Our son, Gregory, was born on President's day, February 18, 2013 at 12:58pm. At 37weeks 3 days pregnant - he was "preterm"..
He weighed in at 6 pounds and 12 ounces; 20 inches long. He was born c section due to pre-eclampsia, my blood pressure was going into stroke range the last week of carrying him when I would over exert or get upset/anxious.
Dr. Wild said that we "made a good call in doing a c section rather than trying to induce. Because the baby was too high up into the rib section and inducing would have put the baby into duress. And... because the baby was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his head."
Though I really wasn't ready for our son to be born this early and this way, I'm very grateful for his safe arrival and the excellent care of my doctor.
We had nurses coming into our room saying, "I have to see the baby. They told me he was born with a head full of blond hair! We get babies born with lots of hair, but never one with a full head of blond!"
Blond hair and grey/blue eyes. My husband's family has a lot of blond in their family, as does my Dad's side.
I had a fantastic pregnancy, with only the last week being a nervous one on bed rest. But after the baby was born and we came home, I went through postpartum baby blues for about 4 solid days - crying a lot more than the baby did. Yes, that's a technical term - postpartum baby blues. Dr. Wild called me at our home around 7:30pm one night to see how I was doing.
She said that these feelings are normal, because the placenta is the organ making all the hormones during pregnancy. But that gets removed with the birth, of course... and the ovaries don't start to act normal for another 2 months, hence the imbalance in hormones. Dr. Wild offered anti-depressants, but after reading the side affects, I opted to forgo that. My husband said he would rather deal with me crying than risk "possible suicidal thoughts or maniac episodes" due to the anti-depressants. Each day the baby blues did get better and smiles are coming a lot easier now.
One day I might blog in more detail about the baby blues to share it in case it might help another woman going through them. I also want to blog about the experience of birth via c section. But for now, I just wanted to drop a quick "Hello" to my bloggy friends and family.
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