So far Olivia''s 3rd month of life has been a little difficult...she has had one cold right after the other, including an ear infection and now a bad cough. In spite of it all, she is still such a happy baby.
Today was Olivia''s first Valentines day! Both James and I went shopping for cards at Hallmarks...and unbeknownst to each other both bought the exact same card for Olivia!! Actually James bought 2 cards for Olivia! How does she rate? I have a box started for her with all sorts of memorabilia surrounding her birth and and early days - things like the hospital ankle band, vases from flowers, homecoming outfit...and of course these cards!!
Well, 1 day before Olivia''s 3 month birthday, we can say that she is purposefully grasping her toys. She has a little bee that she especially loves, along with being in her swing and bouncer and watching Baby Einstein DVD''s
Today Olivia had her 2 month check up with Dr Anderson. She got her first set of vaccinations and handled them very well. She weight 11 pounds 5 ounces now and is 22 inches long. She has been fairly healthy except for reflux.
Now we are done with Christmas! Olivia and I spent 10 days in Yakima and had such a good time. She never got set down! Grace''s little girl, Natalie and Olivia are only 10 days apart, so it was so special to get them together! Olivia smiles at everyone now and really enjoyed sitting with Grandpa - I think she loved his voice! I''m sure she just loves him too! I am still pumping around the clock and giving Olivia breastmilk in a bottle.
Today is Thanksgiving Day. Jmes is on call so we were unable to travel. We bundled Olivia up and went for a nice around a little lake by our house. Tomorrow we will go to Yakima to visit family and celebrate the holiday!! We are so thankful for the gift she is to us!
Well, after 6 days of trying to breastfeed, we have to give it a break. I''m too sore and this morning actually noticed that I have an infection on top of all the bleeding. We had to go into the hospital and meet with the LC again and after she saw the condition I was in said I couldn''t nurse anymore and that she''d never seen such a bad infection in nipple abscesses. We also found out today that Olivia has lost almost 1 pound. I''ve started pumping today and giving her a bottle. Hopefully her weight will increase and I will heal. I had no idea what improper latch would do. I''m devastated that this isn''t working out.
Today we brought Olivia home from the hospital. Grandma Sheri and Aunties Laurie and Amy are here for a few days. James is off of work for 2 weeks which is very nice. We are having breastfeeeding difficulties. Olivia has a very little mouth and will not latch on correctly, but we are working together with lactation consultants to see if we can get it going. One is coming over to the house tomorrow to help me. I feel sick when I see blood around her mouth when she''s nursing.
I went to my routine visit (39w.3d) with Dr. Webb on Friday 11-7-03, only to discover that I was still only dilated to 2 and hardly effaced. It had been exactly the same story for weeks and I was feeling very tired! Doc offered to strip my membranes to see if that would speed things up, and I agreed. She then sent us home with "homework", among other things lots of walking. We set out Saturday morning for a long walk. We walked about 5 miles at a good clip and then went to the mall and walked some more. Later that night while in the grocery store parking lot (thank God I made it out of the store first), my waters broke. At first I thought I''d just stood there and wet my pants! But it kept coming! We arrived at the hospital around 9:00 that night and were informed that I was still only dilated to 2 but 70% effaced. Unfortunately, stripping membranes can cause premature rupture of them, and that''s what happened. Next time around I''ll just be patient! We walked around until around midnight and I wanted to sleep-which was next to impossible while hooked up to IV''s and an automatic BP monitor which inflated every 1/2 hour!! James had no problem sleeping though!
At 6AM Sunday morning they checked me and there was no more progress, so they started pitocin. It took a long time to get contractions going and by 2:00 I had what they call an "irritable uterus"-the pitocin was causing me to have contraction after contraction with no break, and they were doing nothing to dilate me. During this time it got so irritating and painful because there was NO break. I got the first epidural, which only worked on my left side, and after a good hour got another one which gave me total relief! Because of the frequent contractions they had to stop the pitocin for an hour and then restart it at the lowest dose and titrate it back up. It worked and finally, I started productive labor 18 hours after my waters breaking. After another 10 hours, it was time to push! Olivia had a little distress during this time and I got on my hands and knees to make it better for her. After 2 hours of pushing, on Monday morning at 2:09, Olivia arrived! She came out like an NFL linebacker, shoulders straight forward, without rotating!! Her shoulders got stuck and Dr. Webb had to go up there and help her out! We both gave a little; Olivia''s clavicle snapped and I got a 2nd degree tear.
I totally expected that I''d cry when she was born, after all, I cried everyday watching The Baby Story!! But after watching the whole thing in the mirror, I think I was in shock! It blew my mind what I''d just seen! Like, "Holy cow! That baby just came out of me!" I cried the next night and then off and on for the next 2 weeks!!
So, even though it was a long labor...going on our second night in the hospital...like every mother always says "It was worth it!!!!!" and I am so blessed.