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Birth story...in all its castor oil glory...to arrive soon.

 

The Basics:  Annika Aster was born at 1:17am Oct. 17 (4 days before EDD).  9 lbs. 2 oz. (smaller than her brother by 5 oz.).  Once labor actually kicked in (about 19 hours after water broke), the whole thing lasted just under 3 hours.  (Got intense quickly).  She's a little pudger, big brother is enamored (as is everyone else), and, like with DS, we're having nursing issues....she's a sleeeepy baby and a tongue thruster.  Already have an appt. set up with the LC we used last time.

 

 THE STORY:

 

3:30am Sunday October 16: Half an hour after getting up to pee, I'm trying to go back to sleep when I feel a sudden small gush. Huh??!! Over the next few hours more gushes and trickles (I put on a pad). Having some contractions, but not at all strong or consistent. By wake-up time they were gone.

 

8:30am: I tell DH he shouldn't go play soccer cuz we might be having a baby soon. DH slept in DS's room that night, so he didn't know about my water breaking until we were all awake. I call the birth center answering service and get a call back from the one midwife I hadn't met yet. She suggests we come in at noon for a NST. My parents are called and my dad comes over to hang with DS while we do the NST.

 

Noon: We get to birth center for NST...still not really having contractions. NST is fine. We discuss options and then go home with 4 oz. of castor oil. Plan A: contractions just pick-up on their own. Plan B: contractions pick up with nipple stim. Plan C: castor oil milkshake.

 

Sunday afternoon: we tell my dad to stick around. I try nipple stim. Get contractions going, about 2 min. apart, but not really feeling strong/productive. Then they go away. Try again...same result.

 

6pm: Time to bite the bullet. Blend orange sherbert and milk, add 2 oz. Castor oil (wary of doing all 4 oz.). Drink it down really fast, followed by chaser of castor-oil-free milkshake. Get our stuff together and head back to birth center before any ill effects start.

 

9:00pm First bout of diahrrea. Then 3 more times, about every half hour. No painful stomach cramps thankfully.

 

10:30pm: Contractions finally seem to get going. Listening to soothing music, breathing in my aromatherapy oils. Totally manageable, until...

 

12:30am: Contractions getting pretty intense and I'm having to moan through them, on all fours. Thankfully this is after the midwife returns from helping another couple transfer to the hospital across the street. Midwife and nurse hear me moaning and come in. “That sounded different,” she declares. She asks if I'm happy staying on all fours on the bed. I am. This was my plan to avoid a SPD trauma from delivery. They start prepping, which is so exciting to me cuz I can tell this will be much quicker than it was with DS (4 hours of pushing). But the contractions are crazy now and I want to be done. I squeeze DH's hand so tightly with each one. Don't think I'm paying attention to the soothing Hawaiian slack-key guitar music playing in the background anymore.

 

Amazing how fast this went...I suddenly had the I-Have-to-Poop-Out-This-$#@&?-Bowling-Ball-Now feeling. I am totally pushing and the MW has to ask me to slow down a bit, remind me to breathe slowly between contractions. I'm yelling, with tears in my eyes, “I want it out! I want it out!” And then there's the head and then there's my baby girl. Whew! What a ride...

 

 

 

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Congrats!

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Congrats!!


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Congratulations!!


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Yeah! She's beautiful!

 


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congratulations!


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Congrats! She is a cutie!


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She is sweet. Wondering about that castor oil birth story! Congratulations.


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Ooooh!!  Sweet  little thing!  Can't wait to hear all about the castor oil lol.gif


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Congratulations, and welcome baby Annika!  Beautiful name!  We look forward to hearing the story when you are ready, and in the mean time, hope you're all recovering well.  Hopefully nursing issues are improving as well!


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Congratulations, and welcome to the world, Annika!  love.gif

Malcolm was super, super sleepy for the first day after birth, too (still is, most of the time!).  Hope Annika gets the hang of nursing quickly!  So glad you have a LC to help you!


