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Baby David!!!!   1 comment

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David Nathaniel was born at 2:14 pm on March 17, 2014. He weighed a whopping 8 pounds 12.4 ounces and had a full head of hair. This gorgeous boy is a perfect fit into our family and we have been loving the past 13 days with him! David’s delivery went smoothly. Here are some highlights from that day:

  • 4 cm at 11 or 11:30 am, got my epidural and was feeling much better (contractions SUCK). Nate took this time to run out and eat a quick bite for lunch.
  • About an hour later, I started feeling pressure. The nurse checked me and I was only 6 cm dilated. The pressure quickly turned to pain and they called for the anesthesiologist to come back.
  • The anesthesiologist tried dosing me with a different medication, but, after waiting 20-30 minutes for it to kick it, we found it did nothing to dull the painful contractions. He said sometimes the epidural just stops working. My doctor checked me about this time (around 1:30 pm), and said I was 10 cm dilated!! I started crying, saying “I can’t push this baby without an epidural!” and was promised that they would do their best to make me more comfortable… but that meant re-placing the epidural. I had to sit up, curl my back, and remain as still as possible while they placed the epidural, all while breathing through some pretty significant contractions— NOT FUN— but it worked. I was feeling 100% pain relief after about 20 minutes. 
  • Once the epidural kicked in, it was time to push. They’d had me sit up in bed and “labor down” while the epidural kicked in and that must have moved the baby down because the doctor could see his head before the first push. He left the room for a minute (he had 1 other mom in labor and she and I were “racing” to see who would deliver first). While he was out of the room, the nurses had me push and, with one quick push, his head was delivered! The nurses told me to stop for a minute, they quickly got Dr. Wiwi back in the room, and David was born after 1 more push, just 4 minutes after the first! (Had I known I would only push for 4 minutes, I probably would have skipped that second epidural, but hindsight is 20/20… my mom wants me to have 1 more baby so that we can see how fast that one comes. With Millie, I pushed for about 40 minutes, 4 minutes with David. Nate says #3 would be 4 seconds.)
  • They placed him on my chest immediately and I remember thinking (1) THAT HAIR and (2) he’s bigger than Millie was. The nurses took him from me pretty quickly. Since he was delivered so quickly, he didn’t benefit from all the squeezing that helps to remove fluid from baby’s lungs, so they took him to the bassinet to suction him. Minutes later, he was in Daddy’s arms, wide eyed and alert.
  • His first feeding went great— I nursed for 40 minutes! He’s been an eager eater ever since. 🙂
  • Mille got to meet her little brother just a few hours after his birth. She said “Hi, David” and then enjoyed playing around in the hospital room. She came back to visit the next day and got to hold him (she really liked that).

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Here we all are, about 3 hours after David was born— happy, happy, happy moment! 

What has life at home been like now that we’re a family of 4? Pretty good so far:

  • The first week, David wanted to eat every 2 hours. It was exhausting. He sometimes goes 3 hours between feedings now, which gives me an extra hour to get to laundry, cooking and playing with Millie.
  • David tends to have a fussy time around 9-10 pm, which is a tough time for Mom and Dad. I forgot how exhausting the newborn days can be.
  • Diapering a baby boy is a whole new ball game! We’ve had leaks galore! I think we’re starting to get the hang of things now.
  • We’ve learned that Millie is the loudest person we know. Not the loudest toddler— the loudest person. She makes noise just to make noise. ALL THE TIME. Thankfully, David hasn’t seemed too bothered by the volume. In other good news, Millie seems to be adjusting very well to having a brother. She hasn’t acted out or been overly jealous or any of the things I worried she’d be. She’s a very loving big sister. She says “it’s ok, shhhh” when he cries and sings “twinkle twinkle little star” to him, which is adorable.

David had a check up at 5 days old— he weighed in at 8 lbs 9 oz (he got down to 8 lbs 4 oz at 2 days old) and we were told he is perfect! I could have told the doctor that much. We’re enjoying these early weeks with our new baby and we know these days will go by too quickly. We’re also looking forward to Millie’s 3rd birthday, which is quickly approaching, and for the end of the Spring semester. Nate has been such a trooper— working full-time, balancing classes, homework and Practicum hours for his Master’s degree, and parenting 2 kiddos is a lot of work!

We’ll continue to update as much as possible through this blog. I’ll leave you with one more picture of the newest member of our family to hold you over until the next update. ENJOY!

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Posted March 30, 2014 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

38 Weeks   Leave a comment

38 WEEKS PREGNANT!!! AHHHH!! My mom was saying the other day that this pregnancy has flown by. I found out I was expecting on July 16th and, after a very long and cold winter, July feels like a lifetime ago. But I will say that this last trimester has gone by quickly. 

I  have a history of blood clots and am homozygous for Factor V Leiden so I have been on blood thinners this whole pregnancy, just like I was with Millie. I switched from Lovenox (a once a day injection) to Heparin (2 injections a day) 2 weeks ago. Since then, I have had the pleasure of weekly doctor appointments, ultrasounds (to check fluid levels) and twice weekly non-stress tests (he is a little stinker during those— every time they try to get his heart beat on the monitor he moves away and the MA has to go searching for him). Everything has looked good so far. David’s ultrasounds revealed chubby cheeks (so cute, reminds me of his cousin Mateo) and lots of hair (like his sister and cousins John and Gracie)! He also is looking like he running out of room, which is a good thing because it means it’s almost time to get this show on the road! For those of you who like details, I am 2 to 2.5 cm dilated (yay!) but my cervix hasn’t thinned out yet (boo). I go back to the doctor on Monday and am hoping for more “proof” of progress.

I have been having lots of Braxton Hicks contractions with this baby. With Millie, I had some, but they were never painful, just felt like my abdomen was tightening. This time, I have uncomfortable contractions and lots of cramping that make me think “oh, could this be it?” So far, no dice. The contractions are irregular and don’t get any stronger. David just keeps faking me out. Silly boy. 

Now that I’m down to the end, I’m playing the guessing games. When will he make his arrival (I think March 20, the first day of spring, sounds like a lovely birthday)? How much will he weigh (Millie was 7 lbs 4 oz but he feels bigger to me)? Will he look like his sister? What will Millie think of him? Time will tell and— time is running out!!!

Posted March 8, 2014 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized