Hello mommas and babies!
A couple pieces of advice for you mommas in waiting: DO NOT TAKE THE BABY OUT OF THE HOUSE BY YOURSELF for as long as possible!! And for you homebirthing mommas, know EXACTLY what you have to do for your newborn screen test BEFORE you have the baby.
On monday (braden's third day) I took him out, alone to the peds to do the newborn screen. DH had to work and babysitter was watching the older two children, but i figured it was just a quick appt, 45 min and I'd be home. HMPH.
They dont do the newborn screen at the peds, have to go to the lab... Again, ok. Heres the lab slip, its only a mile and we will only have to wait a couple minutes. I get there, the lab doesnt do them, they tell me to go to the hosp lab (25 min away). I consider going home instead on our way to the car. I call the hosp from the car, on hold for 15 minutes between two depts to find out that my ins doesnt specify coverage for this on outpatient basis. I have to have an authorization number. So I get the baby out of the car, walk back inside to the member services center- the door is locked, its 2 minutes after 5. Im about to cry. I tell the info person whats up, she says "why dont you use the docs upstairs?" So I go upstairs (elevator) and see whats there- urgent care, all the way at the end of a long hallway... shit. I go there, I tell them what is happening, they say okay, our docs get here in an hour- do you want to wait? HELL no, I want to go to bed. I should never have gotten out of bed! So I sit down to see if they can straighten it out. An hour and a half later Im told that the authorization number could take days and since the test is time-sensitive, I need to take him to a different hospital (50 minutes away) to have the test run!! Bullshit I said, Im going home. I was going to cry, my back and stomach hurt so bad from carrying around the goddamned baby bucket (too hot to leave it in the car), baby and bag. so i tell them i will find someone to go with me on Tuesday.
Tuesday I get a phone call from kaiser, telling me that I dont have to go to stockton, that I have to come back to the ped's office, cause they have the filter paper THERE. I have to pick that up and take it to the lab where they will do the test. I almost told them to shove it! I was SO pissed! SO SO PISSED. And in so much pain i could barely hobble down the hall. So yesterday my sis carried the baby and bucket everywhere so that we could get it done.
Today I still feel like hell. My stomach muscles are still hurting so bad it hurts to lean forward, get up, walk, etc. My bleeding is bright red again and Im feeling worse than the day after I gave birth.
And my tailbone is KILLING me. I had back labor and my back, pelvis and tailbone have been hurting badly ever since. Sitting in my computer chair is murder (why im not here much) and sitting on my couch nursing hurts too. I feel like I got hit by a truck. Im actually glad my mw is coming for our post check today, so she can give me some suggestions.
Smithie- you are not alone with your hurting nipples. And dont feel like you are doing something wrong. I am an experienced nursing mom, third time with a newborn with over 4 years under my belt and 6 months tandem, too! I have no skin left on my nipples. They arent bleeding much, but the front is completely raw. I know we have a good latch, but nursing is so painful its hard to believe hes not ripping my nipples off. I'm sending healing vibes, but Im keeping some for myself, LOL!
I can tell that Braden is already getting bigger. He looks different, feels different already. And last night he slept good!! He went to bed at 1:30, woke and nursed every two hours, and went right back to sleep afterwards. Also, since my milk came in we've been having problems with our side-laying nursing, but last night was fine, so I actually got to sleep most of 7 hours.