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Esme's arrival (with 1 teaser pic) (Page 1)

not too exciting since it was a scheduled c-section, but i was in labor when i arrived at the hospital at 5:30 this morning! i guess today was meant to be her birthday, scheduled or not.

so last night we went to bed around 10:30. i was wicked tired but told nick i was to excited to sleep... his response? zzz... he was snoring within minutes! i tossed and turned all night and probably got about 2 hours of sleep.

we got to the hospital at 5:30am and i was hooked up to the monitors, which showed regular mild contractions. i was terrified during the epidural because it's a whole different game just walking in and getting one rather than being in pain from labor and not caring. he got it on the first try though and it really wasn't bad. i was wheeled into the operating room at 7:29 and esme came into the world at 7:42! they did all the after birth business with her right in the OR with me, so i got to watch it all. she and nick did go to my recovery room about 3 minutes before i did, and surprisingly the whole c-section only took about 35 minutes. the worst part was not being able to swallow for an hour and realizing it was the anesthesiologist petting my head during the surgery and not nick. it was extremely nerve wracking, the room was spinning, and i was super thirsty (but since i couldn't swallow, i was only given a wet cloth to wipe my tongue with).

nick gave esme her first bottle in recovery, just like he did with finn (unfortunately he also had to give her the 2nd and 3rd ones as well). after a couple hours we were moved to maternity. things were going quite well... until i felt like i was going to throw up. after a c-section things like laughing and coughing hurt, can you imagine how it would feel to throw up? so i managed to talk myself out of the feeling and it went away. then it came back just as my parents walked in with finn. so finn's first glimpse of me in the hospital was terrible and i was telling nick to take him away, he looked so scared when he saw me crying and almost having a panic attack. i didn't throw up, they gave me zofran in my IV and a patch behind my ear to ease the nausea.

so finn... yeah, he wouldn't even look at esme. i wasn't expecting him to kiss her or anything, but he didn't even acknowledge that she was here. oh well, i know in time he'll adore her.

oh, and the zofran and the patch? yup, didn't work. my brother arrived and i greeted him by dropping the f-bomb left and right as i struggled to sit up so i could throw up. it was just as painful as i'd imagined it would be. then it happened again, only 10 times worse! (this is the part where i wanted to die.) after the second episode i was given phenergan in my IV and now i feel soooooo much better.

later, they made me get up and moving. i was quite proud of myself because i remember how long it took and what a struggle it was to get up after my first c-section. this time i practically jumped out of bed and did a few laps around the room. i actually feel really good!

so now i sit all by myself since nick had to take finn home for the night and all my family left so i could sleep. i don't want to sleep yet because i'll have to send esme to the nursery for the night (i'm not well enough to tend to her by myself and this makes me very sad), so i'm holding out until later tonight.

excuse the rambling nature and length of this post. i'm lonely and on some sort of painkillers.

here's the best picture i have right now (nick is not the photographer in the family)-
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replied March 31st, 2008
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Ohmigod. ESME!!
I'm glad everything went well.
Sucks about the throwing up. And Finn will warm up to her eventually, probably once you get her home.
And LOL about running laps.
CONGRATS!!!
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I'm so happy for you!!! It sounds like things went well, aside from the whole nausea thing. (phenergan is the best)

She does look just like Finn!!!

Do you have the laptop? Will you be joining us for a while?
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She is so beautiful! That was to be expected though. I love her hair. I can't see it super well but I can tell that she has some.

Congrats again! And sorry about the throwing up. Not fun!
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thanks!

i do have my laptop but ehealth isn't working right (anyone else having issues?). i'm lonely so i'll be around!

one more-
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Im so happy that everything went well for you besides the nausea part, I hate that feeling. Im glad that you are feeling better.

Esme is a DOLL!!!

Hope you have a quick recovery.
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She's beautiful! I'm glad that everything went well. It's amazing how much better your body feels after a planned c-section.
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Ohmigod...the hair, and the long fingers...she's adorable!
Have you still got her with you, and when will she be wearing the panda shoes?
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Wow Bridget, she's so beautiful! She does look a lot like Finn. Look at that hair!! She's so precious! Walking around now is fantastic! Good job mama Wink
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omg she is sooo sweet congrats girl. i remember that feeling as well it sux mine was from the meds they gave me for my heart . but the 2 c section wasnt as painfull walking around as the first congrats you did it hun now get plenty of rest tonight youll need it lol

and thanks for the pic awwww
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Oh my GOD!!! I'm so excited to see her!!!!!!!
She's beautiful and does look like Finn!!!

I've been thinking about you two all day long! Jesse, me, and Ava gathered around the computer when I got home hoping to see pictures.

YAY! I'm so proud of you!!!
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She's beautiful!! I love her hair, she looks so much like Finn! Yay for getting up & walking around already, sounds like you're doing great! I didn't have the nausea after my c-section, I just couldn't stop shaking, it was horrible. Kept me from holding Kaylee for quite a while. I can't wait to see more pictures of Esme. I bet Finn will warm up to her fast once you're out of the hospital setting & home where he's comfortable. It was probably pretty scary seeing Mommy in a hospital bed all hooked up to things! Congrats again!!
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Bridget, she is absolutely beautiful.

You are right, she does look just like Finn especially with all that hair.

I can't wait to see her in her coming home outfit and with her big brother.

Im so proud of you.
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thanks everyone!

cindy, it is amazing how much better i feel this time around. i am determined to have a quick recovery so i can get home to finn!

nat, i didn't get the panda shoes. nick told me he'd get them and he didn't. Sad

michelle, i didn't have the shakes but i did have a couple hours where i was sweating buckets even though my temp was 96*. it was horrible! then esme's temp was low so they asked if i wanted to do skin-to-skin, which i did, but it just made me hotter. then after the sweating went away i had an extremely itchy face. i remember the same things happening with my other c-section. i thought i was having an allergic reaction back then!

thank you everyone! i just took a better pic of esme, it's the best i can do for now. you all know that once we're home i'll be taking pics left and right to show off!

http://ehealthforum.com/health/finn-and-es me-comparison-pics-t136634.html
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she's beautiful, bridget.
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Yep I remember sweating like crazy too! I just commented on the Esme & Finn pictures.
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BridgetHeartsFinn wrote:

nat, i didn't get the panda shoes. nick told me he'd get them and he didn't. Sad


WHAT?! But, but, but....
Oh, this is NOT COOL.
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Why couldn't you swallow?
I remember my legs uncontrollably jerking after they took her out. It was a reaction to the phenergan. Phenergan through the IV does that to me for some reason.
It's a terrible feeling.
My epi made me want to throw up, so that's why I had it through the section.

I'm glad she's healthy and you're recovering well!
I can't stop looking at her!
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She is so beautiful!!! You definitely make gorgeous babies Bridget!!!

Glad to hear that everything went well aside from the nausea Sad Good job with the walking around already.....I'm sure you'll be home in no time.

Again Congratulations!!!!!!
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Congratulations Nick, Bridget and Finn! What an amazing job. She's absolutely gorgeous. She looks just like Finn! I'm so happy for you guys!
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