Monday, May 04, 2009

I am home!

And for the first time the baby came home with me.

The delivery went pretty smoothly. I was apparently contracting rather frequently while they were monitoring me, so it was very likely had the original c-section date been there I would have had to have gone in earlier. I had been kind of having the feeling that things were beginning to start so I was glad that I was able to hang on long enough that it did not end up being an emergency situation where I had to rush and find someone to watch the boys.

Daniel Michael made his appearance at 8:53 am and weighed a very nice 8 pounds 4 ounces. His head was 14 inches around (compared to Harry's whopping 16 inches). We have been struggling with nursing big time and now that my milk is in (thanks to the mad pumping skilz I learned with Evan) he has no excuse and still will not latch properly. The lactation support at the hospital I delivered was awesome and ironically much better than the hospital I delivered at in California. The lactation consultant just could not get him to latch so we are taking a bit of a break and I am pumping for the time being to maybe see if he will change his mind and actually decide to be easy on mom and nurse.

Daniel has a bit of fluid still in his left ear so we have to go back and have his hearing retested. He also has a slight heart murmur that was checked out with an echo this morning. It is nothing major and very likely that the teeny hole between the atrium has not shut yet. Evan's cardiologist reviewed the echo but the wall between the atrium was not very well pictured in the echo so we will go back at the end of June for another look. I am not worried a bit since really anything that does not make him turn blue hours after birth is really not much to worry about at all.

I am feeling pretty ok, tired but my pain is not too horrid. Something that helped me recover a lot quicker in that area was that my OB did not use staples to hold my skin shut. I always felt awful until they were taken out when I had my c-sections with the older boys. It feels very nice to be non pregnant, I still catch myself squatting to bend down and pick stuff up when I don't have to any more. It is also nice to take a deep full breath. sorry if this sounds a bit disjointed but I am typing while pumping, on pain medication and after a night filled with sleep that was hardly deep and restful.

14 comments:

chelle said...

awww yay so glad it all went well. Sorry to read about the nursing, I hope you guys get the hang of it soon!
Take care of you!

Zephra said...

I am so happy things went well for you. I can't wait to see more picture of the baby. He is so sweet.

Pamela said...

Keep at that nursing thing he will get it in time and as you know it so much easier than pumping and bottles! He is so very beautiful. Again congratulations to you all!

Ginger said...

so glad you are home and doing okay. breastfeeding is always the challenge but you will definitely get it going soon enough. good job and look forward to hearing more

Elizabeth-W said...

Yea!!!!!!
And if you don't get the nursing thing, he'll be fine on bottles. A whole generation of us did just fine.
(From a mom who nursed her kids.)
Just want you to relax and enjoy.
I hated staples, but found I was allergic to the adhesive. Yucko!

weestories said...

Congratulations! Keep up the nursing, he'll come round eventually.

chichimama said...

Yeah!!!! I am so glad things went well. Hope Daniel catches onto the the latch soon.

Also, I still have something to send you, but it has been a bit delayed :-).

Gabriela said...

Glad you are home and things went relatively well. Hope the nursing gets better.

We have a Daniel in our family too-great name. :)

Heather said...

I'm so happy to hear that things went well. Daniel is such a strong name. I love it. Hope things straighten out with the nursing. I know how frustrating that is. I gave up with my 1st, although I wish I'd tried harder.

Damselfly said...

Wow! Congratulations! I'm sorry he won't latch. I loathe pumping, so I feel bad for you. (Still, I'd love to hear about your mad pumping skillz!) I hope the heart murmur goes away and won't be anything to worry about. Hugs....

Midlife Midwife said...

Congratulations! I love the name you chose. Good luck with the nursing. He will figure it out eventually.

Karen (Pediascribe) said...

Yeah! Sounds like things went very well!! Glad the baby is strong and healthy!

KT wouldn't latch either. They ended up cracking open a bottle of their glucose water and dripping it on my nipple. She tasted that, latched right on, and nearly sucked my brains out through my breast! Yeowzer! There for awhile I was wishing she hadn't figured it out! :)

gaijin wife said...

I have seen your blog title on many occassions and always meant to come and have a read.

Congratulations on the birth of your son. Your three boys are beautiful. I have a just tuned three, one and a half year old and three week old. Life is busy :) Thankfully my older two are at kindy which is nice. They love the stimulation and I get time with bubs.

You will love it too come Fall.

Katy
(Oita, Japan)

Sue said...

Lovely post. I have a Daniel and think it is a wonderful name! But mine is 18 now although it seems like only yesterday when I brought him home - how the time flies.