hello everyone - i have missed you guys! we are home from the hospital with a perfect, very tiny baby boy! he was born at 11:59pm on sunday the 8th. i am so happy to be home but am tired and very uncomfortable. i had an unexpected and unwelcome c-section. we went into the hospital for my induction on sunday evening. i was being monitored while whaiting for the cervadil to dilate my cervix when the baby, whpo had been active and fine had a major heart deceleration - from 165 to 70, for 6 minutes. dh had gone to get me dinner and the docs were prepping me for a c-sec. i begged to try labor but the concern was he'd decel again if i had contractions. they let me try for 4 hrs with pitocin. i never even felt a contraction and he deceled again , so we went to surgery. i was terrified he'd been oxygen deprived, and they had the nicu docs there waiting aidan came out screaming and vigourous. he was just 4lbs12 ounces! he had great blood sugars and nursed like a champ right away. i am home now and am healing. i feel a bit sad and guilty though - i grew such a small baby, again, and i couldn't give birth to him. i know that is ridiculous, but i never even really tried. there was no other choice. so i need to get beyond that for sure. it is good to be home. this is so different than with ds 1 where i had no pain and started running 7 or 8 days post delivery. i am told i cannot lift my older son for 2 weeks, no impact for 4 weeks. what are your experiences? i know lots of people here have had c-secs. can you tell me what to expect, what you did after? i know exercise is good for my mood, and frankly, i need the help! aidan is absolutely beautiful. he is proportionally small, and they think the stress inutero helped mature him so he is quite vigorous. finn, ds1, just loves his baby brother. i better run nurse, but i will be back later to read up on everyone. take care!