Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Nurse Visit

Thursday, July 18th

We had a nurse come visit the house today. Pretty cool! Kaiser offers this service to anyone who goes home within 24 hours to check up on mom and baby. She was super nice and Lucas was very healthy except she was a little concerned about his weight. He was born 9 lbs. 1 oz. When we left the hospital, he was 8 lbs. 12 oz. and today he was 8 lbs. 3 oz. She said he lost 10% of his body weight. She said it was probably because my milk had not come in yet and she told me to feed him every 2 hours until it did to try and get his weight up. We have our 1st appointment with the pediatrician tomorrow so we'll see if he gains anything then. He was a little jaundice today 10.3 so we'll check that again too.

Other than that, he is nursing really well and sleeping a lot. Savannah is still with Brian's sister so we are missing her but enjoying the time to getting to rest and get to know Lucas. She's coming back tomorrow, so that will be nice. My dad is still here and we're getting to spend some good time with him. I'll try to post again tomorrow. That's all for now

Friday, July 18, 2008

Baby Lucas is here!

Baby Lucas Jacob is finally here! He came into the world on his Daddy's birthday, 7/15! My labor was very interesting to say the least. Tuesday morning, I called the doctor because Lucas wasn't moving very much and I wanted to make sure everything was ok. I left a message with the doctor and they said they would call me back within 30 minutes. Well... about 30 minutes later, my water broke! I was in Savannah's playroom and she was very dissapointed in me and told me that I should not go peepee on the floor, only in the potty! (it was hilarious, because she is fully potty trained now and that's what I told her!)

This was about 9:30 in the morning, so I called the doctor back and told them not to worry, my water broke. They told me to come on in to the doctor's office so they could check me out. I wasn't having any contractions yet, so they said to take my time and made my appointment for 11:30. It was ok if I was running later, just to call and let them know. So, I took a shower, got Savannah ready, finished cleaning the house, and had Brian's sister come and get Savannah. We didn't even leave the house until a little after noon for the doctor's office. I started having some mild contractions in the car around 12:05 and they were coming about 5 to 6 minutes apart. We stopped and got some food from Chikfila and arrived at the doctor's office around 1:15. After she took my blood pressure, there was another gush of water and when the doctor checked me, I was fully effaced and 4 cm so he sent me to the hospital. While leaving the doctor's office, my contractions became a lot stronger and very close together (2-3 minutes). The 10 minute ride to Northside was pretty intense. Once we arrived and got checked into a room, I was pretty much begging every person I saw for an epidural, even the receptionist checking us in. By that point, it was around 2:05 and I was getting maybe 30 seconds in between contractions. The mid wife arrived around 2:15 and checked me. I was at 5 cm and she ordered my epidural, but warned me that it would be at least 20 minutes before I could get it because they had to do bloodwork and get it back. So, I was begging for anything! IV drugs were the best that they could do and I got that about 2:30 after they got all my paperwork and iv in. Well... here's the fun part... a few minutes after I got the IV cocktail, I told the nurse that I had to poop! It was coming out and I told her she better get a bedpan to catch it. She rushed over to me and checked me and told me that it wasn't poop, it was Lucas' head coming out! I was freaking out and screaming that there was no way I could do it without an epidural! I was convinced they were all kidding and was very convinced that I just had to poop! She told me to basically snap out of it and assured me that I was not getting an epidural and that the only way to get rid of the pain was to PUSH! So, I did and he was completely out in 3 minutes FLAT. All 9 lbs of him! Poor Brian is all I can say... I was not very nice to him during this whole ordeal and he got bit while I was pushing. I had to bear down on something and his arm was the most convenient thing. Needless to say, I had always wanted to try natural childbirth and although I did not plan it this way... looking back... I'm glad I did it. It was over quick and he was healthy, very healthy.

We ended up staying in the hospital for 24 hours and getting to go home cause mama and baby were doing so well. We were glad for that.