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    How are you doing, Ayelet? Hopefully just busy with your new baby and visiting brother, but we'd love to hear his name!
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    Wow! things have been so hectic! My parents have actually taken the kids out for most of the day these past three days, but I have been so exhausted that by the time they leave and it's quiet, I don't want to get up and find the laptop! (I wish I could post from my phone, but the site doesn't work on my phone...)

    Anyway... I'm finally on, so first the important stuff! Our little guy's name is Tzuriel. It means God is my rock, and we felt that this has been the story of his existence. From finding out we were pregnant, to the move and all the insanity of thinking we were going to move to one town and getting down to the wire and finally finding this place, and not to mention whats going on around us! I gave birth to the sounds of cows lowing, dogs barking and Syrians bombing the crap out of each other! I'm not kidding, what's going on there is terrible, and we can hear it from here. Nothing is stable, nothing stays the same, and yet somehow at the last possible moment, our difficulties have resolved themselves and things work out. We've had to pray really hard, and I've cried a lot this pregnancy from frustration and just not knowing what to expect and how we were going to get through the next crazy challenge - and somehow we did. So that's the story of Tzuriel.

    This is from Friday:
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    he's beautiful, but still pretty tiny. which is making nursing a little difficult. He's not getting a great latch because I'm too big for his little mouth. So it means that I haven't been able to nurse lying down, which means that I have to actually sit up every time I feed him and that's been rough on me. But he'll grow and it will get better.

    My parents are really helping out! My brother and his family left yesterday, they were also awesome, but it was pretty hectic having so many people around! Today was calmer. My mom wants to take me grocery shopping to stock up, and we really need stuff, but I'm sooo not excited about doing a big shopping trip at a week and a half post-partum! I would send her with a list, but she's not used to the products here and what I usually get and it would be too stressful for both of us for her to have to keep calling me to check if she's picking up the right thing. We'll see what I end up doing.

    I have to get some sleep now while Tzuriel is sleeping, so I'm not going to write up my birth story yet, but now the laptop is by my bed, so hopefully I'll post tomorrow when the house clears out!
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    Yitzchak, 22.6.09
    Asa'el, 14.10.11
    Welcome baby boy!! 26.7.13

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    I love his name, and what it means to you. What a beautiful little peanut! I'm glad that your family has been helpful...rest up and don't push yourself. I remember the early days of having to sit up to nurse, before we got the hang of side lying. It's exhausting!
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    Love the name and the importance. Isn't it wonderful when names just fall into place like that? With Tiven we had four middle names that we really loved, and every one had meaning for us, but after her traumatic birth we knew it *had* to be Olivia, which means peace.

    I hope the nursing gets better for you. Have you ever tried using a silicone nipple shield? It can be helpful because baby can latch on to the smaller part of it but still fully drain your breast. Also try a belly-to-belly position, you reclined, baby lying on top of you, baby takes as much of the breast as he can, there's no gravity pushing it into him, kwim? (((hugs))) so good to hear from you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Love the name and the importance. Isn't it wonderful when names just fall into place like that? With Tiven we had four middle names that we really loved, and every one had meaning for us, but after her traumatic birth we knew it *had* to be Olivia, which means peace.
    totally! we really didnt have a name picked out at all. I think tues night I found a good name website that took names i already like (like my kids' names) and generates lists based on that and you keep choosing. i just went to see if it's only a hebrew site... it is, oh well! from there we narrowed it down to 3 names that felt close, and then late Thursday night we chose Tzuriel, feeling it was the right one, so we checked the concordance to check if the name was biblical and to make sure he wasn't a bad guy!! turns out Tzuriel was the head of one of the 3 Levite families (my dad's family can track their roots to the tribe of Levi), so it checked out!

    I didnt think of nipple shields, but that sounds like it would really help! do you know if they end up causing nipple confusion down the road? or what I can do to avoid that?
    ~Ayelet & Yoram
    Tani 7/6/04
    Odeliya 3/8/07
    NJ, USA to Israel 12/29/08
    Yitzchak, 22.6.09
    Asa'el, 14.10.11
    Welcome baby boy!! 26.7.13

    Rambling on at http://milkandhoneymomma.blogspot.com
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    Default Birth Story of Tzuriel

    I'm nak, so this is one-handed...

