So I gave you as many details of the labor as I wanted to remember. Only thing I left out was the "two for one" deal I got. So I labored for hours on end hoping for vaginal delivery and ended up with a section...so I got the hemorrhoids and episiotomy of a vaginal and the scar/pain of the section. Lucky me :) The way I look at is, more likely than not, this will be my one and only birth experience...so I got to experience it all!
I was so grateful to the nurse I had in recovery...she was one of the nurses I had on L&D the night before. Once I was done in recovery she took me upstairs to the NICU to see M. :) She wheeled my gurney right up to M's isolette. It was so nice to be able to see M. I had some time alone with him as J and my Mom were waiting for me in my room. They finally did come up with me...I had no idea I'd be at the NICU for so long. The nurses in the NICU were amazing...they crawled under my bed in order to get to M when they needed to. My nurse from post-partum was a different story. It took almost 90 minutes for someone to come get me once I had asked a nurse to call down saying I was ready to go.
Once I got to the post-partum floor my care was less than ideal. When the nurse transferred me from the gurney to the bed there was blood spilled on the floor and my bedding. I think I saw some of it, but not all of it. When the aide came in to take my vitals she was pissed to see what a mess the nurse had left. My day nurse that came on in the morning was no better. The aide had cleaned me up before she left around 5am, and I never got cleaned again until my catheter was removed around 4pm. Not once did my nurse mention me trying to get to the NICU and my mom was fuming over this. When I finally did ask the answer I received was "we'll see". Um, really!?!? It was probably around 4:30 or so when I finally did get to get upstairs to see M. His nurse said she wondered if something was wrong with me when she didn't see me earlier in the day. It still makes me sad to realize how long it took.
My nurse the next day was oh, so much better! But she was super chatty!! She used so many words to express one thought. I do have to say, it was great when she said to me that she knew I'd be shuttling back and forth between my room and the NICU. She was beyond shocked when I told her about the day before. She was not happy at all.
Thankfully M did a great job recovering from his experience of not fitting and having a less than ideal entrance into this world. That Friday night he had a "sleepover" with us in my room and the next day we all went home together. :)
I have a really hard time with how all of it went down but I keep trying to remind myself that in the end it all worked out just fine. M is healthy...I am healthy and J was amazing taking care of both of us!
I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures of me and M.