Okay, so that's probably not the most original title, but I'm a sleep deprived mom who's 4 days post partum, okay? A quick introduction - I'm Sandy, my DH is Tim and we have a beautiful 4 day old baby boy named Nicholas. We tried for two long years to have a baby, and now our dream has finally come true!! It's almost too much to believe. I look at him laying on Tim's chest, the two of them snuggling and fast asleep, and I just want to sit there and stare forever. How lucky can one girl get?? We are just so, so blessed.
Nicholas was born on October 17th, 2007 at 6:35 PM. My labor was 32 hours long (!!) but the end result was totally and completely worth it. Nick was 7 lbs 9 oz at birth, and when we left the hospital 48 hours later he was down to 7 lbs and 1 oz. With the way he's been nursing, I'm sure he must have gained most of it back by now! I had some extensive tearing from his birth, so I am in some pain now. I'm also trying to find a balance between being awake and getting enough sleep, but I'm sure that as time goes on that will get easier. Tim is home for 4 weeks, so we get to do this whole learning to be parents thing together! It's a BIG help to have him here. He is such a hands-on dad! I have been totally spoiled so far - he watches the baby so I can nap, gets me food and water while I nurse, and even helps me with getting Nick to latch on. Breastfeeding has been a bit of a struggle for me since we were having problems with Nick's latch. But today I had a lady from the LLL come over and she helped us out so much! Turns out most of my problems were from engorgement that was making my nipples flat. We're ironing out the wrinkles now, and today he nursed like an absolute champ! I am so happy and relieved! It was really killing me to not be able to nurse my baby when he was hungry.
So far I am absolutely enamored with new mommyhood! Sometimes I like to just lay down and stare at Nicholas. He is just so perfect in every way. I love the way he smells! He is a good mix of Tim and me, although I think he's more Tim than me. He has Tim's eyebrows, eyes, ears and chin. He has my nose and lips. I can't wait to see the awesome little person he's going to turn into!
In two weeks we have Tim's mom coming to visit, right around Nicholas' first Halloween. That should be fun! She is dying to see her first grandchild! We live across the country from them, so they haven't been able to see him in person yet. Tim's dad is really bummed because he can't make it this time, but he and my MIL are coming for Christmas.
Tomorrow we call and make an appointment for Nick to see his pediatrician! We found a really great doctor while we were at the hospital where I gave birth. He is really intelligent and genuinely loves kids so much. I am already planning Nick's outfit for this outing! I just love having my little boy on the outside now instead of inside me! Time for bed, but I'll write more later! Oh, and here's a picture of the two of us:
Breastfeeding is still going really well, and I am so relieved! I love nursing; it's such a great bonding experience. I love the little contented noises Nick makes while he eats! They are soooo cute!
I am healing really well. My stitches still get sore from prolonged sitting, but then again, I'm only 6 days PP. I'm not even bleeding that much anymore! I really like that. The main thing now is to get my blood volume back up because I became anemic after the birth. I'm taking iron pills, so that should happen pretty quick!
Tim is out getting Nick put into our insurance company's system. Then after that we'll be going to Nick's first peds appointment! I am eager to see how much he weighs now. We also have a few questions for the doctor. Nick seems to be a little jaundiced, although his numbers were fine when we left the hospital. I want to make sure he's still in the safe zone with that. He also hasn't pooped in 24 hours, and that's worrying me a little. I've been reading that as long as he has enough wet diapers a day and he's nursing well, that's not a big deal for how young he is. But of course, being a mom I worry!
On Tuesday we took Nick to his first doctor's appointment! Tim and I were talking about how we were all excited about it, LOL. Anyway, he's gained 2 oz since leaving the hospital! I was especially relieved to hear that since we'd had some breastfeeding problems at the beginning. We also asked him to check and make sure Nick wasn't especially yellow, and he decided to do another bilirubin test. I held Nick when the nurse stuck him, and he didn't even cry! His face did get red, though. Must be Daddy's Irish roots showing through! Dr. Baker called with his test results after the appointment and said that Nick's levels were climbing back up. He said it could be because he hadn't pooped in a few days, but he wanted us back the next day to do another bilirubin test. In the meantime, we were supposed to give him glycerin suppositories to make him poop to see if that would help. We did all of that and got the news yesterday that his levels dropped wayyy down and that he's completely out of the danger zone for jaundice now! Dr. Baker even said that he could go days without pooping and it wouldn't affect his levels. Phew! Needless to say, Tim and I were very happy campers yesterday. And something else I was happy about was that Nick's cord fell off yesterday, on his one week birthday! The weird things you celebrate when you're a mom, huh?
I can hardly believe it's been one week already! I swear I was just at the hospital yesterday! The days all fly by so quickly when you're tending to a baby's needs. It's a crazy, manic, absolutely wonderful time.