Not Every C-Section Is the Same
It's the same surgery, but the whole experience can vary dramatically from baby to baby. My first was an emergency, so there's a lot I don't remember (or care to remember); the second was scheduled less than 24 hours beforehand; and the third was on the books by the time I was eight months pregnant. All three surgeries were different.
The first, obviously, was more frantic and rushed. I couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to even attempt to breastfeed post-op, and I begged them to let me keep my catheter in so I didn't have to get out of bed. The second, while only planned the day before, was worlds better than my first. I didn't get to see the baby for very long while I was still in the operating room, but I was surprised by how good I felt in the recovery room. I was up and walking within 12 hours of the surgery and even asked to leave the hospital a day early.
With my third, they brought the baby right to me after she was born and let me "hold" her until I was closed up. That surgery took much longer than my second due to a small complication, but I felt pretty good as I was wheeled to the recovery room, where I had an uninterrupted hour of bonding experience with my little one.