Wednesday, December 28, 2011
First, Tanner has yet to get back to his birth weight and he will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. He was 7lbs 9.8oz at birth and at his 1 week appointment he was down to 6lb 13oz. we went back 5 days later and he was up to 7lb 4oz. So we set an appointment to go back today and he is only 7lb 8oz. I could have sworn he was gaining. He has filled out and he seems heavier. He's eating every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night. He eats for 30+ minutes a session and has ton of wet and dirty diapers.
Nick seems to think they didn't weigh him right at the hospital because they said his length at birth was 20.5 inches but being measured twice at the clinic he measured shorter than that. I don't know if that is the case, but I still figured he would be gaining more. It is really frustrating because I am trying my hardest to feed him and everything seems just fine. He doesn't complain like he's hungry or anything. I've been told to start pumping and giving him a bottle after he nurses to see how much more he eats. I'm not looking forward to being hooked up to the pump in between feedings.....
Also, a week after we got home from the hospital my incision opened up. It started draining a ton of fluid. For the first 2 days it was coming out like a little faucet. And each day the hole got bigger and deeper. It's been a week and a half and the drainage is slowing down. I've been to the doctor 3 times to check it. My doctor is not concerned. I started antibiotics just in case, but he said it wasn't infected (I beg to differ). I go back again on the 9th of January, which is also my 4 week postpartum visit. I can't wait until this heals. If it wasn't for the big hole in my abdomen I would be feeling great! The rest of my incision is healing beautifully. My doctor says some people just develop these seromas after surgery.
But some good news, I've lost almost 30lbs in 3 weeks. I have ankles again and I can wear my wedding band! I'm starting to recognize myself in the mirror again and I love it!
Tanner is starting to wake up so I am going to end this for now. I still have some other things I want to blog about and I will try to get that done sometime this week. Now here are some pictures of my little man! These were taken back to back, Tanner makes lots of cute faces.
Friday, December 16, 2011
At 12:30am my epidural was turned back up because I was feeling my contractions, even without the Pitocin. I was 4-4.5cm dilated and more effaced. I was having bad cramping and would not stop shaking. I realized my body deals with pain by shaking. It was bad. I wanted to go ahead and plan for the 8am C-section at this time. I was so exhausted. And after some tears they stopped my Pitocin. I never really slept the rest of the night.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I will post a long, detailed birth story once I get all my notes put together...and have the time. I was induced on Tuesday morning (6 Dec.) but due to cephalopelvic disproportion, and a nasty temperature/infection, Tanner was born via c-section on Thursday the 8th of December.
He was 7lbs 9.8oz, 20.5in long. After being in labor for 48 hours and a c-section I hoped things would get better, but he was sick. He stayed in the nursery on IV antibiotics for 48 hours and 24 hours after that we were able to bring him home.
I am so in love with him!
Longer story will come shortly, promise!
Here is a picture of him sleeping right now, next to me.
Monday, December 5, 2011
I am STILL having contractions, but they are still not painful. They are changing though. They don't feel quite the same as they did a few days ago. I have 14.5 hours left to go into labor on my own. I bet if I had a few more days I would go into labor on my own. But I'm fine with the induction tomorrow. It's not ideal, but it is what it is. And once Tanner gets here, none of this will matter. And that makes me happy!
I do wish I was home though. I'm very thankful to have my mom here, but I wish my dad was here too. And my mother-in-law! It's her first grandbaby! I can't wait to get home this spring to show him off!
Nick is still flying, and won't be home until 10 tonight. I guess it's good that Tanner is waiting for him.
Anyway, I am going to try to take notes during labor so I can write a birth story to share here. I love reading other women's stories and I still can't believe that I will be having one soon!
Wish me luck!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I'll keep hoping and praying, but I'm guessing Tuesday will be the day.
COME ON TANNER!!!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Blame it on hormones? I don't think this is one of those cases.
I feel guilty that I'm almost as excited to see my baby boy as I am to start loosing weight. But it's true.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
We discussed Cytotec/Cervadil again. I told him I did a little more research on it and I felt better knowing he only uses the smallest does. Sometimes Cytotec will bring on contractions and Pitocin may not be needed. He also said it works faster. But he said he would let me choose. He mentioned if I'm dilating by Tuesday (my induction date) we won't even need to worry about it and just go straight to Pitocin. So, I have an induction scheduled for 7:30 Tuesday morning, the 6th of December.
Now, about my trip to L & D. My doctor said I could go have blood drawn to make sure I'm not on the verge of toxemia (my BP today was 138/78-much, much higher than my normal). So I agreed. I figured I would just go over and they would take my blood and that would be it. But that wasn't the case, and I'm thankful.
I got there and had to pee in a cup. Then I realized they would actually be monitoring me while I waited for the lab to come draw my blood and receive the results. This was pretty big for me. I've never been to the hospital as a patient. I've never had to be on the other side of being a nurse. It was so strange.
They hooked me up to the fetal heart rate monitor and contraction monitor and put the blood pressure cuff on every 15 minutes. (The nurse said I had a stretch mark that looks like a heart...that was pretty cool...lol). She asked me if I have had any contractions while she was hooking me up and I said no. Once she was done she left the room. And almost immediately a little hill appeared on the contraction monitor.
The contraction felt like I was tightening my abs mixed with Tanner moving. I've been having contractions and not realizing what they actually were. (They may have been happening because my doctor tried to open my cervix). Eight minutes later another hill appeared. And eight minutes after that...Nick figured out they were every eight minutes lasting about a minute and a half. In a way I was so happy. I know these will probably taper off, but knowing my body is actually doing something is so nice! It was neat because Nick could tell a contraction was about to start because Tanner's heart rate would pick up and then the little hill would start to appear on the monitor. I wouldn't even feel anything yet.
The nurse came back into the room and gave me the little button to do kick counts. Tanner was very active today, so I was constantly pushing the button. He even kicked the heart rate monitor and made this LOUD noise. My mom, Nick, and I couldn't stop laughing.
The guy from the lab showed up and drew my blood. He went ahead and drew extra, in case I went into labor within the next 3 days. I felt really weird because he put the blood band on. I know what this is from working at this hospital. Its for blood transfusions. That did freak me out a little bit.
It took maybe 20 minutes for the results to come back. Just enough time to listen to Tanner's heart rate a little more and answer all the admission questions. The results from the blood work were great! I am so relieved! I feel much better about waiting until Tuesday to be induced.
I'm still having contractions. I haven't really relaxed enough since we've been home to time them. We're going to dinner soon so maybe during that I'll time them. I would love to go into labor on my own and not have to deal with the induction, but it is what it is, and I'm happy knowing I will have a baby by next week. Fingers crossed that these contractions pick up though!!!
Saturday, November 26, 2011