Sunday, November 30, 2008

Birth Story Part 2

When I left you last I was checked into the hospital, 4 cm dilated, IV in, shaved and waiting for Sanj to arrive. It's usually around a 2 hour drive from the Bay Area (depending where you reside) to Sacramento. The time flew by- for me anyway- I'm sure it was a long drive for Sanj . . . because his girls would be here that very night! Before I knew it Sanj and Menaka had arrived and George and Sanj were given their scrubs to change into. Then after signing some paperwork and some last minute explanations we were ready to go to the Operating Room.

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I was taken back to the O.R. where I was about to take a trip to "Surreal, USA." I have never had a c-section so this delivery was totally different. I got up on the gurney and the anesthesiologist gave me a spinal. That hurt a bit. I guess my vertebrae are really close together so getting the needle in between bone was harder than usual. Later, George and Sanj would tell me they heard me during the process and they felt bad. It probably sounded something like this, "Ouch, Ow, Ouch, Ehhhh, Okay, Oww, Ouch, Oh God . . ." I think you get the idea. Once they had the spinal in, they laid me on my back immediately. I felt like I was going to fall off the gurney. I asked them if I was falling, they assured me I wasn't and that I was attached and couldn't possibly fall off. It was really bright, so I closed my eyes while the preparations were going on and kept telling myself, "This is it!" It's crazy, we've been on this journey for almost a year and here I was, in the O.R. being prepared to deliver their girls. I wasn't scared, the whole thing seemed surreal. I couldn't feel pain from the abdomen down. I could feel them touching and tugging and moving around, but no pain. They put up the curtain, swabbed my belly and when they were ready, they called for the parents. George and Sanj took a seat by my head and the surgery began.

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They told us they were cutting and Sanj took some pictures of the events.

At 7:05pm Natasha made her grand entrance. I could only hear her cry and then when the nurses moved her to the station to check her out, I could see her thick black hair. She was 6 pounds 2 ounces and 17.5 inches and Beautiful!

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One minute later Natasha's little sister Anjali was born. She weighed 5 pounds 8 ounces and was 17.25 inches long and Adorable!

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The nurses were attending to the girls and George, Sanj and I were in awe. Multiple cameras were being used (Thank you Sanj for using mine too) and the three of us were completely giddy! It was an amazing moment. Seeing George and Sanj with their girls was spectacular! It is unlike any other feeling I've ever had. To be a part of something so special, I can't even really put it into words. All I know is that it was a moment that I will never forget.
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*Recovery stories to follow*

4 comments:

Deanna Turner said...

Kelly,
You are truly an amazing woman. I can see the smile through everyone's eyes and they are all excited even your own family. You deserve a special Christmas. The girls where the same length as my twins but bigger than mine. We weighed 5lbs and 5lbs. 12oz. at 37 weeks. I can not wait to hear the recovery story. Recovering from a c-section is not easy but you are a truly amazing woman and I am sure you will not have much trouble. If I lived close to you I would give you a huge hug.

aka "Kelly's Dad" said...

Kel, I can't begin to tell you how happy and relieved I am to hear your laughter and see your smiling face. I love you so much and the thought of anything going wrong had me borderline terrified. You are a brave, sweet, loving, caring, giving woman. I am so proud of you.

The babies are beautiful. I can only imagine what George and Sanj are feeling. If you are any indication, Natasha & Anjali will fill their days with joy, love and the challenge to be their best as you did me.

I love you, Kelly. Really.... I love you.

Dad

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this journey w/all of us Kelly!! Seeing the smiles on the Dad's faces says it all. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are an incredible woman and I'm honored to have been invited to share this journey with you.
Lisa

Ann said...

Kelly,

I second what your dad said...but without all the,"your the best daughter" stuff....I love you and miss you so much and wish that I could do this for my sister..
Miss you tons....They are beautiful babies, you did a great job cooking them!!!! Congrats to the daddy's...
Ann