He has arrived! Reid Walker was born on May 19, 2015. My Birthday! It was a very special day for me indeed. I’d like to share with you the whole experience of his first week of life.
It all began when I had my 38 week check in with my midwife & she asked me if I’d like to be induced. Now this is something I was very well aware of but never thought of the fact that it could be offered to me. Well, it was & I immediately thought what a great idea, knowing when this moment would arrive somehow put a seal on the deal. No more lingering thought of when this day I’ve been waiting so long for would actually come. She looked at her calendar & offered the following Tuesday, the official 39 week mark & it just so happened to be my 39th Birthday. Wow, my birthday present will be one that would never be forgotten for the rest of my life. Now that is a sweet gift, if I’d say so myself.
I went to visit her one week later & was already dilated 2 cm. things were looking well enough to successfully pull this off!
I really did enjoy my pregnancy, I have no complaints. The last few weeks were the most challenging, dealing with extreme fatigue. I mean I could hardly get out of bed kind of tired. I’d take a shower & have to curl back up in bed. I could barely get around. It was a little rough, but totally worth it in the end. 🙂
A big concern we had was what we were going to do with our wonder pup. We really did not want to put her in a pet hotel in fear that she would suffer from separation anxiety. She has become such a big part of our lives & it was really hard to imagine what she may think if we just dropped her off somewhere for a few days. We were fortunate enough not to have to worry about that as Daniel’s brother was available to come stay at the house for a few days until we returned home. She was happy about that.
We checked into the delivery room at Northside Maternity at 2:00 AM on Tuesday, May, 19. We settled in a little bit & I was being “prepped” for the big moment. Here is a timeline of how it all went down:
- 5:00 AM Enema & IV
- 6:00 AM Petocin drip began, (synthetic form of oxytocin) this starts my contractions – I was already dilated at 3 cm.
- 9:30 AM My midwife “broke my water”… this was a bit uncomfortable & it was time for the Epidural.
- 9:30 – 2:30 PM Rested until the pain of my contractions woke me, the medicine of the epidural gravitates to the side you lay on, I was feeling full on contractions on one side of my body, my anesthesiologist had to reinstall my epidural catheter a wee bit higher in my back. Few – relief again!
- 4:15 PM Visit from my midwife for dilation check, fully open & ready to push!
- 4:40 PM Room prepped, Pushing begins! My husband, Daniel counts down from 10, 3x during each contraction, every 2 min.
At 6:08 PM he arrived!
Reid came out a bit “stunned” which means he did not cry & was taken to the transitional nursery for a few hours to get checked out. I was able to hold him skin to skin for a few minutes & they had to take him. Both he & I developed a small fever which went away quickly soon after delivery.
In the meantime, Daniel went with him to the nursery & texted me pictures to reassure me that he was in good hands & that he was recovering nicely. He then proceeded to go to Maggiano’s for a birthday dinner of Rigatoni D & Tiramisu. I was thinking about this meal all day & I was so ready for it!
I was then transferred into a recovery room for the next 48 hours & Reid was reunited with me at 10:00 PM that evening. I was instructed how to tend to myself & signed a bunch of paperwork then the fun began as I got to know my baby boy…
The next task at hand was to learn about how to get this boy fed.
I took a helpful breastfeeding class two weeks prior to his arrival which was still fresh in my mind, all the facts there are to this are quite a lot to remember. It really doesn’t retain until you put the terms into action. My class instructor was so informative, she emailed a list of websites that are all excellent resources to knowing all there is to know about breastfeeding.
General BF info:
The class I took was provided by the hospital that I delivered in as well as born in myself: Northside Hospital, Mothers First.
I received a visit from the lactation nurse the day after his birth & all the information I learned & researched immediately clicked. He latched on well & was able to receive the colostrum necessary for his first feeding. She taught me what there is to know about pumping. Something I needed to know a lot about.
Now the only issues I ran into once we returned home were:
- He was so sleepy that once he latched, he’d suck 3-4 times & pass out again, this is where the breast pump came in handy, I pumped every two hours & bottle fed him until he would be a little more alert to stay awake through a feeding.
- My milk didn’t come in for 5-6 days. We had to supplement formula a few times, especially for night feedings, where Daniel allowed me to sleep while he’d feed & change him.
Some foods that really help with Milk Production are found on the website CureJoy: 8 Super Foods For Breast Feeding Mothers.
Two things included on the list of Super Foods are Raspberry Leaf & Fenugreek. So I did a little digging & found a perfect tea to help aid in my milk production: Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Milkmaid Nursing Tea, 16 Teabags/Box (Pack of 3) I found a significant increase in my milk flow after drinking a few cups of this daily.
While in the hospital, Reid’s big brother came to visit him. It was a very special union.
Adam has been a big help with checking in & feeding him. He loves to hold him. The best thing is he likes to instruct us with the proper way to hold him. (He took a sibling class at the hospital & learned a thing or two)
The time came for us to come home, finally!
I don’t know what I was looking forward to the most, giving birth or actually coming home from the hospital. I can’t remember the last time I felt this excitement!
We were discharged on Thursday & made an appointment with his Pediatrician the following Friday. This is where the concern began. We took him in & they weighed him.
- Born: 7 lbs. 14 oz. Tues. 5/19/15
- Discharge: 7 lbs. 9 oz. Thurs. 5/21/15
- Pediatrician visit: 7 lbs. 4 oz. Fri. 5/22/15
- Pediatrician visit: 7 lbs. 4 oz. Sat. 5/23/15
- Pediatrician visit: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Thurs. 5/28/15
It is safe for babies to loose 10% of their birth weight, but no more than that. He was loosing rapidly once we returned home from the hospital & while it took some time for the milk to come in, we had to supplement with formula. This is what saved us. I was nervous for a bit that I may not actually have a full flow of milk, but that all changed once the fifth day came around. In came the milk & in order to keep it coming, I pumped around the clock, every 2 hours during the day & every 3 hours in the night hours. He is 11 days old, drinking about 2 oz. every 2-3 hours & I’m producing 2.5 – 3 oz. every two hours. I’m trying to get ahead so that we can eliminate formula altogether. I’m not against it, I’m more for the breast milk for obvious reasons.
Reid at birth. ^
Reid at 9 days. ^
Once we returned home, our next challenge was how the wonder pup was going to take to him. Daniel made a special trip home with his blanket & beanie so that she could get some good smells of what was about to come.
Needless to say she is very smitten with him.
We are now at day 11 & the most wonderful thing about this whole process is the love thats shared between Daniel & myself. He has exceeded himself beyond my expectations. He has cooked my every meal, kept the house clean, taken care of our wonder pup, gotten up for night feedings & diaper changes. In fact I may have only changed a total of 10 diapers so far. I’ve felt like I’ve fallen in love with him all over again. I’ve never experienced this amount of love before. This life we’ve created has brought us so close together, & I never knew this kind of love existed. Now I don’t mean to get totally mushy here, but it’s the God’s honest truth. The very point of our existence on this earth & in this life is to become awarded with the greatest amount of love we work hard to earn. Living everyday to the fullest, doing the best we can & most importantly doing right by our loved ones. Once the pattern of this lifestyle has set in, along with loving ourselves, by taking really good care of ourselves – good things with great love happens. To me, thats what life is all about. <3