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Okay, the nurse tested Annie’s blood-sugar level around 10 AM and it had shot up to 77. The 1¼ oz. of formula seems to have done the trick. We’re going to try breastfeeding again at around 11:30 AM. Worst case, Annie gets bottlefed Sandi’s breast milk. That’s not a very worst case at all, so [...]
Last night was pretty frustrating. Annie wouldn’t breastfeed, wouldn’t bottlefeed, and wouldn’t eat much pumped breast milk. She latched on a number of times, but the latches only lasted a minute at most. At one point, she ate 15 mL of pumped breast milk but it took her 25 minutes to do so. This morning, [...]
Taking advantage of some Annie and Sandi sleep time, I downloaded the pictures from my camcorder and digital camera and created a photo gallery. Now, you may see some startling things in there so it’s really not for the squeamish: my hair looks really, really bad. Cut me some slack, though, I’ve been at a [...]
After a few hours this morning of futile labor, Dr. Nelson decided to take little Annie out via caesarean. The operation went off without a hitch and at 7:51 AM Annie Elizabeth Brown joined our family! She weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. and measured 20½ inches in length. She’s got a bit of a fever [...]
Sandi remained at 7 cm for quite a bit of time and the nurse was thinking that we might have to start up a caesarean section around 6 AM. Sandi, needless to say, took that news pretty hard. She was angry because she felt like all of this time was wasted given her family’s history [...]
Dr. Nelson came by for a check up. She’s at 6 cm and the baby’s doing very well with the additional fluid. Sandi’s in pretty good spirits considering.
Went off Pitocin, nothing was happening. In fact, she had stopped contracting entirely. She’s now back on the Pitocin, but Annie’s heart rate dips to the 110s or below every time a contraction hits. That’s not too good. Our doctor has advised the nurses to monitor that and, if it continues, to start flooding her [...]
Dilated to 5 cm, had to get a new type of epidural drug because the pain was coming back. Sandi’s getting frustrated and a little despondent.
The epidural’s working great, according to the anesthesiologist: Sandi can’t feel pain, but she can feel pressure and she can move her legs. That’s going to be great once pushing becomes a necessity. She’s dilated to about 4 or 5 cm and the contractions are coming pretty heavily now, according to the chart thingy. She’s [...]
Sandi just had her epidural and she’s feeling great! Her contractions had gotten pretty severe and were starting to take a toll on her. Luckily, modern science has made a wonderful way to take away the pain without affecting the labor or delivery process. It’s pricey, but it’s worth it.
The labor continues. Sandi is now dilated to a solid 3 cm. There was some labor trouble that caused Annie’s heart rate to dip into the low 90s (it should be around 120-150 bpm) anytime a contraction occurred. That was pretty scary. Sandi got very worried and her blood pressure shot up to 153/96. Dr. [...]
Contractions coming a little closer and a little stronger, though still dilated to 2 cm.
Sandi’s water just broke! Wow!
We just got moved to our final resting place at the hospital: the labor, delivery, and recovery room. Sandi’s right here next to me absorbing 36 mL of Pitocin per hour and contracting away. We got here around 3 AM and the worst part of the experience bar none was the insertion of the IV. [...]
Just got the call from the hospital: it’s time to be induced! More to follow…
There are some new photos up in the Kimberly gallery: they’re pretty much the entire first page. Enjoy! (We sure have…)
Sandi wanted me to suggest Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Body Wash and Lotion that smells like lavender to anyone who reads this. We just gave Kimberly a bath—not her favorite time by a long shot—and finished it off with a lotion rubdown. She loved both the body wash and the lotion, not fussing or crying [...]
Today was Kimberly’s first doctor visit. She’s going to our family doctor, Paul Coulombe, who has been Sandi and my doctor for at least seven or eight years now. He’s the best doctor we’ve ever encountered and it’s great knowing that he’ll be treating our two daughters for their entire childhood (probably). Oh, so you [...]
Today Kimberly is one week old. Unfortunately, the events of this morning made us miss her first doctor’s appointment so I can’t give you her new weight. She’s been eating up a storm lately, though, so I think it’s going to be surprising. Luckily, Sandi was able to get us in on Monday at 3 [...]
It turns out that Sandi’s water didn’t break after all. Apparently, some pregnant women experience greater than normal discharges in the last part of their pregnancies. It fooled Sandi, me, and our doctor (though he was making the diagnosis over the phone). So we got an advance tour of what would happen if we were [...]« Previous Entries