‘Sweet Child of Mine:’ Welcome, Baby Mia
“She’s got a smile it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky.” – (Sweet Child of Mine)
The world is fresh and new to our baby girl, and Gino and I look forward to sharing every moment with our little angel.
Mia Giovanna Mangino was born on May 24, 2013, at 10:40 a.m. via a Cesarean section (C-section). The reason for the scheduled C-section was due to Mommy having a crash C-section with big brother Nico (a scary experience), and Gino and I felt more comfortable with that birthing option.
In fact, Nico’s birth was five years ago, almost to the day. And since we had a planned C-section, we chose a day before Nico’s birthday of May 27 to ensure that he and Mia would have different birthdays. Not to say that there won’t be shared birthday parties in their futures, but we wanted both of our babies to have a special day of their own.
We arrived at the hospital at 8 a.m. and surgery was scheduled for 10 a.m. Grandma Joanne and Nico waited not-so-patiently in the waiting room, while Mommy and Daddy headed into the operating room. The room was filled with a team of mostly women, from nurses to doctors to anesthesiologists, and of course a nervous mom and dad who couldn’t wait for the surgery to be over and baby to be in our arms.
One of the team members (not sure of her actual role) took our camera and captured the precious moments of Mia’s birth. In fact, Gino was so impressed he loaded them onto a CD that evening and had it ready for me to view first thing the next morning. It was an amazing experience (of course I can say that now that it is over) and now we’ll have photos to treasure forever. I hadn’t seen a thing behind my curtain in the OR, but Gino took a few peeks at our baby’s arrival.
From the moment she entered this world, Mia was active and chatty. Instead of crying, it was like she was talking to the doctors and nurses, perhaps asking for her Mommy and Daddy, or just thanking them for setting her free. She moved around and practically rolled over, which is what her brother achieved on the day he was born. If she is already taking after Nico, we are in store for a crazy ride.
Nico and his grandmas were able to meet Mia in the recovery room. He slowly approached Mommy and baby, while Daddy took videos to capture their first encounter together. Nico waved and smiled at Mia, welcoming his little sister into the family. He has already proven to be an awesome big brother.
The next couple of days in the hospital were filled with joy, love, and lots of visitors. Everyone was excited to meet our sweet child, and we were excited to start our lives with her beautiful, smiley face as a part of them.