Grace was born on Thursday, October 11th, at 2:10 PM. She weighed in at 7 lbs 1 oz and was 20 inches long.
Welcome to the world, sweetheart!
I would like to thank each and every one of you who prayed for me. I can honestly say that this was the easiest c-section BY FAR that I've ever had. (Do you think this is the Lord's way of making me willing to go through it again? hmmmmm)
There was only one downer, but it was a biggie.
I had a panic attack.
If you've ever had one, you know how terrifying they can be. If not, you'll just have to take my word for it.
I was completely fine until later on in the evening when they tried to put cuffs on my legs to prevent blood clots. For some reason, that was all it took. I was overwhelmed with feelings of intense (and I do mean INTENSE) claustrophobia, and it was all I could do to keep from crawling off that bed and down four flights of stairs to get to some fresh air outside. I had to fight the panic with everything I had, because my children were in the room with me at the time, and they didn't need to see their Mommy completely lose it. I was praying out loud, begging the Lord to help me, and asking St. Therese and St. Pio to intercede for me as well. I called my friend Malia and she prayed for me over the phone as well.
The prayers helped.
I still struggled, but I was able to get control and stay sane.
Needless to say, dh stayed with me that evening (hence the lack of pictures!) and left to go home only when he was sure that I was going to be OK.
Here's the funny part... just take a look at the room that I managed to feel claustrophobic in! Could I possibly have gotten a bigger room? I don't think so!
While I will never know for sure why I went through that particular episode, I can say that the nurse who took care of me during my panic attack was wonderful, and we were able to have several good conversations and share a bit of our "spiritual journey" with each other. She is a devout Christian who left the Catholic Church years ago, and I am a Christian returning to the Catholic faith. May God bless us both by the conversations that we had!
Thank you again for all the prayers and sacrifices you offered up for me. This tired Mommy needed every bit of them!