    Birth Story of Tzuriel
    2.38kg, 5lbs 4oz
    Friday 26.8, 4:26am

    We had been out late at a wedding and post-wedding party on Monday and Tuesday night and I had been feeling pretty crampy and uncomfortable from the heat and driving etc... But I took it easy on Wed and didn't think much of it. On Thursday I began noticing that the contractions I was feeling were pretty painful and somewhat regular at about 10 minutes apart, with some stretching out to 20, but not lasting more than 30 seconds. I didn't really think that this would turn into active labor especially considering my history of weeks of on and off contractions! But as a precaution I called my parents and told them to look into the possibility of changing their flight if I give birth early.

    I tried to rest and take it easy and drink a lot, but with four kids home in the summer... there's a limit to how much you can rest! I took a few doses of motherwort tincture and drank a little wine too, hoping to encourage the contractions to stop at least for the night. When I was putting the kids to bed, I found that singing really helped me get through the intense contractions! But I was still in denial. I was so sure that as soon as I got into bed, everything would calm down. Well, 2 liters of water and 3 glasses of wine later, I was still having contractions that were keeping me awake. I took a warm bath and wished I could just stay in there! At around 12:15 I finally fell asleep.

    At 1:30 I woke up moaning and wanted to be on my ball, which wasn't re-inflated since we moved! Yoram had been exhausted and on the off chance that I really was having a baby that night, I wanted him to get as much sleep as possible, so I spent an hour trying to get my ball blown up between contractions! Between finding the ball, and the compressor and trying to find an open outlet... I didn't get anywhere and it was getting harder to cope. So I woke up Yoram. I think I said, "Party's over, come on." I did not sound like I'd been having a party!

    So Yoram blew up my ball and told me I'd better call the mw. I was still in denial. I called her, figuring she's only 10 minutes away, worst case she goes home, no big deal. The bigger deal was calling my friends from Katsrin in the middle of the night (where we moved from - 30 min away). But I felt I wanted them there, so I called.

    Rosie, my MW, came in at 3am while Yoram was inflating the pool. She checked me and said I was a stretchy 4cm and the head was very high. My immediate thought was, "this is waay too intense to last for several hours more." I couldn't believe how much raw energy was coursing through me! It was just coming on so strong and intense and I was starting to feel tired and scared. My two friends, Rivkah and Miriam, came I guess it was around 4, and it felt really good to have them there. Every time the contraction started I would call Yoram and hang on his neck and dance it out making really low growly sounds.

    The pool was deflating and there wasn't time between my needing Yoram to try to find a hole, so the girls started filling the tub. I think that's about when i started crying that I wasn't getting a break between contractions. I was in the corner of the couch at this point on my knees with my face buried in some pillows and I would turn and grab Yoram or Rivkah for each contraction and Rosie was behind me massaging my lower back. And then Miriam asked if I want to get into the bath and I said no, I don't think I'm making it to any bath.

    I cried that I wasn't ready to push the baby out, so Rosie said, it's ok, don't push, just let it come out on its own. I was on one knee and feeling very pushy and then my water broke and 3 minutes later he was out! It was sooo intense!

    Little guy came out covered in vernix! He gave a little cry and then opened his eyes and just looked around for a while. His color was beautiful and he was just chillin. Finally he started rooting and he latched right on and started nursing beautifully! That helped the placenta come out and after that I felt a lot better. I asked Rosie if I'd torn at all, she said, "Nope, not a bit!"

    The kids slept through the whole thing! At about 6-ish, Asa'el woke up and came in to meet his new baby. He was a little disoriented at first, but then he warmed up and was very sweet! The rest of them came in a little later and they were all so sweet and quietly excited.

    All in all, it was a beautiful birth, it was very fast and furious, but at the same time there was something very peaceful and complete about it.
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    ~Ayelet & Yoram
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    Odeliya 3/8/07
    NJ, USA to Israel 12/29/08
    Yitzchak, 22.6.09
    Asa'el, 14.10.11
    Welcome baby boy!! 26.7.13

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    Wow! Beautiful story! So glad that you were able to have everyone there who you wanted, and things ended up going so smoothly, despite the intensity and the surprise! Inspiring
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    What a beautiful birth experience! I'm glad everything went smoothly for you!
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    What a beautiful story! You made me cry at work.

    I honestly don't think the nipple shield would cause confusion. Nipple confusion is usually with a bottle where the milk comes out so much faster and without as much work. I used a nipple shield for a while with each baby when they had bitten me and it was too painful to nurse without something in between. When he gets a bit bigger, start trying to nurse without it and see how it goes. Really, who would prefer sucking on a piece of silicone to sucking on a nice warm human???
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    what a great birth story! And great choice on the name and all it means to you!
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