Saturday, June 14, 2008

Released

We spent 4 days in the hospital because we had to wait a complete 48 hours after A's arrival because at delivery he had a fever.

Tuesday, there was still alot of anxiety and excitement and visitors. I was having alot of pain in my right hip. I thought I had dislocated it. It was very hard for me to get around that day. The nurses graced me with some pain pills and a heating pad. I pretty much laid in bed all 24 hours of Tuesday except the frequent bathroom trips.

By Wednesday, the hip was feeling so much better, but I had pulling,tugging, stretching feelings in my stomach. (and still do just a lil) It felt like a pulled stomach muscle and the onset of one of my really, really bad periods. (which btw nothing can really prepare you for the amount of bleeding that occurs after birth) I was getting around MUCH better then Tuesday. (which if you think about it was only hours after I delivered the lil Man). Baby A was circumcised this day also. The dr's came to do it on Tuesday afternoon, but the pediatrician forgot to sign his release forms.

By Thursday, I was up, walking, showering, and getting dressed all by myself. I was, by far, ready to go home. I was tired of being in the tiny rooms and having nurses come in every hour to check something. Not only check me, but check Baby A. Since I had GD, they had to monitor his blood sugars. I could not feed him until they checked his sugars and his vitals. Something about this just frustrated me. Thursday morning Baby A was cleared for discharge, but I waited until 1pm before I was seen by my dr to discharge me. By the time she came to discharge me, we had everything out of the room. My mother and sister came and helped E pack everything up and get us out of there faster. The ride down to the car in the wheelchair carrying my baby was the most surreal for me. Everyone stops and looks/mutters "oh look a baby" or something to that effect. I received many congratulations and happy smiles. It felt overwhelming perfect. I had NO IDEA that many strangers could totally make me feel like the mommy I had been longing to be.

Friday, we had our first pediatric appointment. It was adventurous, exciting and comforting. All went well. I am to up the amount of a bottle A takes. Our feeding challenge was his sucking. This however seems remedied by the wonderful bo.rnfr.ee stage 1 bottle/nipple. He is eatting about every 3-4 hours. His sleeping is alittle irratic. I am pumping, So he is getting a combination of breastmilk in the bottle w/ formula.We are hoping to have a good pumping supply to cut out the formula. I can pump about 20-25 mls at a 30 min pumping session.

To answer questions:
We had narrowed the name selection down to 2 names that we both agreed we liked and were waiting to see Mini before deciding ... After he was born, I asked E what he wanted his name to be ....I had already made many choices by that time in my pregnancy, I really just wanted E to have such a say.

I think, so far, the hospital stay was the worse part. The facility is fantastic, room service was great, the nurses were/are really helpful. I can't really put one reason why I disliked the hospital stay so much. I think 1 big reason is that the post partum rooms are sooooo incredibly tiny and I am a tad bit claustrophobic. As the days progressed, the rooms illusioned to get smaller. There wasn't any real place to get comfortable except the bed and I get cabin fever in a bad way. So I blame that on my cabin fever.

sorry so long, I know you just came for more cuteness baby photos.
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40 comments:

Casey said...

I love the one with his arms up! It's as if to say "I'm here!". Congrats, Farah!

A New Beginning said...

I am so glad everything seemed to go so easy for you. He is absolutely adorable. He looks so snuggled in that top picture. It is so cute. Congratulations to all of you.

Polka Dot said...

aawww what a cutie patootie! And that hair!

alison said...

OMG, Farah, I love him! Can I borrow him to infuse some cuteness in my house for a while?! :) Ok, at least I have the picture. I can't believe all the hair! He's beyond precious!

Nit said...

Hola from NCLM :)

Cute pics! Congrats & I am glad things seem to be going smoothly...well as smooth as things go with a newborn! :)

Take care!

Chas said...

He's perfect!

Cindi said...

Oh Farah, he is absolutely adorable! Congratulations to you and E on your handsome son!

Hilary (The Trying Game) said...

SO happy for you girl. Austin is beautiful. And look at that hair!!!

Jen said...

What a darling! He looks simply perfect.

Kim said...

The hair is awesome!

