Monday, February 28, 2011

Isaiah is 3 Weeks Old Tomorrow!

Every baby has a unique temperament. Some are placid and agreeable, while others are more sensitive. One thing all babies have in common is that they communicate with you by crying. Sometime in the first month, you'll begin to hear another kind of sound. That's when most babies find their voices. When your baby is calm and alert, you may notice he says a little "ooh" or "aah" when he sees you or hears you approaching.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mama Has Mastitis!

Things were just going a little to smoothly, I guess, because I have mastitis. Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue and is common in breastfeeding moms between the 2nd and 6th week of post partum. It sucks.

On Monday I was feeling great. I had a friend over and we gossiped for hours. Then toward the late afternoon I felt really worn out so I laid down with Isaiah for a nap. I started getting chills, felt achy, and had a fever of 101. I was kind of freaking out but more for Isaiah - I didn't want him to get it. I think I checked his temp every hour. It never went over 98.6. Darren had to take his mom to the airport early Tuesday morning and came home around 5 and found me in the bed drenched in sweat. I took some Tylenol to break the fever and it seemed to be working. Needless to say I took it way easy on Tuesday.

Darren went online to figure out what it could be (besides the flu) and he came across mastitis. As soon as he said it I knew I had it - my sis had it which is probably the only reason I knew sort of what it was. My left breast was much more tender than the right, there was pink, hot spot on the side, and a hard lump near my armpit. This is also the breast that had the most nipple damage (a nasty crack I'm still trying to get rid of!). I called my OB/GYN on Thursday and told them what was happening and they immediately knew it was mastitis and put me on antibiotics. I'll be on them for 10 days and luckily, I can continue to pump and breastfeed without it harming Isaiah (it actually helps the infection). I'm already feeling much better!

In other news, Isaiah had his first bottle from Darren so I could get my haircut. He took it like a champ but stared at Darren like "Why are you feeding me?" :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2 Week Check Up

Today I met with Dr. Chu to check on Isaiah's jaundice and it is thankfully all cleared up! She said there's a chemical in breast milk that some babies react to by getting a little jaundice. She guesses that's what it was, which might be why the hospital didn't catch it. Isaiah also gained 11 oz this week and Dr. Chu said he clearly isn't having issues feeding! He is a healthy boy and growing oh so big!

I would also like to take moment to brag about my son. When he lays on his back he can roll to his side already. He can also lift his head while on his belly and hold it for a while and turn and look both ways. Most nights he gives me at least one four hour stretch of sleep (sometimes two) - of course I'd love more but that's what coffee is for! I'm also learning to be on his schedule - I can't start my day at 7 if Isaiah is going to sleep until 9 or 10. Those few extra hours are imperative for me to function with one arm for the rest of the day! Sometimes I forget he's only 2 weeks old!

Lovin' my little boy!!!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

1 Week Check Up

Wednesday we went in for Isaiah's one week old check up with Dr. Chu. We didn't originally choose her as his pediatrician but the "highly recommended" pediatrician we did pick turned out to be entirely unavailable. Needless to say, after getting the run-around from his office for 4 days, I was really frusterated. It all worked out though because I love Dr. Chu - she is great!

Isaiah is measuring average for weight (8 lbs.), above average for height, and below average for head size (tell that to my stitches!). It turns out he is a little jaundice but nothing to worry about because he is gaining the proper amount of weight, feeding frequently enough, and going potty plenty. She said the feeding should flush it out of his system but also recommended more sun exposure so we let him lay by the window when the sun is coming through. I'm not worried about his jaundice (it's very common and very mild) but I am annoyed that our original pediatrician (who saw him twice in the hospital) and the nurses said he had no signs of jaundice and that he wasn't at risk. Considering we delivered at Mary Birch (one of the best labor and delivery hospitals in the country), I would expect them to get this right. Oh well!

