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Lukas Beach and Jasper Lee were born, in that order, at 8:31 and 8:32 a.m., Tuesday, January 18th (38 weeks, 2 days). Luke weighed a whopping 8 lbs. 7 oz, and Jazz weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz. Almost 15 pounds of baby!! Both were pink within a minute and are incredibly healthy. I am totally and completely overwhelmed with love for them. Both babies are breastfeeding champions, and I feel so blessed to have that part of things go so well. My milk came in last night, and both boys have gained back an ounce after each having lost 9% of their birth weight. We came home from the hospital this afternoon. Being home feels very unreal. I had gotten to the point where I *really* did not believe that they would ever be born. Sitting on my couch (where I spent of so many weeks of bedrest and waiting) with a baby in each arm is just the most amazing thing. For all those still waiting. . . your babies WILL come!
I ended up having the scheduled c-section because it became clear that it was time to get the babies out. My blood pressure was rising (it wasn't too high-- 140s over 90s), and I got all swelled up. I also just had this feeling that Baby B (Jasper) would do better on the outside. It turned out that my instincts were correct--he had only gained a few ounces in the last few weeks. Luckily he is the most eager nurser, and I think he will grow to be big like his brother in no time. When we got to the hospital Tuesday morning I was having contractions about 4 minutes apart. So I like to think that maybe I was actually in labor afterall.
The c-section was pretty horrible, aside from the babies being born so healthy. The epidural took AN HOUR to take effect, the longest that te anesthesiologist had ever seen it take by 40 minutes. That was kind of stressful. They kept pinching my belly, nad it just wouldn't go numb. It got to the point where they were about to put me under general anesthesia, and then, it finally worked. But I still felt a lot more than I thought I would, and parts were definitely painful. I just kept trying to remind myself that labor would hurt too. . . My blood pressure rose to 200/120, and I felt very out of it from all of the meds they gave me. I will definitely have to do some healing work about this experience. The good aspects of it were that the doctors and nurses totally respected our desires re: no eye drops, no shots, not taking the babies out of the room, and not giving them a bath.
Because of all of the extra drugs they put in my epidural while we were waiting for it to work, my breasts were numb after the surgery. I tried to get the babes to suck a little about half an hour after they were born, but it was too hard since I couldn't feel it. Still, they were both nursing by the evening, and I was no longer numb. Both babies also suck their thumbs! My dream come true.
Anyway, sorry this is so long. . . I haven't really slept more than 8 hours since Sunday night, but am still just buzzing with adrenaline. There's just so much to say about my beautiful, precious boys!
- Lex who is no longer pregnant!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.