WELL...We've had quite the week! I went in for my 36 week checkup on Tuesday, March 19th, and found out that I had, over the weekend, developed high blood pressure, gained 5 pounds, and had lots of protein in my urine. Baby looked fine, but I WAS NOT. So we headed to the hospital for observation. I was totally freaking out at this point, because I knew how things looked, and I was most likely not going to get my chance at a natural birth. They kept me all afternoon, collecting urine and watching my blood pressure- which never went down- and then decided to keep me overnight as well. At 6 am, the nurse came in and said my doctor would be there at 730 to do my section. So then I freaked out a little more. And then we went and had a baby.
At 8:03 am on March 20th, Levi Jesse Avery was pulled bottom and "boy parts" first out of my very tired womb, and the placenta was discovered to have detached just moments before. He weighed 8lbs 13.9 oz, and is 19 1/2 inches long. He has LOTS of thick dark hair, and big chubby cheeks, and is the most beautiful big little guy in the NICU, if I may say so myself. We're doing ok- he had trouble regulating his blood sugar right after birth so IV fluids were started, and he has a feeding tube to help get down the amount of volume he needs to sustain his chubby little self. Breastfeeding is going great- I LOVE IT! And Daddy is becoming the all around diaper changing- cuddling- breast pumping- expert! ;)
We will probably be in the NICU for the next week or so while they wean Levi off of the IV and make sure that feeding continues to go well, and that when my milk has come in fully I he is able to maintain his blood sugar on breastmilk alone, and no more tube feedings with the donor milk. I'm doing MUCH better- it was one of those things where I didn't really realize how bad I felt until afterwards- since I hadn't ever done it before, I just figured that was what 36 weeks pregnant felt like! Its amazing how even with a fresh abdominal incision, I feel better than I did right before he was born. Of course, it could have something to do with endorphins- looking at his cute little face and holding and snuggling can't hurt, either!
Just thought I'd give a little update- one more baby and one less pregnant lady in the world! :)