I'm proud of you too! You're a smart woman Marjorie and you did an amazing job. I've learned things from reading your birth story that I'll take with me to my own birth. I agree that you made very good decisions which all helped to bring your beautiful, perfect boy into the world safely. I'm so happy that you are proud of yourself and have positive feelings about your experience - you should! Well done Marj!!! :bigarmhug:
Lovely story, thank you for sharing. And woohoo for no tears!
Great story & way to follow your mama instincts. I'm interested to see what you find about OSHA and the placenta. Do they also refuse other body parts (like eyes) to people that want to keep them? Sounds kind of fishy.
SUCH a good birth story! I am SO glad that they respected your wishes for your treatment, and that YOU got to make the decisions that were best for you. Well done Mama!!!
What a great birth story! And Christopher is such a handsome little guy! I love all his hair! Congrats!
What a great birth! Go you!
Wonderful birth story Marjorie! Its sounds like you were informed and fully in control the entire time. It's very inspirational for me to read about such positive births right now
Oh, that is a BEAUTIFUL baby. I love his hair! You're looking good too, momma. Congrats!
What an awesome birth story! I'm so proud of you, being educated, making informed decisions, and not allowing yourself to be statisticized (if that's not a real word, it should be! ;)) Back labor is awful, it's so much more painful and long, and I think you made a very wise decision to get the epi and get some rest when baby didn't turn. You probably saved yourself a c-section. Good job, Mama!
Well done and congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story!
thanks for sharing your story. I'm glad you had educated yourself enough to know what decisions to make.
Great story! I think you did so well even advocating for yourself. Way to go!
Good for you mama, you did a great job!
Sorry about the lack of an update again. Time flies when you have no clue what day it is. LOL
Breastfeeding is getting much better. We're still using a shield but that doesn't worry me right now. I got a almost brand new pump with lots of extras for only $60. WOOT!!
He's finally back up to 8lbs. Growing like a weed. Yesterday he developed an umbilical stump infection and the ER gave us all the wrong instructions. I'm glad we double checked with our Peds office. She told us to not take him to the ER without calling their office first. They're on call 24hrs so that makes me feel better. They did a chemical cauterization and gave him a shot of antibiotics. We have to give him antibiotics for the next 10 days. It won't be long until it falls off. It's amazing to me that my baby is already 10 days old. Where does the time go???
Can him being on antibiotics give him thrush?
I'm doing good. My body is still really sore and my bleeding is still light. Sleep deprivation and crazy after hormones have made me very cranky. I'm so grateful for a husband that understands!!
I can't believe your litte one was 10 days old!! It seems like I stalked your lodge forever waiting for you to go into labor. I'm sorry he ended up with an infection. Poor baby.
Marj antibiotics could possibly cause thrush. You can eat yogurt to prevent thrush.
Congratulations Marjorie! Wonderful birth story! You did just what you needed to do! You handled it all marvelously!
Welcome baby Christopher!!
Hurray for a supportive dh. And for breastfeeding going well. I think the antibiotics can lead to thrush, but at least you know to be on the lookout for it.
I can't believe it's been 10 days!
I've created a boobie monster. We went today for an umbilical check up and he gained 4oz in under 24 hrs. Wow. I'm going to have a hosscat!
I've been having some serious swelling in my ankles and feet the last few days. I'm going to call my OB on Monday just to see what they say.
Yum yum yum, keep eating, Christopher Edward!
I'm glad you're going to check about the swelling.
2 wk appt: 8lbs 7oz hes def. a hosscat lol his umbilical cord is looking much better he'll be back in cloth in two days.
ob visit: no protien in urine swelling is gone. culture sent for uti.
bfing is coming along slowly. i'll be glad to get my pump so that when i need to suppliment it'll be bm instead of formula
We got a call from Christopher's Ped today. His PKU come back positive for cystic fibrosis. We're taking him in to be retested. If it's positive the second time we have to see a specialist. Anyone have any experience with this?
Holy moly, Marjorie, I'm so sorry to hear this! I don't have any info or knowledge about this issue, but please keep us posted.
It'll be 18-30 days before we get the second results.
Ditto - Good Luck - I hope the 2nd test comes back Negative.
