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.