Hi everyone -- we've had a VERY exciting weekend -- our little Squirmy decided to make an early entrance at 36 weeks 1 day!!! He is wonderful and tiny, and we are home and doing well -- climbing the mountains of breastfeeding challenges, but getting better all the time!! I will update with my birth story when I get a chance, but I could not have asked for a better unmedicated and fairly quick hospital birth.
His name, now, (although he definitely will remain Squirmy, judging from his demeaner!!!) is Meade Douglas Evans. He was 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 18 inches long, born Thursday night at 10 p.m.
Looks like our DDC was suddenly busy this weekend! I look forward to reading the other stories.
Congrats Mary!!! And welcome little Squirmy Hang in there with the nursing... my DD was a little early, too and it took her about 5-6 weeks to latch properly and get the hang of sucking. Be gentle with yourself and allow yourself a break.
I'll give you the one piece of breastfeeding advice that was helpful to me with my dd...no matter what the challenges you face with nursing, commit to working your hardest for the first 6 weeks and then reassess the situation then My dd had signficant nursing issues in the beginning and I took that advice to heart...she was able to go from being bottlefed pumped milk (with a little formula for awhile because of supply issues) with awful sucking issues to fully nursing only in that time period. I thought about giving up practically every time when I'd be pumping at 2am and dd would start crying and want to eat at the same time. It was so worth it in the end though! I know how hard it can be to deal with BFing problems in the beginning, but I know you can do it mama!
Keep trying with the breastfeeding - my first had all sorts of problems and didn't gain any weight until 9 weeks but we eventually got the hang of it and he's a big ole 8 year old now! You can do it mama!
Whew -- finally got a minute -- thanks so much, everyone, for the congrats and encouragement on the breastfeeding...it's really starting to come together already (at 4 days!). I thought I needed to be an octopus there for a while, and dh was totally in there helping me all the time -- we had to stimulate Meade all the time or he would fall asleep as soon as he latched on, or he would just cry and cry. But he seems to have figured it out and boy, is he a strong nurser!! He's wearing me out...
We went to our first pediatrician visit today, and were shocked to find out that he has a quite high bilirubin level (jaundice) - the number was 18.5!!!! -and the doc wanted to have him readmitted to the hospital -- AACK!! But then we convinced him to send us a "home therapist" with a light blanket instead -- funky contraption that wraps around him and puts light on his midsection (makes him look like he glows in the dark!!) We're supposed to use it for 24 hours, and then go back and get tested again tomorrow. Thank goodness we didn't have to go back to the hospital and have him put under the big lights. We did go back this afternoon to get the level tested again, and after some serious feeding all morning as well as dh holding him in the sun for an hour or so this morning, it had dropped to 17.5. Yay! I'm sure tomorrow will show a big improvement. He is eating like a horse and that helps him to flush out the bilirubin (also pooping like a horse!!!!)