Regardless of the peeves I've had this week, I am SO HAPPY that I have a healthy little boy that Dr. Chu said is "practically perfect!" I go in next week to check on his jaundice so I'll update as I learn more.

Nena (my mom) left today and I am so bummed! I miss her so much already! It was so nice to have the extra help at home and also a little Washington in my life. I miss everyone there!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Isaiah Jonathan Moss 7 lbs. 13 oz. 20 inches

Family Photo

Stud Muffin

Birth Story

It happened! I had a baby and he is AWESOME! I didn't believe in love at first sight until I met our little man. After 9 long months, here's how he came into the world...

Feb. 8th, 2011 @ 12 a.m.

I called the hospital to see if we could get in for induction, they said come one in! We were at the hospital by 12:30 a.m.

@ 2:30 They inserted the cytotec to "ripen" the cervix and get things moving. It gave me back to back contractions but didn't get me to dilate. The nurse checked me 4 hours later (@ 6:30 a.m.) and I was still 1 cm but because I was having contractions back to back, giving me another dose was a no go.

@ 11 a.m. or so things just weren't going anywhere. I felt like the contractions were very light and asked the nurse what we could do. At this point I felt like we were going to be there forever. She had Dr. Bales come in to see where I was...still 1 cm! Dr. Bales decided to give me a low dose of pitocin to speed things along and hopefully get me to dilate. This really got things moving. And by moving, I mean hurting. :) I spent almost the entire time in labor on the ball, standing up, or sitting on the toilet. Laying in bed was the least comfortable position, plus I was hoping gravity would help assist me in the process.

Our main nurse for the day (we ended up having 5 different ones because 32 babies were born that day), Pauly, kept asking me if I wanted any analgesics to take the edge off. I knew I wanted to get an epidural later and I personally didn't like the idea of over doing it with the pain meds. Plus, I really wanted to be "present" when my son was born. So we said no.

@ 2 p.m. the nurse checked again...only 2 cm! Seriously?! Then, VOILA! While she was checking me my water spontaneously broke...everywhere! I thought I wet my pants but then again, my bladder can't hold that much water! :) The nurse decided to turn off the pitocin completely and let nature pick up where medicine left off.

My water breaking REALLY got things going. Almost immediately I started having really strong contractions (REALLY bad back labor because Isaiah was face up) so I was on the ball rotating my hips, hanging over the bed doing the hula, trying to get Isaiah to turn his head. I got him to turn sideways (and ended up having him turn the rest of the way while I was pushing) but at least he turned enough to relieve some of the pain. The only way I could describe labor pains after experiencing them was that it feels like my insides were trying to come out...which essentially is what's happening. Go figure!

Darren was such a great coach - he kept reminding me to breathe (didn't expect to forget!) and rubbed my back, held my hand, told me I was doing awesome. I don't know what I would've done with him - that's a real man right there! My mom was amazing too. It was so special having her there considering what I was experiencing, she experienced with me exactly 23 years before.

It's also amazing how once labor really starts progressing, you care less and less about your surroundings. All I was focused on was the little boy inside me, preparing to make his entrance. I didn't care that my bum was hanging out or my water (and gunk) was continuing to leak all over the floor. I didn't even care that the monitors kept falling off. Something much greater was taking place.

@ 4 p.m. I was 4 cm (YEAH!) and asked for the epidural. I thought I would've been able to last longer but I had a gut feeling things were going to progress very quickly even though the nurses told me to not anticipate him coming before midnight since it had taken so long to jump start nature. And my goodness, I'm glad I didn't wait because little did we know, it was almost over.

@ 4:30 p.m. I got the epidural. AMAZING! Instant relief of pain but no so strong that I couldn't feel the pressure from the contractions. We turned off the lights and took a 2 hour nap. The nurse came in to check my contractions and Isaiah's heartbeat @ 6:30 p.m. She said that she'd check me at 8:30 p.m. to see how things had progressed, "unless you're curious," she said. We were. :) So she checked me and she said "His head is right there! It's time to have this baby!" My response, "Does he have hair?" It was go time! That's right, I went from 4 cm to 10 cm in 2 HOURS! Crazy!

