Marshall’s {BIRTH} Story

I made the decision fairly early in my pregnancy to deliver Mars via c-section. It’s what I did with Chan, because of his size {10 LBS 1 OZ} it was a safer option for both of us rather than being induced and potentially having to be rushed for an emergency c-section anyhow after many hours of labor because he was simply too large to deliver. . . they predicted Chan would be 11lbs 1oz, so this was a scary thought for a first time mommy. Therefore, when we found out we were having another boy I made the  decision to have another c-section, assuming that Mars would be just as large as his older brother. The closer and closer that I got to my due date, the more reassured I was that I was making the right decision, this baby actually felt {BIGGER} than Chandler. My hip and pelvic bones felt like they were being crushed, my skin burned from the inside out from being stretched & he was apparently applying pressure to some of my nerves causing my left leg a shooting pain and then numbness . . . this feeling also occurred in my lower back. My belly size appeared to be the same but Mars was just a little {LOWER}. Marshall was scheduled to be delivered 7 days later than Chandler. I predicted that he would weigh 10 lbs 5 oz, the doctor predicted that he would weigh 9 lbs 8 oz.

So, let’s get to the {BIRTH} story . . . We arrived at the hospital at 4:30 AM super eager to meet our newest addition! My surgery was schedule for 7:00 AM, which meant that we had a lot of prep time a.k.a time to be nervous. I had been having contractions since the day before and around midnight they had become stronger, but still manageable . . . so manageable that I didn’t even know that I was still having contractions until the nurses told me. There were two things that I was particularly nervous about given my past cesarean experience: the spinal and the pressure from the surgery after the baby is delivered. I knew that I could mentally work through these nerves and avoid the anxiety attack that I had during my surgery with Chandler which lead to me be extra sedated. When they took me in for my spinal I kept reassuring myself that it was going to be smooth & quick . . . the anesthesiologist & I did great . . . got it done in less than 10 minutes (with Chandler it took nearly 40 minutes). Whew! That was a big relief. I expected everything else to go just as smooth and it did. But, after he was out & the surgery continued I started to feel a familiar feeling . . . a lot of chest pain & pressure. With Chandler’s c-section I mentally let this get out of hand and had an anxiety attack! I knew that I could calm myself down, I did NOT want the extra sedative, I wanted to be as present as possible and I am so glad that I was able to work through it. I was able to see Marshall, carry him up from the delivery room & watch his first bath. This was something new for me, they swooped Chandler off to the nursery as soon as I was sedated & I didn’t see him for nearly 2 hours after that. Overall, everything went great! I am recovering well & Marshall is an absolute dream. We are so happy to welcome him to our family!

Marshall's-Birth - C. Linz Photography

Chan to Mars - C. Linz PhotographyMarshall Stone Leo arrived on 12.12.13 at 7:17 AM weighing in at 9lbs 15oz and 22 inches long. Chandler was so excited to meet his baby Marshall! He thinks that he is so cute & already wants to help mommy out. He has visited his baby brother everyday & we’ve Face Timed him a couple of times before bed. We will head home tomorrow! Marshall has been eating well . . . a little too well, we’ve had to supplement a few times with bottles, but he’s doing great! He’s sleeping wonderfully as well. I do not know how we got so lucky to have two wonderful baby boys, but we did!

Marshall-Meeting-Big-Brother-

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