We hope you’re all thriving, and enjoying the adventure of parenthood! We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our big baby boy, Stefan, who was born via Cesarean section on Monday, March 11th at 11:00 am, weighing a very healthy 8 pounds 15 ounces.
Here is our story:
At our 37 week appointment, we learned that the baby had turned himself from head-down to head-up (frank breech). Our OB told us that the baby was rather large, and therefore highly unlikely to turn around. He said he could perform an ECV a few days later, or we’d have to schedule a C-section. While we were initially really upset by the news, we quickly decided to become proactive and seek out some alternative options to the ECV (which to us seemed too invasive and potentially risky). For the next two weeks Chelsea did everything from acupuncture and Chinese medicine to chiropractic sessions with a specialist in the Webster technique, and multiple ‘spinning babies’ exercises. Despite all of the gentle encouragement, the baby decided he was fine where he was, so we scheduled the C-section for Monday the 11th, which was 39 weeks to the day.
On the morning of the surgery, we arrived at the hospital a little before 8 am, and were set up in what would be our post-surgery recovery room. At a little after 10 am, Chelsea was prepped with an IV and then moved to the OR to start the epidural. Serge donned his scrubs and awaited admittance to the OR. Surgery began at about 10:45, and within 15 minutes, Stefan was out and hollering his arrival! The moment we heard his screams we knew he was going to be a big, healthy baby! After quickly being weighed and dried off, he was brought over by a nurse who let us give him kisses before they completed the surgery and finished their examination of the baby. Despite being in such a clinical and sterile environment, we were beyond ecstatic to finally meet our son.
Immediately following surgery, the three of us went into the recovery room, where we were greeted by our amazing doula. We started attempts at breastfeeding, but because Stefan was so large, his blood sugar dropped pretty quickly, and the nurses made us give him a little ‘jolt’ of energy-boosting formula before resuming breastfeeding. We had a couple of visitors during recovery–both grandmas, Chelsea’s step-dad, and Serge’s aunt. After spending what felt like an eternity in recovery while they readied our mother-baby room, we finally were able to get settled into our temporary digs for the next couple of days. We had a lot of family and friends eager to meet Stefan and see how we were doing, so the next days were rather busy. Chelsea and Stefan were doing really well, and breastfeeding was going smoothly (Stefan is a mighty eater!). At around noon on Thursday we were permitted to leave the hospital and head home. We were so happy to be in our own apartment and to get started being a family in familiar and comfortable surroundings. Since then it has been a whirlwind of feedings, diaper changings, laundry, and most of all, abundant love! We are overjoyed to have this little bundle in our lives, and feel extremely grateful for Mary Esther’s incredible class, without which we would not have been nearly so well-prepared. (We were told numerous times by the nurses and doctors at NYU that they were really impressed by how well prepared we were for everything from the birth itself to breastfeeding, etc. THANK YOU, M.E.!)
Wishing you all the very best, and looking forward to a get-together in the spring to meet all of these gorgeous babies!
All our best,
Serge, Chelsea, and Stefan