Introducing baby Mateo

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Introducing baby Mateo
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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 1:38am

I am in utter bliss lying here watching my baby boy. He came into the world at 11:36 a.m., weighing 9 lbs 1 oz, 21 inches long, and screaming his little lungs out. Although he wasn't quite as big as estimated, he's plenty sturdy and healthy, and he had curled himself up in the upper part of my uterus, so trying to push him out would have been problematic. "He was nowhere near your pelvis" is what my doctor said with the midwife who had assisted him listening on.

I pulled a major boo-boo the night before delivery. With my appointment scheduled for 8 a.m., I didn't eat before bed at midnight, but half asleep, I woke up at 3 a.m., as I'd done several other times the past week and trudged sleepily to the kitchen, cut up a few pieces of cheese and stuck them on a small piece or bread. As I popped the last bite in my mouth, I suddenly realized what night and time it was. I showed up at the hospital at 6:30 a.m. but once I had told staff I had eaten at 3 a.m. they decided to delay me for three more hours till 11.

Thirty-five minutes later, with my mother holding my hand, I started crying after I was told I was about to meet my baby boy. I cried tears of joy as I heard him start to scream, and my mother and I both started crying even harder and I just kept repeating "Oh my God, Oh my God" when we saw him. He was brought over to me and, still crying, I kissed him several times on his chin and stroked his face for a few minutes. He instantly stopped crying when they brought him to me. Then he was taken up to be examined by the pediatrician while I was wheeled into recovery. An hour or so later (had to wait for the spinal to wear off), he came back to me accompanied by my parents, who had gone upstairs with him. He was sucking his little fingers and hands and quickly found his way to begin nursing.

He hasn't been quite so steady with the nursing since the first time, but we're working at it, and once I start sitting up tomorrow that should help. He loves being held and cuddling up with mama, so I'm confident we'll be able to get things rolling.

Pics attached. His coloring is quite a bit darker than mine from his paternal side. Check out that head of hair!




Edited 8/11/2010 1:53 am ET by karen2010


Edited 8/12/2010 9:19 am ET by karen2010
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Registered: 01-23-2010
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 7:14am

Oh Karen - what a handsome big boy you have!! I love that thick dark hair - makes me want to run my fingers through it! Congratulations on a successful delivery and enjoy every moment being a Mom. There is nothing else like it in the world!

Renee, 43, EDD 03/05/11


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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 8:00am
Congratulations, Karen! He's absolutely beautiful! And yes, his hair is gorgeous! I'm glad you and baby are both well. I hope you recover quickly. Please keep us updated on how you and baby Mateo are over the next few weeks. Congrats again!

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 10:19am

OMG is he CUTE or what? He looks just as beautiful and healthy as can be. And you knew EXACTLY what to do, right?


Congratulations!

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 10:54am

Well, still figuring out the breastfeeding, but we're making progress.

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 11:41am

Congrats again, Karen (saw

 

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:07pm

Congrats!!

Robynne mama to Emily (3/26/99), Allison (5/13/02)

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:34pm

What a gorgeous baby!

 

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 9:22am

Breastfeeding update: making great progress. Did great the rest of the day yesterday and this morning. Getting the latch down much better. He's having circ done now (sniff, sniff), so hope that doesn't slow things back down too much.

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 12:55pm

Congratulations on your new little boy.

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 3:06pm
Congratulations Karen!!
First time mother at 43 to Colt - born Oct. 24 2010

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