Friday, October 05, 2007

Baby pics

Here are a few baby pics of Logan Joseph. They were taken at the hospital, as evidenced by the gown and my rat's-nest hair. (I still haven't faced taking a brush to it.) He's a real cutie, if I do say so myself.

I'll chronicle the whole saga when I get a chance, but here's a rundown. Logan was born late Tuesday night. He weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. I am very proud that I kept his weight down by following my diet. He had no complications due to the diabetes.

TMI warning, read at your own risk.

We went in at 5 p.m. Monday for cervadel, which is a gel that thins the cervix. I spent an uncomfortable night on a hard mattress, and they induced labor (again) Tuesday morning. I had contractions, but they were mild. My doctor broke my water, and that was excruciating and unexpected (sneaky devil). Once the contractions got a little painful, I got my epidural. Apparently if you're fat, the doctor can't find your vertebrae and can't tell where to put the needle. After three holes, she got it. She gave me a local, but getting the epidural was uncomfortable and painful in a strange way. It's very weird to feel things rooting around in your spine.

I made slow progress with dilation, but I slept through most of the contractions after the epidural. The doctor made the comment that if I didn't make progress each hour, I'd need a c-section. Apparently my body got the message, and I started progressing faster after I hit the 4 centimeter mark. It was time to push, and I did, though with the epidural it's hard to tell if you're really doing anything.

I started to tear, and the doctor said I'd need an episiotomy and they'd have to use a vacuum to get the baby out. I wasn't happy about that, but the alternative was a c-section. So they brought the whole crew in, and it was time to get the baby out. I pushed while they did whatever they had to do. It hurt (screaming!) even with the local and extra epidural medicine, but fortunately it didn't take many pushes before he was out. I had a nurse update me, which helped...head, shoulders, one more push. They gave me the baby, and that blessedly distracted me from the sewing up they were doing.

Logan is the cutest baby. He has a slight conehead and a few marks from the monitor, but his little face is so sweet. He's got Matt's and my apple cheeks. He has at least one dimple, from Matt. His hair is dark like mine, and he's got these pouty lips, no telling who from. Oh, and monkey toes. He isn't scrawny like some babies, or pudgy. He's very strong and can already hold his head up a little. He wasn't fussy at all, just made little whimpers. I'm absolutely in love. Matt and I are fascinated by him.

My back was killing me but is getting much better. They didn't have a postpartum room available, so I had to spend another night on the board bed, which was agony even with medication. My incision hurts, though less than a c-section would. I passed huge blood clots and got lightheaded a few times. I've been very pale for a while, and Matt said I had large yellow circles around my eyes, which are getting better. My body is starting to get back in shape. My back doesn't hurt as much, my feet aren't as swollen, and I can eat like a normal person again (no diabetes!). I have this jelly belly, but it's getting better.

The bad news is that Logan is having gas pains and was up screaming all night last night, our first night at home, of course. I was so exhausted and in pain that Matt had to take care of him most of the time. We let my mom sleep so she could have day duty. He wouldn't feed last night, so now he's ravenous but fussy, even though he still has some gas pains. Our doctor said we could give him Mylicon drops, which we're trying. I feel bad for him, but I'm so exhausted that I'm also frustrated. I am not looking forward to Sunday when my mom has to leave for home. Matt and my mom have been so good to me. It was a good team effort.

So we're managing. I'm loopy at the moment from the pain medicine and everything else. But we're so happy we got our little man home and he's safe, if not completely happy. He's a joy when he's not in pain, and we're hoping this doesn't last too long. Poor baby comes from a long line of gassy people! :-)

Thank you for all the well wishes. It means a lot to me. Big hugs!

13 comments:

Dawn said...

OH! He is a cutie!! You did a gret job:)

Barbara said...

Oh, Michelle! He's absolutely adorable!!!!

We've also had the gassy problems with newborns. It's hard, when you're so utterly exhausted, but fortunately it is usually a pretty short-term problem. I'm sure people have showed you different ways to hold and massage him to help him pass the gas faster? If not, feel free to contact me and I can try to give a tip or two.

You have the MOST gorgeous baby boy - I am so very happy for all of you!!!!

Little Grey Cat said...

Oh wow! Congratulations. I missed yesterdays post. It sounds like it wasn't a perfect labour, but not a majorly bad experience either. Riley had gas problems to and we used to have to wind him for a good half hour after each bottle. I found that a really fast and quite hard (but obviously not too hard) rubbing on his back worked best, but it didn't half make your arm ache! lol.

I was terrified of being left alone with Riley, but it really doesn't take long to get into a routine and get used to handling him and learning his own little ways.

He's gorgeous :o) No wonder you're so smitten and proud - you deserve to be :oD

Michelle said...

Oh he's adorable! Congratulations again!!

Erica said...

What a gorgeous baby! Congratulations - you sound positively over the moon, just as you should!

Enjoy every minute!

monique said...

Ah yes, those Mylicon drops saved us many a night LOL

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

jymisgurl said...

OMG! He's adorable! Congratulations! Hope the gas gets better.

Sylvie said...

Congratulations, Logan is adorable :)

Nicole said...

He's absolutely beautiful!! Congrats again!!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous baby Michelle! I am glad everything went okay and no c-section! What a blessing!

Carol said...

Aw, what great photos! Yes, he is a cutie!!!! So sorry he had a rough first night!

Marie-P said...

Wow...your son is beautiful, congratulations!
I am happy that things went well for you and that you are not a member of the "c-secion" club :-)

Squazi said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful boy!

Hmmm! Sounds like your birthing experience was just like mine. My labour took forever and the doctor also said that if it didn't progress I would have to have a C-section. Fortunately it didn't come to that, but he tried the vacuum, which didn't work and then had to do a forceps delivery in the end.I had to have an episiotomy and then had tearing on top of that, apparently the worst they had ever seen. The worst part was that due to previous back problems I was unable to have an epidural. A year later, I really can't recall the pain, but I do remember the experience.

It hasn't put me off wanting another one!