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The Tiniest Cosmos Mariner is Here!

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After the stress that was my daughter's birth, I had very low expectations about how things were going to go with this second labor and delivery. I figured that if I went in with only the most basic idea of the experience (i.e. to have a healthy baby), I wouldn't be hideously disappointed as I was with Britton 3.5 years ago. 
Ultimately, I shouldn't have worried, as our son's delivery was perfect. Because of how Britton was born, I elected to go for a scheduled c-section in the hopes that we could have a bit more control over the birth. 
Even though scheduling surgery allowed me to get all of my ducks in a row ahead of time, it came with a whole set of other stresses: knowing that I was going to have major surgery and the associated recovery time, and dealing with the fact that I'd be awake while said surgery was occurring. I hate needles with a passion, so going into a surgery without the anxiety of an emergency c-section to distract me was seriously overwhelming. 
Very, very early on November 11, Landon and I headed to the hospital to welcome our son. The nurses worked quickly to get me prepped and ready for surgery, and, before I knew it, the anesthesiologist was walking into my room to tell me how the spinal block was going to go. I warned him that I'd tried to punch the anesthesiologist during my previous labor, despite the fact that I was having hideous contractions at the time. I wasn't kidding when I said I hate needles, especially in my back. Yuck. 
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The anesthesiologist was so calm that it made me calm, and he walked me into the operating room while Landon waited for the team to prep me for surgery. I'd had major anxiety over the spinal block process for months, but one of the nurses gave me a huge hug while the anesthesiologist placed the numbing medication and spinal. The numbing shot was like a huge bee sting--not pleasant but definitely doable--while the spinal block burned for about five minutes. Almost immediately, my legs went numb and the nurses helped me get into position on the operating table. 
Landon was allowed in then, and I knew I'd be able to get through the surgery just fine at that point. The spinal made me lose feeling in my chest cavity, so I couldn't feel myself breathing, and that was a very strange feeling. Thankfully, the anesthesiologist was very patient with all of my in-surgery questions and kept me focused on my baby instead of the strange sensations I was feeling. 
My doctor (whom I adore) and her co-surgeon (another of the amazing doctors in my practice) kept things light as they began the surgery, joking with Landon and I and chatting with the nursing staff in the room.
Just 10 minutes into the surgery, my doctor asked Landon if he wanted to watch our son be born. If it was the other way around, I don't think I could watch a baby being born via c-section, but Landon decided to stand up and peep over the curtain. I felt an immense pressure and suddenly, I heard my new baby! 
Gibson had some seriously good lungs from the start, and I started bawling as the nurses started calling out his Apgar numbers: he was so healthy and perfect. As soon as Gibson had gotten quickly cleaned up and evaluated, Landon brought him around so I could see him for the first time. I couldn't stop staring at his little nose and tiny, tiny face. 
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Just 30 minutes after Gibson was born, I was wheeled back into my hospital room to start the hour-long observation process. Thankfully, I had no complications, so the nursing staff quickly cleared out to allow the three of us some bonding time. 
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Things went smoothly for the rest of my hospital stay, though the second day (when I had to get up and walk for the first time post-surgery) was seriously painful. Gibson and I were released from the hospital last Monday morning, and we've spent a blissful week at home. 
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He's a serious eater and a champion sleeper, so that's made for an easy first 10 days as a family of 4. After the NICU stay and townhouse flood that we experienced during Britton's birth, this second birth experience has been incredibly stress-free, and, honestly, quite healing. I struggled with the idea of having more kids for years because of Britton's birth, and having my miscarriage last year didn't do anything but add to that sadness and stress. I am incredibly thankful to have had an easy, positive birth experience this time around!
Oh, and about that name. Gibson is my mom's maiden name, and I just love surname-y first names. It seemed to go well with Britton, and Landon and I loved Gibby as a nickname. I was worried that it might be too much for a newborn, but, now that he's here, I'm glad we stuck with it since he looks just like a Gibson. 
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Britton is thoroughly obsessed with her baby brother and is a great helper with everything from fetching new clothes to assisting with diaper changes. She's taking her new role as a big sister very seriously. 
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Here's to many new adventures with both of my little Cosmos Mariners!

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