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Lucid again

July 30th, 2008

First off – wow. Bowled over by all of the bloggy land love. Thank you all so much for cheering me on during and welcoming Tessa after. I’ve had several real life people express awe at all of you being here for this wonderful occasion. Being so far from most of our friends and family it was wonderful having a virtual waiting room full of all of you waiting for news.

Now for what you came for – details and photos.

My doctor broke my water at 7 am yesterday. The nurse said she never gets to use words like “copious amounts” in her notes but breaking my water qualified. It was rather amazing and a bit painful. About an hour later, I was sitting on the bed talking to Steve and there was another geyser – water running off both sides of the bed and flooding puddling on the floor. The nurse came in and said I now officially had the most water in my that she had ever seen in her years of nursing. (Heh…that doesn’t even count what I’m still holding on to in my legs and ankles.) I couldn’t stop laughing and imagining it happening at the grocery store “Clean up on aisle 5″. I was having regular contractions so they decided to hold off on the pitocin (no idea if that is the correct spelling – it is the med that helps jump start labor). Around noon, the pain was getting worse and they want to start pitocin so I received my epidural. I was stoned off my ass for the next 4 hours. Didn’t feel a single contraction from then on. Epidurals rock.

I hit 4 cm at 4 pm. My doctor said she was starting the active labor clock then and she wanted to see some progress in the coming hours or we would have to make some decisions. At 8 pm, I was still stuck at 4cm. Steve went out to get himself something to eat while I tried not to growl at him since it had been 24 hours since I was allowed anything but ice chips. He had barely left the hospital when I was informed we were heading down for a c-section. I freaked out until they tracked him down. We all headed for the operating room. I was a little freaked by it all happening so fast (the c-section, obviously not the labor). I didn’t enjoy the c-section experience. It didn’t hurt exactly but wasn’t comfortable either. Knowing they are tugging out your innards while rocking you around on the table is rather disconcerting. Tessa didn’t want to come out but they eventually managed to get her free and clean her up. Steve and I immediately started crying when we heard her cry.

She is beautiful and perfect. She has been wonderful so far. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night but that was more my fault than hers. I catnapped while she slept on my chest and fed every few hours. I will admit to some trepidation that I couldn’t possibly love another child as much as I love Sabrina but I quickly fell in love with Tessa. I am completely enchanted by her. It is different from our first days with Sabrina but no more or less amazing.

As for me, I was shocked by the amount of pain immediately following the c-section. And I continued to be shocked by the pain through the night and this morning. They still didn’t give me the okay for food this morning and I started getting very sick to my stomach. I told the nurse that I was going to be sick if they didn’t feed me so they brought me broth. Didn’t help. They gave me percocet and 2 saltines. When the lactation consultant came to see me at 11am this morning and found me unable to pay attention to her and in tears, she immediately rounded me up some food. Too late, the pain killers were too far ahead of the food and I ended up tossing my cookies. I felt horrible for hours but once the pain killers got out of my system, my day started looking up considerably. I still have some pain at my incision site, but nothing I can’t handle. I’m moving slowly but I’ve showered and been moving around a good bit as the day has moved on.

We are both enchanted with our beautiful girls.  Many of you have asked what Sabrina thinks.  Unfortunately, she was here during my not-so-lucid period today so I wasn’t able to interact much.  She said baby and hi and wasn’t amused that mommy didn’t pick her up.  Otherwise, no real reaction from her that I noticed.  Abuela has been keeping her happy at home.  Steve and I both miss Sabrina a lot so he went home to stay there tonight.  We look forward to us all being under one roof.

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81 Responses to “Lucid again”

  1. Krystal Says:

    Oh, dear – she is perfect! Those cheeks in that third picture are just unbelieveable!! So sweet.

    You are 100% correct – epidurals rock.

  2. Angie Says:

    She is adorable Michelle! I am sorry you had to have the c section but I am glad all is okay now. I hope you feel better soon. Congratulations to all of you!

  3. Tricia Says:

    ~~~~ Oh girl!!! She is perfect!!!!!! ~~~~

    So great to hear from you, mama of 2!!!


