I also had my first (and only so far) son by elective caesarean. I agonised for weeks over whether that was the right birth for my family, but am so very glad I made the decision I did. Our son had his umbilical cord wrapped tightly around his neck twice - something they couldn't pick up in ultrasounds or other prenatal care - so if I had gone into labour at all, the movement of contractions would have strangled him. I don't share that to frighten people - but I am just so relieved and blessed to have made the decision I did. As my OB said, someone must have been watching over us!
The experience was great. Having the spinal was nerve-wracking and uncomfortable, but at least I wasn't also dealing with contractions at the same time. The actual feeling of a caesar is unlike no other. I could feel sensations like cold and pulling, but absolutely no pain. Amazing. The moment of birth was calm and I felt all of the emotions I was worried I could only feel by having a natural birth. My son lay on my chest for most of remainder of the procedure (about half an hour), gazing at me. He was wrapped (not skin to skin) because the theatre was very cold as most are. Despite this, he breastfed for 17 months. I was so worried that not having skin to skin contact right away, being away from him while I was in recovery and not breastfeeding immediately would negative affect my ability to feed - but thankfully it didn't. (I did have problems getting feeding started - but that was due to a tongue tie, which is a whole other story!)