Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Time for an Update

  • Logan will be 4 weeks old on Sunday! I can't believe it has been over three weeks since he arrived.
  • I love being a mother! Logan has fit right in to our family and Pete and I were able to adjust pretty easily. We are both totally in love with him.
  • I can't complain about the lack of sleep. Fortunately Logan had his days and nights correct. He is usually only up a couple of times in the night and goes right back to sleep. "Knock on Wood"
  • I really enjoy nursing and Logan is a champ. I swear he gains a pound every day...okay maybe not really. He did however weigh 10lbs at his 3week appointment. He also has no problem using the bottle also, which I was really worried about. He can actually wear most 3mth clothes and even some 3-6mths.
  • We introduced the bottle when he was 2weeks old and haven't had any confusion. I pump every time he eats to get my supply up and already have a pretty good stock pile in the freezer. I really don't mind pumping. I also pump once or twice while I am at school.
  • Pooh (grandma L) has been watching him since Monday, which was my first day back in class and although it hasn't been perfect, I think Logan and Pooh are adjusting well.
  • Grandma C was also here the end of last week and watched Logan a few days so I could make up some placement days. She will be back the end of March for 10 days and then Grandpa C will be here for a week to help out with the little dude.
  • Logan is already changing so much. He already seems so aware of his surroundings and loves staring in the mirror above the changing table. He will just stare at things and remain content for some time. I think that first week and a half I was beginning to wonder if he would ever just lay there without crying.
  • His umbilical cord finally fell off and I was so excited about giving him his first real bath. Well the sink bath didn't go so well. He screamed the whole time. Last night I decided to try showering with him and he loved it...I assume he loved it since there was no crying and he seemed very content.
  • Right now Logan looks most like his daddy. He doesn't have much hair yet but what he does have is pretty blond. Even though he weighed 9.25 he doesn't look it. He is so long and skinny.
  • He enjoys car rides and will fall right asleep or just hang out. He also likes going on walks, either in the baby bjorn or in the stroller.
  • We are 100% using cloth diapers and it is going great. It's really not any harder than disposables and even Pete doesn't mind it. We have gotten really good at diaper changes and we can both say that we have had the pleasure of being sprayed by pee.
  • We think he is pretty perfect and although I don't want these days to go by to quickly I look forward to every new day with him and watching him grow and change.

Birth Story

I figure it is about time that I get this posted, especially since Logan is going on 4 weeks.

Saturday Feb, 20, week before my actual due date
4:45am - I woke up feeling wet in my underwear. Went to the bathroom and I was definitely wet but couldn't tell whether or not I had just peed a little or it was actually my water. So I decided to go back to bed and see what happens. At 7 I wake up to more wetness and I start thinking this must be my waters leaking. I called the Insurance Nurses Line first to see what they thought and the nurse said to call my Dr. Well first Pete had made pancakes so we had breakfast and then I called my Dr. He said I needed to go to the hospital to be checked. I really thought we would be coming right back home and told Pete not to worry about the bags, fortunately he didn't listen and grabbed them anyway. At 8:50 we arrived at the hospital and the nurse checked for amniotic fluid and sure enough I was leaking fluid. Now we are stuck at the hospital. They timed my contractions at 5 mins apart at this time and I wasn't feeling any pain with them. By 10:50am we are in our room. The Dr wanted me up and walking so that is what we did. We walked and walked and walked. I got a blister on each of my little toes we walked so much. I had no idea what I was dilated to since my Dr didn't want to do a check yet but I was still having regular contractions, but they were not painful. Pete snuck me a grilled cheese at noon and this is the last thing I eat (besides jello) for a very long time. At 4:45pm my Dr finally decides to do a cervical check. HOLY HELL the PAIN!! No contraction I had hurt as bad as those cervical checks. Each time he did one I wanted to kick him to make him stop. My first check I was at 3cm, 80% effaced and Logan was at a -2. So the walking wasn't doing much for me but we continued to walk the halls. 9:45pm I get my next cervical check and I am at a 4. So in 5 hours I have only dilated 1cm. 10:30pm the Dr decides to give me a 1/4 of a pill (can't remember what this was called) to help soften my cervix, this keeps me stuck in bed for 2 hrs to be monitored. This brings on much stronger contractions and mostly in my lower back.

Sunday, Feb 21
2:00am I am given another 1/4 of the pill. This leaves me stuck in bed again and the contractions are constant and mostly in my lower back. I am really not able to sleep at all. I am using every breathing technique I have and Pete is trying to apply counter pressure but it really doesn't work. At 6:30am the Dr checks me again and I am still at 4cm however I am now 100% effaced. My water actually broke during this cervical check. Even though I was leaking amniotic fluid when I came in the Dr could still feel a full bag of water so he was not too concerned about it causing infection and lets me continue unmedicated. Not once did anyone ask me if I wanted anything for the pain. The nurses were wonderful and they all respected me wishes for an unmedicated birth. After going through 10 hours of pretty painful contractions that never really let up I decided I had done everything I could and needed some relief. At 9:00am I tell Pete it is time for an epidural! The Dr needs to do a cervical check before giving me anything and of course there has been no progress. He recommends Pitocin and an epidural. The epidural is started right away and it was perfect. I had no side effects and it didn't hurt like I had expected it to. I felt so much better and was able to enjoy the last several hours of my labor and able to take a little nap. At 12:00pm I had another cervical check, so thankful for the epidural and that I didn't have to endure that pain again! I had finally progressed to 6cm. He said he would check again at 2:00 to see where I was. At 1:30pm I told Pete I was feeling like I needed to have a bowel movement and that I was feeling pressure. 15mins later I told him he better go get the Dr. Sure enough Logan's head was right there. I had a mirror to help push but unfortunately it didn't really help. Because of the epidural I wasn't able to push correctly. Logan's heart rate would drop to 90 during a contraction. Even though I had only been pushing for about 10 mins the Dr. decided that the baby had to come out and with the help of forceps Logan was born at 2:13pm! Thank goodness for that epidural because I also had a 3rd tear that I didn't have to feel.

Logan was given to me right away and we tried to get him to latch but he was having trouble breathing so they put an oxygen mask on him. They were also concerned about his weight and that he was too heavy for his gestational age and concerned about infection so he was taken to the nursery pretty quickly. Pete went with him while I was stitched up and delivered the placenta. Pete was able to bring him back to the room and he had a great chance to bond with Logan. Logan had to have an IV and was given antibiotics b/c his white blood cells count was elevated and they were worried about infection. Fortunately there was no infection.

Logan weighed 9lbs 4oz and was 22in long. His apgars was 8 & 9.