    Love, love, love from Virginia,

  4. Farrah Says:

    She looks alot like Steve to me, She is perfect in every way….It brings tears to my eyes as I could imagine having my own child, No more enjoyable than Madisyn but an awesome unforgetable experiance, I’m so happy for your family Michelle, Childbirth is a wonderful and never forgetting moment…

    SHE IS BEAUTIFUL…..Don’t move too much you will heal quicker….

  5. Dottie Says:

    She is so beautiful….
    I cannot wait for the first picture of the sisters together…

  6. Melissa Says:

    Glad you are lucid again. I agree – epidurals rock! Sorry you had to have a c-section, but glad Tessa arrived safe and sound. She is beautiful! I know you must be missing Sabrina like crazy – but soon you will all be under one roof (and yea for Abuela being here to help!)

  7. Rhonda FTC Says:

    She is just beautiful and so sorry about the C-Section experience, never a fun one but oh those end results are so beautiful!!! Hoping you are getting fed!

  8. Priscilla Says:

    Michelle, you look great! So calm and happy. Birthing agrees with you. :)

    I am so, so thrilled that Tessa arrived safe and sound and that both you and the oh so darling wee one are doing well.

    Thanks for sharing the story with the virtual waiting room!!

  9. Sarah Says:

    I had a c-section for my first birth too… then a VBAC with my son. I remember feeling very angry after the experience when it was not what I had imagined… but the beautiful little girl placed in my arms was well worth it! I know you probably feel the same!!

    Congratulations! Tessa is gorgeous! I love her chubby cheeks and perfect shaped head (a benefit to a c-section baby – LOL!)!!

    Take those pain killers as prescribed… once you get moving, you will be happy that you have them!! Enjoy these lucid first days as a mom of two beautiful princesitas!! Hope you get a big cheeseburger for dinner tonight!!

  10. Julie P Says:

    She is so beautiful. Just perfect. We are so thrilled for you. WAY TO GO!!!!

  11. Julia Says:

    Oh My Word!
    She is so perfectly angelic! Brings tears to my eyes!
    You look great considering what you went through!
    So thankful she is here with you and that you are both doing so well:)
    Hope the pain goes away soon:)

    I am so happy for you Michelle:)

  12. sig Says:

    Ah, how beautiful she is. So perfect. Sorry about the C-section.Hear they are painful :(
    Enjoy your baby moon.
    Much love from New Joisey.

  13. Amy from JM Says:

    I just can’t stop posting!! I know I already said it, but Tessa is so amazingly beautiful!! I am sorry you had to have the c-section but happy that you and baby are healthy! Can’t wait to see more pics! I hope your night goes smoothly!! :)

  14. Maria Says:

    She is just beautiful. Sorry about the c-sec , I had 2 not fun. Be sure to take it easy. Your hubby is awesome so I know he will help you , so you can heal. Cant wait to see big sis and lil sis together :) Congratulations to you and steve :)

  15. Laura Says:

    You are an amazing woman, Michelle, for letting us share in your joys and pains, almost as it happens. You deserve some sort of blog award.

    Blog-awe aside, can’t congratulate you enough. You are one lucky momma! I can’t wait for the Tessa-Sabrina show ‘n tell for us :-) so keep those cameras going.

  16. Gwen Says:

    She is beautiful! I love the last pic of you 2! I am so glad you are doing better. I hope Steve or your Mom can hang around for a while and help you out while you heal. Can’t wait to hear more and see more pic!

  17. Jenny Says:

    Yay! Thanks for sharing! Tessa is beautiful!

  18. TNKerry Says:

    Awww – she is just beautiful!!!!

    Hang in there – you’ll feel better soon!!

  19. Jordana Says:

    She’s beautiful. I’m so glad she’s here!

  20. Stacy Says:

    That is the absolute cutest picture of a crying baby that I’ve ever seen!!!!! Sorry about the section, not fun. Can’t wait to see your two beauties together!

  21. mama k Says:

    She’s so beautiful! Congratulations again.
    Get plenty of rest and spend lots of time in bed snuggling with your girls while Abuela is there.

