See part 1 here,
While in Recovery, they gave Amber a try at latching on, and like her big brother, she did it like a pro. No problems at all, and latched she stayed for the next hour and a half... Yes, my poor nips is all I can say!!
Once all was good I was wheeled to my room, where very quickly I started feeling pretty spaced out. I generally struggle to take anything harder than panadol these days, and in the end I had a bit of a cocktail of drugs what with the usual c-section suspects, the insulin infusion, the stuff to bring my blood pressure up and apparently something else to bring it back down when it got too high... so I guess it was to be expected that I would feel a little wierd!! Also, the night before going in I had maybe 3 hours sleep, because I kept on thinking about stupid, irrelevant things, as is the case when you really NEED some sleep!!
Adam stayed with me for awhile til he was sure I was settled, then he went home to get our son to bring him in so he could be first to meet his little sister.
They were back within about 45 minutes and he got to have his first cuddles. (Absolutely BESOTTED with her, by the way) then my mum and nanna came, then hubbys sister, then his parents, then hubby went home for awhile and Amber and I had some quiet time. Dad came for a visit a little later and then hubby was back again until it was time for me to sleep.
At this point we were both feeling exhausted and also noticing that already we felt a lot less stressed about being parents again than we felt for the first time with Dex, which was a nice feeling.
Everything was nice and quiet and I was quite relaxed, and Amber was already proving to be more of a sleeper than Dex at a few hours old, so I sent hubby home.
1am came, my night nurse/midwife was one very stressed lady who every time came in made like I was a nuisance for calling her. (ummm HELLO I just had a c section and can't get to my crying baby without you getting her), and Amber became more and more unsettled as the night wore on, so I got more and more worked up, so in the end I asked her what she thought I should do, keep calling her or put her in my bed. She said I should just have her with me, handed her to me and left me to try and adjust myself and get comfy. Not an easy task with still slightly numb legs, an already really sore incision and a worked up baby.
Anyone who has had a c section will understand how tricky it can be trying to get a brand new baby to latch when you are immovable from the waist down. It is SO hard. But with no staff on hand to help, I had to just try and manage. It was an incredibly long night, but even so, I still was feeling ok when morning came.
Stay tuned for Day 2, filled with more overworked nurses, lots of pain, stressed mummy and baby... oh and a lost drug chart which meant no pain killers for me....