And you are so right on the bleeding comment. So much blood. Glad you are finally home with your little guy!

Heather said...

He is SO CUTE!!!

Does he have your husband's hair color? It looks like when the light hits it that it is pretty light.

Deb said...

Glad that things are going well. He is a very handsome little man!

Nicky said...

Gorgeous! Glad you're all home safe and sound!

Rachel Inbar said...

Great pictures! Congratulations again!!!

Anns said...

This is just so surreal to me! That actually came OUT OF YOU!!!!! Isn't that just the craziest thing? He's so... perfect!

10 fingers, 10 toes, 2 eyes... it's just bizarre!

I can't WAIT 'til my guy turns up... in the interim, I will live vicariously through you and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way!

Congrats Mamma - kiss him up plenty for us!

lub said...

OH my he is beautiful! I love our stories- you tell them well. I can't wait to join you in Mommyhood! I hope E enjoys tomorrow's first FAther's Day!!!

Adriane said...

OMG, he is so gorgeous. Sounds like you are doing great. Hope the hip is feeling better!!! I can't believe he's really here - perfect Father's Day gift!

Jill, Mommy of Tanner & soon to be Josie said...

So I am thinking he looks like E so far... :o)

The last pic is him getting ready for a big rollercoaster. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

TOO CUTE!

Jill, Mommy of Tanner & soon to be Josie said...

P.S. As you can see I have a new name now. :o) And Happy FIRST Father's Day to E!!!!

Amanda said...

He is incredibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing your birth experience!!

Joanna said...

I think the last picture looks like you scared the sh*t out of him with the flash! I got a good giggle out of that.

DC said...

Oh my goodness! He is beautiful!! Congratulations on bringing him home! :)

Ms. Infertile said...

Oh, Congratulatons to both of you! What a beautiful baby!
And, Happy Father's Day to E.

Nurse Lochia said...

Love the hair! I especially like the last one! He looks like he's getting ready to party

Diana said...

Oh cuteness!!!!

Searching said...

lol, he is HILARIOUS! Hope the three of you have a wonderful day. Congrats on getting your supply up and running! Drink lots of water (and milk if you can). :)

jayleigh said...

What a beautiful, beautiful little one! Congratulations again, desr Farah.

*hugs*

Katie said...

Farah, he is GORGEOUS. I mean, G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S.

And your updates are filled with such good news and information, they could be even longer!

Gads, I am so happy for you, I am just bursting.

christina(apronstrings) said...

oh, he is a doll. i am glad that you are home from the hospital! and that all three of you are doing just fine.
i wish i could kiss his little cheek!

gratefulalways said...

congratulations!!!! love the pics!!

tracey said...

WOOHOO Farah! I'm so blessed to hear you and Baby A are doing so well! Praying for you and your beautiful family!

My_Herstory said...

Awwww I'm so glad everything went so well. He's just beautiful, that's an awesome head of hair he's got! Awwww what a cutey! Thankyou for sharing your birth story with us.

Kelly said...

Congratulations. I hope you savor each moment of your new title. It's amazing! (here from NCLM)

Elizabeth said...

that is sooo cute!!! Love the reddish hair!

p.s. I JUST saw your comment on the blog I don't update very often, if you still want access to my pwp blog e-mail me at eep6(at)cornell(dot)edu

Morrisa said...

Ha ha! I love the last one, "I didn't do it Mamma, I swear!" And look at all that hair!!

Marcy "meg" said...

Oh his pic's are adorable! I just love them. Thanks for sharing your story....

sara said...

The one with his arms up is adorable, like hey world look at me, I'm here! Congrats Farah, you are one lucky girl (who couldn't deserve it more!)

BrownEyedGirl said...

He is so beautiful! ANd makes me smile uncontrollably!!!

Hope said...

All I can say is CONGRATULATIONS!! He is beautiful and it made my heart sing reading your beautiful description of your first days of motherhood. I am so glad that things went relatively smoothly! You are blessed!

LIW (Lady In Waiting) said...

I simply cannot tell you how happy I am for you!!

You continue to be an inspiration to me....and it's a comfort to know that a pregnancy can result in a healthy baby!!!

XOXOXO