  22. Melissa Says:

    congratulations on a beautiful baby girl.

  23. Laurie Says:

    Michelle, she is a beautiful baby. So proud of you!

  24. Yary Says:

    Wow, she is truly beautiful! What a chunkster!
    C-sections are so much fun huh… had two myself and even though they are quite the experience, holding that beautiful baby in your arms makes it all so worth it. I’m glad to hear that you are both safe and healthy. Can’t wait to see a pic of your two angels together and also one of the four of you together as a new family. Good luck with breastfeeding!

  25. Muriel Says:

    She is darling i love the pouty lips and chubby cheeks. She does look like that hubbie of yours. congrats again.

  26. Nikki Says:

    Tessa is just precious!!!

    The water breaking sounded crazy, I knew you would have an amusing labor story.

    Thanks for filling us all in!!!

  27. Alleen Says:

    I’m with Nikki – glad you could at least give us a little something to amuse us. Just wouldn’t be you if you didn’t.

    Sorry about the aftermath of the surgery, but sounds like things are looking up in that regard.

    What a cute little cherub she is! Looks to me like she got a bit of daddy’s red hair. Adorable!

  28. Anne Says:

    Oh, Miss Tessa is just adorable!! Congrats again!

  29. Lori Says:

    Awe Momma 2 (squared)!! She is adorable!! So glad that everyone is doing well. Can’t wait to see all four of you together!! Sabrina will be a wonderful big sister!!

  30. Shelly Says:

    Tessa is absolutely precious!


  31. Bobbi Says:

    You both look just gorgeous. Michelle, you are glowing. Sorry to hear about your c-section. Hope you are able to recover quickly.

    I had to chuckle at you snarling at Steve for eating. I so remember that part of labor.

    Enjoy this special time with Tessa. I know how you miss Sabrina, but this is your chance to be alone with Tessa.

    Can’t wait until you are home together.

  32. Kecia Says:

    I am such a loser.. I am all teary eyed! I really think she looks alot like your sweet hubby (for now anyway). Thanks so much for sharing this with us. For me..and probably many others who can’t conceive..it really is a special moment to be participating in. Thanks for being so open. Makes me wanna go squeeze my guatling.

  33. Megan Says:

    Congrats…..She is absolutely beautiful, gorgeous, wonderful, amazing….Can’t wait to see more pictures.. Especially of Tessa and her big sis.

  34. Tera Says:

    Ooooooooh…what a beautiful baby girl!!! I agree with Alleen…Tessa looks like a CHERUB!! Congrats (again)!! I hope that you will be feeling better very, very soon!! Take care, Mama! God bless.

  35. Rhonda Says:

    Oh Michelle, she is beautiful. Those cheeks are so kissable.

    As far as the C-section; look on the bright side, she has a perfectly shaped round head instead of a cone head from going through the birth canal. Unbelievable the sacrifices Mom’s make for their children.

    I’m sure that shower made you feel better. Hope you are moving around soon. Can’t wait to see pictures after everyone is HOME.

  36. Meena Says:

    I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. You have the best of both worlds, adoption and biological. I can’t express how happy I am for you and Steve and Sabrina!!!!! I hope you have a speedy recovery from the C and you’re feeling well soon. She is too cute for words!!! Well done Michelle!!

  37. Marianne Says:

    Michelle, she is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.

  38. Kerri Says:

    She’s lovely! Glad you’re both doing so well!!!
    Kerri, Medina, and Ruby

  39. Cindy Says:

    Darn it on the c-section…they are the pits…..
    Good Work momma!

  40. Abby (from Just Moms) Says:

    Congrats again Michelle! She is adorable! Sorry you had to go the C-section route! Glad you are feeling a bit better though! Hope you remembered the granny panties we all recommended ;) Happy recovery to you!

  41. kelly Says:

    I cannot even believe how gorgeous she is. So pink and sweet and oh, so tiny. You guys have an amazing family. Please take it easy and let yourself heal. TAKE THE DRUGS! Enjoy these first sweet few days!

  42. Kelly M Says:

    She is just the most beautiful little perfect angel! Congratulations to you all!

