Today’s the Day!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  June 29, 2012 — 11 Comments

Exciting news, lovely family and friends (even those of you who I’ve never met or even received a comment from, I still think of you as friends), we’re having a baby today! So sneaky of me to not share the details sooner, I know, but it just didn’t seem right to go shouting it from the rooftops too far in advance.

When we visited the doctor last week for our 38 week exam, the ultrasound estimated little Jack to be already nearly 9 pounds! No wonder I’ve been so uncomfortable! And according to the doctor, he is just too big and I am just too small to deliver him the old fashioned way. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little bit devastated. I’d been preparing for a natural, unmedicated birth and was really looking forward to it. Besides my understanding that it would likely result in an easier recovery for me, I thought of it as sort of a “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” kind of thing. People don’t run marathons or climb mountains just for fun, they do it because to accomplish something so challenging is incredibly rewarding. I wanted that chance to see what I was made of. I was prepared to be flexible, of course, and if my health or Jack’s was in jeopardy I’d follow the doctor’s orders in a heartbeat, but I at least thought I’d get to give it a shot.

The doctor never actually told me I couldn’t. He told me I could try, but he felt pretty sure Jack was never going to descend. Nick and I went home and he listened patiently while I whined and cried and went on and on about it, but by the next morning I’d pretty much come to the decision that to put myself through what would likely be a long and difficult labor only to end up exactly where my doctor had predicted would be so much harder on my mind, body, and spirit than to just accept it. Plus I had nightmares of being rushed into emergency surgery under general anesthesia, which would definitely be much, much more traumatic. I called a few friends and family who’d had c-sections and asked about the recovery. I talked to Nick and discovered he’d been secretly excited at the idea of meeting Jack sooner than he might otherwise come on his own. I made a list in my mind of the positives of a scheduled cesarean (being done with pregnancy soon was definitely at the top of that list!). And then I called my doctor and scheduled a c-section for today, a week before Jack’s due date.

I am so, so excited. I know our lives are going to change forever. And it’s going to be awesome.

As you may have expected, I plan to slow down on the blogging for a little while. I’ll still be popping in at least once a week, and I’ll also feature guest posts and revisit some of my older posts that I’m particularly fond of. But have no fear, dear readers. I will be back in full force as soon as I’ve got this parenting thing under control. This blog is good for me, and I know that making time to keep up with it will help me be a better mom.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I’m planning to post on Monday with pictures and a few details. Anyone care to guess how big he’ll actually be? I’m thinking he’ll be a bit smaller than anticipated at nine pounds even, but will probably be extra tall (like Nick) at 22 inches. If not, my master plan to save my children from shortness by marrying a tall man will have failed, haha.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


11 responses to Today’s the Day!

  1. Best of luck to you! Having a baby – whichever way you do it (and I had two c-sections) – is the most wonderful, wondrous and life changing thing you’ll ever do! Thinking of you and sending you positve, happy thoughts!

  2. Jessica Potts June 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    How exciting! I will be thinking happy thoughts all day for you!

  3. I’m so excited for you!!! I can’t wait to see little Jack!

    I don’t blame ya for having the c-section! My first born was 9 lbs 2 oz and I was in labor for 3 days before they took him. It was tough. Having a planned c-section is much less traumatic. My second was planned and it went great. I hope the same is true for you! Congrats!

  4. I’m sooooo excited for you! I’m going to go a little crazy here and guess 9lbs 2 oz. Can’t wait to see pictures! Love you and will be praying for you today :)

  5. Oh, I am so excited! Do you remember when I told you the “Hollands” usually had big babies? Your Grandmother Sandy was a Holland. My first child was 9lbs. 12oz. so that will be my guess. I had 24 hours of labor (induced) before they decided that I needed the quick c-section under general anesthesia. The 2nd child was 10pounds 8 oz. I was able to prepare for c-section and was on local, not general anesthesia. It was much better, a much quicker recovery!!! I wish all three of you all of the best. Blog when you feel like it and when you have time. (In 18 years or so.LOL) We will miss you, but it is more important that you have those precious first few days to enjoy. Love to all and God bless you. I’m sure the Hamrick family reunion is a buzz with the news.

  6. Congrats, Nick and Charlotte!!! He’ll probably be as big as Nick’s head… which is HUGE, so I think you’ll get your tall kid. My guess is by 12, he’ll be towering over you!

  7. yay! congratulations! i hope all goes smoothly today and you are enjoying your new family of three!

  8. Jennifer was 9lbs 8ozs…I labored for what seemed like days prior to my c-section! I know your choice is the right decision for your little family. We are all so excited about Jack’s birth, and while we will miss you, I think it fitting to add another member of our family the weekend we celebrate our family. Here’s to the sixth great-grandbaby in the Hamrick family. Send pictures to send around at the reunion! Love you, and I know we will all adore Jack.


    P.S. I know Grandma Jane is smiling down on you. After all, her first born was named Jack, as well.

  9. I had an emergency C-section and was pretty upset, especially because I got less than 5 minutes to process the fact, so no time to mentally prepare for going under the knife… anyway, best thing about c-sections… you get to enjoy your baby while everyone babies you too! MILK IT AND ENJOY THE HECK OUT OF BABY JACK!!!!!

  10. And today your family of two becomes three! Well if we’re only counting the humans! I hope all goes well and you come home with a beautiful and healthy baby boy! Can’t wait to see pictures of little Jack in his beautiful nursery.

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