She’s Here! Whitney’s Birth Story

We did it! We are so happy to announce the birth our our daughter, Whitney Catherine. She was born early morning on Thursday April 20.

We thought we were going in for a scheduled c-section but she had other plans for us. My husband and I arrived at the hospital at 5:30 in the two hours before our scheduled surgery. I was getting prepped and all of a sudden her heart rate dropped dramatically. In the 80’s (normal heart rate is anywhere between 110-160).

At first the nurse thought it was just a dip and would come back up, which is normal. But her heart rate didn’t want to budge. Within a minute there were about ten nurses, doctors in the little triage room and everyone was looking at the monitors.  They were trying to move and adjust me to see if they could move me to get a better heart rate. It was all happening so fast and seemed so chaotic to me.

My doctor wasn’t there yet, but I heard a doctor tell me that they couldn’t wait. They were going to perform my c-section right away.

That was when I started crying as they wheeled me out. I was able to get the words out if my husband could come and they said no, because I was going to be put under.

Que the uncontrollable sobbing.

And that was the last thing I remembered. The next thing I knew, I was in recovery wondering what exactly happened. I looked over and my husband was holding our perfect little girl.

whit

She was healthy, happy and here.

We still are not sure what exactly caused the slow heart rate , but I really feel like it was God stepping in and making us be in the right place at the right time.

mommy and whitney

And, so far so good! Whitney is fitting in with her brothers very easily. They love her so much and it is adorable to see my husband with his little girl.

In the past couple of days when moments have gotten chaotic and I have to remember how lucky we are that we have three healthy happy little kids.

 

 

Hospital List for C-Section Mamas

This spring I will have my third c-section.  At this point I feel like I might be some sort of a mama expert in this field.  No, it’s not the ‘easy way out’…..that is for another post, but there are a few things I like, being a type A personality.  With two older kids in the mix, I can figure out childcare ahead of schedule and wont potentially have to scramble to find someone in the middle of the night. And, the fact that I am a planner, at this point I know exactly what to put into my hospital bag!

While I think most of these items would be benificial for ANY mama in the hospital who just had a baby, these are essentials for c-section mamas.

Pre-Moistened Make-Up Wipes

After your c-section it is pretty difficult to get up and about in the first 24 hours after your surgery.  These wipes were excellent to help me freshen up and get the oil off of my face.  They made me feel a little more human and refreshed.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Removers, Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes, 25-Count (Pack of 6)

Disposable Toothbrushes

Same story here. First thing in the morning I need to brush my teeth.  So, this just makes your life a little easier for a while.  While these toothbrushes might not have the exact same results of really brushing with toothpaste and water, it just freshens you up (especially if you have visitors coming)!

toothbrushes

Yeti 

These were not around last time I was in the hospital, but I will be bringing it with me this time! I am a huge believer of the Yeti.  I like ice in my drinks (and love hospital ice……I’m not the only one, right)? The styrofoam cups provided at the hospital are okay, but the ice still melts too quickly.  You are not about to go venturing out looking for ice.  Seriously, this will keep your ice frozen all day.  It’s the little things.

Fold-Over Waistband Yoga Pants

You will NEED these.  The softer the better.  I like them, because they can be adjusted to fall on your waste where ever they make you feel comfortable. Probably high above your incision site. In normal life, you might be a low rider pants type of girl…..but now is not the time for fashion. These yoga pants are easy on….easy off…Lots of room (possibly get a size up).

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Under Eye Concealer

You will be tired.  And there will be a lot of pictures.  Just a little dab under the eyes and you will look like a new person! I’m not saying you should put a full face of make-up on (but feel free to do so)! I love this brand of under eye concealer.  It is inexpensive and works like a charm!

e.l.f. Concealer, Ivory, 0.11 Ounce