Hah, I had the "weepies" last night. Lack of sleep definitely contributed. I realized I was going on pure adreneline, and hadn't slept in days (I guess that's what delivering at 6am does to you). Alex was talking to me about making breakfast the next day, and I just burst into tears. He just came over and sat behind me and hugged me, asked "hormones or something else", and I said "hormones", and just cried for a bit. Cullen has been pretty gassy, and spitting up a lot of mucus. I guess maybe from not spending much time being pushed out? Anyway, he was cranky a lot yesterday and last night, wouldn't settle, and I was just exhausted. Then, at around 2am, he threw up a HUGE amount of mucus with some brownish substance. Freaked us way out, and we called the nursery (with the early discharge, they told us to call them until Monday night if we had any questions). They said it was old blood from the birth, and not to worry about it--and sure enough, he was in MUCH better spirits after that. He nursed, went to sleep, and we both slept from 2:30 until about 6am. My milk has come in, so he's REALLY happy about that. He nurses with his eyes wide open and looking at me
, and really responds to Alex's voice.
We took him to the ped today (his "48 hour discharge" check up :LOL) and he got his heel stick for the PKU thing. MAN that took forever! The little guy was a champ--he was sucking on my finger for the whole thing (FURIOUSLY sucking, I should say) and we both held his hands and stroked him during it. It took about a half hour to get enough blood out of his little heel.
: He whimpered, but never really cried, and finally just shut down
Poor little guy. He nursed very well afterwards, and has been going strong all afternoon.
He has a hydroseal? around his left testicle, and his ped doesn't think the right one has descended yet. She *thinks* she can feel it in "the canal", but she said it's really too early to be concerned. She'll check him in two weeks to see what happens. Anyone have any experience with this?
He's now in his "sleepy" phase--I guess all that mucus was really doing a number on him. He's so amazing, we just stare at him and grin like idiots. Sammy has adjusted (so far) wonderfully. She spent the last couple nights at her dad's house, and she's with us tonight. She came down with a very sudden fever last night at her dad's (102.5) with no other symptoms, so we are being pretty careful about her being around the baby right now.
I'm healing up fine--I feel my stitches a bit more today, but I think that's because I haven't been as good about staying off my feet and taking it easy. It's hard to do, because I really do feel great. I can't believe the difference between healing with an epidural and an episiotomy, and healing with NO drugs and a couple stitches for a small tear. Night & day! My milk came in, but I never got engorged, so I don't have that soreness. Things are really going great, to be honest!
My "must-haves" for afterbirth:
A peribottle. Even with just a couple tiny stitches, I wish I had one to spray on while I'm peeing. Pee makes it sting a bit. They forgot one with my load of stuff from the hospital, and I forgot to ask for one. Not a huge deal, but it would be a nice thing to have right now.
WITCH HAZEL PADS. They gave me a little bucket of them at the hospital, and they have made me so much more comfortable.
Tons of cloth diapers for use as burp rags. Forgot how much you use these things.
Comfy drawstring pants! Too small for maternity clothes, too big for regular clothes. Nice, stretchy capri yoga cotton drawstring pants are GOOD STUFF.
And in the Oddities cateogry...Alex finds the mesh underwear they give you at the hospital a turn-on. :LOL He asked me to get an extra pair for "later". I seriously have no idea what's wrong with him.