You did a wonderful job, Mia!!! What a fantastic story...thank you for sharing.
Congratulations, Mia!! I'm so glad you got your natural birth, even being a high-risk mama! Emma is gorgeous - what a sweet little baby!
How are you settling in at home?
Thanks for sharing your bith story! I'm so glad that all went well for you guys! Emma is too cute! How are you feeling?
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Thanks everyone! I'm feeling pretty good. We had a new mom and baby visit today with an a 20 year pediatric nurse as part of the child-birthing class package we did. They just do basic vitals on her and check her weight (up to 5 lbs 2 oz, only 3 away from her birth weight!!!) and go over tons of new baby stuff. We were thrilled with her weight gain.
I was a bit of a mess in the hospital. The nurses were great but the hemorrhage was a little traumatizing. I thought I'd feel more emotional when we came home, but I got 5 hours of sleep the first night which was great.
Nursing is going better and better every day. We still finger feed (finger in her mouth to suck on with a syringe to give her the milk when she sucks to simulate nursing) when we need to, but she's getting better at the breast (only does one side per feeding and uses the shield but I don't need to entice her as much with the syringe under the shield anymore).
My milk came in tuesday night and yesterday was tough. The girls are huge and even with massage, compresses and pumping a little pre-feeds to soften them, they're annoying. It's a little better today though. So far, the toughest thing is all the pumping. I pump whatever side she doesn't feed off (or both if she doesn't feed for long) to keep the stimulation up. Washing everything after each feed really cuts into my sleep but DH has been a huge help.
I know the nursing will only get better. I haven't had much pain myself or anything post hemorrhage to worry about which is nice. I just am so in love with her. I can't get enough of it.
Thanks for sharing your story. I am sorry to hear about the hemorrage, but I am glad everyone is ok now. Best of luck on bfing. Nursing does get easier. Just take it one day at a time.
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
CONGRATS!!! I'm glad everything went so well considering
I started with syringe feeding both my boys. They were full term but had tiny mouths so had problems latching. Just keep with the nursing! After you pump, put the parts in a Ziploc bag and stick it in the fridge for next time. Just make sure you're washing them once or twice a day!
What a great story Mia!! I really appreciate the detail you included... all the little things I always wonder about with other people's experiences. TMI: I poo'd with DD too, but it's amazing how you don't even care lol. And miso for hemorrhage is a totally different reason... I would have done the exact same thing... just not for cervical ripening/induction. I am so proud of you for sticking with your plan!! You really make it sound like such a breeze Definitely a very inspiring story!!
Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006
Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13
What a fantastic birth, congrats! I love the long birth stories and you'll appreciate it down the road.