I went in at 0900 on 4 June to begin the scheduled c/s process. I honestly wanted Wesley to arrive earlier that way I could deliver VBAC as I did with my second daughter. I began to have contractions, without being induced, that were a couple of minutes apart but still went ahead with the surgery. They gave me a spinal and it was fantastic! I had a horrible experience with my first c/s (could feel things that I should not have been able to feel). It took a while for him to come out and they had to use the suction because he was so low in the canal (just chilling!). He did not cry at first but there was no alarm. He was already going to be a quiet boy.
Once he was out, they showed him to me and he was soooo tiny. It was an emotional experience because I was elated he arrived but saddened because my husband was unable to make it. We could not even Skype in the OR so he had to wait about an hour after the delivery to finally see him. The highlight of the moment was when they actually handed me Wesley to hold while they were giving me my tubal ligation and stitching me back up. I was able to bond with him and ecstatic since a majority of doctors do not allow this. I wanted that bonding experience and they allowed me to have it knowing that this was my last pregnancy and giving my situation with my husband deployed. All vitals were fantastic but it did take all day for his temp to reach 98 versus 95 degrees. They had to place him under the warmer several times.
During the deliver, I heard the doctors remark on how small my uterus was. Maybe that is why I have tiny babies - do not know. All I know, Wesley was my last.
He came into this world weighing 5lbs, 12oz, at 1153 in the morning. He was 18.5 inches long and his head was 13.5 inches around. Such a tiny baby but a healthy one. I lost a lot of blood and my iron levels are very low so I am now on supplements for 6 months. He took to breastfeeding really well which is great for me since I did not have much help in the hospital (lactation consultant was on vaca and others seemed not so helpful). My mom was able to help me along and I maintained my patience (something I did not really have in earlier pregnancies).
As of this morning, my milk has arrived! Which is a good thing considering I took Wesley into his ped appt yesterday and they told me that he lost almost a lb! He was 5lbs, 12 oz when born, 5lbs, 7oz upon discharge, and now he is at 5lb, 1oz. SO...I had to give him a bit of formula last night because he was not peeing (only pooping). It helped him pee and he has been on breast ever since. I bf almost every 3 hrs and he sits on each breast for about 15-25 minutes each time. He is so great at it which is helpful to me! However, he prefers my left over my right and my left is VERY sore because that is all I could practically give him at the hospital.
I have an appt with the lactation consultant Tues and another weight check for him. So far, I have lost 15lbs since delivery (Monday). It will slow down...it always does.
2 hrs after delivery (I Know I am jumping around), DH was able to Skype in and look at his handsome son for the first time. He tried so hard to keep it together but couldn't. He said he will always regret not being there at such a special time and I try to reassure him that he goes where he goes because he is told. He knows this and it just hurts his heart a lot. He is going to miss out on the "little" phase of Wesley as an infant - he loved this stage with the girls. He wants me to keep his inbox full of pictures and talks to him when he can. Watching them interact over a computer screen puts a smile on my face and secretly allows me to cry at night. It is a tough time right now for me dealing with all of this -and then some other issues with my mom who vowed to help but -ugh.
Thank you for all of the prayers! They were all answered and we are blessed!