Yay for a happy healthy baby boy! That's the most important thing by far. I also think its awesome that you had a wonderful L&D nurse when you delivered. I hope I get one like that. Exciting birth story!
Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your birth story! Your experience in the car reminds me of my labor with ds2.
DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13
TFS and congrats on your boy. I'm glad you were able to find what you needed to relax through the process.
Great story. It is really awesome that you had a nurse that was cool with sticking to your BP even though you had already deviated from it. Doesn't seem like that is the way it would usually go.
Did you sit in the car, like normal? That was one thing that I learned in my birthing class before DD, that if you're doing a hospital birth and laboring at home as long as possible- get your pillows in the back seat and labor on your hands and knees back there! I had about an hour in the car during labor, and the only thing that made it not absolutely horrible was the fact that I was in the back seat. At the hospital too, they got me up to the 6th floor L&D by letting me ride in a wheelchair facing backward, kneeling on the seat. The security guard who had to wheel me was surprised, but when I growled at him that I was sure I wanted to do it this way, he just went with it.
So glad you have such a wonderful baby boy!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I'm so glad you had such a great nurse to take care of you!!! Deviations happen in birth, there's just no way around that I'm so happy for you Melissa!
btw, we added a name to our boys list a few weeks ago, want to take a guess what it is it's Joseph (DH's middle name)! I'm not sure if it will be the one we use or not but just thought I'd give you a heads up in case we do.
Sorry that I never got back to update anything in a timely manner - but I came to check in and noticed that my lodge is still here, so I thought I would give an update.
Joey is now 14 weeks old and is a little joy!! He is growing and developing well, and BFing is going great. We had a very hard three weeks with BFing when we got thrush, and no matter what we did, we could NOT shake it. My nipples were literally splitting in two and the pain was incredibly excruciating. Thank GOD for the wisdom of my doula who finally helped us get past the last hurdle and quit cycling through it again. Now everything is back to normal and we can enjoy everything again when I'm home. Unfortunately, I had to return to work, but pumping is going well and I'm not having any supply issues.
The fun FUN FUN thing that I'm dealing with is that we figured out that Joey has a sensitivity to cow's milk protein, so I've had to cut ALL dairy out of my diet. It was really really hard in the beginning, but it's so worth it because he is a NEW baby!! We were dealing with horrible colic and he was ALWAYS unhappy and crying. After being dairy free for about a month, it was almost like someone waved a magic wand and gave me a new baby!
While I was off of work, I joined a new mom's group that is facilitated by my prenatal chiropractor. One of the speakers was a developmental specialist and movement therapist. She talked about allowing baby's brain and reflexes to develop correctly with the use of large amounts of tummy time, and by NOT introducing baby gadgets like jumpers, walkers, bumbos, etc. until baby has full control of all of their parts and is comfortably sitting on his own. I'm really getting some push back on that from my mom who is my care provider now that I've gone back to work, so it's hard. But I really believe in the things that I learned from her - it's all quite interesting and really makes a ton of sense! And I have a bit of an advantage on the tummy thing, because Joey happens to be a tummy sleeper. It's the only way that he will sleep for longer than 10 minutes at a time. It took about a month for me to figure that out - and it's hard after society pounds you time after time about the whole back to sleep campaign. But I've learned a lot from the "natural development" purists and am a firm believer that it's okay and it is totally best for my baby. So basically, I'm getting crunchier and crunchier. LOL
Anyway, I'll post a few pictures in another post later today. It's great to come back and see those who are still around...