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Settling Down, Baby Weight Loss, Anniversary Gifts

Things are starting to settle down after getting home from the hospital on 9/16.  Almost 2 weeks after the birth of Kai, I’m starting to feel more like myself again and not have too much pain from the surgery.  I’m weaning myself off the pain meds, and actually I was able to go most of the day without a problem.  Nathan goes back to work on Monday.  I’m a little nervous to be all by myself with the kids! Nathan has been so wonderful taking care of both me and the kiddos while he’s been home.  I wuv him soo much!

We’ve gone to the hospital lactation clinic a couple times this weeks due to Kai’s weight issues during that first week.  As of today, he is only 1.5 ounces shy of his birth weight and is gaining very well.  I no longer need to supplement him with formula either, so I’m pretty happy about that.  The first week he was born, the docs were concerned that he lost almost 10% of his birth weight.   They even had us stay 2 extra nights because of it.  10% is the cut off of where they suspect there may be an “issue”, so when we left the hospital, I was instructed to nurse him and supplement with formula as needed.  Our latest appointment was today and he has gained more weight this week than they had anticipated, and he is nursing just fine.  After doing some research and talking to the lactation consultant, I learned that when a mom receives lots of IV fluids before a c-section, this can also raise the amount of fluids the baby gets as well.  So after birth, the baby no longer needs all the extra fluid and promptly pees it out. Hence a rapid loss of weight.  So it can appear that the baby is getting dehydrated and not getting enough to eat (based solely on weight), when in fact the baby is just fine and had just gotten rid of water weight.  I think this is what happened with Kai.  When we went in for the surgery, they put an IV in first thing, but we ended having to wait almost 6 hours before the surgery due to 2 emergency c-sections popping up unexpectedly.  During that time, they had been pumping me full of fluids.  So there you have it.

In other news, My hubby and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary next week on the 29th! It’s been a wonderful 10 years.  The traditional 10 year anniversary gifts are tin and aluminum, so perhaps we will be exchanging these as gifts.  Actually, we said we won’t exchange gifts because, really, how can you top a new baby as a gift??  🙂  Or maybe we’ll make tin foil hats for the whole family.

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Home From Hospital

We arrived home from the hospital today (Friday).  The docs and nurses worked especially hard for us to be discharged by lunchtime instead of the usual late afternoon.  They were really great in understanding how eager we were to get home and get to adjusting to this new phase in our lives.  They decided that Kai’s weight loss should resolve once my milk comes in, and until then, we are supplementing a little formula after I breast feed him so that he doesn’t get dehydrated and he continues to gain weight.   I still need to go back to the lactation clinic early next week so they can weigh him and make sure he’s nursing okay.

I’m feeling pretty well for just being a few days post-op.  This recovery was DEFINITELY easier than recovering from a c-section after having been through a long labor first.  I’m getting winded and out of breath pretty easily, due to my anemia, but I’m getting around well, thankfully.

It’s so nice to be home!!!  Kai’s weight coming home was 6 pounds, 1 ounce.  He’s so tiny!  I never imagined we’d have a baby so teeny!  We have socks that were too small for Sean and Mia at birth, and they look like clown shoes on little Kai!  We also never needed newborn sized clothing for our other kiddos since they were bigger, so Kai is swimming in his clothing… even the 0-3 month old sizes.  I’m sure he’ll gain weight soon, but it’s just so funny to see how much smaller he is than his siblings were.  I think he looks quite a bit like Sean, except with a little less hair.  I’ll have to hold off on the cloth diapering until he gains some weight too since ours are sized for 7 pounds at the smallest.  He’s just so tiny and cute!

I hope Nathan is able to catch up on some sleep… he’s been such a trooper this week, and such a great help to me at the hospital.  Shila also got to come and stay the night with me and Kai one night at the hospital since Nathan had a job interview the next day.  I figured that he shouldn’t be sleep deprived and show up looking all disheveled and sleepy.  Just not the impression you’d want to make.  🙂 anyways, we’re all glad to be home, and the kids are glad to have us all home too.  Thanks to everyone for their prayers on our behalf.  We’re very thankful that things went so well and we’re home and healthy.  Praise God!

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Happy Birthday, Dear Kai!!!! Happy Birthday to You!

