Dec 27th, 8:36 am
7lb 1 oz
apgars were 8, 9
On Tuesday, Dec 27th we were scheduled for a csection at 8:30 am. I got to the hospital at 7:15 and by 8:36 Kara was born. I had been so nervous all morning for some reason, like scared to death of the surgery. That's pretty out of character of me but I couldn't shake it. At one point right when the doctor had walked in I started saying "I'm scared, please give me something, I'm really to scared to do this!" and the anesthesiologist said "scared of what, they have already started and she will be here in a minute". After that for some reason I was completely calm and didn't mind the rest of the procedure. They let Justin stand up and video the actual delivery so that was really cool. As soon as she was out the nurse said "do you have big babies? she is big" but then they showed her to me and all I could think was how tiny she was. Then the doctors and nurses were all commenting about something on her face. They had Jus come over and look and it was a gold piece of glitter. So weird! They said they have never seen anything like that before. Anyhow, they finished up my surgery and we went to recover for a few hours. Once I had been in there for an hour they allowed Deacon to come back and see us. He walked in and was so excited that Sister was finally here. He was thrilled to give her a hug and a kiss. Then he said 'come on daddy, let's go get mimi (my mom) so she can see her' LOL.
After I finished the required time we were moved to a room. The nurses was great and loved Deacon, so they let him push her to my room all by himself (with Jus' supervision). As soon we we settled in the grandparents came in to meet her. I was pretty sick all day from the spinal and then exhausted from the anti-nausea meds. Justin stayed with me he first two nights and then my MIL stayed the last night. We got home yesterday (Friday).
Since Kara was born I have literally been on cloud 9. I never put her down and I miss her when someone else holds her for too long. I even held her to sleep every night in the hospital. She is such a good baby but man does she have her days and nights confused. She sleeps the entire day and is wide awake from 11p to 7a. I spend my nights trying to stay away and mu days trying to catch up on sleep. But right now I don't mind too much. I am going to try to work on reversing her days and nights this week while I have Justin home to help me with Deacon. Jus has been amazing with D this week. He is playing with him and taking care of everything for him so I can focus on me and Kara. Its been much easier than I ever expected but I know its only because Jus has been so helpful.
Kara lost 9% of her body weight in the hospital and the nurses were really concerned. The pedi said she wasn't as worried since I'm a BTDT mom and she remembers how chubby Deacon got when I was BFing him. She asked me to nurse every 2 hours between now and our appt on Tuesday just to help her gain a little. However, had Kara been my first baby we would still be in the hospital. She was down to 6lb 6 oz when we left and she is TEENY TINY! She is so small and its the first thing everyone comments on when they see her. Even her features are tiny.
Anyhow, that's what we have been up to - exhausted days, tons of visitors around the clock and adjusting to being a family of 4. Its been amazing but it leaves no time for me to do anything else right night. I'm not sure when I will be back on the boards regularly but I will try to get on and lurk. I'm on FB since its easy to do on my phone while nursing or pumping. I'm sure you have seen her pictures on FB. I'll try to get some online soon or at least more on FB.
Congrats! I'm really glad to hear things are going so well.
That's crazy about the glitter, how bizarre! It sounds like everything is going well. I'm sure she'll plump right up. It's normal for babies to lose about 10% in the first couple of days, so I wouldn't worry too much about her weight. Glad you're enjoying your sweet girl!
That's so great that you were able to calm down. I was wondering how you felt about having the c/s. How funny about the Glitter! Wonder where that came from?
I'm sure Kara will plump right up! My hospital use to push Moms to suppliment at an 8ish% loss. But a few years ago new research shows that the brown fat really can hold babies over longer and more proficently than we thought without any ill effects. Now we raise an eyebrow at 10%, but do it patient by patient on how we handle it from there. A baby who is nursing well and just waiting for milk to come in, we wait and watch.
Kara is really beautiful! I love seeing your family of 4 now.
She's beautiful Jen! Congratulations. Glad that the delivery went smoothly. Wonder wear that piece of glitter came from?
me and DH 09/06/05
Alicia Marie 07/06/08
David John Courtenay 14/10/09
DSDs Portia 2001 Lexi 1999 Cassondra 1989
She is now 6.13 and the pedi said she is really happy with that. She was hoping Kara would gain 4 oz by the first appt and she gained 7. I can't wait now for her 2 week appt to see what she is up to.
Now - suggestions on flipping those days and nights?
Jenn - so happy for you! Sounds like all went well with your glitter girl! And way to gain weight - she must be nursing like a champ. Hope I can see more pictures (saw one on Nov when she was born) sometime. I'm not on facebook. Hope you are feeling better this week. That's great that Jus is helping so much. How long are you on maternity leave for?
As far as switching days and nights....I always kept the kiddos where the action was during the day with the lights on and sounds going. The only time I let it be quiet was during naptimes. At night, I made sure to keep all the lights off during diaper changes and feedings and just use a nightlight. I also just stayed focused at the task at hand. Change, feed, and back to bed with little talking.
I think it's pretty difficult to get them on a normalish schedule the first 6 weeks. Really, those first 3 months are all about survival. Want me to come down and watch her so you can nap?
What's Deacon up to during the days? Is he home with you, or going to daycare still?