Hey guys! I’ve missed chatting with you. I’ve been reading blogs, but my commenting has been minimal- oops! Before I forget this time, I wanted to recap what’s been going on! We spent two days in the hospital and were released the third morning. We were more than ready to get home and get adjusted to life again.
Here’s a bit of an update on all that’s been going on the past week and a half!
I mentioned before that I was O- blood type, meaning I don’t make antibodies and needed the Rhogam shot. They had to test Annabelle after birth to see what hers was and if our blood crossed paths. She is actually O+ and our blood did cross, making her Coombs positive. That meant that I made antibodies to attack hers, and she now had those in her blood, but her liver couldn’t process them, so they could build up. She was at a greater risk for Jaundice than other babies, so she had blood tests done every 12 hours in the hospital. Thankfully, her levels never got too high for concern, though she was a bit yellow.
We had an appointment with the doctor on Saturday for both a check up on the jaundice and just a well check. Unfortunately, the doctor thought she was still looking a bit yellow, so we had to head back to the hospital for blood tests and see if her level had increased. We were called about 2 hours later and her numbers had increased, but not enough for concern. We just had to let her body work it out by staying hydrated.
We were back at the doctor for a weight check on Tuesday, where she’s already surpassed her birth weight and is doing great! There was no cause for concern and we were told she’s great!
We put her in her crib the first night, which was way harder on us than we thought. She had her days and nights mixed up and was up quite often. Thankfully, Aaron and I tag teamed. He took care of the binky that kept falling out, and I did the feeding. Of course, I didn’t sleep much as I was constantly looking at the monitor, and then kept waiting for her to go to sleep once I fed her.
It’s gotten better. We are slowly figuring out things that work. We were told to wake her every 3 hours to feed, but the past two nights I’ve let her wake up and then I feed her. It’s never more than 4 hours, but it’s much easier to feed her when she’s hungry.
She sleeps a lot, usually the whole time between feedings. We typically have two time periods where she’s up for a while, but not always. She gets swaddled in her sleep sack and put in her crib after her last feeding, whatever that may be.
She has done so great at eating. She latched on right away in the hospital and has been good ever since. I typically feed her every 2-3 hours during the day, and then whenever she wakes up at night. She has been eating a bit more the last few days, and I read there’s a growth spurt between 7-10 days. My milk came in day 3, and I also started pumping that day.
She’s been able to take a bottle as well. Aaron feeds her sometimes and I’ll just pump, and some nights he’s been able to settle her while I sleep with a bottle. We’re still trying to figure out how much she needs in the bottle, though.
We’ve gone to the doctor’s twice, Target and Babie’s R us, a few walks, and I took her to my parents myself this week so she could hang out with grandpa. I struggled the first few days with just being stuck in the house, but getting out helps a lot! It makes me feel like I’m more myself.
How am I?
I’ve been feeling better every day. The first few days were pretty rough, but every day feels better. My stitches are going away, and I can move easier. I’m still sore, but I know it’ll feel better in a few days.
My recovery has been easier, I think, because of everything I did during pregnancy. I can’t be too sure, but after talking to friends, it seems I have done better. My belly is getting back to it’s typical size, I’m able to get up and do things, I’m not stuck in the bed or on the couch.
One week postpartum- besides 2 very short walks, no workouts have been done!
Emotionally, there were a few rough days. I would cry at the drop of a hat. Honestly, I’d look at Aaron and start crying. It was so crazy and poor Aaron had no idea what to do. It only lasted a few days and now it seems I’m over that, and happy to be! haha
Our days have been filled with snuggles from sweet Annabelle, cuddling with Benson, and soaking up our family time. Aaron heads back to work on Monday due to a big project coming up, so I’ll be working on getting some routine down starting on Monday! I see many trips out of the house or many walks. Hey, whatever works! We also had our newborn photo shoot, and she was so great! I can’t wait to see all of them. Her umbilical cord fell off on Wednesday, and today we gave her her first real bath! She loved it, much more than she liked the sponge bath we had to give her this week, haha.
He’s adjusting. He really doesn’t care about her, but is more looking for attention from us. We try to make sure he’s played with, has gone outside a few times, gets his treats. He has been super cuddly, too. He’s never snapped at her, but spends a lot of time looking at her and just wondering what’s going on. He still sleeps with us at night, though he gets confused why we wake up so often! haha
We’ve been so blessed with this tiny miracle, and I find myself still in disbelief that I gave birth to her just a week and a half ago!
Whew, sorry so long!