Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Quick Update From Mommy

Hey, guys!! It's official- I'm a mommy to a beautiful baby girl! We love her so incredibly much. I'll be sure to take the time (when I have it) to write a detailed birth story, but for now? I'll write a quick update. I know Michael has been hijacking my blog with some details, but here is some more info:
  • Emily was born on Sunday, September 25th at 1:14 am.
  • She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz and was 19 3/4" long.
  • We were in the hospital from Saturday evening (when I was in labor) until Tuesday evening. It was a little bit longer of a stay due to her jaundice. They were running tests on her and we needed extra help with breastfeeding from the lactation consultant.
  • Because of her jaundice and the fact that I was still only producing colostrum, I would nurse and then supplement the rest with formula through a tube that we would put on my breast. No bottles or anything. Right after that, I would pump so that my milk would come in faster and we wouldn't need to use formula once my supply was up to what she needed to flush out her system.
  • Along with the grueling feeding and pumping schedule that we have, she has to be wrapped up in the ultravioloet belly-reuben (sp?) blanket that is supposed to bring down her jaundice levels.
  • We are lucky to have my mom here to help us with the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and extra hands for the baby. She has been an AMAZING help. We are very grateful.

  • We love our baby more than we thought was possible. I can hold her and stare at her forever and be perfectly happy! She's such a sweet baby.
I think that's enough of an update for now! Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers!

18 comments :

Nicole J @ Knocked Up said...

It's the best feeling in the world being a mom! As for your milk supply, your milk doesn't really kick in until 3-5 days after you deliver the baby. On days 3-5 post delivery take a hot shower (when she is sleeping, since that's the only spare time you have lol) and let the water beat on your chest for a little bit, that is how I got my milk to come in and boy oh boy did it work! Best of luck!

Neely said...

I was Jaundice and let me tell you its the mark of awesome people :)

Ashley said...

Good to hear from you! :) Glad things are going well.

Erin said...

Congratulations! I know the feedings can be tough with the tube thing...I cried every time because I was afraid I'd never be able to nurse my baby without my mom or husband to help me - but I PROMISE that everything you're going through is going to get SO MUCH EASIER! You can do it, mama!

Meg O. said...

Yay! So excited to read the update! Sorry she has been jaundiced but I'm happy that she feels good and is a good baby! I hope your lactation stuff is going better! Hugs!

~Momma to Twin Girls~ said...

so sweet... glad to see you are doing well. Mom's are truly the BEST!

Holly said...

Beautiful little Emily! I love the video! So glad she is healthy and hoping and praying the jaundice levels go down!

Laura said...

Awww, so sweet! Those first few days go by so quickly - enjoy them! They grow too fast. ;) Not like you haven't heard THAT before, I'm sure. She's precious!

Erika and Jason said...

Awe! New squishy baby! Hard to think that was S 9 weeks ago!

Emily said...

Yay! Glad you are doing well. Can't wait for more updates!

Mateya said...

Congratulations! Hope the feedings start to get better!

Lucy Marie said...

Enjoy. These days will go fast. Too fast. Congrats to you Mama.

Ashley said...

Glad y'all are doing well! Emily is so adorable!

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

I am so excited for you!!! Huge congrats again!

Venassa said...

I know too well exactly how you feel. I could spend forever just holding and staring at her. Congrats again. She's beautiful. I love that she's got so much hair.

Lourie said...

Well I tried to post the other day and it wouldn't let me. I hope all is well and that everyone is getting some sleep. I didn't have a glow-y blanket for Emily just sat outside with her. She was yellow. I know it's wrong, but I thought she was pretty (it was a goldish color.) Anyhoo...I had to booby tube thing too, but because she didn't know what to do once she was on there. It all worked in the end and she fattened right up! haha.

Meghan said...

Aww! Congrats! I cannot wait to see more pictures!

Stephanie said...

Awww! I haven't been on blogger in weeks, so what a nice surprise to come back and see! SO happy for you and your new little family! Enjoy and rest up.

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