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baby 2, day 2

we are home from the hospital! Pictures are a bit rough... we tried to trim her fingernails but she's still managed to scratch the hell out of her little face, it's probably time to put the mittens on her, or as marc calls them, hand jail:

Not 100% confident in the whole "being home" thing, Olive's had some issues keeping her temperatures up and yesterday was a rough day. She just didn't want to eat. Too sleepy. But then after dinnertime, she started getting more into it. Then all night she was awake, every hour or so she'd be crying and I just kept shoving boobs in her face and she'd latch on, eat for five minutes, zonk out... repeat every 45 minutes. But at least she was eating so even though it was a bit exhausting we were game. The pediatrician came in the morning and said we could go home.

Then, sleepy time again, from like 8 to noon we couldn't really get her up to eat, and she had a low temp in there but they let us go home anyway. The lactation consultants just told me to keep her naked and hold her skin-to-skin on my chest, Marc was like "Of course that's what they say, they're lactation, they think your chest is the answer to everything!" Might be. But she seriously said that new moms have magic hormones that help them sense when they have a below-temp newborn on them and can turn your own temperature up to regulate, which I think I believe because at the hospital I was feeling pretty much thermonuclear, not running a fever myself obviously (they check for that), just freaking hot.

So we're watching the baby, she just ate well around one and is meeting her diaper quotas so maybe things are getting better. I just have these bad flashbacks to Josie's scary jaundice day, which was also on a weekend... fucking weekends, man. They make having a newborn very stressful.

As for me though I am feeling AWESOME! Barely bleeding, the only reason I was wearing those giant hospital pads today was because they're free. No swelling or childbirth-related damage. I'm suddenly realizing why not everyone related to my plight after I had josie, when I was in pain for weeks, couldn't do things like sit in chairs or go up and down steps or walk more than 50 feet. For weeks, I was like that! And here I am not even 48 hours after this one, and nothing phases me, I feel perfectly normal. I don't even see a reason to take ibuprofin, yesterday I was really crampy every time we nursed but that seems to have gone away.

Anyway we're going to have a relaxing afternoon, then marc and josie have a wedding to go to and I'm going to hang out with my parents and olive, and see how everything goes.


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May. 4th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
She's so tiny! And cute!

Glad to hear you are feeling better this time around. :)
May. 4th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear that you're having a much easier time of it this time around! And yay for small person sorting out small persony things - I'm sure she'll keep on figuring it out!
May. 4th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Huge congrats to you, Marc, and Josie! So glad your recovery seems to be going so well and so much better than the first time. Your birth story this time is giving me hope for my second time coming up in August. I pushed for 3.5 hours with Will, and it was awwwful... here's hoping I go into labor naturally this time, and am only in the hospital for a little while before pushing the next one out quickly!
May. 4th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
The temperature thing is TRUE. When the twins were born the pediatrician wanted them in an incubator because the heated mattress didn't keep them warm enough but the nurse told me to keep them on top of me and they thrived on that.

Also, congratulations! She's cute!
May. 5th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
definitely! We couldn't do skin-to-skin too long in our case as both D and I would overheat and she would be drenched in sweat! sigh... there is something about body heat that technology just can't seem to replicate as well!

and congratulations!!! how precious!
May. 4th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
I am glad that you are home, and things are going well. I read that there are specialized cells in the mom's chest, but I can't figure out what they are called.
May. 5th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
Welcome, Olive!
May. 5th, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
can we call her libby?
May. 5th, 2013 06:15 am (UTC)
I was disappointed at how little the whole skin-to-skin thin worked for us. We didn't do it much the first week, in part because the house was so cold that I was cold and worried she'd be cold and it just didn't seem like a pleasant thing, and then by the time we started trying it more regularly, Gwen was already associating bare chest with nursing unpleasantness and things got unhappy very quickly. So we stopped trying.

Hope things go better for you, glad to hear you've got help on hand!
May. 5th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
Aw welcome little Olive! :) Sounds like things are mostly much better than the last time around so yay! Cuddle her up with a blanket over you. :)
May. 5th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Congrats and she looks beautiful!
May. 6th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
LP was like that a lot at first. The nursing for a bit, then just going to sleep and sleeping for a while. I started doing things like singing to him and wiggling his arms or slightly pulling away so he'd have to engage more with my breast to keep him awake and it helped. We also waked him every 2 hours (except for one 4-5 hour stretch at night). Months later he got diagnosed with a minor tongue-tie. We had that snipped and the breastfeeding experience improved greatly for both of us. You might want to see if Olive has one too. It's easier to snip them the younger they are.
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