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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Alright, so I know this is natural. This is what I'm supposed to use these things for. But, dammit breasfeeding is hard! We didn't have too much of a problem getting Will to "latch on", but lately, he's been getting lazy, (he's such a guy!) He wasn't opening his mouth wide enough & caused me some soreness. Yeah. "soreness". Try eye-crossing PAIN. I experimented with different holds and found that the cross-cradle hold worked better for us. So it's all good right? Nuh-unh. Now it seems that he has developed a case of thrush. Oh GOODY! My boy has a yeast infection. in.his.mouth!! And thanks so very much, he has passed it back to me. Nothing like bleeding nipples to say, "Thanks for bringing me into the world. I love you Mom."
The pediatrition says, "Just let it run for 2 weeks. It should resolve on its own. Keep wiping the inside of his mouth with a guaze pad after each feeding and whenever you see the white buildup. If it doesn't clear up, we can look at it & maybe prescribe something for it." Yippee. In the meantime, I've taken to the pump. I kind of like the fact that I can see how much he's taking per feeding and it really doesn't hurt too much.
I think the fact that I've been having a cup of yogurt for breakfast every day has helped clear up the infection a bit and Lansinoh cream is my new best friend. I was tempted to smear a little yogurt on his tongue the other day (I didn't).

Other than that, things are getting pretty smooth around here. Maggie is back in daycare. She was getting bored silly being at home. I couldn't take her in the pool or have Will outside in the 100 degree heatwave, so she sat in the house & watched us "rest", watched episode after episode of Dora & Diego on the On-demand channel and trashed the house with her toys. Will is a pretty good sleeper. He'll go for almost 5 hours at night. So, I'm not too sleep deprived.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

At long last, a couple of pics to tide you over





Damn this Blogger-thing! I usually post at work where I have a program called Picassa, so easy to post pictures.

Maybe it's the fact that the pc here at home is just slightly newer than a TRS-80 or a Commodore, but these are the only pictures I can come up with for right now.
I'll keep scouring the C drive and trying to move pics from the Kodak program into something I can USE. Maybe after my...errr, Will's nap I'll see if I can use Flickr and get albums posted.

Gee, do you think my kid has a bit of Irish blood??? He looks like a true hooligan in that little skullcap!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Will

Wow. What a wild, strange trip its been.
Thank you all for the good wishes and a special "shout-out" to DD for posting for me.
William is doing very well and Maggie is actually being a pretty big help. Joe went back to work this morning so I am on my own with the kids (that sounds funny, my kids..)
I was thinking about the birth story, but I was so busy screaming, that it all sort of blends into one big pain-fest....This was a hard, fast labor with much yelling and no epidural. Lets see if I can string a few memories together....

Thursday morning at around 3:20, Maggie woke up and wanted to sleep in our bed, as I picked her up I felt a small, warm....spurt. Not a "gush" per se, but
something I said to Joe, "I think my water just broke" and went into the bathroom to check. Sure enough, there was a mucus plug and a pretty good amount of fluid (sorry, that's a bit gross). We got dressed and packed up Maggie's blanket & pillow and called my mother-in-law who was on "baby-watch" detail. We drove over to her house(my father-in-law was down the shore with the car, so she couldn't come to us) which is only 10 minutes away and dropped of a very sleepy Maggie. We then proceeded to drive to the hospital (first, we had to stop for gas since I forgot to fill the tank the day before). We got to the E.R. without incident. (Being a police officer, Joe had delivered a baby in the backseat of a car the year before and he REALLY didn't want to do that every again....)
We were sent upstairs to the labor & delivery suites where they were waiting for us. Funny thing is that I was supposed to call them at 6:30 a.m. and see if there was any chance of being induced later that day. There was no chance that was going to happen as there were only 2 beds available. They like to keep 2 open for spontaneous labors and not elective inductions.
At 7:30-ish, my Dr. came in and checked me. I was only 3 cm dilated and having small contractions that I couldn't even feel. She said that she would be back around 10 (she was delivering another baby 2 doors down) to check again and see if we were going to need pitocin. Around 10, the contractions were getting stronger and very fast. The nurse said she doubted that we would need the pitocin since I was going so fast & furious. By 11, I was in active labor and things were getting pretty uncomfortable. I was give a half-dose of Stadol(?) to "take the edge off" the pain. I refused an epidural as they scare the crap out of me. NOBODY is sticking a needle in my spine. Around 11:30 I started to want to push. After the first coule pushes, ithe pain got really bad. Contractions were hitting every minute and lasting 30 - 45 seconds, so I was only getting about a 15 second break between.
Joe was holding my hand & giving me oxygen. I remember at one point he had my hysterically laughing, because as I got done yelling after a real good contraction, he whispered " Kelly Clarkson!!" I had just seen "The 40 Year Old Virgin" 2 nights before, and laughed my ass of at that scene.
2 or 3 pushes after that, Will's head was out and Dr. K told me that he was coming "sunny-side up" she was going to have to rotate his shoulders and would only need one more good push from me. At 12:14 William was born. He was crying until the nurse placed him on my chest. He looked at me with his big, blue eyes and stopped crying. He looks so much like Maggie that its scary!

Joe has taken about 1500 pictures already. As soon as I figure out where he has them saved, I'll show him off.