I read tons of blogs about mommies and parenting and life. I just love reading them, I wish I had more time to comment and twitter party and instagram with these ladies because they are a fantastic support group. However, one thing I have noticed is that almost ALL of them have had their babies naturally. For me that was initially my plan. When I went into have Eyan I was prepared and tried valiantly to have that natural (medicated) birth. However, with the chaos and eclampsia that wasn’t happening and reflecting back, I should have never actually tried because it about killed both Eyan and I.
I kinda got the option of a possible VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), until they perinatologist got ahold of my records from Eyan and then said no. I never even considered VBAC after Eyan. I know what labor feels like (especially when epidurals fail and you can feel EVERYTHING), I almost had a vaginal delivery and believe me recovering from an episiotomy and all that trauma sucked worse than the c-section. In addition I just want to remember this delivery, I want to hear that first cry, remember seeing my baby, nurse in recovery and have my family and everyone a lot more comfortable and less scared than the last time. Eyan’s delivery was traumatic for everyone. I almost died, our baby was not breathing right and was in the NICU and it was scary. Why on Earth would I want to put myself and my family through that possible scenario again. For me in addition to it not being an option from my docs it was not an option I was EVER considering.
So here I sit 5 weeks and 3 days from my scheduled c-section. The first go around I was not prepared for this. I had no idea what I needed to bring to the hospital, what recovery was going to be like or how to handle a newborn with a large abdominal incision. So I made a list for all those c-section mama’s of things that I don’t want to forget to bring or do:
- Dark comfy clothes that are NOT binding anywhere near my incision.
- Tall gigantic panties (granny they may be)
- Shower flip flops (I slipped in the shower after surgery with Eyan…flip flops helped after this)
- Rubbing alcohol to help remove the iodine and sticky crap from the bandage.
- Lotion that is unscented to help with the itchiness of the incision.
- Nursing tanks and shirts that are easy to change out of.
- Non-slip socks that are not bulky or ugly
- Those “Wisp” disposable toothbrushes (who knows when you will be able to get out of bed to brush your teeth!)
- Nursing pillow/cover
- Stuff for baby that is easy to change and doesn’t take a lot of effort from me
- Some type of alarm to remind me to take my pain meds…forgetting was a dumb dumb decision.
- Making sure to use the buttons on the bed to sit me up
- Taking baby for walks in the little bed thing to help the healing process
- SNACKS! In the middle of the night I was starving!