We had our pre-op meeting and lab work-up today. Our nurse was hilarious - I love a nurse with a sense of humor :) I went back to get weighed and I let her know that I'll be losing a lot of it soon. She laughed. I laughed. I knew we'd get along! She asked me medical questions including "Have you been pregnant in the past 3 months?" Ha! She tried taking blood out of my usual arm but I was too dehydrated. Fortunately, righty was there to lend a hand.. er.. vein. We then met with a surgical nurse who walked us through the procedure and what I need to do in the next 24 hours.
Basically, I take a shower tonight and 2 hours later I use these anti-bacterial surgical wipey things to be extra clean on my body, then an extra wipe for my belly. She said not to shave at this point (yay for shaving last night!). I can't eat or drink ANYTHING after midnight tonight. ANYTHING. Not even water. Jonathan said he's going to take me out to eat to any restaurant I want! Applebees here we come! Until midnight, I plan on staying awake and getting myself tired so I sleep for 10-12 hours and wake up right before going to the hospital. I'm all packed, the house is clean-ish-er, and we're as ready as we'll ever be for our DAUGHTER!
Holy crap. I'm having a daughter.
Anyway, on our C-Day, we check in at 11:45 and fill out some paperwork. We'll then be taken to a room where I change into a gown, get a catheter, get an IV, Jonathan gets his scrubs, and we wait for me to get sliced open. She said it takes about 10 minutes to get the baby out and about 30 to 45 minutes to sew me back up layer by layer. After Joanna is taken out, the nurses let daddy cut the cord. (Aww!) I won't get to hold her skin to skin because I'll be hooked up to an IV and a blood pressure monitor and other things. I was bummed when I heard that but I totally understand. After they weigh her and clean her up, Jonathan gets to carry her to the nursery (Awwww!) while they stitch me back up. I'm then wheeled back to recovery until my anesthesia wears off, then to our mother baby room where I'll recover for the rest of the weekend.
In less than 24 hours, I'll be holding my baby daughter. There is no word or emoticon I could use that conveys the sheer joy that I feel! YAAAAAAY!