I’ll go first!
When was your due date? Feb 16, 2018
When was your baby born? Jan 30, 2018. He was 2.5 weeks early!
How old is your baby right now? He is 3 weeks old now
Did you have a boy/girl? We had a little boy!
Is this your first? This is our first.
Share your birth story, if you are comfortable
My water broke early on Jan 29, which was a really weird feeling. I went to the hospital and they wanted to induce me since labour hadn’t started. I opted to go home for a few hours and finish getting ready for the baby (since it was a surprise that he was so early) and to see if I could get labour started naturally. We went back to the hospital and I was having mild contractions, but still ended up getting induced about 12 hours after my water had broken. I went through labour and got to 10 cm dilated but when it came time to push, his head was still very far up. In fact, when they were checking me, they could barely touch his head. They had me push a couple of times to see if it would do anything, but he wasn’t budging. By this time, it had been about 30 hours since my water was broken and they didn’t want to risk infection or the baby going into distress, so they recommended a c-section. By that point, I was just ready for him to be born. They weren’t sure whether it was because his head wouldn’t fit or because he had gotten himself tangled up in the cord and couldn’t descend. Either way, we ended up with a healthy baby boy!
How are you feeling?
I’m feeling pretty good. I’m still a bit sore from the c-section, but I’m getting around pretty well and I’m starting to get out of the house to meet other moms.
What has been one of the challenges that you have faced?
Our son was 6.15 lbs when he was born, but ended up losing 11% of his birth weight by day 3, so the doctors were concerned. My milk hadn’t come in yet and he wasn’t getting enough calories. They had me start supplementing with formula, which brought on the mom guilt. I felt like I couldn’t properly feed my baby and he was starving. We had frequent weight checks at the doctor and it took some trial and error to tweak all the hurdles to getting his weight up. Between dealing with tongue-ties, jaundice, latching issues and figuring breastfeeding out, it was a bit of a process.
What has been the most surprising thing?
I think so far, it’s been surprising how well I am functioning with little sleep. Also, I am pleasantly surprised by how easily my husband has bonded with our son and loves taking his turn caring for him so I can have a break.