||[Oct. 23rd, 2010|08:25 pm]
*waves* Sure... it's been almost 6 months, so, sorry about that. This is a quickie update with a couple of pictures.|
After apparently being in labor all day long on Monday, the 18th (didn't know I was, when I got to the hospital after work, turns out my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart!)... Our new son, Finnegan William Dawson Cain was born at 10:07pm! He weighed in at a hefty 8lbs 10oz and measured 22 inches long! I *knew* he was going to be a big baby! Although, I totally thought we were having a girl. I can truly say I am *SO* excited having TWO little boys!!
Baby Finn ended up aspirating enough amniotic fluid to cause breathing problems... so he had to go to the NICU about 15 min after being born. He is still there, 5 days later. BUT, he is significantly improving every hour... so, Finn should be home within the next 2-3 days. We are very fortunate... Finn is a very healthy baby. The fluid in his lungs, no matter how minimal, caused his respiratory rate to be accelerated which causes the other problems: low oxygen saturation and inability to take anything by mouth. Therefore, Finn had to have a CPAP machine that was downgraded to a nasal canula which was just taken off today... He had to have an IV of "sugar water" to keep up his calorie needs which was just downgraded to being taken out today... and he had an OG (feeding tube in the mouth) tube which was downgraded to a nasal feeding tube which *is* being downgraded maybe tonight to nothing! He was able to take a bottle (regulates how much feeding and therefore his breathing) this morning... I've been pumping breastmilk as much as my boobies can take! This morning, I supplied ALL of his feeding need. Then, I average about 15-20cc's of breastmilk that then is supplemented with formula to bring up the total to 60cc. Tomorrow morning, Finn can take directly from ME... which will not only get more milk out of me (pumping seems to only get half of what's in there, from what I feel) but will be super great for Finn!
I am feeling pretty good overall. I'm still on my narcotic pain med with ibuprofen supplemented. I feel GOOD with the medicine and really sore without... so, I'm just taking them for now. I just gotta move slow and remember to take breaks.
Ian is doing pretty well... he has his moments, but he was only able to "meet" Finn today through a window of the step-down NICU. He "knows" he's a big brother and seems pretty excited overall to have a baby.
Tim is awesome. He's been taking care of spending quality time with Ian... which we decided was a priority for us. He's also been organizing stuff at home to prep for Finn's arrival.
My mom has been up here since the day after Finn was born... spending a significant time in the hospital with me and now, at home. I can't even express how grateful we are to her... and how much BETTER I am with her caring for all of us. She's fantastic with Ian and me and cooking and cleaning. :-) My brother Rob was also up here for Ian's birth and spent a lot of time with me in the hospital, too. He actually brought me Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice every morning!!!! YUM. Because both my mom and brother with me, that really relieved Tim to take care of everything else... How awesome is my family?!?!?!
Well, time to go for Finn's 9pm feeding. Since I was discharged on Friday, I've been going back to the NICU for feedings. I pump and feed and change and take Finn's temp. Then, we put him to sleep and go home.
My heart really goes out to other moms that have had a baby in the NICU. Mine isn't even critical and my heart breaks being at home without him. I can't imagine what they're going through...