  43. Karrie Says:

    Oh my she’s gorgeous!
    Congratulations Michelle!!!!

  44. Karrie Says:

    Oh and with that amount of water, it would have been more like “Clean up on aisle 5 AND 6!” Yikes! :)

  45. Meredith Says:

    Tessa is so healthy and beautiful!

    Michelle, you look glowing and SKINNY!

    Hang in there : )

  46. Rachael Lord Says:

    Congrats! I just had a flashback to my (failed) induction with Nate–emergency c-section at only 2 cm dilated (after 12 hours active labor) whee! You are probably going to feel like you were hit by a truck for a few days, but it will definately start to get more “normal” after that. painkillers are great unless you can’t poo! I am really glad that you have a healthy baby girl–take care of yourself!

  47. Rachel Says:

    Welcome Tessa! Yes, epidural is wonderfulllllll! What a beautiful family you have! I thought the same thing, how could I ever love another child after the first, but our hearts just grow bigger with more:)

  48. melany Says:

    Congratulations again! She really is beautiful. I’m another c-section mommy. Not fun, but not bad. Take care!

  49. emily Says:

    i’m so glad all is well! I remember when I had my surgery, which was similar to a c-section. I didn’t have a newborn to take care of either! It does get better!

  50. Jenny_Boise Says:

    If it’s any consolation, I’ve had a baby both vaginally and C-section. I would take the C-Section any day!

    I love the pictures of Tessa. You both look B E A U T I F U L!


  51. Gibb Says:

    Okay, those pictures are way better than the “I was just born and I’m still blue” picture from before. Not that we didn’t appreciate that picture too! Newborns are just pretty creatures…I don’t care what anyone says. So there! Take care, take it easy and feel better.

  52. Jennifer (Just Moms) Says:

    Hey Michelle, Tessa is absolutely beautiful. Sorry you had to have a c/s, but as long as Tessa is healthy, that is all that matters. I hope the pain meds help you to feel better instead of worse. Take it easy and we can’t wait to see more pictures. :)

  53. tonya Says:

    Oh my goodness! She is perfect! I am thrilled for you! I can relate to the c-section experience…have had 3 of them for 3 different reasons. Hated feeling like I couldnt breathe or move anything. The first one was definitly the worst as far as recovery. Loved the take home pain meds…woohoo!
    Take Care Momma–you did good, she is a beautiful bundle!!! :)

  54. Steph Says:

    The upside about the csxn – your vajayjay is preserved! ;-)

    Seriously though, Tessa is an absolute ANGEL baby! She is just gorgeous- and not at all Ed McMahon-esque like most newborns. She is absolutely beautiful!

    I am so happy for you all!!!!!! Take good care!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  55. Kelly Says:

    What a beautiful perfect little girl!

    Hope you are feeling better soon!!!!

    She looks alot like steve in the 3rd pic….its the cheeks!
    Congrats again!

  56. Cynthia Says:

    I don’t know if I can stand the awesomeness of your second perfect child!! I am just so happy for you, and sorry you’re in pain, and bringing out the calendar to figure out when you’ll be able to have margaritas to celebrate!

  57. karen Says:

    I, too, think she looks just like Steve. What do you think?

    I love my son more than I ever imagined I could, but I will forever long for that new little infant in my arms.

    You are blessed!

  58. Leigh Says:

    OMG.. She’s just GORGEOUS!! Those perfect pouty lips and those (wanna kiss them) cheeks!! CONGRATS… I’m sooo happy for you!


  59. Nancy Says:

    Hope you will all be home soon!
    Sorry you had to go through the c-section and hope you feel better real soon.
    she is beautiful!

  60. terris213 Says:

    Even in child birth your humor is intact! Thanks for the great story, but more importantly the beautiful pictures of your gurl. I can’t wait to hear how Sabrina reacts to the baby and to see pics of your WHOLE family soon. Congratulations and get some rest!
    terri in virginia

  61. Cheri Says:

    Michelle, I am so very happy for you four! WOW!! Tessa is absolutely beautiful. How wonderful that we all got to share this amazing ride with you. I hope Sabrina gets some warm fuzzy mommy-time and big-sister time today. Lots of love to you, Steve, Sabrina, and the newest member of your family!!

