Baby is here!

And we are thrilled to announce that IT”S A GIRL! She is one week old today.

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Margaret Camilla arrived October 4 at 10:40 a.m. and weighed in at 6 lb. 14 oz. She is 19.5 inches long.

We are calling her Margo.

Her birth story is so very different from her brother’s and honestly, I could not be more thankful. She is so perfect, we are so in love, and big brother is very curious and sweet with his little sister.

Friday morning, I had a nice long, hot shower, did my hair, put on makeup, got the car packed up and Brian and I headed to preschool to drop P off. I kissed him goodbye, said a little prayer for him and off he went into school. Having a scheduled c-section is a bit strange – it’s weird to know what is about to come in a couple hours and have everything be SO scheduled. I was glad that morning that we waited to find out the gender, because it added an element of non-routine that I feel like I needed.

We drove to the hospital and arrived at 8:30 a.m. They quickly brought me back, asked me lots of questions about medical history, then escorted me to a pre-surgery room where I put on the hospital gown. They brought Brian in with all of our stuff after that.

First up was the IV. One nurse tried and butchered me. The next nurse tried a different spot and butchered me again. Finally, the nurse anesthetist tried and got it to stick in a 3rd spot, tearing up my arms before the surgery even started. I was so thankful that was over! Then we waited just about 20 minutes while they did a few more prep steps on me and they said “it’s time!”

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So, off to the OR I went. They got me up on the surgical platform and started the spinal block. Having had an epidural, I was a bit nervous about a spinal block being worse, but it was actually easier and quicker than the epidural! I quickly laid down and went numb, but still able to feel pressure to the touch. They called Brian in (he stared at the clock and said he waited outside the OR for 12 minutes) and he was set up next to me with the camera.

My OBGYN said that Brian should be the one to announce the gender, since he had to wait the whole time to find out! He said he was game for that, but it would mean watching a fair amount of the surgery. He was in the zone and I was proud of him for being so brave! After just a few minutes, my doctor told him to stand up – “the baby is coming in about 15 seconds!” So Brian stood up with our camera in hand and saw the head, then the shoulders, then the umbilical cord blocking the “parts” – haha! After my doctor moved it, he proudly said “Whoa. It’s a girl!”

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Shortly after Margo’s birth. Can you tell I am just a LITTLE excited over my baby girl?!

I could not BELIEVE it. I was so convinced it was a boy. I kept asking “really? is it seriously a girl?” The only way to describe how I felt was a combination of ecstasy and shock! What a blessing! Do we really have a little boy AND a little girl? Amazing! Brian and I were just over the moon. They quickly showed her to me before cleaning her up and her screams filled the OR. I was told she was a 9.9 on the Apgar scale – yay!

Brian brought her over to me and held her to my face for kisses.

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They quickly finished working on me, and wheeled us back to recovery. We had to stay in recovery for 2 hours before going to a room. Brian left Margo and me in recovery and went out to tell our family in the waiting room. My mom took an awesome video  – I’ll share when I get it off our video camera. Brian brought pink and blue shirts, lollipops and my mom brought ribbons for Brian to come out in to let them know if it was a boy or a girl.

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After watching my family’s reaction, it made me cry. It was so sweet and again made me SO happy we didn’t find out the sex ahead of time.
Brian came back to recovery and we could not get over how awake and alert Margo was, but not crying at all. She didn’t make a peep the whole two hours. We finally got back to our room and my parents and my best friend Robyn came back to meet her. They came with tons of snacks, flowers, and gifts and it was such a fun moment for them to see and hold Margo. They took some pictures of us as well.
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After they left, Brian’s sister Shellye arrived, also bearing many awesome gifts for our whole family!
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My dad and Robyn left, and Brian went to pick up Preston from school. I couldn’t wait for him to get there to meet his little sister. He was very curious about her and immediately wanted up in the hospital bed with me. He was very sweet and gentle for about 5 minutes, and then the lights and buttons in the hospital room became more exciting, ha! He started pushing random buttons and figured out how to turn the TV on from the bedside rail. I guess that’s what happens when you bring a 2-year-old into a hospital room! It was a sweet moment with our two children that I will never forget.
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Preston gave Margo a pink Gund teddy bear that Daddy quickly bought after Margo’s delivery in the hospital gift shop. Ha! Margo gave Preston a very cool Peter Pan/Captain Hook ship. He has been really into Peter Pan lately. 🙂 My mom left with Preston and took him back to our house for dinner, bath and bed. Shortly after, Brian’s parents and sister Mallory arrived to meet Margo.
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After they left, it was just Brian, me and Margo. A sweet time for the three of us to absorb her birthday and all the great moments. We are SO deeply in love with her. Our hearts just doubled in size. We are so blessed to have two children, a boy and a girl, to raise, teach and love.
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We live around the corner from where I delivered, so I sent Brian home for the night to get a full night’s sleep. Someone recommended this to me, and I was so glad we made that choice. I sent Margo to the nursery for the night and tried to get as much rest as I could. We looked at the hospital stay as a time for recovery from surgery for me, and I am so glad that was our #1 focus. So, I relied on nurses and hospital staff to care for me instead of expecting Brian to do it. I knew if I did need him, I could call him and he would be there in 5 minutes, so thankfully, Brian got a nice night of sleep, had breakfast with Preston the next morning, and joined me and Margo at the hospital in the morning. We know that rest = healing, and I had to heal quickly from this with a newborn and 2-year-old to care for.
Post to come about the rest of our hospital stay, our first week home and more about Margo’s personality. 🙂
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2 thoughts on “Baby is here!

  1. Hey Cami,

    I just stopped by to read sweet Margo’s birth story! I am so glad that it went so well and that the two of you are happy and healthy! You’ve also given me a lot of reassurance on having a repeat c-section. I’ve been so worried that with a second child his/her birth wouldn’t be special or exciting like Evie’s was (even though on the flip side it was also scary).

    Congrats on your beautiful girl, Cami!

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