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Julie had her first appt yesterday. She was born at 7 lbs 14 oz and we left the hospital at 7 lbs 8 oz. We left the hospital Saturday. Monday she weighed 7 lbs 15 oz. Haha. The pedi was like, usually the baby doesn't get back to her birth weight until 2 weeks after discharge from the hospital. What can I say? The kid likes to eat! She said Julie was perfect (but I already knew that!) and we go back next week. For what, I can't really say. I guess this first appt was just a "get her in" appt and next week will be the real appt. I dunno. There's no jaundice and she said Julie has good "color" to be a newborn.

The MW released me Saturday afternoon, even though she said she should have kept me through the night, but everything was good so they sent me home. I'm not exactly sure what I thought taking care of a baby would be like, but it certainly wasn't this. She's not awake a whole lot, she eats then falls asleep shortly afterward. She MIGHT be awake 20 minutes every now and then when she's not eating or pooping (she likes to poo.) Last night I freaked out. We took her into the bedroom so she could sleep in the bassinet part of of the pack and play and we swaddled her. She fell asleep...around 130, I heard her moving around so I glanced over there (she's so cute, she always has her foot stuck up in the air when she gets out of her swaddle). DH woke up as well and got up to change her. While he was changing her, he said something about her being wet. Apparently she had sweat like crazy last night. I started to cry because we really don't know what we're doing but I can't imagine sweating that much is good for a baby.

I sleep alot, but I think it's because of the pain meds. They make me kind of goofy and tired. My incision still hurts, it burns on the sides of it when I move certain ways. But I suppose that'll get better with time.

DH has been wonderful. He's not into cleaning or anything like that, but he's quick to change her or hold her or whatever. She sleeps on her back, but she really loves laying on her tummy. She gets on DH's chest (or mine) and she'll hold her head up and eyeball us with this look.

It's kind of weird. I know she's mine, but I almost feel like I'm babysitting or something. Like I STILL can't get my head around the fact that she's here LOL.

I think my biggest issue is DH. I'd love to know what he's thinking. I didn't want to keep Julie in the bedroom, but once she got here, I got paranoid and I need to be around here constantly. I don't want to have to sleep on the couch every night and DH was okay with bringing the pack and play into the bedroom, but it's really really hard for me to get out of the bed because of the pain and there's more room on DH's side, so....the pack n play is over there. DH said he'll get up with her, which he kinda halfway did last night, but... I feel like I should be taking care of her.

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Glad everything is going pretty decently. DS was a night sweater too. Your DH sounds like he is taking to fatherhood pretty well. It will get more into the mommy phase and less into the babysitter feeling when shes awake more.
Keep up the good work mama.

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Just rest with the recovery and you will be fine. My incision is fine now and the tugging I feel has to do with the tying off apparently. I recovered so fast and easy with DD and struggle a lot now with rylee. I was off pain meds and felt great now on it for something else. It all works out

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Aimee, did your burn when you were bending? It's the extreme right and left of the incision... and it's not always. Usually after standing or after sitting it burns, but goes away. What about bleeding? Did your incision bleed? I haven't seen any blood, but then again I can't see my incision, so... I get DH to look at it, but all he says is it looks good...lol

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She sounds like a wonderful baby. Smile She'll probably wake up more in the next week or two. Newborns are pretty sleepy in the beginning. Reid is usually awake for 2-3 hours at a stretch during the day now, but he's bearing down on a month old. I say enjoy it and get lots of rest while you can. It sounds like your DH is a great dad and a huge help to you. Don't feel bad, just be grateful. I'm nursing and I hate to pump, so DH literally never gets up with Reid (which I agree with, there isn't any reason he should since Reid won't settle until he nurses and DH can't do that.) Point being, count yourself as lucky and enjoy it. Smile

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So glad things are going so well Jessica! What with the traumatic birth experience you need a breather!

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Sounds like miss Julie is doing great! I'm glad she had a good appointment. This question may sound weird but with my previous c-sections I had the same burning pain. Did they use a bandage over your incision? When I had those pains it was from the sticky glue that was left on my skin and had stuck my skin together so every time I stood up it would hurt like heck. You might have your dh look and see if there's any glue that needs to be removed. Just a thought.

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So great to hear Julie is doing well! I still can't wait to see pics. But I know you need your rest and recovery, so I will be patient. How are your dogs doing with her? I've been increasingly concerned about this lately.

She's here and she's yours Jessica! You better believe it! You are a a momma! I'm so excited for you! Sounds like your DH is doing a great job too!

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Joy, yes they used a bandage. Which I thought was weird .. I don't think they used any stitches. I'll have DH check it out later. I hadn't even thought of the glue. Like I said, I don't know what it looks like down there.

Elizabeth, my dogs were incredibly curious as to what this....thing was coming in the house. But neither of them have bothered her. When she cries, my older dog will whine and lick her face...lol

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Jessica there was a bit of a burning in the beginning as it was healing. I had staples in mine that were removed the morning I was discharged. From 3 different docs I have seen and talked to the pain to right and left of the incision like I called it a pulling/throbbing is totally normal and comes from the tying off inside closing the uterus. Sometimes worse on one side literally depending on the doc who did it is what they told me. One doc on call last night actually had a name for it but she said it so fast I think it was tie fascia but not positive haha. I couldn't even get her name when she called me back she talked so fast! Also said if you are breast feeding (I am not) it is worse sometimes because your uterus contracts more and harder so that when it is doing that you feel the tugging until it all settles.

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I had a few crying breakdowns with DS1 because I had no idea what to do with a newborn and I was so sore and tired after delivery (not a c/s, but a pretty rough birth). It sounds like you are doing a great job and I'm so glad your DH is being so helpful! Let him help as much as he wants while you recover. It'll be good for both of you. Hang in there, it gets easier. :bighug: