tiff, she is soo precious!!!
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  32. 86

    Thanks for sharing this. She is such a precious little Angel! I’m glad you are starting to feel better again.
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  33. 87

    She is so precious! Thank you for sharing your story!
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  34. 88

    What a great story!

  35. 89

    So precious! Thanks for sharing your story! I had two all-natural vaginal water births and in the throws of labor was always insanely jealous of scheduled C-section moms. Then again, I’ve never had to recover from a C-section and have heard that’s no walk in the park. I hope you are doing well, feeling 100% soon, and have lots of support as you heal!
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  36. 90

    congratulations, Tiff. She is just the cutest thing EVER. I adore her cheeks and love seeing her decked out in PINK.
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  37. 91

    Thanks for sharing your story. Nova is so beautiful. I have 2 boys and a little girl as well, they are now 10, 8, and 4. We’ve been trying for a 4th baby. I’m wondering what, if anything, your doctor has said about the risks of repeat c-sections. I’ve had 3 c-sections and I had always read that doctors don’t recommend more than 3, but I have a friend who was told 4 was okay.

  38. 92

    What a beautiful family you have. Thanks for sharing your story. I never had a C-section, so it was interesting to hear from that side of things.

  39. 93

    What a sweet birth story! She really is perfect! I love the picture of you feeding her!
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  40. 94

    She’s Gorgeous What a perfect little family you have. Congratulations
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  41. 95

    She is gorgeous!

  42. 96

    What a great story! She is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations 🙂
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  43. 97

    What a great story….she’s beautiful!
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  44. 98

    Oh gosh this is just soooo sweet – your family is beautiful and congratulations on your newest addition. Absolutely love the name, Nova 🙂
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  45. 99

    She is SO perfect & precious! Congrats to your entire family {&I hope everyone is feeling better}! I totally get what you mean about the recovery- my mom used to give me crap about how easy my labor was since I never contracted on my own & went on pitocin at the same time as an epidural so I never felt anything, but she just doesn’t understand how rough recovery is from a C-Section!! I hope you’re feeling better soon!!
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  46. 100

    Thank you so much for sharing her birth story. I’ve never experienced a c-section and always wondered what the experience was like. I’m so happy to see that you have such a healthy and beautiful girl to add to your family. Hope you are getting some sleep and rest so you can heal!
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    • 101

      I kind of wish I didn’t have to experience a c-section, but she’s here safely so I guess that’s what matters. Thanks for the nice comment. 🙂

  47. 102

    I’ve only had vaginal births so it’s interesting to hear how the whole C-section process works. Was there a reason you scheduled her 2 weeks before her due date?

    She is just so adorable though. I definitely need to hire a photographer to come in the room like you did.
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    • 103

      She was actually only 6 days early, she was born at 39+1. Both my boys were almost 41 weeks so she was 2 weeks earlier than either of them. They usually just take you a week early with c-sections so that you don’t go into labor.

  48. 104

    Congratulations on your adorable bundle of joy! 🙂
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  49. 105

    Congratulations! She’s sweet!

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