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
Going home – trying out his carseat for the first time
Some pictures of Jace in his “going home outfit”