*oops, I forgot to put where we got her name, Monica is Akoni's Dad's mom's name and we have loved it and have been waiting for another girl so we could use the name!*
Our baby decided that she didn't want to turn around so we scheduled my c-section for Thursday the 12th at 12:30. It turned out to be a good thing because she ended up having the cord wrapped around her neck 2 times, so there's no way that I was going to be able to deliver this baby naturally. I got there and was all checked in and hooked up to the iv and an emergency c-section came in so I was bumped till 3, bummer. So we had to just sit and wait for 2 hours, very boring.
Akoni all suited up and ready to go into the room!
Once I got wheeled into the delivery room everything happened pretty fast. It was interesting getting my epidural and not being in labor! Usually I'm in so much pain and I can't wait for it to kick in, but this time I was in no pain and felt the whole thing. It didn't hurt, but it was weird and then I felt as pretty much my whole lower body became numb! Then I was draped up the Dr. just started getting the baby out. She ended up being born at 3:29pm and weighed 8lbs and was 20in long.
Akoni with baby Monica for the first time.
I had to sit in recovery for about an hour and then got wheeled into my room. A little bit later all the kids came. They were sooooo excited!! Kamden kept yelling: Mommy Mommy look baby baby! And yes Adriann is ecstatic to finally have a sister!
Yeah I look absolutely horrible, but I hadn't had a good night sleep in like a week and then had gotten sick twice that day with all the anesthesia, stress and anticipation of the whole thing, so it's okay that I look like I do, it's pretty much what I felt like!!Akoni was able to stay with me the first night because a couple in our ward stayed over night with the kids and then he had to leave in the morning to get the kids to school. That was a rocky first night just trying to figure everything out and it's a totally different recovery for me. I don't think I got out of that bed for 2 days!
I had some wonderful visitors while I was in the hospital. So thanks to all that stopped by! I was especially lucky one night to have a friend call and say she was coming to spend the night with me and literally stayed up the whole night rocking the baby and just handing her to me when she needed to eat! I actually got some sleep that night and it was wonderful!
Baby girl! Isn't she beautiful? I didn't realize that c-section babies aren't all puffy when they are born.
Now we are all just trying to get adjusted to life with a newborn again. So far she is the 50th Great Grand child on my side of the family, the 7th grand child on my side, and the 22nd grand child on Akoni's side of the family!