Tuesday, May 1
Home again, home again...
This is Luca Haru.
He was born on Thursday morning at 5:20 am. The labor went quickly and within five hours he was here. It was an intense labor since he weighed 4300 grams at birth, and was 54 cm long (not to mention the 40 cm round head...). The labor was all natural with no interventions and no tearing (for those of you don't know what that means, let's leave it like that).
Like some post-term babies, he was born covered in meconium so he spent the first day of his life in an incubator. All was well but he wasn't drinking his bottles (formula, they didn't ask me for any expressed milk) so he was losing weight. Out of the incubator but still not into my arms. Very frustrating for a mother who wants to hold her newborn.
Eventually he was released to my care but with instructions on how to give him formula and breastfeed him. They had little faith in my 9 years of experience breastfeeding but I just nodded then switched completely to breast milk. And I was right. He absolutely started thriving again and not only regained his birthweight but surpassed it by a pound. The nurses were in awe.
So it was not as relaxing as I remember it being with Colette. The food was good and it was nice to have visitors but the best part of the whole deal is that we are now home. And on May Day at that.
Jason is off for Golden Week which is good because that big baby caused me to suffer from something known as Pelvic Girdle Pain. It is seriously a pain in the ass. The worst thing is that it limits my mobility and the best way for it to heal is by resting, something I don't like to do. So I'll be hanging around the house a lot for a week or two. But I suppose it is okay since I will be in such sweet company.