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