When I was pregnant with Abby, I was told at around 35 weeks that our baby was going to be big...real big...10 pounds big. The doctor highly recommended a c-section due to potential complications with babies that large. At first, I was totally heartbroken. I really, really wanted a natural childbirth. I felt robbed, like part of my womanhood had been stolen from me. But, I quickly came around when she advised me of the complications, including breaking the baby's collarbone in order to deliver. No way was my baby going to be born with a broken bone on purpose!
My due date was February 26. With only 4-5 weeks remaining, they scheduled the c-section for the first available date, March 2. That meant I waited anxiously on February 29 (yep, it was leap year in 2004) and hoped that I didn't just happen to go into labor that day.
Fast forward a little over 7 years. With the anxiety of my first c-section long gone, I'm all for having one this time around. I'm a planner and a perfectionist, so being able to choose the date, the time and the doctor? That is a no-brainer. I was a little surprised at my visit this week that the doctor went ahead and forwarded the request to have my c-section scheduled. But, I'm thrilled to get everything planned and it's nice that I already know what to expect.
When the scheduler called, the first date she offered was in November. I asked if I could wait until December. My reasoning? Don't laugh... I like the birthstone for December better. Very mature, right? It's as a good a reason as any other. (No offense to November babies.) As for the doctor and the timing, I couldn't be luckier. Because the schedule hadn't been set for December, I had first dibs on both. Woohoo!
Earlier this week, I found another benefit to having a c-section... explaining childbirth to my 7-year-old. Out of the blue, Abby asked how the baby would be born. Easy - mommy will go to the hospital and the doctor will give her a lot of Tylenol (to Abby, Tylenol is a miracle drug). The doctor will make a small cut on mommy's tummy, take the baby out and give mommy some stitches. Mommy and the baby will stay in the hospital for a few days and then come home. I'm certain Abby could have handled more details, but I wanted to avoid future conflict...specifically "that call" from a parent or teacher because Abby has help an impromptu childbirthing class for 2nd graders. No. Thank. You.