@ 6:50 or so she started to have me push to see how things were going to go. She asked if I wanted to use the mirror and at first I said no. There was something about seeing my lady part in that state that freaked me out. This particular nurse was also a midwife and she had a great way of explaining things and encouraged me to try it so I could see what my pushes were doing. So I agreed and I have to say, I'm glad I did. I got to not only see my little start to poke through, but I could see what my hard work was doing and it definitely motivated me to get him out!

Around 7 p.m. the doctor arrived, Darren on one side, my mom on the other and three nurses were standing by, and I really started to push and 38 minutes later...Isaiah Jonathan Moss arrived! He definitely made a splash into this world (literally, his head was acting as a dam so the rest of the amniotic fluid shot out over Dr. Bales's head, it was pretty funny. I actually laughed). They immediately put him on my chest and I was in awe. Darren and my mom were crying while I had tears in my eyes. It was the perfect moment. They let me hold him for an hour before they weighed him and vitamin K shot (they did the APGAR on my chest). They handed him to Darren and then my mom had a turn while I ate the best turkey sandwich ever! When he came back to me, he immediately wanted to nurse and that's what he continued doing for the next few hours.

When we got to our post partum room, he was very tired (it was hard work for him too!) and slept very well that night. Darren and I on the other hand had a lot of trouble sleeping. We were both exhausted but both couldn't believe this little person who relied on mama for the last 9 months could now lay in a bassinet by himself and be OK while he slepts. Darren literally stood over the bassinet and watched him while I slept. :) So I guess that's where the "worried parents" thing begins...

Giving birth is truly a miracle, it felt so right looking at his face for the first time. Darren and I said he's the best of me and him put together! It was a beautiful moment. I will NEVER forget it! Happy birthday to me!

BORN FEBRUARY 8TH, 2011 @ 7:38 p.m.
7 lbs. 13 oz., 20 inches

Monday, February 7, 2011

Quick Update

Last night was awesome. It was very exciting to sit and relax with Darren knowing our lives were going to be 100% different in about 48 hours. We laughed, reflected, and cried (well, I did) about everything! When we went to bed Darren passed out and I was hoping to do the same considering this will be my last night of real sleep for a while and I couldn't get to sleep at all! I stayed up watching Law and Order: SVU and eating Honey Nut Cheerios. :) Hey, a pregnant girl's gotta eat! Then woke up around 5 this morning after Darren left for work...I guess I'm just a little excited!

We went to the doctor at 9 a.m. and we are 70% effaced and 1 cm. They lady that scheduled my induction messed up and scheduled me for a guaranteed room on Monday, February 14th....grrrrreat. So we're back on the stand by list for tonight. That means we'll have to call at 9 p.m. tonight and check with the charge nurse at the hospital to see if I can get in at midnight. Fingers are crossed! It's already been such an emotional day and it's not even noon!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

40 Weeks - We Can't Wait to Meet Our Baby Boy!

We are 40 weeks and I am so ready to have a baby! I'm very tired and just plain ol' squished! But the time has come for us to meet our new little man and we are so excited. For our last night together Darren and I are going to enjoy pizza and football, valentine's day cookies, fruit and sparkling cider. :)

The plan for Monday is to go to my 40 week check up in the morning, pick up my mom from the airport in the afternoon, and check in to the hospital at 6:45 p.m. to be induced. As of right now, they plan on using Cervidil or Cytotec (I can't remember which) to soften the cervix and stimulate contractions. They said they'll need to do this before adding in Pitocin because Isaiah is only 60% effaced. Sometimes this will trigger labor without having to add Pitocin but we'll see how it goes!

They'll insert the medication every four hours throughout the night until things get going or I'm ready for Pitocin. He will most likely be born on Tuesday and it will be the best birthday present I've ever received! :)