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She looks amazing!  Looking forward to hearing more!

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Oh, she is just lovely!! Congratulations, and I hope the LC is helpful!


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What a cutie! Congratulations and welcome, little one :)


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There's always gotta be something...

 

So, on Tuesday, 36 hours after Annika's birth, we had her visit check-up at the ped's (with the nurse practitioner).  During the visit I mentioned that her respirations had been over 60/minute (one of the things we were asked to keep track of by the birth center).  Her resps were in the 60's every time we counted.  The nurse did a count and got resps in the 80's (Annika is not a fan of having someone put a cold stethoscope against her chest).  She wanted us to go to the hospital and get a chest xray, even though everything sounded/looked fine otherwise.  We said ok.  We went home for lunch and before we left for the hospital the nurse called and said she had spoken to one of the docs and that instead of going to outpatient radiology, we should go to the ER for xray, bloodwork, etc.  Ok...

 

We get to the hospital around 3:00...and ended up being admitted around 11:30pm and staying overnight.  In the interim, everyone agreed her resps were over 60/minute, her chest xray was totally fine.  Instead of just taking her blood via a heel stick they decided they wanted to start an IV..."just in case."  What ensued was 5 DIFFERENT PEOPLE trying MULTIPLE TIMES to get a needle in one of her veins (they tried in MULTIPLE PLACES) and EVERYONE FAILED.  While I sat there saying, "Can't you just do a heel stick?" over and over.  Ultimately they had to do the heel stick and most of her blood results were fine...except her glucose was really low and some other things were high...all of which pointed to dehydration/not feeding enough.  They were told in the beginning that she was not latching well, they knew she was under 48 hours old, they knew my milk hadn't come in yet...why they didn't just do a glucose reading when we first got there in beyond me.  So, they said we had to immediately start giving her bottles of formula and re-checking her glucose levels.  If that didn't work, she'd need to receive fluids through an IV (WHO was going to start the IV, I do not know...).  So, since by then it was really late, we essentially were up all night, giving her formula every 3 hours (they said she had to have 40ml at each feeding...sometimes we got that, sometimes not quite) and her glucose reading had to come in at over 50 4 times in a row.  It was a horrible night, but thankfully she "passed" and we finally got out of there by 10:30am the next day.  But, we have to continue to give her formula (30ml) at each feeding, in addition to whatever she got from nursing, until my milk totally comes in and she's nuring consistently well.  Had a 2 hour meeting with a LC yesterday and we've had some somewhat better sessions...but she's still so sleepy during the day that I can't always get her to latch...even with all the "rouse a sleepy tricks."  But she's maintaining her weight, and though somewhat jaundiced, her numbers got better today. 

 

I told her this better be her only visit to the ER...at least till she's over 18 or something.


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Ugh that sounds awful. 

 

Glad to hear that things are looking better now!

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I am SO sorry you all had to go through this. The heel sticks alone were upsetting enough - it seems so violent the way they squeeze their little feet - I can only imagine how upsetting the iv attempts would be for you & especially her. Glad they found the trouble. I am thinking of you & hope your milk comes in real quick.


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Poor little sweetie!  I'm glad things are improving.  


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Oh, how stressful. Glad she is ok and home now.

 

Newborns are apparently very tough sticks. It took five tries to get an IV in DS1 when he was a newborn.

 

I hope she is starting to latch more enthusiastically. In case it is helpful, a trick we were told with DS1 (and which I have never seen in any literature about getting/keeping a sleepy baby on the breast) was to wiggle your finger in the baby's ear. It's easy to do and proved to be extremely effective for us.


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Well, she's gorgeous! Congrats! The. Heel pricks are awful, right? Starting IVs? Even worse. I hope nursing keeps improving. Take care.

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oh how scary. glad she is home and I hope things are improving now.


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Oh no! I'm so sorry. I'm glad you were able to get it up and get out of there. ((hugs))


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