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jr'smom's Avatar jr'smom 01:18 PM 05-12-2011

Finally, I'm getting around to writing about Zoe Elaine's birthday...

 

The story starts with my decision to scedule a repeat C/S because of the extreme pain I was having with a fractured rib.  I gave it three weeks to heal and it wasn't getting any better (couldn't even cough or sneeze without yelling out and knew I wouldn't be able to push) so I felt I didn't really have any other choice than to give up my hope of a VBA3C and just plan the section.  I'm at peace with it--there wasn't any other way.

 

The week before Zoe's birth I had two whole days of 20 min apart contraction, and the morning I went to the hospital the contractions were regular and 10 minutes apart.  I feel good that it seemed Zoe was picking this day too, and I didn't just evict her! 

 

I couldn't sleep the night before and gave up trying at 1:30 am.  I got up and read the discussions on this board and turned the t.v. on at 3am when coverage started for the royal wedding.  (April 29th was the date.)  I got ready at 4am and my sister came over to watch the kids until grandma (MIL) could get there later.  DH and I woke up the boys (6 and 4) to say goodbye.  They were so excited (mostly to see their aunt) that they stayed awake.  I kissed DD2 and left her sleeping. 

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I had horrible heartburn so I broke the surgery rules and had some water and papaya enzymes, but it still didn't help much and persisted until the surgery began.  DH and I went to the hospital and they expertly and warmly welcomed me and got everything going.  The only problem of the day was that it took 2 people and three tries to place the IV.  The second attemp (by the "expert") jabbed right through my vein nd swelled up my forearm with blood like you wouldn't believe!  The bruising still looks bad!

 

My doctor and assigned anesthesiologist were running late with another surgery so I was extra anxious waiting longer than expected.  I walked around knowing I wouldn't be able to for a while.  Finally, I was able to walk into the OR and sit on the table to get the spinal.  Ouch!  (Although nothing compared to labor...sorry to innapropriately use "ouch"!)

 

I actually felt calm finally as the anesthesia took affect and my doctor started working.  I could still feel Zoe kicking, which was very interesting to note.  I couldn't feel pain (from the cutting) but could feel pressure (from her kicks--and ultimately the doc pushing her out.)  Knowing she was kicking and fine, I completely relaxed knowing I'd see her so soon!

 

She came out gurgling instead of crying so that concerned me at first.  They cleared fluid away apparently and then, boy oh boy, she was loud!  She did not sound like a newborn at all.  Of course this is the one time I'm glad to hear her cry.  Yay!  She's out and okay!  There was no mirror for me to watch her birth as there had been in other hospitals, so I asked, "Is she really a girl?"  Yes!

 

They brought her around the drape for me to see her before they wiped her off.  As I'm used to, everyone declared that she was a big baby!  I though she looked a little less plump than my last two.  After being wiped off and wrapped up, DH held her by my head and I kissed her.  After a few minutes he escorted baby Zoe to recovery to be weighed and checked out.  About 15 minutes later I joined them.  The nurse did come back into the OR though to tell me my "thin" baby weighs 10lbs 11oz and is 22 1/2 inches long.  Well, she is my biggest afterall. 

 

I nursed Zoe right away.  It took us about an hour to definately commit to her name. I was relieved that I didn't hemmorhage this time!  After an hour in recovery, I was taken to our room with Zoe still on my chest.  Like all my big babies, she had great head control right away and she was a natural nurser,  She nursed constantly, "yelled" at my breasts a little, and got my milk to come in on Day 2!  I called her General Zoe because she seemed to take complete control of my breasts and whip them into shape.  She's the only baby I've seen get  enough colostrum out to spit some up.  She's still doing awesome!

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A few more pics and info to follow (in next post.)



Evergreen's Avatar Evergreen 01:27 PM 05-12-2011

I love her cheeks.


jr'smom's Avatar jr'smom 01:38 PM 05-12-2011

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Here are all the kids meeting their baby sister.

 

The other thing I wanted to add about the hospital experience, was that they were quite prepared, and nice when I refused almost every newborn procedure (eye ointment, vit k, vax, bath, etc.)  The only thing I let them do was the hearing test which DH went with for that; and the PKU but not until right before checkout and only while I nursed Zoe and applying heat before and ice after.  It didn't seem to bother her at all. 

 

I also never let Zoe be taken to the nursery for exams or anything else.  The first nurse made a note that we wanted the baby in our room and only one other nurse in 3 days even asked to take her away for an exam (which we didn'yt allow.)  Everyone else just brought a scale and did the exam in our room.  Nice!

 

More Zoe pics...

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ibusymomto5's Avatar ibusymomto5 02:16 PM 05-12-2011
She's so precious!!
littleteapot's Avatar littleteapot 02:46 PM 05-12-2011

I'm sorry you didnt' get the birth you wanted, but I'm glad that the day went smoothly for you and that you went into it with an informed choice rather than feeling bullied. That always makes a big difference on the emotional recovery front. :)

I had a fractured rib during the end of my last pregnancy too (also a VBAC attempt) and MAN does it ever hurt so bad. :( I know how awful that is! I don't envy you right now!! I hope it heals quickly. Mine took a few more weeks after birth to feel normal, and the worst was those first 3-4 days where my ribcage was sort of 'coming back in' after being expanded in pregnancy for so long. My mother called it, "negative pressure". ;)  I found that a double dose of tylenol and ibuprofen at the same time really, really helped when even an extra strength dose of one or the other didn't touch it.

