Owen Conor is here!!!!!
I had my C-section on last Wednesday (4 weeks early, my due date was not until Sept 10) and my long awaited beautiful baby boy arrived on Aug. 16th at 3:36PM. He was 7 lbs 13 oz and 20 3/4 inches long with lots of dark brown hair like his daddy.
The epidural hurt so bad and I cried and cried before they brought me into surgery because I was so scared. Once in the OR, My husband sat next to me and began talking to me about all the fun we were going to have with the baby and I didn't even realize they had started the section until the baby was almost out! I did feel some pushing and pressure but no pain. Soon they said, Wow look how much hair he has! Then they pulled him out and said "He is so huge!" I then heard him cry and my husband said, do you hear that? My first baby was stillborn last year and half ago, so when I heard him cry I cried to and was saying He's alive ! over an over. I got to see him and kiss his soft little face before they took him to weigh and bathe.
He had a lot of problems, such as breathing too fast, bad congestion, low blood sugar. He ended up in NICU a few hours later due to the very low blood sugar. I was so down about not being able to see him until the next day. They did offer to take out my tubes and have me go see him 12 hours later, but I was in too much pain to get out of bed. I was having a lot of trouble with pain control. Nothing worked, not the epidural in my back still which I could control, not the morphine pump which I could control, not the delaudded either. Finally they gave me toredol which helped tremendously but they could only give it every 6 hours and it wore off in like 2 hours. So I spent the first night in serious pain, crying and moaning. By the next day they took me off all the IV and pumps and switched to percaset by pill and that helped the most combined with motrin.
As for Owen, it pained me that he was in NICU and was being fed by IV. Then they began giving him formula which killed me because I wanted to breastfeed and that was my plan and there was nothing I could do. I kept being reassured that he was a healthy baby and they were getting the blood sugar up. They then moved him to the special care nursery as he got better, but he was having a hard time eating and not taking the bottle too well. He lost a lot of weight, 10 oz. in a few days. So they were feeding him preemie high calorie formula. Everyday they kept saying tomorrow he could join me in my room but he never did. By Saturday he developed jaundice and they had to do the light therapy for 2 days. I thought I would have to go home without him on Sunday and cried all morning about it. But they discharged him with me sunday night and I was so happy to take him home. We spent the last few days doing some serious bonding, loving and cuddling. He is eating much better. I am pumping my milk and mixing it with his forumula for now, they really want to see him gain some of that weight back. I do try to breastfeed but he is very resistant to it. Totally different nipple. It bothers me that I have to bottle feed for now, I will be working on transitioning him to the breast when he is able to go off the high cal formula. It will be difficult and frustrating for both of us. But he does have a strong sucking ability. He has breastfed 2 or 3 times but not for vrery long.
Anyhow, we are all doing very well for now, he is so beautiful and perfect and sweet, I couldn't ask for a better baby. He was our hope after we lost our first baby and it is so wonderful to finally be a mom!