|Delivered Teagan Brynn January 5th, 2012 blog
A week of going back and forth, in and out of Antepartum for monitoring and such... 7AM on January 5th the discovered that overnight, I dropped ten lbs and my water went down to a 2. NOT GOOD.
My blood pressure was a smidgen wonky although not much. I felt beat down and although the baby appeared to be in perfect condition, my ob's office was beginning to worry that if I went much longer, the baby might be affected. So they convinced me to go to the hospital and deliver.
We had to fight about how soon though. They wanted to deliver me at 8am. I wanted it scheduled nicely and have my doula at least show up. I didn't want the anesthesia that would have affected the baby and wanted them to go ahead and pump me up with water so that by delivery, I would be miserable but baby wouldn't be so dehydrated. So we had a small fight about that but they caved to those two concessions. I also was curious if I could gimp along for a few more days tied to a hospital bed and they said no.
They did a second ultrasound at 10am. At which point the baby had already moved from transverse to breech again. She was up in my rib cage pretty high there. And on ultrasound they could see my cervix was still there and not much in the way of preparing for labor. No signs of labor, baby was moving around but was basically a Frank Breech... they did a repeat C-Section with a complete Spinal Block at 5PM.
Baby girl was officially delivered the night before we would have been considered week 36 thus making her a late-term preemie. January 5th, 2012 at 5:14pm. 4 lbs, 13 ounces. They called her 20 inches but I honestly think she was 19 inches because by the time we got to the PEdiatricians office a week and half later, she was a smidgen under 19 inches. You can lose a small amount in height from the way the head and body are shaped in utero VS out but you can't lose an entire inch that way or at least I wouldn't think you could.
She was alert and moving up a storm upon delivery. The husband cut this ones umbelical cord. They suctioned her much. She was breathing a tad heavy we think as much as anything from the excitement and hyperventilating. The nurses brought her over so I could get me a newborn kiss. My hands weren't tied down so I could pet her. She quited down as soon as they brought her over to me and looked right at me like, "hey... I recognize your voice and your smell!"
Teagan spent a week and half in NICU because the first two days, she wasn't digesting any food. Her sister had done similiar even being born at 39 weeks. And then she didn't want to eat much. So they were feeding her most of her meals initially through a feeding tube.
I hung out in NICU every night around 9pm to sometime after midnight... for two feedings as they were 3 hrs apart. And most days I'd stop in just to see her while running errands, or at least for one feeding or just to pump at the hospital while dropping off other breastmilk I'd pumped at home.
9:15 pm on January 14th the nurses were giving Little Miss Teagan a bath. So just at 9:30 pm as I am popping the bottle of breast milk in to her mouth, she pulled out her feeding tube and cursed at the nurses in baby language. It was so hysterical. The nurses could not put the tube in for that feeding but were going to put it in for the next... then they changed their mind and decided to roll with it. They let her go without feeding tube as a trial run but it was risky on their part. If she didn't eat a meal, they'd have to put the tube back in and play around with calories and amounts to get all of hers in.
She took all of her meals like a champ the next 36 hrs and was released from the hospital official as of noon Monday 16th. We were elated to bring her home. And Miss Teagan was much more of a newborn type of baby and less of a preemie in behavior thanks to that week in NICU with the nurses having her on a tight schedule, working on her feeding issues while I recovered from my C-Section and hung out in there on frequent visits.
Big sister Arden was at her grandmothers most of this time but came home the Friday after Teagan came out of the hospital. She has been totally ecstatic at helping and being a big sister. We've decided 100% certain this is the last child. Two is enough, I don't think I'd want to chance a third pregnancy.
Teagans weight continues to increase and as of this post is up to 6 lbs. We are working on her nursing but she is also getting formula mixed with Expressed Breast Milk to get her caloric intake up over the next few weeks so that by her due date, she will be of a proper size. I am aiming for 7 lbs or as close to it as possible. Then I will start weening her off of formula and on to breastmilk/ nursing by her 3rd month mark.
She does on her own go to the boob and nurses good at least once a day. Teagan will take a binky occasionally but isn't as obsessed with them as big sis now that she is home so I think she will take to nursing just fine like Arden did. We are so glad both girls are home now and we are all doing well.
Here is a picture of Teagan removing her own feeding tube. It was so funny hearing her grunt as she was ripping it out and off and looking up at the nurses like, "I'm done with this place!"