Well, It's not Saturday, 4 days after my c-section and I am home.. but mcKenzie had to stay in the nursery. She is still not eating well enough on her own and requires feedings through her naso-gastric tube. Her suckly reflex is still just so weak and any time she tries to take a bottle she gets nothing but air and a little bit of milk. I've been pumping and delivering it to her so she's mostly getting my milk.. but over night they give her formula. She's not shown any interest in breast feeding still. She did latch on for about a minute two days ago but fell right off. She falls asleep as soon as she starts eating. She doesn't cry like other babies. The most I heard her cry was when they pulled her out of my belly. She hardly opens her eyes. DH and I are having such a hard time with this. Everyone says she's healthy, just pre-term. I have a hard time grasping the fact that a pre-term baby can have no issues breathing but can not suckle. We're really worried about her and it was so hard leaving the hospital today with a baby in my arms. Please pray for her for us!!View Thread
Short: McKenzie Lynn was born 3/16/10 @ 10:33 PM via c-section. She weighs 5lb 9oz and is 19.5" long.
Long: I went for my NST last night around 6PM. My Dr. had ordered a second one earlier in the week due to the dip in her heart rate during my NST this past Friday. So after working all day I went to the hospital for what I thought would be a normal NST. But yet again, her heart rate dropped into the 80's. They decided to keep me for observation and started another IV. Of course as soon as I moved she perked up and seemed normal. They re-checked my platelets and they had gone up to 119,000 from 110,000 this past Friday. Given that I was 36w 4 d (almost full term), my platelet level was good for surgery (and to receive aspinal), and they also did not know whyher heart rate kept dipping even though on u/s she looked good, theydecided it would be better for me to deliver now, rather than wait and have something bad happen. So I had arrived at the hospital around 6pm and they had me prepped for my c/s by 9:30/10PM. My husband was by my side the entire time, I am soooo proud of him! I have to say getting the spinal was NOT fun at all! But mynurse was sooo nice she let me squeeze her hand and rest my head on her shoulder. Finally after a few attempts, the anesthesiologist got it in and within seconds I began to feel tingly in my legs. I was really surprised at how fast it worked. My Dr. was able to start the surgery within minutes and my DH held my hand the whole time and talk to me through the whole thing. At 10:33 by breeched baby girl was born and as soon as she let out her first cry I started balling my eyes out! Both DH and I cried like babies! She has a full head of very dark hair and a lot of the tiny white milia bumps on her nose. She was breathing like a champ for being 3 weeks early! Her platelet levels are good thus far, but after surgery mine had dropped so they had to give me a transfusion. She's a very sleepy baby and has not been interested at all in nursing but I am told it is probably because she is so young, her body is trying to do too many things at once. So she spent the night in our room with us but after a while of unsuccessfull BF attempts, they moved her into the nursery so they can supplement her. I'm not happy with having to do this because I want her to have my milk, and my nurse is having a hard time finding a pump for me to use. I just woke up from a much needed nap and I am in some pretty good discomfort, but I am soooo happy to finally have my baby girl!! GL to yu all, hope to hear all of your birth stories!!View Thread
Has anyone else had issues with posting ont he boards today? Earlier I kept getting a bunch of coded mumbo jumbo when I would click on a post to read it. Now, when I try to reply or post I hit submit and it doesn't do anything... The page refreshes but it wants me to hit post again... and none of my responses are coming up. These new boards suck so much I don't even want to post any more.View Thread
As of right now my c-section date is scheduled for Friday March 26th at 9:30 AM! This date is tentative depending on my platelet levels but I am soooo excited! DH is a ball of nerves right now, he's not ready.. who is ever actually "ready" to be a parent anyways?!View Thread
I've definitely noticed that my LO has her active days and her quiet days recently. Yesterday she hardly moved at all, I actually had to lay down and make sure she was moving. Today she has been jumping all over! Throughout the whole pregnancy my DH has only felt her kick maybe 3 times total... until this morning. She was jumping like crazy and he felt every bit of it! that's th emost he's felt her move this whole time. Even tonight she's very active. Her elbows and kicks even move the cat when she lay son my belly lol. It's definitely reassuring though after everything we went through this past Friday.View Thread
Thanks for everyone's input! I do plan on getting some bottles that attach right to my pump, but I also wanted to get a few others. My thinking behind the drop ins was not having to wash as many bottles... but then again it is more $ to keep buying the liners. hhmm... I guess I have time to figure it out. Thanks!View Thread
Oh I should probably mention that I have not gained any weight in the last month! I asked my Dr. about it and she didn't seem concerned. I was measuring 2 weeks behind now!! And my platelet level came back at 110,000 which is good enough for a c/s! So I'm waiting to talk to my Dr. this week about when to schedule it for. Obviously I have to have another level done this next week to ensure it's not dropping.View Thread
Yesterday I went for my 36 week check up in the morning. They did the GBS swab and the Dr. also did another ultrasound. McKenzie is still breech and according to my AF level (which is normal to low normal) she doesn't have enough room to flip. They sent out another CBC to check my platelet level and she said she would call later that day with results and to possibly schedule the c/s. She says she will schedule it for 38 weeks tentatively as long as my platelets are about 100,000. If they seem to go up quite a bit (120,000 or higher) then she will likely post pone the c/s until 39 weeks. So i went on about my day, I had a busy schedule! I went and got the car seat checked, then i had to go in for my weekly NST. I got to the hospital around 3pm, the nurse hooked me up and found her HB but not more than 5 minutes later did her HB drop from the 120s to 60!! So then I had like 6 nurses on me hooking me up to different monitors, they had be get into a gown and they started an IV for fluids and made me sit there for close to 4 hours while they watche dher HB. She was fine the whole time. The Dr. on duty said what may have happened was the nurse picked up my HB instead since my pulse was close to 60 bpm. But they wanted to be safe rather than sorry. My nurse was almost possitive that I would be going to an emergency c/s that night! Thankfully that wasn't the case and we got to go home around 6:30pm. What a crazy day I had!!! This LO is already proving herself to be a trouble maker!View Thread
I'll be 36 full weeks officially tomorrow and I can not wait to have this baby out and in my arms! I'm actually looking forward to my Dr. appnts now, especially with the possibility of her coming early via c/s. Don't get me wrong, I'm not all that excited about a c/s but I'm so uncomfortable I can't wait to not be pregnant any more! I walk around work, or should I say waddle? and have to pee like every 20-30 minutes! I have horrible gas and gas pains that make me feel super bloated. O can't bend down, or squat down anymore and I'm sweating my butt off just sitting here and it's not all that warm out! Anyone else THIS uncomfortable??View Thread
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