I do remember being a little nauseous when they started the c section but then it subsided. I felt some tugging and pressure, but nothing uncomfortable at all. It didn’t take long at all before they raised Michael over the curtain. Cody almost jumped out of his seat to see him and announced “It’s a boy!” And instant tears filled his eyes. I was smiling so big, too. It was the quickest glance, so I guess I didn’t notice him, but later Cody told me how terrified he also was for Michael. He said he was really purple and he didn’t cry right away. I remember hearing Michael cry, not right away, but it didn’t seem like a long time. I also don’t remember Michael looking purple to me. I remember looking over at him under the warmer while they did assessments on him, and I saw his wiggling hands and feet. Even though he stopped crying, I knew he was ok. A huge sigh of relief overcame Cody at that time, I’m sure. They sent my placenta to the lab but I haven’t heard back on any results from it. My midwife said Michael could’ve never engaged into my pelvis with how much his chin was raised up when they took him out. Babies chins are supposed to have their chins tucked in. He was also clamping his umbilical cord with his hand when they took him out, which could’ve been causing those decels in his heart rate. He REALLY didn’t want to leave my belly haha. He was literally holding on. Our doula was able to come back to see us in recovery which was WONDERFUL because we used that golden hour to work on getting Michael some colostrum and showing Cody how he could help me latch Michael on (since I was pretty immobile and would be during my hospital stay). She was AMAZING (she is also a lactation counselor) and we were so glad Michael latched on. He did have a tongue tie that we later got fixed easily during our hospital stay that helped him latch even better. So, my birth story wasn’t even CLOSE to what I imagined and envisioned for months. I saw myself giving birth naturally with no drugs at all, but of course, God had other plans. I’m so grateful we both came out of this healthy and that Cody has been our rock through it all.
Arlene has been the best coach/mentor I could ask for! For almost a year I’ve learned so much from her in order to change my lifestyle and become a much healthier and happier person. She is SO inspirational and keeps me motivated to make the best decisions for me on even my craziest and most stressful days. I’m incredibly thankful to have her as a coach and friend along this journey!
Arlene is the most supportive and compassionate person that I know- which makes her an amazingly inspirational coach! She is not afraid to share and is always there to listen. Arlene not only helped me physically, but has been a support for me emotionally as well. I feel lucky to call her a friend.
Arlene is absolutely amazing. She is super supportive, so encouraging, and walks with you through your journey. Her positive attitude draws you in and makes you feel super comfortable. I was able to finally finish and entire workout program, while being encouraged by her, for the first time ever. Thank you Arlene for you time,.effort, support, love, and encouragement �
It’s been fun connecting with Arlene over the past year through health and fitness. We have known each other since… middle school I think? Arlene is a great support and accountability partner. She is willing to work with you on your specific goals and meet you where you’re at on your own fitness journey. The support of her group has helped me stick with my plans to achieve my goals!
I love Arlene and how incredibly supportive she is! I have been looking for some serious accountability for a while during my fitness journey, and it’s been so hard to find! But she reached out to me and has not given up on me (even when I’m seriously slacking). She always so good about reaching out to simply see how life is going. She interested in just more than tracking my workouts, she’s into the personal side as well!