Thanks so much for your story - it certainly does help !I am hoping that I can reassure you a little on the c-section front. My three year old was stubbornly breech, and one of the worst breech presentations. Still, I resisted a c-section very strongly. I convinced the doctors to attempt an ECV, but my tricky April Fools Day baby pulled a swift one and my waters broke the morning of my planned ECV! So an "emergency" c-section it was.
Honestly, it was the most wonderful experience. DH and I spent all day listening to music and sharing how excited we were to be so close to meeting our baby, while we waited for a spare theatre.
When the time finally came and they wheeled me to the theatre, they took DH aside and got him smocked up. Everyone was so friendly and jovial that the theatre was actually a really fun place to be. I just decided I wasn't going to be scared...I was just going to relax, trust they knew what they were doing and enjoy the experience. Everything was explained as they went, a midwife took photos, and there was a lot of laughter in the room. When they lifted my beautiful baby up for us to see, we both cried and laughed and were every bit as moved as anyone giving birth vaginally.
i had took Eli to recovery and had skin to skin until we went back to the ward.
The next morning I was out of bed early. Getting up was the most difficult thing...really pretty painful but not in a way I couldn't cope with. Breastfeeding took a few days but my little man took to it with such enthusiasm that at 2 1/2 years I finally had to close up shop because my boobs were too sore from this pregnancy!
Im now 33weeks and have chosen a c-section this time. I've given birth both ways and I really loved how relaxed and happy my c-section was.
Hope that helps!