Awww.... Those pictures are just the cutest! But My God!!! Those feet!!!!!!!!!!
Connie - those pics are great!
I can't believe how long his feet are! my baby's feet are the same way!
Ethan is gorgeous! And you're not kidding about long feet! I'm glad it doesn't look like his feet were impacted at all by the low fluid. My DS had his feet curled inward for a time until they straightened out on their own.
I'm glad things are going well and that you have lots of support. I hope you are also healing well emotionally from your c-section.
DS Joshua 3/2006
DS Kevin 8/2007
Those are fantastic pics Connie! You guys look so peaceful sleeping with Ethan
Jodi, aren't you tall yourself though? I don't know where Ethan's long feet came from. I'm only 5'2" and Jesse's only about 5'5" and neither of us have big feet! What's funny though is that my nephew (who turned 3 the day after Ethan was born!) was born with "my" feet -- short and fat, and Ethan was born with my brother's feet -- long and skinny! And my nephew is left-handed like me, we're the only 2 in the family!
Ellen, as of now I'm doing fine emotionally from the c-section. I'm just so relieved that Ethan was healthy that they could've done just about anything to me and I'd be okay with it! It might all hit me later, but for now I'm good
My Birth Story -- Part 1 -- Wednesday's OB visit
OB appointment – July 18th – 12:45pm – check-up and ultrasound to check baby’s growth (possible big baby)
I had been dreading the appointment for a while. The ultrasound specifically. I had no reason to, I just did. I tried to psyche myself up for it by thinking that I would get to see Ethan again. It didn’t help. The closer it got to the appointment, the more nervous I got. And Jesse was nervous. And my mom was nervous. We just all had a feeling...
Wednesday I had a chiropractic appointment in the morning. I had a great adjustment. Everything moved easily and I felt so good after! They were teasing me that now was the time to go into labor while everything was perfectly aligned so Ethan would have a straight passageway out and labor would be easier. Little did we know!
I got to my OB appointment and it started off normal. Took my vitals, urine sample, got weighed. Then I went to the ultrasound room and waited. The tech was just coming back from lunch and I was a bit early so I just sat there and tried to not be nervous.
He came in with one of the nurses and started the ultrasound. He asked if Dr. Hardey was back yet. The nurse said he was at a meeting still and asked if he needed to see him. The tech said to let Dr. Hardey know as soon as he got back to come see him. Bing! Alarm bells went off in my head. But he wasn’t panicking so I knew Ethan was okay. I could see the heart rate scan he was doing and it looked nice and steady.
At one point he pushed down pretty hard to try to get a better look and told me to let him know if it hurt. I told him it didn’t hurt but that all of a sudden I was really hot and sweating. He picked up the ultrasound paddle and told me to immediately lay on my side. The nurse in there picked up my chart and starting fanning me with it. Almost immediately I felt a LOT better. The tech told me to tell him right away if I started feeling like that again. Turns out one of my arteries was being compressed from being on my back for so long and I was getting ready to pass out. All I knew was I was hot! Guess that’s why you aren’t supposed to lay on your back while you’re pregnant. Besides, it’s darn uncomfortable!!! He had me stay mostly on my side until Dr. Hardey got there. As soon as he walked in, the tech looked at him and told him there was a problem. My amniotic fluid was almost completely gone. There were a couple of little pockets left here and there but that was it. Once the fluid is that low, there is a good chance of the umbilical cord getting compressed, and, well, we know what the end result of that is and it isn’t good!
They finished the ultrasound and then Dr. Hardey discussed my options with me. He told me to go across the street to the hospital to L&D for a NST. If Ethan looked to be okay, we had options. If he showed any distress, I would have an immediate c-section to get him out. WHAT?! My brain was spinning... C-section?! Possibly today?! What happened to my natural childbirth?!
Ethan was in danger and that was the only thing that mattered right then. Dr. Hardey did an internal check and I was not the least bit dilated or effaced. He said if Ethan was alright I had the option of trying an induction but he didn’t think it would work because my body was so far away from being ready to go into labor. He said that in a lot of cases like mine the contractions will compress the cord and they have to do an emergency c-section anyway. My other option if Ethan was okay was to schedule the c-section for the next day. Dr. Hardey felt so bad because he knew I didn’t want any interventions and he didn’t want to do any with me. He said most women would be jumping up and down at having a c-section the next day but he knew I didn’t want that. I told him what I wanted was to do what was best for my baby, no matter what that entailed for me. He told me that I would be taking a risk by scheduling the c-section but it would give Ethan the best chance.
I stopped at the bathroom on my way out and Jesse called while I was in there. I told him I’d call him back in 2 minutes. He asked if everything was okay. I told him I’d call him back in 2 minutes. He later told me he hung up the phone and told his supervisor he needed to head to the hospital. I called him back while I walked across the skywalk to the hospital and told him what was going on. He promised to meet me at the hospital as soon as he could get there.
I got to L&D and they hooked me up to the monitors. Jesse got there and we discussed our options. We both agreed that scheduling the c-section was the best choice under the circumstances. Dr. Hardey came after a while and said everything looked fine with the baby and briefly went over our choices again. We told him our decision and he left to go make the arrangements. I called my mom to let her know what was going on so she could get there for Thursday.
The rest of the day was a whirlwind! We came home, finished getting everything ready, grabbed some last-minute things from the stores, went out for dinner, made phone calls to let people know, and picked Mom up at the Greyhound station. Mom and I ended up staying up almost all night talking. I knew I needed the sleep, but I also knew if I came to bed I would end up being awake all night crying. So I figured the best thing was to stay up with her so at least I wouldn’t be so upset.
This is the first time I've been on the computer all week so I wanted to give an update....
The past week and a half has been pretty scary but it's looking up now!
Last Tuesday we brought Ethan to the doctor for a check-up and his weight had dropped from 6 lbs 2 oz at birth to 4 lbs 14 oz His doctor was kinda freaking out, and we definitely were! They gave us till last Friday to get his weight up a bit or else they were going to put him in the hospital.
So long story short, I had to stop nursing and just pump and supplement with formula. We have to make sure he's eating at least every 3 hours too. Doing that (and giving him some stuff my natural health place recommended) he gained 9 oz in 3 days! No hospital for him! Today (Thursday) he was up to 5 lbs 15 oz. So he's gained 17 oz in 9 days
But the bad news is that my milk supply has about dried up after the stress etc last week. My OB put me on Reglan Monday so I'm trying that to see how it goes. And trying to pump every 2-3 hours during the day. I bought a Medela PIS and I've been getting a little breastmilk every time I pump but only a little. I'm hoping the Reglan will help!
Otherwise Ethan's doing pretty good He's up to 20 3/4 inches long, 5 lbs 15 oz, and his head circumference is 13 1/2. I'm just about recovered from the c-section, except I have an external fungal infection around my incision. But that's getting better with the antifungal cream.
So anyway, that's my update!
Connie, at last Jesse is that joyous Dad he was anxious to be! Your photos are very emotional girl...Cogratulations to you and the whole new family!
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat