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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hospital Week

It is so good to be out of a hospital bed!  I may be moving slowly and adjusting to life with 2 – although since my mom’s here, it’s not too hard – but it is so nice to be back in our own environment.  We spent 5 days in the hospital beginning Sunday when we went in just so they could put me on a heparin (blood thinner) IV.  Monday morning began bright and early at 5:30 when the nurse took me back to the pre-surgical room.  While in there they did all the preliminary stuff and then wheeled me back to the surgery room at 7:15.  The anesthesiologist did the spinal (which I was so nervous about, but it wasn’t bad at all!)…it’s just the weirdest feeling because you can not move your legs!  For some reason I was so worried that I wouldn’t be numb and would feel the scalpel and I remember mentioning that and the doctor said that she had already started with the c-section.  So, luckily the medicine worked.  :)  Jace was born at 7:39 – he did not want to come out so the doctor was really pulling hard and the other doctor was pushing on my stomach to help push him out (resulting in a SUPER sore stomach for the next few days – just to add to the other pain!)  He was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 inches long (Reid was 6 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches).  The rest of the week was spent beginning the healing process and loving on Jace!  He seriously just would eat and sleep.  He lost weight before my milk came in, but only about 7% of his birth weight, and by the time we left the hospital he had already gained back a few ounces, which meant that he only lost 4% total.  He really took to nursing (we had to use lots of help from the lactation consultants with Reid), and he scored pretty much the lowest you can score with the jaundice checks.  I can’t tell at all who he looks like – he was a pound heavier than Reid at birth so it’s hard to tell if it’s just because Jace is “fuller” than Reid was at this point.  Reid came up to the hospital on Sunday and then Monday, and then Matt’s parents took him to Longview for a little vacation, which he loved. 

One prayer request I have is that a small hematoma (which is a pooling of blood beneath the skin) formed in the same spot that it did with my last c-section (which was the un-fun part of healing – they had to open the wound up and bring in a wound vac to heal it) but this one is really small.  The doctor is hoping that my body will just absorb it and we won’t have to do anything about it.  Please pray that my body does that! 

I posted the hospital pics on facebook, so I’m sorry that it’s a repeat if you’ve already seen FB, but there are some new ones after the album. 

 

Jace with his Aunt Coco and with Granna and Grandaddy

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Going home – trying out his carseat for the first time

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Some pictures of Jace in his “going home outfit”

18 comments:

Annie said...

Oh what an adorable "going home outfit"! I love it! It sounds like yall are doing very well already! I hope your hematoma does not get bigger, I bet your body will absorb it in no time!!! Can't wait to see little Jace later this week!!!! Congrats on being home!

The Wilson Family said...

I loved reading Jace's birth story! He is SO PRECIOUS and SWEET.... I could eat him up! I will definitely keep praying that your body absorbs your hematoma and your recovery is smooth. Jace looks so adorable in his "going home outfit"- I love it! It was so fun hanging out with you today... love you guys!!!!

Leslie said...

Jace is so adorable! Thanks for sharing his birth story with us. Yes, I'll keep you in my prayers that you will quickly. And I know you will adjust to having two handsome boys with no problem!Your a great mom.

Donnell Days said...

I have to agree...his going home outfit is absolutely adorable!! I will definitely be praying for you...keep us updated. Can't wait to see Jace again. He is such a cutie!!

Katie said...

Congrats on such a sweet little boy! I'm so happy to hear that he is doing well eating and sleeping! The 2 most important things when you are less than a month old! yahoo! He's adorable and I can't wait to meet him soon!

Tiffany said...

Look at how precious Jace is in his going home outfit! He is beautiful, Meredith!

Congratulations!!!

The Leonard Four said...

i love this post, meredith! i'm so glad that you are all doing well and i will definitely be sending good thoughts your way!

i love all the pictures! jace is absolutely precious and reid looked like the proud big bro! i can't wait to meet jace in person!

congratulations, northcutt FOUR!

Chris, Whitney, and Leighton said...

Congrats!!! Jace is so sweet. I forget how tiny they are at first. Wishing you an easy recovery.

Jill said...

Meredith!! You look amazing!! Congratulations on a beautiful family. We are all praying for a quick and healthy recovery!

the rodriguez crew said...

So teeny and precious he is! his going home outfit is WAY TOO CUTE, oh my! and call me crazy, but I think he looks like Reid in these few pictures! Maybe (in your huge amt. of spare time ha!), you can post some side by sides of the boys as newborns? i love to compare!

I'm so happy to hear that he's eating and sleeping so well for you - it seems like those 2nd babes know how to take it a little easier on Mom. Can't wait to hear more - will be praying about the hematoma! CONGRATS NORTHCUTT4!

B.E.A.L. said...

congrats meredith! I am so glad things are going well so far and I am praying your body heals the way is is supposed to!

Enjoy your time at home with your two precious little guys!

Jace is adorable and I LOVE his going home outfit!

Dunhams said...

He is SO precious! I love his going home outfit! So glad that things are going well; and I'll definitely be praying that your hematoma gets better and you are back to 100% quickly!

kinsey said...

he's precious meredith! congratulations and hoping for a quick recovery for you...

The Wilson Family said...

Congratulations on the birth of precious little Jace! I just loved seeing his pictures. I will certainly keep you in my prayers for the hematoma to be absorbed by your body. Give little Jace and Reid a kiss for me.
Mimi Kloppers

The Savages said...

He is so precious and Reid is ooking like the proud big brother. SO great! The going home outfit is so cute. Having two is so much fun, the adjustment seemed to happen much sooner the second time. I was so much more relaxed :-) Praying for you and a smooth recovery and transition to a family of four!

Emily Kretz said...

Congratulations! He is adorable!

David and Melody said...

Hey...I guess it's my turn to leave a 'random' comment! :) Where did you get Reid's 'Big Brother' shirt...I can't find one anywhere!
Hope things are going well with 2.

Kelli said...

Congratulations, Meredith!! And give Reid a big brother high five from Noah. Jace is perfect, and we are thrilled for you and your family.