It's been some time since I've checked the boards:
Birth Story: It was pretty much scripted for me, I had a scheduled c-section since he had been transverse or breech since 34 weeks. BIRTH day was set for 12/9 putting him at 39 weeks and 1 day. C-section went smoothly, everything I was scared about didn't actually scare me the day of, such as the spinal block.
Baby stuff: Julian was born at 8lbs 6 oz and 21 inches, healthy and long! Due to his cleft lip and palate, it was strongly suggested that he go to the NICU rather quickly to assess his respiratory function and ensure he would eat well. That's UCLA for you, you get the million dollar work up. He spent Thursday, Friday, and 1/2 of Saturday there. I wasn't happy about it but the benefit was the tremendous amount of screenings, scans. and exams. He was seen by geneticists, occupational therapist, pediatrician, cranio-facial specialists, and the plastics team. His palate is open from the front to the back yet he has impressed everyone with his capacity to eat via bottle. We're using the special needs feeder (Haberman) from Medela. Hopefully, we can switch to a cheaper model, the Mead Johnson bottle after his lip repair surgery (Scheduled for sometime between 10 and 12 weeks).
His NICU nurse was working to get him out of the NICU as he wasn't hooked up to anything expect the heart rate monitor. I almost felt guilty when I would visit with him, in his pod there were 4 other babies with serious organ issues. The pediatrician was very difficult to work with and I working on a formal complain letter. We had 3 interactions with him and each time he made unprofessional comments such as calling Julian an weakling. I have cried about this many times because I didn't stand up to him. Julian's discharge was pending his signature and I didn't want to upset him. This isn't like me but I was overwhelmed.
The ped didn't want Julian discharged because he had lost 10% of his body weight, this wasn't my fault. The NICU was feeding him conservatively. By Saturday, he was crying until he joined us because he was hungry. I was reprimanded by the ped because he was taking in 27ccs per feeding instead of the expected 65ccs. I didn't know this was their goal/expectation.
Week 1: We visited with a lactation consultant that helped resolve my water blister on my left breast. It's still healing, ouchie! She was a great support. We also visited our pediatrician and he had regained some of his weight back. We also visited our pre-selected cranio facial team and Julian was 2 oz shy of 8lbs! He received some dressing for his cleft lip and we had a pleasant visit.
Week 2: I am pumping 5-6 oz per session, every 4 hours. I have milk in the freezer already, some in the fridge, and some fresh stuff (1 bottle) on my nightstand. Milk everywhere! I hope I can sustain this for at least a year as he will be on a liquid diet until his palate is repaired between 10 and 12 months. The c-section recovery is finally improving. I am off of Vicodin and take the Motrin every 6 hours. I hope to be off of that by next weekend. I walked at the mall for 1 hour today and felt tired. One day at a time...it's just hard when I am used to multi-tasking and independence.