Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by PerilousPoozer, Jan 15, 2015.
Happy birthday to baby moose!! Congratulations to the moose family!
Y'all. Go on the fb group. That babby
Ugh I love her
How much did she end up weighing @moose? She doesnt look as tiny as they were predicting in the picture you posted.
She was 5lbs 12oz. Even preemie clothes are a bit big so I’m glad I didn’t pack newborn
She's absolutely perfect! Congrats!
So, this is way late, but I just want to thank everyone for the positive thoughts. This time was MUCH better than last time and a lot shorter. I'm very glad my OB suggested getting the epidural before things got shitty; it saved me a lot of unnecessary pain. Still ended up having to do the foley balloon, and K and I watched Supernatural until it fell out. My water ended up breaking on its own right after I got my epidural, so that timing was perfect. I owe everything to my amazing nurse who talked to me about laboring down and letting my body do all the work on its own. We used the peanut ball and kept switching sides and I went from a "stretchy 5" (ew ) to 9cm in no time. I got on my hands and knees to see if she would drop some more and then I felt the need to poop and it was go time. I did a few pushes in that position, then some of my left and right side, and then it was time to deliver. All in all it was about 30 mins of pushing - a huge improvement from 4.5 hours.
So, she's here and she's pretty cute.
@hallokween i am so happy it went well. she’s also adorable.
Congrats @moose !
First NST appointment today. Baby is doing well, she had the hiccups during the monitoring so that was interesting to hear.
@TaterTot and can we update this too?
Eta- @Rico Suave 3/2020
(Thanks @Comet !!)
Again 100% accident if I missed you and comment and I’ll update my post!
Also @Rico Suave in March 2020.
January feels sooooo far away....
...and yet everyone who doesn’t know I’m due in January assumes I’m due any day now. THANKS A LOT, I KNOW I LOOK HUGE BECAUSE I FEEL EVEN BIGGER.
GD test booked for next Wednesday so I can enjoy Thanksgiving eats at least.
@whatchyagonnado Yes please! May 4th I think, but I should be able to confirm that after my appointment tomorrow
May the 4th be with you! Lol I had to.
I’m gonna stick with May 4th since I wasn’t verbally told otherwise. I was looking at this little circle thing that said May 5th, but it didn’t have a February 29th.
Appointment went so well! Good heartbeat, two little legs, two little arms, and part of a face
I figured I should update the thread with my birth story.
Spoiler: Birth info
on 10/2 our baby was born! We went in to the hospital around 10am for a 10:30 pre-op appointment. We wound up sitting in the waiting room for another 2 hours because the unit was incredibly busy and they were running behind. We were taken back at 12:30, our original c-section time, and got everything started.
We got back into the pre-op room and everything started going really quickly. They checked her position again, shaved me, started antibiotics, drew labs, and started having me sign forms. Some of them were a little scary, like what I wanted to happen in the event that the c-section didn’t go well, but it was fine otherwise. Anesthesia came to explain the procedure and N changed into his gown. We were good to go.
When they placed the spinal N wasn’t allowed in the OR, which was difficult for my anxiety. They had a student nurse anesthetist try to place the spinal and it didn’t go well. She couldn’t find it and it took over 10 minutes of repeated poking before the anesthesiologist came and did it himself. That was probably the worst part of it. I started getting really overwhelmed because the OR was so loud and it was a lot to take in. The nurse put on some Pandora and asked everyone to tone down the excitement in the room so I could try to relax. N came in and they got started.
E was born at 1:28pm at 5lbs 12oz, which was bigger than they estimated in the beginning. She took a few minutes (or what felt like minutes) to cry, but I cried when I heard her. They cleaned her off, respiratory assessed her, and they brought her over. N held her near me while they started stitching up and she started sucking on my cheek. It was adorable and all of the nurses just kept commenting on how cute she was and how sweet that she wanted to nurse from my face.
They immediately brought lactation into our recovery room and they put her on a feeding plan because of her low birth weight. Feed her on the breast every 2 hours, immediately supplement with the bottle, and then pump for 20 mins to protect my supply. Recovery from the section was painful but nothing out of what I had expected. She was so sleepy all the time and never woke to feed, we always woke her up. I told the nurses and lactation that I felt like she wasn’t doing well and I cried daily about her intake. They assured me that it was typical for a baby of her gestational age and she would get it.
We were discharged on Saturday afternoon and were so excited to go home. Her breastfeeding was improving and she went from sucking ~5 mins each feed to 20 mins. I finally felt like I was feeding my baby well. On Sunday night during one of her bottle feeds, we noticed that her lips turned blue. I called the ped and they said to watch her, and if it happened again to go immediately to the OR. We wound up in L&D triage for a BP check for me and while we were there she was hungry. I fed her and we both saw her lips turn blue again.
We walked over to the children’s hospital with her in my arms. They admitted her and we started the worst week of my entire life. Initially they planned on only monitoring since her events were brief and resolved, but she had another episode while we were in the hospital. The pediatric team ordered a neuro and cardiac workup and I sobbed like a baby hearing them tell me that they needed to make sure her heart and brain were functioning appropriately. However, they assured me that they felt it was all probably reflux related. They also became incredibly concerned about her weight, as she had lost 9% of her body weight from Wednesday to Monday. They told me to start bottlefeeding exclusively every 2 hours until she gained. I asked for ST to come assess her feeding and they agreed.
ST came and they were concerned about her lethargic presentation and stress cues during feeding. She had an ECHO, EKG, CT that night and another episode on her way down to CT. I cried more because the nurse had to come down to CT with an ambubag in case they needed to call a code on her. We waited for the results until 3am when the MD came to talk to us. I already knew something was wrong. They found a congenital heart defect (2, really) and a density in her brain that was concerning for an AVM. I lost it while they explained that she would need anesthesia as soon as possible for an MRA/MRV to determine if it was an AVM and if neurosurgery would be coming to help plan for care.
Overnight her presentation got worse because she wouldn’t eat. Her blood sugar dropped to the point where NICU/a temporary feeding tube was being discussed. Her jaundice was getting worse and she just looked so sick. They started feeding her sugar water in the hopes that it would perk her up.
Watching her go under anesthesia was the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Strapped to a board, screaming, and then abruptly stopping while she went under. Even N cried at that point, and he had been strong until then. The results came back quickly and no AVM. Cardiology came to consult and explained that her heart defect was causing the cyanotic episodes and they should resolve, but we need to be followed by the team. We were discharged yesterday with recommendations to follow up with cardio, continue bottle feeding every 2 hours, and to see if dental thinks a tongue clip will help. They think she was working so hard at the breast that she was exhausting herself and dipping into her fat stores, of which she has basically none since she is so small. She has been waking for feeds now and has gained weight back according to her peds appointment this morning.
I think that’s mostly all. It’s hard to remember at this point.
Thank you for sharing, @moose . That is all so hard and I’m glad baby girl has you and N to love and advocate for her. You are incredibly strong!