First Post-Baby Blog

Posted by Lindsey Costard on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Filed under: , ,

More than a month since my last blog and I'm happy to announce that our baby has arrived! Today she's 3 weeks old, in fact.  In the last month quite a lot has happened here...

  • Ro's parents arrived and have been here for a month already
This has been a huge blessing. They have been so helpful, especially now that the baby is here, with cooking and cleaning and just helping me with the baby (even when that means I just need to take a break from her incessant crying...) I'm happy that I find myself appreciating their help, rather than resenting it. I was afraid that having so many parents in the house by myself would make me crazy but I imagine that being alone in the house with a newborn would achieve that faster than having extra hands around.... 
  • My blood pressure suddenly sky-rocketed and I had to have a surprise induction
Yes, in the last 2 weeks or so my blood pressure went incredibly high and I was being monitored. Two days before my due date, I went for a regular midwife appointment which ended in me going to the hospital where I was informed that since I was already full-term, I would be induced immediately. That was on Tuesday evening but she wasn't born until Thursday morning. Yes, folks. That's a long time in labour.

Actually, more on that surprise news... it was really surreal to be told we would be having the baby that day. Almost as if the 9 months of preparation meant nothing, because it was like being told we were having a surprise baby. We weren't ready with any of our bags, not prepared to spend the night in the hospital (in fact, our plans were to have a home birth). Generally we were expecting the baby to be late by another 7 days or so....  Obviously none of our birth plan was followed. 
  • After going through more than 24 hours of labour, I ended up having a C-Section
My hospital experience was as good as it could have been, I guess. I really don't like hospitals and the idea of having the baby there was frightening for me. To sum it up, I felt like the birth experience was much more invasive than I wanted. I understand that my particular experience was a bit circumstantial because my pregnancy suddenly became higher risk. But I still didn't like the doctors shoving the forearms up my vagina to check my cervix and insert stinging gels inside of me to induce me.
  • Our baby is here! 
Her name is Stella and she's a little warrior. I call her my little samurai. She is a fighter (literally takes two of us to get her to eat and I constantly ask out loud 'how is it that we are fighting a baby and losing???)

So please forgive my delays in writing right now but in a nutshell Stella lost a lot of weight at birth and only yesterday was back to her birth weight (normally it should take about 10 days to get back up)... My days are pretty much spent breastfeeding at the moment... Hoping for some reassurance that this will change?

Until then, please enjoy this hilariously awesome photo of Stella crying and complaining, as she mostly does! :D

Classic Stella!

3 Responses to First Post-Baby Blog

  1. Meredith

    Stella is beautiful!! (I liked that name had we had a girl).
    And good for you for breastfeeding. You can do it!! It's best for you both :).

  2. Corinne

    Congratulations to you!! Stella is just precious. The first month is just a blur, and yes, mostly about breastfeeding and diaper changing. As a wise friend of mine told me, it only gets easier. However, if there is any truth about babies it is "what happens today may (or may not) happen tomorrow". Just hang on for the ride and enjoy!

  3. Rachel

    Congrats on Stella and keeping your sense of humor! That is the secret to parenting. EVERYTHING is funny... because it is just better that way ;)

    Glad to hear that Ro's parents came and that all is going well. Don't worry about the crying, soon it'll turn into screams of MOM and you'll miss it.

    Welcome to the club! We are proud to have you two!

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