Well it's been just a bit since I've updated my blog! I've been just a bit BUSY! lol. Little guy is taking a nap so I have a few min. to update!
* Tuesday will be three weeks already! I can't believe it.
* I'm still healing from my lovely tear.. I'm ready for things down there to be more normal! How long is the bleeding suppose to last anyway?
* Ang went back to work last Friday.. it was hard. She worked two nights in a row... and I made her call in her third night. It was overwhelming! She has been such a good mamma. I knew she would be, but she is so much more amazing then I could ever imagine. For example.. she was suppose to work last night, but was called off. Well since she slept all day she was wide awake, so she took care of monkey ALL night! I got 7 hours of sleep.
*Huge props to all you ladies that are/have breastfeed. I have to get out my frustrations about this. TMI about to be shared. So right after I had him ( within 30 minutes) We tried putting him on my breast for the first feeding. This was done in my labor and delivery room and I feel like no one really cared to take the time to help us. The nursery nurse tried to get him to latch but after just a few tries she states I need to use a nipple shield b/c my nipples are flat/inverted. (This is very true by the way). So the nipple shield seemed to do the trick ( a little painful) but he was latching. Looking back I wish I would've been more adamant about getting someone to try more with us before giving us the nipple shield. So we went home, feeding every two hours or so, still using the nipple shield. By day 3 I noticed that my nipples were bleeding, cracking, and scabbing. Oh, and beyond painful. I figured that maybe this was normal at first and things would get better. By day 5 I couldn't stand it anymore. I call the 24 hour lactation line (bawling my eyes out), I'm not sure how she understood anything I was saying, but explained my problem and she made it clear that I can't continue to use the nipple shield because that's what's causing the injury to my nipples and even though I had flat nipples we would still be able to get him to latch on. So I have her on speaker phone walking me through things, Ang helping hold baby and my boob, and both baby and I crying. We got him to latch a few times, but he just wasn't having it. I feel like he was already so use to the shield that learning something new just wasn't happening for him. Which brings me back to wishing we couldve gotten a correct latch in the first place. All this stress was causing my hormones to be even more crazy. I was crying a lot, not eating, and feeling sick. I tried the pumping next but stressed myself out about that as well. I couldn't figure out how I was suppose to have time to pump my milk, feed it to my baby, and take care of him all by myself. I know women do it all the time, but I couldn't. Sooooo all this said I decided to switch him to formula... and was so so so upset about it. But now that I'm not stressing out about all of that I'm feeling a lot better emotionally.
* We had his two week apt yesterday and he weighs 9lbs even! (He was 7lbs 12 oz @ birth)
* We also had his two week old pics taken on Tuesday. He was a trooper and only had one major fussy moment. I will post pics when I get them back.
* My mom and sister have been in town since Monday and have been a huge huge help. It's been so nice having them here. Well.. my sister is here to stay!! Little man is so lucky to have all these ladies in his life.
* Monkey LOVES to eat. He is still eating almost every two hours. Lately we've gotten some three hour stretches at night. He is eating almost 3 oz every time. Sometimes he will have 4oz!
Will try to be better and update more often! Oh... and I STILL can't comment on any ones blog that uses blogger. I'm so close to switching to wordpress b.c it is pissing me off. I'm still following along ladies!
I have been so busy around here but figured I needed to get this written down before I forgot details.
So early early at 0300 am we headed into the hospital. We both had gotten next to nothing for sleep because we were so nervous/excited. I was up at midnight doing last minute things that didn't matter like painting my nails and plucking my eyebrows... I think it distracted me enough to make it until 0300 when we went in. We got there and got all checked in and what not. By the time the had drawn my blood, started my IV, asked a bunch of stupid questions, it was 0430. They have standard orders on what they can/can't start depending on what my cervix was doing, so they checked me at that time and I was a 3 and 50% effaced. She suggested we do a prostaglandin gel first. They re-checked me at 0700 and no change, decided to try one more gel before starting pitocin. The gels made me feel real crampy and positive that things were making progress down there. Re-checked me at 0845... no change. So at 0900 they started the pitocin. The first downside of the pitocin is I couldn't get up and roam around like I was with the gel. The baby had to be on the monitor at all times.. unless I needed to go to the bathroom. So every 1/2 hour to hour they came in and turned the pitocin up. The contractions were getting stronger but bearable.. more tiring than anything. It got to be 12:30 and I was pretty sure I was ready for an epidural. I wanted them to check me again, just because I thought if I had made some good progress I could wait a little bit more.... NO CHANGE. So 1:00 CRNA came in and placed my epidural. Not so great of a time... I had weird scary shooting pains down my back and into my legs ( working in the Neuro ICU gives me way more information then I need to know) . Finally got through that part and started getting some relief. By 2:00 you would think the epidural would be working but it was only working on my left side. The CRNA came back and bloused me with more drugs and additional lidocaine which gave me some relief for like 30 minutes but then I could still feel my right side. Then by 03:00 my nurse was like, lets go ahead and place a foleycath, you shouldn't feel a thing. Holy crap.. the catheter hurt more than the epidural! So obviously the epidural wasn't in the right place. At 04:00 the CRNA came back and talked to us and said we really needed to take that one out and put another one in.. Ugh.. She made me feel a little better about her putting another one in when she put it into terms of.. If you have to have a c-section I can't send you to the OR with the epidural you have now. Okokok.. here we go again. The 2nd epidural wasn't nearly as bad at all. I don't know if it was all the drugs/hormones but when she was putting the 2nd one in I was shaking uncontrollably. The shaking continued on and off until I had the baby too btw. So 2nd epidural in... aww relief. It was working! 05:00 the MD came in, checked me .. I was a 4 and 60%... and broke my water. Right after breaking my water she said I went to a 5 and 80%. From then on my evening was a little blurry. The contractions were still pretty intense despite my working epidural. I was having to use my pain button and bolus myself pretty frequently. By 10:00 the pain was pretty bad ( a lot in my lower back ) and they checked me... 9 and 100& ! The baby was still moving down so they wanted me to labor for another hour.. which they sat me almost straight up and down in the bed for. 11:15 comes around and I'm fully dilated and effaced and get to start pushing! I start pushing at 11:30. The pushing actually gives me so much relief from the contraction that is happening. We pushed with the nurse for 45 minutes and then she called the MD in. 15 minutes later we had our little monkey. I have to say the pushing baby part out was by far the easiest part of my whole day. He came out with his right hand up next to his head and his left arm was wrapped around the umbilical cord! The put him right onto my chest and I just cried and cried and cried. It is such a crazy amazing experience. He came out even more beautiful and more perfect then I could have ever ever imagined.
We are now home and adjusting to everything. It is a lot of work and we are both still feeling like zombies. It's already to rewarding.
Sweet baby Monkey arrived early early Tuesday morning @ 0022! He weighed 7lbs12oz and is 22 inches long. It was a LOOOONG 15 hour labor... I will update soon with pics and birth story. He is the new love of our lives. Right now just trying to recover and catch up on sleep!