:shock: OMG Marjorie...what an excruciating wait!!! ((HUGS))
A close friend of mine has CF. I've known her since pre-school and she is turning 30 next week and doing fantastic. If my understanding is correct you can have the markers without having CF. It can result in other minor side effects later in life, but it's really great to know so early on. They are coming out with new therapies all the time and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the best not-for-profit organizations. They are so close to a cure. Here's a link to their website http://www.cff.org/ . I just did the CF walk less than 2 weeks ago. Feel free to PM me and I will see if I can get more concrete answers for you or at least some good resources.
Is is the same test? Meaning, are they just repeating the previous test or using a different procedure? I don't know about these things so I was curious.
Much hugs and prayers for good news.
They're repeating the same test. There is a pretty high false positive rate in PKU testing when done at birth. Now that he's a bit older the repeat test would be more accurate.
Oh no! KUP Marj!
Oh, I hope everything turns out okay! KUP!
:bighug: i hope the test comes back soon for you!!!
KUP hun!!! (((hugs)))
Oh dear! I hope the test is negative this time and little Christopher is fine. Thinking of you... :bigarmhug:
The newborn screening test is just that - a screen. If the second one comes back positive, Im sure you will be sent to a geneticist who will do a definitive test (a DNA test for the CFTR mutations). There are other screening tests that come back sooner (sweat chloride testing) but they're hard to do on very small people.
CF has a spectrum of severity - it can be VERY mild all the way to very severe. It's caused by a defect in the way salt moves in and out of cells in the body. This type of defect can make mucus secretions very thick in places like the lungs, pancreas, and testicles. The thick mucus in the lungs makes infection there (pneumonia, etc) more likely, the pancreas may get clogged and the person needs extra enzymes to help digest food (they dont gain weight well), and if the testicles get clogged, they can be infertile. Not everybody has all of the manifestations.
Most of the problems come from the lung infections, though, and it's important to minimize them as much as possible.
WHile you're waiting, keep a good eye on Christopher and if he starts showing signs of having a cold or cough, take him in to the pedi.
Has anybody else in your family or Dad's family ever had CF that you know about? Or had lots of lung problems?
Does he taste overly salty when you kiss him?
No family history of CF that we know of.
He never tastes overly salty to us.
Sometimes he sounds weezy and the only time he coughes is if he's screaming/crying.
Sometimes he sounds weezy and the only time he coughes is if he's screaming/crying.
That sounds normal. Tess gets weezy at times too, but has never (knock on wood) been sick.
I'm thinking of you and your family! :bigarmhug:
CF is completely genetic, so if you and your DH are not BOTH carriers, you LO can't have it.
Why don't they just test you guys? Seems simpler to me, though I doubt less expensive.
Hope everything turns out well, KUP.
I don't understand why they don't test us either. It's not my call since we're on state insurance.
Fingers crossed for you!
Thinking of you Marj!!
Oh gosh Marjorie even if the chances of him having it are slim to none I'm sure just the fact that it's been brought up is scarry, I hope you get some answers really soon my friend ((((big hugs))))
The state lab contacted our Peds office today whom then contacted us. My husband has the phone at work so my information is limited at this time.
His second PKU come back just a little bit over the state level. His level was 58.8, the state cutoff was 58. This means that we have to take him to a specialist for the sweat test. They're going to call us on Monday to schedule the appt. They want it done early in the week.
Please keep us in your minds and prayers, no matter your faith. The Goddess and God will here you! At this time I'm very emotional but somewhat calm. This is not a confirmed diagnosis but I can only worry about my beautiful boy.
Awww, Marjorie, you guys are in my thoughts.
:bighug: aww Marjorie im so sorry your going thru this .. its just got to be awful i hope that everything goes well for him .. you guys are in my prayers!! good luck .. KUP on the sweat test!!
Ohh Marjorie While my circumstances are different we found out some tuff news after the birth of our 4th son, no matter what it is it's always an emotional thing to deal with. I hope & pray like crazy that this is just a fluke and that you wont have anything to worry about, I also hope & pray that the sweat test goes smoothly & quickly.
You and ur family are definitely in my thoughts ..
I cant imagine what you're going through hun!!
:goodluck: with the sweat test!!
KUP!!! thinking of you all!!
((((HUGS)))) you know where i am if u need to chat hun!!
Marj, you are definitely in my thoughts and prayers!
I'm thinking of you, I hope the sweat test gives you good news!
Thinking of you and your sweet little boy...