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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2 week update and pictures

Here are some pics that I took of the big 2 week old!

Eli is still a great sleeper at night! Our only concern is that lately when he drinks a bottle he smacks on it, swallows a ton of air, and the milk dribbles out of his mouth all over the place. I started looking for a tongue tie that maybe was missed before and realized that his top lip is tied all the way to the bottom of his gums. It seems like certain bottles work better for him, but we're bringing him to an ENT to see what they have to say about his eating/breathing. Hopefully it will be an easy fix!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Eli's first week at home

Eli is such a great baby, we are so very lucky. He sleeps the entire night with the exception of a couple feedings. He goes right back to sleep after eating and is just a content little guy. During the day loves to be held, but I love it too. The hospital gave us a Halo Sleepsack Swaddle that is made out of fleece. He loves that thing. As soon as we wrap him up, stick a hat on him, he is just out like a light. We bought another one as a back up because I'm not sure what we'd do without it!

Rylie helped give him his first bath, which she absolutely loved. She hasn't been able to touch him much due to both her and Cole having colds, so I figured a bath was the best way for her to help and prevent any negativity towards him.

We had a few visitors so far. Sandy and Great Grandma came to visit, as well as Grandma and Grandpa Case and Jayda. Eli loves being held so he is loving the attention from everyone.
I took him in for his newborn check up on Friday (5 days old) and he was back up to his birth weight of 7lbs 50z! He's currently on mostly formula and I'm pumping as much milk as I can give him, but for right now that isn't much. Either way, he's happy and healthy. :) Tomorrow he has his next check up.

I started noticing that after just 2 hours his diaper was soaked and his clothes were getting wet. This was really hard at night so I decided to switch him to his cloth diapers. I absolutely love them! He can go 3-4 hours at night in the same diaper and no leaking. Such a life saver!

Our first outing with Eli was a trip to Target on Nov 18th. He slept almost the whole time and woke up to eat right at the end. Of course I snapped a picture.
The next day we also went to Applebees and again, he slept almost the whole time and had to eat right before we left.

Today we tried out the "Sleepy Wrap" to see how he liked it and he ended up sleeping there for 2 hours. It was wonderful because I got a ton of cleaning done and cuddle time with him at the same time. We'll for sure be using that again!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Eli is here!

On 11/12/11 I started having contractions at 3pm. They were growing stronger no matter what position I was in so I was very hopeful it was the real thing finally. We called Grandma Score and then the doctor, gathered our things, and headed to the hospital.

When we arrived the contractions were about 3 minutes apart and moderate in strength. When checked, I was still 2-3cm dilated and about 70% effaced. Eli's heart rate was a little high, so they monitored him until it went down to a normal level. Once he evened out we started walking the hallways. During the hour we were walking, I moved up to a full 3cm and was in a lot more pain. We came back to the room and during that time the nurse monitored Eli once again and then sent me on my way to walk some more since the contractions were only about 2 minutes apart and staying strong. We walked for another hour. By then end of that hour the contractions were so strong that I couldn't talk through them. The nurse assured me that I would be staying to have a baby because the pain was so intense. She checked me, and I was at 4cm. She quickly got the anesthesiologist into the room for my epidural (about 10pm) which gave me almost immediate pain relief. Once the epidural was in, my blood pressure dropped really low and I needed a shot of ephedrine to bring it back up.

At 11:00 the doctor came in the check me and broke my water. There was meconium so she
talked to us about the special care nursery coming in during delivery and what to expect right when he was born.

Around 1am I was 5 to 6 cm.
Around 2am I was 7cm.
By about 2:30 in the morning I noticed that the pain was coming back. All the sudden I could feel the contractions on my right side and pressure. I had the nurse come check me and sure enough, 10cm! It was huge relief to hear that, because the pain was unbearable and I needed to push at that moment. They quickly got the room ready for delivery and called the doctor.

I pushed through 1 1/2 contractions (just 5 pushes) and Eli was born. His cord was wrapped twice around his neck which was likely the cause for meconium. He immediately began to cry and the special care team grabbed him and began cleaning his lungs out. After what seemed like forever because I couldn't see him, they brought him to me and said he's perfectly healthy! No issues have resulted from the meconium or the cord around his neck.

He was 7lbs 5 oz and 20 inches long, so the same weight as Rylie, but half an inch shorter.

We were instantly in love. He looks just like Cole and Rylie :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

39 week appointment

Went in today for my 39 week appointment (39 weeks and 3 days to be exact) and I'm almost 3cm dilated and 70% effaced. He said he gives me a 65% chance of going into labor in the next week. He told me the same thing with Rylie at 39 weeks and I went into labor 3 days later. Let's hope he's right again!

I've been having so much false labor lately. Starting on Friday I've had pretty regular, painful contractions that last the majority of the day and die off at night. It's really exhausting! I'm ready to be done and meet this new little baby of ours!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

38 week appointment

After 36 long hours of contractions over the weekend, I am now 2 cm dilated and almost completely effaced. This could be labor any moment, or several days so I'm trying to go get my hopes up too high. Next appointment is on 11/9, but I'm hoping I'm no longer pregnant by then. :)