  62. jenn Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! Tessa is gorgeous and, like others have also said, I can’t wait to see pics of she and Sabrina together.

    Congratulations again.

  63. carla Says:

    thanks so much for this.

    almost called you a bunch already today but didnt wanna disturb.

    can you tell I ADOPTED? I thought youd be home :)

    xo xo,


  64. erinberry Says:

    Congratulations, Michelle, Steve, and Sabrina!

    Welcome to the world, Tessa!

  65. nora Says:

    Congratulations Michelle! Thank you so much for sharing and for letting us be bystanders in your family miracle! I hope you continue to recover well and enjoy some rest while still in the hospital.

    Those chubby cheeks are BEAUTIFUL!

  66. Cathy Says:

    She is beautiful!!! Congratulations!! I’ve been without a computer for two days now and couldn’t wait to see pictures of sweet tessa and hear how you’re doing. Hugs from blogland and huge congrats!

  67. Ellie Says:

    WoWWa… MoMMa… She is simply beautiful~ GREAT JOB~

    I was going to say, you sure can tell who her daddy is… But, someone already beat me to that!

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo happy for you, steve and Lil Miss S~

    Hugs to you all and congrats~


  68. Maris from AB Says:

    this is the 3rd time I’ve come back to look at the picture of her laying on your chest with her chubby cheeks. That is the best picture! She is so beautiful! Congrats to all of you again!! =)

  69. Busy Mom Says:

    Hooray!! She is beautiful!

  70. Busy Mom Says:

    P.S. you’re right about the meds being worse than the pain.

  71. AndreAnna Says:

    Hey, congrats! Just popped by since I see you on Cass’s blog all the time and knew you were due around the time we all were.

    Tessa is absolutely gorgeous and I just want to eat her little face. So many newborns! The world is now brighter!

  72. Jess from FTC Says:

    Oh oh oh, she’s perfect! What a beautiful little angel. Congratulations to the new family of FOUR!

  73. Kim Says:

    I typically don’t think that newborns are very cute – but oh my – Tessa is beautiful!!! I’m sorry that it didn’t go quite like you planned, but I’m glad that everyone is here and healthy!!

  74. Sarcastic Mom Says:

    You are both so beautiful! I was all teary reading this.
    Enjoy yourself, and take care of yourself, too.
    Much love (let me know if I can help any!)

  75. Debbie Says:

    I promise to go back and read your whole post tomorrow when I’m awake but I wanted to say how cute she is. Congratz on your beautiful daughter. You are blessed.

  76. cindi Says:

    Hi Michelle!!

    Ok, I’m a little late to the party at #75 to comment, but no less the enthusiastic!! What an amazing story your blog tells the last few days (and I always am fascinated by birth stories…but BLOG birth stories are my new fav). I couldn’t be more thrilled for you, Steve, Sabrina, and of course, sweet baby Tessa. Enjoy it all. There’s nothing like the euphoria of falling in love those first few weeks. And yes, TAKE THE DRUGS. Pain and fatigue don’t go well together. Hugs to you all.

  77. Karen Says:

    Ohhhh… she’s just so beautiful! I’m so sorry you ended up with the c-section, and apparantly, the same reaction to percocet that I had (mad me toss my cookies every single time they gave it me). I hope you heal up quickly.

    Enjoy that beautiful baby!!!

  78. Vicki Says:

    Oh Michelle,
    How wonderful!! I’m so happy for you and Steve and Sabrina. Tessa is lucky to come into the world to such a great family.
    I’m just so very excited for all of you!! Seegs just sent me the address to your blog so I could see the pictures. I’m amazed that you could blog Tessa’s birth story and so thankful that you did. Hope the next few weeks bring swift and uneventful healing and a great beginning to your new family.
    Much love to you all.

  79. Heather Says:

    Wow! Even when she’s crying she’s beautiful. That doesn’t happen for most of us females. Enjoy! Congratulations!

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