Kai Braden Alter was born at 12:15 pm on Monday, September 12, 2011.  He was 6 pounds, 7 ounces… NOT 6 pounds 12 ounces.  We had a miscalculation going from grams to pounds in the nursery when we first reported his weight, or something like that.  🙂  He’s healthy, and I’m feeling pretty well.  He’s nursing like a champ, and I’m getting around and up and down just fine.  They were going to release us today (Wednesday, 9/14), but Kai has lost weight (down to 6 lbs, 1 oz.) so they want to make sure his weight starts going in the right direction before we go.  My milk is starting to come in, so I think it’ll be soon.

Big brother Sean thinks he’s absolutely adorable.  Mia calls Kai her “friend”.  He was crying the other day when they came to visit and Mia asked me, “Mommy, why is my friend crying?”.  I hope they grow up to be great friends!

All things went relatively well with the c-section.  I did have moderate blood loss, so they have me on iron pills and my lips and palms are pale.  This recovery seems to be going better than the previous 2. They keep serving me different variations of beef for my meals, so I don’t mind at all.

We had hoped to be heading home today, but since they originally thought his weight was 6 pounds 12 ounces, and today he is down to 6 pounds 1 ounce…  that would have been too much weight loss.  But this afternoon, a doc came in and said that she suspected that the correct original weight was 6 pounds 7 ounces and that now he is down to 6 pounds 1 ounce, so that doesn’t make his loss too much of an issue.  Possible clerical error or transcription error, or whatever.  So anyways, they want to just go ahead and hold Kai over another day to see how his weight is tomorrow.  So yeah, it’ll be another night and day of hospital beef and  an adjust-o-matic bed for me, and the too short day bed by the cold a/c vent for Nathan.

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Ready, or not, he’ll be here soon!

Days until scheduled c-section:  5

Car seat installed: check

cloth diapers washed and ready for that tiny tushie:  check

baby clothes washed and hung: check

mom’s bag packed:  ummm, not quite.  Things are gathered, just not technically in a bag.  Note to self- throw some socks into the pile of stuff to bring.  Oh yeah, and the baby’s clothes too!!!  LOL!

Dad’s bag packed:  no… he’s even more of a last minute packer than I am.  Note to Dad – don’t forget gadget chargers, clothes to sleep in, some snacks, and some extra pillows.

Camera charged:  check

Bassinet ready:  check

Crib ready:  check

Baby toiletries acquired:  check

Freezer stocked with Dad friendly microwaveable meals:  check

Older kids ready to be spoiled by Lola, Grandmother, and Papa while Mommy is out of commission for a while:  Definitely check!

I think we’ve covered most of the major bases.  We’re pretty much ready!  Now we wait!  I’m still sleeping pretty well, thankfully.  Sean and I have put school on hold, even though I had planned on continuing all through this week.  There’s just too many appointments that have been happening this week to continue.  Plus, I wanted time to just enjoy with my bigger babies before most of the attention is poured onto the newbie.  Extra snuggles and cuddles are definitely in order for them.

I’m starting to wonder how Mia will do with the big change.  At first, I thought she was so independent that it would be no problem, but she’s been getting more clingy and whiny in the past couple weeks, so now I’m not sure.  She does like to “read” books to my belly, so maybe that can continue after the baby is born.  Maybe she’d be willing to read to him anytime I’m nursing him, that way I can spend time with both of them.  As for Sean, he’s excited about the baby, but I think he’s even more excited about a new update for one of his favorite computer games to come out!  (get him talking about Minecraft 1.8 and you’ll never hear the end of it!)  So I don’t know if he will even notice any changes.  LOL!  As for Nathan, he’s pretty much convinced that he’s never going to sleep ever again now that we have 3 kids. And he doesn’t even have to get up for feedings!  The good thing is that his memory is so bad that most of the time he doesn’t remember whether he slept badly or not. I’m not one of those nice wives that sleeps in the other room with the baby so we don’t wake up Daddy… I figure since I have to get up so much, then I want to sleep in my own comfy bed (when I do actually get some sleep) and keep baby in the bassinet right next to me, right?  Yeah, I mean like that. But like I said, Nathan won’t remember a thing… not with his bad memory, plus sleep deprivation on top of it!  LOL!  I most likely won’t post any more blog entries until this new little guy and I are 2 separate entities.  Lots of prayers for an easy and successful surgery and birth and recovery are much appreciated!  Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!  I’m getting so excited to meet him!