 

Congratulations on your BIG beautiful baby!

 


samstress's Avatar samstress 02:49 PM 05-12-2011

she's a beauty!  what a lovely family.


jr'smom's Avatar jr'smom 03:32 PM 05-12-2011



 

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Originally Posted by littleteapot View Post

I'm sorry you didnt' get the birth you wanted, but I'm glad that the day went smoothly for you and that you went into it with an informed choice rather than feeling bullied. That always makes a big difference on the emotional recovery front. :)

I had a fractured rib during the end of my last pregnancy too (also a VBAC attempt) and MAN does it ever hurt so bad. :( I know how awful that is! I don't envy you right now!! I hope it heals quickly. Mine took a few more weeks after birth to feel normal, and the worst was those first 3-4 days where my ribcage was sort of 'coming back in' after being expanded in pregnancy for so long. My mother called it, "negative pressure". ;)  I found that a double dose of tylenol and ibuprofen at the same time really, really helped when even an extra strength dose of one or the other didn't touch it.

 

Congratulations on your BIG beautiful baby!

 



Thank you!  Yeah, the only real pain I'm in now is the rib pain.  It's fractured on the posterior aspect (back) and it still kills me to sit in one position too long.  Even with 4 kids that I nursed for 2-3 1/2 yrs each, I still can't nurse lying down, so much of my night is spent sitting in a recliner nursing Zoe.  It's getting better.  I'm through the worst of it.  And the emotional healing IS much better this time.  I had more time to prepare and really no alternative.

 



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she's a beauty!  what a lovely family.



Thank you!  I keep thinking of you and hoping when I log on that I see your birth story!  Soon! 

 


camprunner's Avatar camprunner 04:46 PM 05-12-2011

Your story made me cry happy tears.  She is adorable!


lovebeingamomma's Avatar lovebeingamomma 05:26 PM 05-12-2011

She looks like a Zoe!


BHappy's Avatar BHappy 06:11 PM 05-12-2011

beautiful ! love.gif congratulations, what a blessing!


mama_mich's Avatar mama_mich 11:14 PM 05-12-2011

SO adorable!! I can not believe how huge!! Holy geez Mama!! 

 

Your experience sounds wonderful what a great hospital!! I am so proud of you husband. The way he escorted and stayed with a fresh brand new baby. As I read the story I could just see him being all Papa and protective. I am happy you have such a wonderful partner!! The rest of the kids look relieved you are doing well and look pretty in love with the newest to the clan. Love nursing myself so I am so happy she is so on her game with that.

 

Congrats to all of you!!


reelgeek's Avatar reelgeek 01:38 AM 05-13-2011

She has lovely big eyes! Congratulations.  :)


lizzie's Avatar lizzie 11:04 PM 05-13-2011

What a happy story! It's wonderful that you were able to make peace with it all before it happened! Zoe is TOO adorable with those cheeks, and it's great that the hospital didn't pressure you to do things their way. Such sweet pictures of you all together! Hope that rib heals up for you soon!! And how happy that she's such a good nurser - always a relief! :)


KarenMT's Avatar KarenMT 12:56 AM 05-15-2011

Beautiful birth story and she is just gorgeous and plump!  How could one not fall in love with those chubby little cheeks and fuzzy hair. I wonder if her hair will lighten up as your other DD has pretty light/blonde hair.  A little girl I was a nanny for was born with jet black hair that fell out and came in as platinum blonde. So glad to hear nursing is going well.


jr'smom's Avatar jr'smom 10:57 AM 05-15-2011


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Originally Posted by KarenMT View Post

I wonder if her hair will lighten up as your other DD has pretty light/blonde hair.  A little girl I was a nanny for was born with jet black hair that fell out and came in as platinum blonde.



I'll be surprised if she doesn't turn blonde too!  All of mine were born with dark brown or black hair--and lots of it. They tend not to lose their hair, just gradually lighten until they get to light blonde in the summer and dark blonde in the winter.  Now my boys are brownish in the winter, but I see them lightening up as the weather is warming up and they're spending ore time outside.  Both DH and I were like that too.  Eventually our hair went back to brown (for me) and black (for DH) so I expect that will be the case for my little blondies. 


Almamiel's Avatar Almamiel 12:03 PM 05-16-2011

So sweet! Thanks so much for sharing :)


HappyMamaBeth's Avatar HappyMamaBeth 12:09 PM 05-17-2011

Awww she is SO sweet!!!  Beautiful baby!  Congratulations to you and your family!  It sounds like everything went really well with your hospital--I'm thrilled to hear that. :)  I hadn't thought about it til you mentioned it, but my hospital did the hearing test (and two EKGs due to Ella's arrhythmia prior to birth) right in my room.  I know with my first two (at a different hospital) they were taken out of the room (my exhusband--husband at the time--accompanied them).  It was really nice to have them do everything in the room!


jeminijad's Avatar jeminijad 02:48 PM 05-17-2011

Wonderful news!


clutterbug's Avatar clutterbug 03:15 PM 05-17-2011

Aww, great birth story and I love all the photos with your beautiful family.  She is gorgeous!  You must be having a hard time not loving on those adorable cheeks constantly, it would drive me to distraction, I think :P


mija y mijo's Avatar mija y mijo 09:45 AM 05-18-2011

What a cutie!  Congratulations!!!


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