- 5 years ago
- Wedding: February 2011
I saw that the other summer Mommies had a month-specific board to chat about baby stuff, so I thought it might be fun for us, too!
Due date: August 14th or August 18th…depending on who you ask. 🙂
Birth date: JULY 31, 2012.
Girl or boy: BOY
Baby’s Name: John Louis
Weight: 7lbs 6oz
Length: 21.5 in
Birth Story: Well, despite my scheduled c-section for mid-August, Johnny decided he wanted to join our family in July! I woke up to back contractions at 6am, which escalated to full on contractions within a half hour. I called our doctor at 7:30am, got the “go ahead” to shower and head to the hospital to see if this was the real deal. By this point contractions were coming every 6 mins or so. My water broke just before we left for the hospital (around 8:15am) and the contractions continued throughout the ride coming closer and closer together, and, of course, we got stuck behind every slow driver and/or traffic light!
We FINALLY got to the hospital and checked in around 9am. By the time we got into the hospital room, my contractions were coming every 3-4 mins, I was 5cm dialated, and 80% effaced. My on-call doctor encouraged me to deliver via VBAC, but I wasn’t mentally prepared to make that decision and opted for our original plan. She must’ve felt I was a really great candidate for a VBAC because she suggested it several more times as we waited for the anesthesiologist. She definitely made me feel pressured and I didn’t like it.
We ended up having to wait a couple hours, and I was getting really nervous/anxious that it would be too late for my csection or even meds since the contractions were coming every minute by the time the operating room was ready for me. Luckily, everything went as planned, and we welcomed our baby BOY into our family at 11:34am.
As you already know, we were Team Green, so when they announced “It’s a boy,” my husband yelled out a little cheer. He was thrilled. 🙂
Breastfeeding/Pumping/Bottle- How is it going for you?: I’m breastfeeding, and it’s going really well. It can be exhausting and frustrating to always be the one to have to wake up for the night feedings, but I do love the sense of closeness that comes along with it. My husband is really great, though, and he’ll wake up to change his diaper before I feed him, so I don’t have to get out of bed, which somehow is ridiculously helpful for me.
I’ve pumped a couple times, but that was only because I knew I was going to be out of the house. The first time was so I could attend a cousin’s wedding ceremony and the other was so I could go to my school to set up my classroom. The last time I went to pump, I spilled milk everywhere and practically ruined my amazing Medela pump. ugggh.
Lifesaver Baby Items for the First Month: the Snugabunny rocker – John didn’t like sleeping flat in his basinett and would wake up several times during the night, but when we made the switch to his rocker sleeper it’s made a world of a difference. He’ll sleep from 12:30ish- 5:30ish most nights. We also have a playpen with changing table set up downstairs, so that saves us the trip upstairs 10+ times a day to change diapers. Oh, and speaking of diapers, I’m thankful for all the diapers that were bought by OTHER people! Ha! I’m a big fan of our boppy, too.
Baby items you have found unnecessary so far: Hmm…we have the snugabunny bouncer, too, which I guess is unnecessary. We always opt for the swing over the bouncer.
Favorite Mommy Moment: I love when he falls asleep all snuggly on me after a feeding.
Challenges: lack of sleep…I’d kill to sleep for longer than 4 hrs straight. 🙂 being controlled by breastfeeding every 2 hours during the day.
Picture of your sweet little one? (if you feel comfortable sharing):
Here he is in the hospital:
And here’s a couple more recent pics: