So the day was set. July 25th we would be welcoming our "little one" into the world. And to be honest, I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be. I knew that Dr. Kennedy agreed that a c-section was the best choice, that I had time to prepare in the morning and that our parents were going to be there with us.
We left for the hospital around 6:00 and only had to make one pit stop on the way there: Chris needed a breakfast sandwich at Subway. The next 2.5 hours were very laid back. We got checked in and went to the pre-op room where we met our pre-op nurse. We heard stories about her Corvette that was at the garage, how she didn't remember what she filed out for the previous patient and how she was going to be with me the whole time I was in surgery/delivery. At 10 till 9 that morning, I said goodbye to the grandparents to be and walked back to the delivery room.
First up was my spinal. I had four shots to numb the area before the anesthesiologist began the spinal procedure. The process is somewhat like an epidural. He told me to bend forward, (which consisted of me putting my chin down. My boobs were on my belly, my belly was on my legs and there was no "bending forward"), and then inserted the needle. Unlike an epidural, I got one large dose of medicine that completely numbed me from the chest down. I would be numb for roughly 2 hours and then it would completely wear off. The doctor talked me through my spinal and then asked me to swing my legs up onto the bed. As I sat there looking at the 100 pound weights, formally known as my legs, I looked back up at her and raised my eyebrows. She was pleased to know that the spinal had worked so quickly and with the help of the nurses we were able to get me positioned on the bed. IVs were already hooked up, arms were FREE TO MOVE - none of the tied down business - and a nice warm blanket was wrapped around my face.
Note #2: Let me take a moment to say that I am very thankful that the catheter was inserted AFTER my spinal.
Once I was all set up and ready to go, Chris was allowed in the room. He had a stool right next to me on the left and the anesthesiologist was on my right. I remember an oxygen mask being placed on me and Dr. Kennedy said "Here we go!" Chris was fascinated with the whole procedure and kept standing up and sitting down to catch as many glimpses as he could. He was allowed to video and hand my hand in his right and the camera in his left.
A couple of minutes in, Dr. Kennedy said "Wow, that's a big head!" and then let me know that she was going to have to make the incision a little wider. Afterwards she let us know that the baby was indeed face-up and not even near the birth canal. I would have most likely gone over the 40 weeks which would have been dangerous because of the baby's size. The baby kept slipping back up and they were having trouble wiggling it out. There was a physician that pressed rather hard on my stomach and I was moved from side to side. It was during this time that I got a little nauseous. The anesthesiologist patted my shoulder and said "Ok. Count to 10." I got to 2 and felt amazing. I'm not sure what he gave me but I would have been more than happy to have that in pill form.
And then the really awesome part happened - and the only thing that really matters in this whole ordeal -- We delivered a baby. Chris videoed, Dr. Kennedy and the nurses pulled and I laid there quite peacefully as Sawyer Wayne Bauman entered the world. I appreciated so much that Dr. Kennedy said "You have a son" and Chris and I looked at each other and smiled, and asked her to check again, and smiled some more.