Ethan and Elizabeth are here (born 1/8)
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|Fri, 01-26-2007 - 9:49pm|
Both were born via scheduled c-section (still bummed that I couldn't deliver naturally) and it couldn't have gone any smoother. The most painful part of the entire experience was the i.v. The epidural didn't hurt at all, and that was what I was scared of. Both babies scored 8/9 on the apgar and were allowed to ride with me to recovery before going to the regular nursery. We were reunited a few hours later, after I was taken to my room, and both did great. Elizabeth spent a day and a half in the NICU beginning on day #2 because she got so excited about eating that she forgot how to breathe. Once she mastered that, she joined her brother and I in my room. I was up and walking within 18 hours, post-op. I couldn't wait to get the stupid i.v., foley bag, and epidural port taken out just so that I could shower and go to the bathroom on my own! Breastfeeding went terribly and it took four days for my milk to come in. Even then, I don't produce enough to feed them appropriately and was told by their pediatrician that Elizabeth needed to be eating more, so I am now giving them formula primarily with breastfeeding thrown in a few times per day.
Ethan has hydronephrosis and they both have heart murmurs, so we've got appointments at Children's Hospital for both of them. They waited until 30 minutes before we were scheduled to go home to tell us about the heart murmurs and we ended up waiting in the hospital another 8 hours before we could go home. I was miserable and both babies were grumpy by the time we got home. Otherwise, it's been a smooth transition with both sleeping 4-5 hours at a time between feedings.
It's not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Both are extremely happy babies, with wonderful dispositions. We are blessed.
Thanks to all of you for the support and for being a part of this community. I spent many nights here reading through the posts, just to make sure what I was going through was normal.
I do have to admit, though, I am grieving not being pregnant anymore. How silly is that!?!? :)
Pictures are here: http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b391/hnorton2/
(Please excuse the other pictures...)
Edited 1/26/2007 9:51 pm ET by theholleranfamily