Cora's birth was the complete opposite of Evan's. Having a planned c-section, I was hoping things would go just like that...planned. And they did. Mike and I went to bed Sunday night just like we normally do and surprisingly we both got decent sleep. When we woke up, it was like any normal day. My parents were here, but they visit often so that wasn't unusual. The family had breakfast and coffee while watching the Today show, again, just like any normal morning.
We were to check in at 9:40 and around 8:30 is when things started to feel "real." Mike and I were both ready to go and we had a lot of nervous energy. We felt like we should be doing something, not just sitting around waiting. After all, we were having a baby today. When it was time to leave for the hospital we hugged and kissed everyone good-bye. The next time I would be home, I would have a brand new baby.
|Family picture right before we left for the hospital.|
|Taking selfies while we wait. I have my lovely surgical gown on.|
The c-section took longer than I expected. Probably because I was so alert and anxious to meet my baby. I could here Mike taking deep breaths and I would look over at him and ask if he was OK. He said he was but he looked pretty nervous to me. Finally the Dr. said "OK Dad, get ready." Mike stood up and shortly announced, "It's a girl!." I could hear the shock and excitement in his voice. The sweet cries of my baby girl soon followed and I felt relief. Mike went with the baby while the nurses cleaned her up. While I waited to meet my baby girl I just kept smiling and laughing...I have a daughter. It was so weird to me. I also remember thinking that I couldn't wait to get pedicures with her.
Mike came back in and said, "Here's Cora." They laid Cora on my chest and we snuggled. It was a moment I will always cherish. She kept sucking on my chin and sticking her hand in my mouth. I was completely on a new mommy high. After a while, Mike and the nurses took Cora back to finish getting ready. As I was getting wheeled out of the OR, my current favorite song was playing, Boys Chase Girls by Ingrid Michaelson, I took that as a sign that everything was going to be just fine.
We passed the waiting room again on the way back to my room. I saw all my family and Mike's mom was holding Cora. They were all so happy and full of smiles. Mike came to our room with Cora as soon as I got back. He had specific instructions to do this because with Evan, I was in my room alone for quite some time while the family held him and took pictures in the nursery. I wanted my baby as soon as possible this time.
|Mother Daughter selfie.|
Mike, Cora and I stayed in the hospital for three days. Evan came to visit us everyday and each day he warmed up to Cora more and more. He liked to pat her head and give her kisses. Once I was out of bed and moving around, Evan warmed back up to me as well.
The four of us are adjusting at home quite nicely. My mom is staying with us for two weeks. Mike was in a wedding the first weekend we were home so I definitely needed her there to help. There are moments when things get chaotic but for the most part things are going smoothly.
|Evan and Grandma made us a Welcome Home sign.|
|Big Brother Love!|
|Relaxing at home reading her Pooh book.|