Like I mentioned in my pregnancy update at 35 weeks, Abel was in a breech position, and hadn't budged by 37 weeks, so my doctor proposed a External Cephalic Version to try to turn him around.
I happened to take one last pregnancy photo while getting ready on Tuesday morning.
At the hospital, my doctor did the version, which was technically successful - He did shift into a head-down position - But afterwards I started having painless but regular contractions, and every time, Abel's heart rate would drop. My doctor thought the umbilical cord had gotten tangled up somewhere. After several hours of being monitored with no improvement, and one particularly long contraction that made everyone panic a little, I headed into surgery.
Probably the worst part was getting prepped for the C-section. It was less than 30 minutes between when I headed to the OR and when Abel was born, but it seemed like longer. After I had the spinal block I felt like I was lying there completely helpless for ages, but it was probably only 2 minutes before Jonathan came in, and then another 10 minutes before Abel was born. When I first heard him cry I immediately started crying too because I was so happy and relieved.
Jonathan brought him over to see me for a minute but then they went off to the nursery together [along with my parents who had driven Jonathan over to the hospital] while I was stitched up and spent a little time in recovery. We reunited in my room after about an hour and I was able to properly meet and hold and nurse my son for the first time!
We came home at noonish on Thursday and since then have just been mooching around the house with the kiddos! So far I think Abel looks a LOT like Swede did when she was a newborn! [Especially when they wear the same clothes.]
Who is who???
It was obviously not the way I had expected/hoped Abel's birth would go, but I'm beyond grateful that he's healthy and safe.
PS: For the story behind Abel's name, see my answer to question "F" in the A to Z Quiz!