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Tomorrow is a big day & a little overwhelming. Sitting here, I’m more excited than nervous, but I’m sure that will change by morning. I’ve even mentioned to the staff that I wish there was a videographer in the O.R. so I can watch it all later! I’ve learned a lot these past 10 days in the hospital & totally fascinated with today’s medicine.

6:30 a.m. Dave & I will wake up. He needs to eat (I can’t after midnight) & take in the last few minutes of life before baby #2.

7:10 a.m. I head down to Interventional Radiology. This stuff is crazy cool – though it’s what I’m most nervous for, because I won’t be under any anesthesia. They will give me a local & then put balloons in a couple of the arteries in my groin. This is mainly for precaution in case of bleeding during surgery. This is also when I have to get the foley catheter. Yuck. I remember when I had Kendall, this was the most miserable thing. I begged for them to do this AFTER anesthesia, but they said no.

7:30 a.m. I will go to the O.R. on the main floor (as opposed to the regular Labor & Delivery O.R.). I will be completely knocked out with anesthesia. The Anesthesiologist was talking about additional I.V.s and a breathing tube, but I didn’t really care, because I will be asleep anywayicon wink Michigan Lifestyle Photographer | The Game PlanHe said this is a better option than the spinal, because he’s afraid the spinal will wear off. And although they have done spinals & then put patients fully under before, he doesn’t want to take any chances. Urology will also be putting in a catheter by my kidneys to prevent any further urine entering my bladder. This is in case of bladder damage during surgery.

Dave is not allowed to be present during any of this (they don’t allow anyone else in the O.R. when the patient is fully under). He will be waiting in the nearest waiting room or maybe just outside the door to be able to hear little Levi cry for the first time.

8:00 a.m. The C-Section begins! and from here, what’s next is really up in the air. Once Levi is out, they will take him to the NICU for about an hour. Dave will get to meet/hold him for a few minutes as long as it is safe. At this point, my doctor will try to remove my placenta. This is what they think will be tricky & the cause for all of this extra to-do (as explained in my previous post here: My doctor has read some studies that may help…. she is going to inject petocin into the umbilical cord. It’s been proven to trick the placenta into thinking I’m in labor & make it easier to pull off of the uterus. If this proves to be false, there is excessive bleeding, or it does come out, but the uterine wall is too thin, then they will continue on to the full hysterectomy. They have blood nearby in case I need it in emergency.

They are hoping once Levi is out, if all goes well, I will be done in just a couple of hours. I will then be in recovery & let’s hope I will get to meet my son sometime tomorrow afternoon!! (SON sounds so insane!).

We’ll be saying a little prayer tonight in hopes that all goes well – for both Levi & myself. I made sure to tell all of the doctors to get a good night’s sleep! And I’m going to be taking an Ambienicon wink Michigan Lifestyle Photographer | The Game Plan

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^^ Nikki brought me the comfort of Scentsy to my room on Saturday. This week has made me feel so blessed (and spoiled) by visitors & even the nursing staff here.

michelle - September 10, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Hey there Momma..Just thinking of you. Wishing you so much peace. You are gonna be just fine. By the way..Who has kids on Halloween & 9/11? You. lol Cherish everything tomorrow..You’ll be meeting your son! Love you..Get some sleep. POST POST POST PICTURES! Like I have to tell you.


Kathy Mead - September 10, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Hi Marie~ I read Levi’s birth story last week for the first time. Needless to say I am sorry that you had to go thru all this. But you are a clearly a remarkable woman and mom. I can’t imagine handling this anywhere near as well as you have. Hoping for a quick and easy tomorrow for you and Levi. A mother’s relatonship with her daughter(s) is something special as we both know. A mother/son relationship is just as special or maybe even more so. I lost a tiny piece of specialness when I saw Kristopher get married this summer even though I gained a daughter-in-law who is as wonderful as she is beautiful. I guess I didn’t really lose anything – I just gave it to Kimberly to share. Before Kris was born I wondered how I would react if I had boy. Didn’t have to worry about that for long! Within minutes I was totally wrapped up in him and it never stopped <3. Congratulations a little early and all my best wishes for your journey tomorrow. Hugs and prayers, Kathy

ashley - September 10, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Hey Marie,

Good luck with everything tomorrow and you and baby Levi will be in my thoughts. I can’t wait to see pics of your little man!!! Don’t stress, everything is going to go great. Enjoy your last night as a mommy of one and I can’t wait for updates tomorrow.

Kathy Talbot - September 10, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Hello Marie. Just got home and read your post. I’m sure you’re sleeping like a baby right now but I’m sending lots of love and lots of hugs to all of you! Sorry this has become so complicated but I know you are a strong lady and loving mom and all will be well. You’ll forget everything else when you kiss Levi for the first time. I’ll watch for news and pictures! Lots of love to all of you. Kathy

Caryn - September 11, 2013 - 8:52 am

I’ve not met you yet, but have read your blog and hope to have you photograph my grandson sometime soon. I pray that you are doing better than anticipated and everything is going well in the ER. Looking forward to reading the good news in the next several days. Godspeed.

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