He finally made his debut and I'm in love!! We are at the hospital (day 2) and will be discharged later this afternoon.
Had induction scheduled for Monday, told to arrive between 6 & 630. I was already having contractions since I woke up, but I'm not sure if it was the start of labor or not since they were about 9 minutes apart. Got there, taken to my room, IV started and with pitocin and ampicillin (for GBS+) all by 645. Dr R came in around 7 and broke my water. It was the weirdest feeling! It felt like I was constantly peeing myself. Contractions started getting stronger and closer together. By 745 they were starting to really get uncomfortable, so I called for my epidural. By 8:00 they were painless again. Getting the epi makes me drunk for about 30-45 minutes. Me and the nurse were very chatty and then after that I could barely hold my eyes open. Of course Homer left the room when they were giving the epi. Nurse told him to come back after about 15 minutes. Well after 30, I start wondering where he went. And as I mentioned, the meds make me drunk, so I shrug it off and quickly join back into the converstation. Well by 45 minutes, I decide to call him. He was asleep in the waiting room! (He's already been caught sleeping multiple times while I was in pain in the delivery room). Well he joins us back and we watch TV for the next few hours.
The nurse said we'll have a baby by noon when we get there and says that's her goal. Well as we approach noon, we all realize were not gonna make our goal, but hopefully we won't be far behind it. Dr. R came in about every 1 1/2 hr to check me and I was progressing wonderfully. At 1 he comes in and says I am 9+ dilated with just a rim of cervix left. He tells the nurse to check me again at 145 and then start pushing if I'm ready. She had turned me on my side in what is called the pretzel to help him come down and help my cervix progress. Not even 10 minutes after he left, I started really feeling pressure and the urge to push. She checks me and I'm ready. So she transforms the bed and we get ready to push. After 10 minutes of pushing, she says don't push anymore. We wait another 13 minutes for Dr R to mosey on down, all the while Riley comes a little more with every contraction despite me resisting the urge to push. During our waiting time, the nurse gets out some Johnson and Johnson and gives him his first shampoo haha. The nurse was ready to catch him but luckily Dr R made it to the table in time. One more push and out he comes, at 141 pm. The nurses were very surprised with his size. My nurse guessed he'd be around 6 1/2 lbs by looking at me. Of course, Homer and I were not shocked by his 9 lb 2 oz. I wasn't expecting his length though! I saw the nurse measuring him, shaking her head, and remeasuring him and few times. Then she announced 22 in! I knew he was cramped and kept hitting my ribs, but I wasn't thinking he'd be 22 in!! Well his big head, I had between a 1st and 2nd degree tear, dr said it was small.
He was breathing wonderfully and so we didn't have the excitement in L&D like we had with KB. They cleaned him a little and then put him on my chest for kangaroo care for about 30 mins. I was in love! We later don't realize until about 3 or 4 that Homer never even held him. I felt so bad!
My parents, Kaylee Beth, and Homer's dad were all here for his birth. It was great having the grandparents here for such a special time. Kaylee Beth immediately took to Riley. She gets mad when other people hold him and she wants to be right there beside him at all times. Yesterday she was holding him in her lap and took his shoes off of him. He was getting hungry and started crying. She started crying thinking she hurt him when she took the shoes off. It took a few minutes to convince her she didn't do anything wrong and he was just hungry.
She has gone home with my parents both nights while Homer and I stayed here at the hospital with Riley. They would have to carry her out crying b/c she wanted to stay with us and bubba. But she's very excited that bubba is gonna come see her at home tomorrow!
Due to me being Group B strep positive, Riley has to be monitored for at least 48 hours to make sure he doesn't develop anything serious within the first 2 days. So far so good!
He eats like a champ! The first couple of feedings were rough as I was relearning how to breastfeed and he was trying this hardest to figure out what he needed to do. But by the next morning, we were both doing well with it. He eats a LOT and frequently! He does a lot of eating and sleeping, but hardly ever cries. He got mad last night when they undressed him to get his weight, but that was really the first time he had a crying spell. Looks like he knows he needs to be mellow with Kaylee Beth around! :)
Well It's time for me to get another nap before he wakes up again for more milk! I didn't remember how sore my nipples were gonna be. Kaylee Beth didn't eat as well the first few days, so they were spared a little then. Now, I almost want to cry when he starts eating his fist and showing hunger signs. (They are sore just typing about him eating-haha)
I'll post some pictures when I can. I haven't uploaded any to the computer yet, but I will soon. In the meantime, you can keep checking the Brookwood website and look in the virtual nursery for them to get posted. :)